Independent Means Visas

Chile offers Rentista (rentier) or Pensionado (pensioner) visas those who can demonstrate a regular income, such as pensions, rental income, dividends, or even salaries –  sufficient to maintain themselves and their families.

After two years of holding a temporary Chilean residence permit, the individual can convert their visas to a permanent residence permit. 

Following five years of continuous residency in Chile, subject to having spent most of their time in the country, applicants are eligible for Chilean citizenship.

Chilean citizenship comes with a global top 20 passport in terms of visa-free travel, and the right to reside permanently within South America’s Mercosur area.


Program at a glance

Program TypeIndependent Means Visa
Time to citizenship5 years
Time to permanent residency2 years
Minimum investmentNone. Proof of US$1,500 monthly income
Physical presence requirementNone at temporary residency stage
Application processing time2-3 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to175 destinations, including Schengen countries
Contribution types availableNo investment required

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