Working in Chile legally

Working in Chile Legally 

STEP 1 - Choose an option to legally carry out contracting activities

  1. Apply for temporary work permits for your non-Chilean staff (option only vaid if all your staff are non-Chilean).
  2. Work through an agent (a Chilean based company that will represent the juridical obligations and rights of the foreign company.
  3. Branch of a Foreign Legal Entity 
  4. Corporation
  5. Sociedad por Acciones (Simplified Corporation)
  6. Limited Liability Company

STEP 2 – Apply for a work permit for your non-Chilean staff prior to arrival in Chile

To apply for the 30 day work permit the contract company will need to contact this law firm:
Mario Cassanello Munita - Abogado Division - Migracion Y Extranjeria.
Av. Los Conquistadores 1700 Piso 11, Provedencia, Santiago, Chile.

The following will need to be supplied for each member of non-Chilean staff that will be working in Chile:

  • Copy of passport
  • Professional training
  • Travel plans
  • Job/activity to be performed in Chile
  • Pay a fee according to passport country or origin

Although the tourist visa is valid for 90 days the Work Permit is valid for only 30 days and is provided to each member of staff on arrival at the Santiago Airport. Staff from the law firm will escort contractor staff through the immigration area at the airport on arrival and departure. 
After 30 days a new work permit will need to applied for following the same process described above.

Example documentation to be supplied to AURA

  • copies of the contract between AURA and the contractor
  • copies of work permit for foreign (non-Chilean) workers on the AURA site (see section below on how to obtain and work permit)
  • copies of the contract between a foreign contractor and a Chilean-based subsidiary or partner
  • documentation of local subsidiary or branch of a foreign firm, including formal name, legal representative, RUT, and physical address.
  • copies of contracts for Chilean workers employed, directly or indirectly, by the foreign contractor
  • any other such documentation necessary to verify full compliance with Chilean laws and regulations.


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