Immigrant Visas

Important Notice

Travel by foreign nationals to the United States from Chile currently is limited by one or a combination of the following: a) the Presidential Proclamation prohibiting entry to the United States for travelers transiting from Chile to the U.S. via Brazil; b) the suspension of routine visa services at U.S. Embassy Santiago; c) the Presidential Proclamations suspending issuance of several types of U.S. visas.  

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide an estimate of when routine visa services will resume. Please regularly check the website, as we will publish any changes to our visa operations as they occur.

See here for information on Current Visa Operations at U.S. Embassy Santiago

See here to Register Online for your Immigrant Visa Appointment

See here for information on Travel/Entry Restrictions Related to COVID-19

See here for Information on the Suspension of Select Visas by Presidential Proclamation


For more information about the Presidential Proclamations and other travel restrictions in place, please visit: 

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Chile at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

To ensure safe physical distancing, appointment scheduling has been carefully planned. Therefore, visa applicants arriving more than 5 minutes before their scheduled appointment time WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ENTRY. Applicants arriving more than 15 minutes after their scheduled appointment will be asked to reschedule.

Visit Embassy Santiago’s Report Fraud web page:

  • Learn how to report suspected fraud and illegal activity
  • Learn about Embassy fraud prevention efforts
  • Learn about consequences of fraud

Immigrant Visas