Chile - Apostilled documents to be accepted

  • Chile
  • 02/25/2016

What is the change? Chile has joined the Hague Convention allowing acceptance of documents that are apostilled rather than legalized.

What does the change mean? The apostille process will simplify procedures for authenticating documents and save time for applicants.

  • Implementation time frame: Aug. 30.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas and permits requiring submission of foreign documents, such as educational diplomas, support letters, and marriage and birth certificates.
  • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals submitting foreign documents; Chilean nationals requesting a visa or requiring documents to be used overseas.
  • Impact on processing times: Apostilling can be completed the same day in person or online depending on the document.
  • Business impact: The apostille process will save significant time in the document preparation process and eliminate duplicative steps.

Background: Authenticated documents are required for work permits and other types of immigration applications. Chile currently requires legalization of documents, which entails a lengthy process. The new policy will allow applicants to have their documents apostilled in person or online at the relevant office, depending on where the document was issued.