Immigrant Visas

Important Notice:

Travel by foreign nationals to the United States from Chile is currently  limited by one or a combination of the following: a) Presidential Proclamations prohibiting entry to the United States for travelers that have been present in certain countries within the past 14 days; b) limited visa services at U.S. Embassy Santiago; c) Presidential Proclamations suspending issuance of several types of U.S. visas.
Travelers may be subject to additional entry requirements based on U.S. national and state COVID-19 regulations, including but not limited to the disclosure of health information, a PCR test, and/or a quarantine period. Please see the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s website for guidance specific to your point of origin, your transit route, and your destination in the USA:

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 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