Request  for Carta de Nacionalización 


What does the procedure consist of?

The "Carta de Nacionalización" is a way to obtain the Chilean nationality in accordance with the provisions of Art. 10 N° 3 of the Political Constitution of the Republic, which is materialized in an Exempt Decree signed by the Minister of the Ministerio del Interior y Seguridad Pública by order of the President of the Republic.

Who is it addressed to?

1. Those who have reached the age of 18, have a valid Residencia Definitiva permit, and have lived in Chile for five years or more (from the date the Residencia Temporal permit was obtained, which gave rise to a valid Residencia Definitiva permit). Art.2 DL 5.142.


2. To the children of foreigners who have reached the age of 14, are Residencia Definitiva holders, have five years or more of residence in Chile from the date the Residencia Temporal permit was obtained, resulting in a valid Residencia Definitiva permit), and have a notarized authorization from their parents or the person in charge of their personal care (must present legal document that certifies such care). Art.2 DL 5.142.


3. Nacionalización calificada Art.85 Law N° 21.325: Permanent residents who can demonstrate two years of continuous residence within national territory (from the date the Residencia Temporal permit was obtained, giving rise to a valid Residencia Definitiva permit) and who have any of the following ties with the Republic of Chile:


  • Those who have had the status of spouse of a Chilean citizen for at least two years and whose marriage is registered in Chile, as long as the provisions of Civil Code Article 133 (living in a common household) are followed during this time.
  • The blood relatives of Chilean citizens up to the second degree, as well as those adopted by Chilean citizens.
  • The child whose father or mother was Chilean but had lost Chilean nationality prior to the child's birth.

Applications for the Carta de Nacionalización can be completed  at tramites.extranjeria.gob.cl, by logging in with ClaveÚnica or creating an account on the Servicio Nacional de Migraciones website.