Haiti - FLASH : Chile requires a Visa for Haitians
The official figures indicate that there are currently more than one million foreigners in Chile (nearly 6% of the Chilean population) of which about one third are in an irregular migratory situation. Haiti, Venezuela and Colombia are the countries with the highest migration growth to Chile in the last four years.
Monday, April 9, 2018, the Chilean Conservative President Sebastián Piñera, announced a bill to regulate migratory flows, through the application of visas, saying "We want these people to enter Chile in accordance with our laws, integrate into our society, be a contribution to our country and realize their dreams of a better life [...]"
Among the measures proposed in the decree issued on Monday, Piñera decided to require for haitians a simple tourist consular visa, with the right to enter and stay in Chile for a maximum period of 30 days. Holders of this visa will not be able to work or earn money in Chile.
Haitians who already have a family member in Chile having a regular immigration status, will be able to access the 12-month family reunification visa. This visa must be requested from the Consulate of Chile in Haiti and will be subject to a maximum annual quota.
Other new measures accompany the decision of the Chilean Government among others: the entry ban for persons with criminal records, the creation of a national migration service, mandatory application outside Chile for a temporary residence visa that will not be interchangeable with a tourist visa and a simplified eviction mechanism for offenders. Elimination of the possibility of applying for a temporary visa in Chile for work reasons.
All these measures will come into effect, according to the Chilean press, as of April 16, 2018.
Piñera has also introduced a bill that reformulates the current immigration law, which has been in force since 1975 and leaves the migration officer the power to say who can enter Chile. Currently the legislation allows any foreigner who enters Chile with a "tourist visa" to be able to apply for a temporary or permanent residence once on the national territory "Our country needs a new migration law, adapted to our time and guaranteeing a safe, orderly and regular migration, which opens the doors to those who do good in Chile and closes the doors to those who harm us," said President Piñera.
The new regulations will be submitted to Congress with a simple emergency request, which means that it will have to be evaluated within 30 days, said Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick.
In addition, Monday's decree specifies that foreigners who want to come to work in Chile will be able to do so as long as they ask in their own country a "Visa Temporaria de Oportunidades" or a "Visa Temporaria de Orientación Internacional".
3 types of temporary visas may be requested from 1 August 2018
The "Visa Temporaria de Oportunidades" concerns migrants from all countries who wish to come to Chile to undertake and work for a period of 12 months, renewable with the possibility of applying for permanent residency.
The "Visa Temporaria de Orientación Internacional" is aimed at foreigners holding a postgraduate degree in the top 200 universities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings and who wish to undertake and work in Chile. It allows to work for 12 months with the possibility of access to permanent residence.
The "Visa Temporaria de Orientación Nacional" the only one that can be obtained in Chile concerns foreigners wishing to obtain advanced degrees in Chilean accredited universities and desire to undertake and work in Chile later.
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