1.- What is Residencia Definitiva?

It is a permit to reside permanently in Chile, which allows to engage in any lawful activity, with no other limitations than those established by the legal and regulatory provisions.


2.- How can I request it?

Go to tramites.extranjeria.gob.cl, log in with ClaveÚnica or creating an account on the Servicio Nacional de Migraciones website and selecting the option “Solicitud de Residencia Definitiva”. Complete the application form and attach the requested information. Review the step-by-step instructions so that you can complete the procedure through the following guide  Guía -Solicitud de Residencia Definitiva. 


3.- What are the requirements?

To check the requirements for the Residencia Definitiva click HERE.


4.-Do I receive a confirmation when I submit my application?

Once you finish submitting your application for a Residencia Definitiva permit, you will receive a "Comprobante de Envío Solicitud de Residencia Definitiva" via email (the one declared in your application). This document only confirms that your application has been received and cannot be used for other purposes. 


5.- What document should I receive once my application has been submitted?

Once your application has been evaluated and has met the established requirements, the "Certificado de Residencia Definitiva en trámite"  will be sent to your email, which certifies your legal residence in the country. This document enables you to continue engaging in LAWFUL REMUNERATED ACTIVITIES AUTHORIZED BY YOUR PREVIOUS RESIDENCE PERMIT, as well as allowing you to leave and enter national territory, according to Art. 63 of the Migración y Extranjería Regulations.


*To see an example of what the confirmation looks like, please refer to the image shown before. 


6.- What document do I receive once my application has been accepted to be processed?

The document you receive certifies your legal residence in the country, in accordance with the provisions of article 157 of the Immigration Regulations. It also enables you to continue engaging in LAWFUL REMUNERATED ACTIVITIES AUTHORIZED BY YOUR PREVIOUS RESIDENCE PERMIT if your immigration status at the time of the application remains valid, according to the provisions of article 135 Bis of the same legal body, as well as allowing you to leave and enter national territory. However, you will not be able to renew your identity card until your application is resolved. 

*To see an example of what this certificate looks like, please refer to the image shown before. 


7.-  When do I have to pay the fees for the Residencia Definitiva?

Whenever you receive the resolution for the payment of your Residencia Definitiva via email, you will have to log in to your Bandeja de Entrada (Inbox) where you will find your application. 

*Check the following article so that you can pay the fees ¿Cómo debo pagar los derechos de mi Residencia Definitiva?


8.- What is the cost of the Residencia Definitiva?

The general value of the Residencia Definitiva is $97.978 CLP.

If the foreigner has a Chilean spouse, the benefit is exempt from payment. 

Minors are exempt from payment.


9.- What should I do if I have not yet received the money order to pay the Residencia Definitiva?

If it has been generated and you have not received it yet, it can be requested through tramites.extranjeria.gob.cl by selecting "Reimpresión de Orden de Giro" or by going to serviciomigraciones.cl under "Estado de Trámite", attaching the requested information. 


10.- How can I check the status of my application?

You can check the status of your application through Consulta de Estado de Beneficios Migratorios or by calling 101, option 5 and then option 4. 


11.- How can I request the extension of my pending application?

To request your extension, you must go to Trámites Digitales and select "Ampliación de Certificado de Residencia Definitiva en Trámite"and start with ClaveÚnica. 


Check the following information: 

Guide - Paso a paso para solicitud de Ampliación de Residencia Definitiva en trámite.


12.- What should I do once my Residencia Definitiva is granted?

Once the benefit is granted, it will be automatically and internally registered at the Policía de Investigaciones de Chile (PDI). However, you will have to make an appointment at the Registro Civil e Identificación within 30 working days from downloading your certificate.


13.- Can I lose my Residencia Definitiva once it has been granted?

The Residencia Definitiva will be tacitly revoked upon being out of the country for a continuous period of more than two years, unless the foreigner requests an extension at the respective Chilean consulate, within sixty days prior to its expiration. This extension will be granted only once and will be valid for two years.