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It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a visa prior to departure. This guide is accurate as of 2011; however, requirements and procedures may change. CEA students who will be studying in Chile must follow through with the immigration and visa requirements set forth by the Government of Chile. Any and all fees required to obtain a Chilean Visa and/or other required documents for boarding an international flight and entering and studying in Chile are the responsibility of the student. This guide is not a substitute for consulate requirements. All your questions concerning requirements and procedures for visa applications must be directed to your designated Chilean Consulate in the US. This document contains tips which can serve as a helpful resource for students holding a US passport. If you are a citizen of another country, you are responsible for contacting the appropriate Chilean Government agency and following through with its requirements. The documents, timelines and information required of you by the Government of Chile and your airline supersede any information provided by CEA. CEA cannot and will not intervene between students and the Government of Chile, their airlines or other authorities.
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Section A: Checklist to Obtain Chilean Student visa pg. 2-4
Section B: An Overview of the Chilean Student Visa Process pg. 5 Section C: CEA’s Role in the Visa Process Section D: Examples of Possible Visa Documents/Tasks pg. 6 pg. 7
o If it is not exactly the same. Department of State for an Apostille.S. You will need a current US Passport: • In good condition • Physically in your hands at least 45 days before your departure With at least one completely blank page • Valid for at least one year beyond your CEA program’s end date 2. Then. you send the authenticated document to the U. • Enter your passport number in your MyCEA Account 3. A background check through your local police department or state of residency is not sufficient. Fingerprints can be taken at your local police station for a fee. 1. please email your CEA Site Specialist with your name as it appears on your passport. 2 . If you have lived in any countries for longer than 6 months in the past 5 years. If you skip this step or don’t complete it early enough. o Complete this prior to appearing at the Chilean Consulate http://www.S. Apply early.Section A: Checklist to Obtain Chilean Student Visa • • • Please follow these steps 120 days before the start date of your program. regardless of the length of their program. Update Passport Information in your MyCEA Account • Make sure your name in your MyCEA Account is exactly the same as in your passport. you will need criminal background checks from each country. Check back on your MyCEA Account to make sure your name has been updated. Department of State. US Passport. Request your background check be authenticated for an Apostille at the time you submit the application. Contact your Chilean Consulate for details. but send in multiple sets just in case one set is unacceptable.fbi. The FBI will place a seal and signature on the document. All students. Apply for an FBI Criminal Background Check • Your visa application will likely require an FBI Criminal Background Check legalized with the Apostille of the Hague o Background checks take an average of 8 weeks to be completed. It is recommended that you complete each step in the order it appears below. You must get a background check through the federal government.gov/about-us/cjis/backgroundo Follow the steps on checks/background_checks CEA Tips for FBI Criminal Background Checks Obtain multiple sets of fingerprints – Only one set it required for your application. there could be potential problems with your university registration and/or student visa application. You then will need to send the completed background check in to the U. and many printing agencies offer this service. must obtain a student visa for a CEA Study Abroad program in Chile. but can take as long as 12 or more weeks.
