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Working in Chile

While on a tourist visa, foreigners are not allowed to accept paid work in Chile; however, there have been circumstance (usually in the case of an international artist) when a temporary work permit has been issued. The easiest way to find paid work in Chile is by teaching English, especially in the bigger cities like Santiago or the Valparaiso-Viña del Mar area. A TEFL or CELTA certificate is desired, but for many of these jobs it is not a requirement. As a private English tutor, it’s acceptable to charge anywhere from $10 to $20 an hour.


Speaking Spanish opens up many job opportunities in Chile, but remember that the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs requires at least 85 percent of each company (with over twenty-five people) to be Chilean nationals. Chile also offers a “retirement and periodic income visa” which allows expats to work, retire, invest or start a business within the country. This is one of the easiest visas for expats to obtain and is preferable to a work visa because your immigration status will not change even if your occupation status does.


Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States and the United Kingdom can stay in Chile for up to three months without a visa. In order to work in Chile a work permit or visa is necessary and easy to obtain while in the country. Australia and New Zealand have a working holiday agreement with Chile where citizens can apply to work temporarily, part-time or full time in Chile. A politically stable country with one of the strongest economies in Latin America makes Chile an option for finding work abroad.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Chile: When to Go: La Serena, Maps, Chile's National Parks, Norte Grande Highlights, Tours in the Lake District, Gay Chile, The Ghosts of Iquique, When to Go to Middle Chile , Tours of Middle Chile and Services.

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