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Will Marry for Visa in Chile
I’ve been in Chile for only two months and I’m still working out my visa situation.
From my experiences of visiting and living in other countries your type and cost of visa depends entirely on the mood of the immigration official dealing with your case.
If they’re in a good mood, great! Your visa is free, it will take 1 working day and they’ll even throw a ‘Welcome to the Country’ party for you.
If they’re in a bad mood, then watch out. Your visa is extremely expensive, it will take six months to process and to apply you need to supply your birth certificate, your fingerprint, your biometric eye scan, your parents’ name and details, your inner leg measurement, the details of your first girlfriend, details of what you had for dinner three years ago… the list of irrelevant and meaningless requirements is endless.
Unfortunately the immigration official dealing with my case was in an extremely bad mood and apparently despises people from England. My visa will take six months to process (honestly, am I to believe that to put a simple stamp in my passport will take six months of work?) but the best point is that I will be charged the extortionate fee of… $224,612 Chilean pesos (US$500)!
And what does this fee buy me? A fast and efficient visa service? No, it will take six months to process, I have to visit most of the ministries in the Chilean government to get the paperwork and no one will speak English or even attempt to understand my broken Spanish.
Do I get a personal slave to serve me for my entire time in Chile? Nope.
Do I get a tax exemption from my earnings? Of course not, not only do I have to pay to be able to work but I have to pay to receive the earnings from that work.
So what do I get for my $224,612 pesos? Ummm… well… aaahhh… …a stamp in my passport (in six months time).
This morning I spent over four hours waiting, crying, begging, imploring, cursing, pacing and praying at the Department of Extrajeria in Santiago. I went from person to person desperately pleading for any possible option that would mean I don’t have to pay so much.
Can I stay on a tourist visa?
Can I get a six month work visa?
Yes, but it will cost the same.
Can I donate an organ to a homeless person?
Yes, but it won’t make a difference.
Can I just pay you 24 000 and not expect a receipt (wink wink, nudge nudge)?
No, and if you mention or even think about that again then we will arrest you, brand you ‘an Enemy of Chile’ and dump you naked and beaten on the Argentinean side of the border.
Then one bright spark came up with an idea: I can get married to a Chilean to get a free work permit to later apply for residency.
So here goes:
English guy with brown hair, brown eyes, GSOH seeks Chilean woman for immediate marriage.
Must have full residency in Chile.