about what documentation your airline will require for you to board your plane as well as the fees and penalties which would be applied if you were to change your flight. 3 . You will probably need to appear at the consulate in person at least once. Determine to which Chilean consulate in the US you will need to apply for your Chilean Visa. You will need to show these documents upon your arrival in Chile. you will still need to follow-through with the requirements of your airline to be able to board your flight to Chile. o Important Note: The documentation your airline requires may differ from the current visa requirements of Chile. • • Please view the US map at http://www. Your flights are a personal expense and responsibility. visit a doctor in the same state as your consulate. Each Chilean Consulate will have differing requirements and forms. Your Chilean Consulate may require some or all of the following documents. Follow the airport pickup eligibility parameters and guidelines as indicated in CEA policies on our website. • 4. Inquire. Book a Round-Trip Flight. Some of these Chilean Consulates have websites and some do not. Some airlines have outdated/incorrect Chilean entry requirements listed in their databases. If so. Before you book your flight: • • • Be sure your CEA program dates have been finalized. you will be given a customs declaration form and possibly another card to complete prior to landing. Regardless.org/consular. • 5.4. Therefore. You may be required to carry one of these cards with you in your Passport during your stay. in advance of booking your flight. Contact the Chilean consulate which has jurisdiction over your state of permanent residence to learn what you will need to enter and study in Chile. • Many consulates require an HIV Report dated within 30 days of your visa application. Be sure to tell the Chilean Consulate representative that you have a US passport.htm and locate the consulate that is designated for your permanent address. Please use the following only as a general guide. you will need to turn the card back into authorities when you leave Chile. You may be required to show you have a round-trip flight to immigration authorities and to your airline to board your flight. Within 30 days of your visa appointment. tasks or additional items not included here. Your Chilean Consulate makes the final determination. and provide them with the number of days you’ll be studying in Chile. it is imperative that you contact your airline weeks before you book your flight and before departure. During your flight to Chile.chile-usa. written from an authorized medical institution located in the same state as your designated Chilean Consulate • Most consulates also require a certificate of good health from an authorized physician or medical institution dated within 30 days of your visa application and location in the same state as your designated Chilean consulate Check with your designated consulate for the most up-to-date information.
This list serves as a guideline. • If you have questions about the visa packet. CEA will mail a packet of supporting documents to your permanent address. contact your Site Specialist 7. It is up to you to work with the consulate to ensure you have the proper documentation. 4 . the Chilean Consulate will have the final word on what documents will be needed. • Please see Section D of this Visa Guidelines document for examples of what may be required as part of your visa application. Verify what supporting documents you need with your designated consulate. The documents will accompany your visa application. Check to make sure you have received your CEA Visa Packet • Approximately 6-8 weeks prior to departure.6.
org/consular. The entire process must be completed in the US before students depart for Chile. travelled outside of Chile before the 90 days were up. this is not the recommendation from CEA. such as a visa and/or evidence of a return flight within a certain time period. • Where to apply for a visa? Students CANNOT apply for the visa while in Chile. Contact the Chilean consulate for specific requirements. then reentered Chile to obtain another Chilean Tourist Visa. Each consulate determines the exact documentation required for the visa.Section B: An Overview of the Chilean Student Visa Process • What is a visa? A visa is an official authorization appended or stamped into a passport.htm. There is no legal right to a visa. based on the purpose of entry and the length of stay. for you to board your flight. students must wait out the processing time. The Chilean Immigration Officer at the point of arrival will review your documents and make a determination as to whether entry will be permitted. Citizens of other countries should contact the Chilean Consulate closest to their place of residence: (http://chile-usa. However. timelines. their US passports were stamped with a tourist visa which was valid for 90 days. CEA cannot and will not intervene between students and Chilean Consulates. There is NO WAY to expedite/rush a Chilean student visa. airlines or other authorities. Airline officials may require certain documentation. When asked why they were travelling to Chile by authorities at the airlines or at the Chilean airport. etc. and should be considered the authority on the visa process. • • 5 . not be contacting their secretary of state. not by paying extra.htm) When to start the process? It is recommended that students begin the process earlyapplicants should apply for a visa NO LESS THAN TWENTY (20) business days in advance of the start date of the CEA program. and costs. Note. When visas are required. Under these circumstances. they responded that they were just tourists doing some sightseeing. Only your designated Chilean Consulate can tell you your exact requirements.org/consular. Contact information can be found at: http://chile-usa. Steps to the Student Visa for Chile: The visa process will ultimately boil down to documentation. • Who needs a visa? All CEA students holding a US Passport must obtain a Chilean Student Visa. they are necessary entry documents. These students were able to obtain their tourist visas at the Chilean airport upon arrival upon payment of a USD$131 fee. i. to enter Chile and to study in Chile. Whether you are a US citizen or not. we know of some US students in the past who decided against obtaining a Chilean visa prior to leaving for Chile. permitting entry into and travel within a particular country or region.e. Students need to apply for a visa only at the General Consulate closest to or in your state of residence. The students who were enrolled in a program of 90 days or more. Students CANNOT expedite this process. but they do not guarantee entry into a country. it is your responsibility to make sure you have the appropriate immigration and other documents to board your plane.
they should contact the Site Specialist. CEA Chile Site Specialist 2. jurisdictional issues. 4. The visa packet coming from CEA contains a proof of enrollment letter. What CEA Cannot Do: CEA has no pull or authority with the FBI or at Chilean consulates.Section C: CEA’s Role in the Visa Process • • CEA’s role in the visa process is limited. If students are uncertain of when they’ll receive their packets. a proof of medical insurance. This packet is typically mailed between 6-8 weeks prior to the start of the program. Email Updates and Reminders: The Site Specialist will email students with regular reminders and updates to help students keep on track. and a financial guarantee letter. criminal background processing. What CEA Will Do: CEA provides guidance and assistance through the process by way of the following: 1. CEA provides visa documents to confirmed students. or processing time. so CEA cannot affect the visa process in terms of documentation requirements. This CEA Visa Application Tips Guide (this document)! 3. • 6 . Visa documents: A packet of documents for the visa application.
then to the appropriate Department of State. A Proof of Enrollment letter. type of background. Passport-type photos. A certificate of good health from an authorized physician or medical institution dated within 30 days of your student visa application AND located within the same state as your designated Chilean consulate. A Letter of Approval from your Home Institution A color copy of the inside of your passport A notarized letter of financial support issued by a banking institution. Pickup Your Student Visa at the Consulate in person. on bank letterhead. Therefore. Proof of enrollment letters will be ordered for semester students by CEA after you confirm in your CEA program and after CEA has your legal name and passport number on file. ascertain the amount of monthly income required. The required form(s) can differ from consulate to consulate. you will need to take the document to a Notary Public. Many Chilean consulates will require that you email them scans of all of the student visa application documents first. This takes at least 12 weeks to process. We will mail it to your permanent address in your MyCEA Account within 40 to 90 days before the start date of your program. HIV Report. email your consulate. then to the County Clerk. and if this letter must bear an “Apostille. Ask your consulate exactly what is required. profile or front view. or the consulate doesn’t have a website. This letter is a document that originates from the University of Viña del Mar. but allow 15. Scanned copies of all of the required documents. If you can’t find the forms on your designated consulate’s website.” If an apostille is required. your consulate may require that you send your passport to them along with the student visa application form/s and the other original supporting documents. • • • • • • • • • • • • 7 . Take good care of this letter because it will take several weeks to order another original document if you report to CEA that it is misplaced or lost. we recommend that you send this packet to your consulate by a delivery service that will track your package. Your Chilean consulate may have specific requirements of the number of photos. indicating you have a specific monthly monetary income or reserve account to cover your expenses while in Chile. Student Visa Application Form(s). If your consulate requires this letter.gov/about-us/cjis/background-checks/background_checks Be sure to obtain multiple sets of fingerprints in case the first set you submit are rejected by the FBI.fbi. etc. Most likely. It can take 35 days for CEA to order this letter and for you to receive it in the US. Save a copy of all of your documents. The visa is a seal that is stamped directly into your US passport. Each official will provide a special stamp. Your US passport. Follow the steps on http://www.Section D: Examples of Possible Required Entry/Visa Documents and Tasks • FBI Report/Criminal Record. Payment methods may vary by consulate. A payment of about $140 USD (US Citizens). followed by a mailed package of the originals along with your passport (see below). The turnaround time can vary from 2 to 6 weeks after you submit your application. you will be notified by the Chilean Consulate when your visa and passport are ready to be picked up. In this case. This report should be dated within 30 days of your student visa application AND from an authorized medical institution located in the same state as your designated Chilean consulate.