Chile - Visa information and lodgement

This visa office provides immigration and visa services to clients in Chile and nine other South and Central American countries including: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela and the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean (previously known as Netherlands Antilles (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Maarten (Saint Martin) and Sint Eustatius (Saint Eustatius)).

Permanent entry visas

Partner, Prospective Marriage and Child visa applications from applicants usually living in one of the countries in the 'country coverage' list above are lodged and processed in Santiago.

Applications for general skilled, business innovation and investment, Distinguished Talent (subclass 124), Former Resident (subclass 151) and parent subclasses are lodged and processed in Australia.

Refugee and Humanitarian visas

Clients from the Americas region whose application for a Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visa is accompanied by a Form 681—Refugee and Special Humanitarian Proposal (proposal form) must lodge their application at the department’s NSW Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centre.

This applies to people who are lodging a visa for consideration under the Global Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) or as an immediate family member.

Email: The Special Humanitarian Programme (SHP)

See: Lodging Certain Humanitarian Applications in Australia

All other Refugee and Humanitarian applications should be directed to the Australian Embassy in Chile.

Temporary entry visas

Unless indicated below, p​aper temporary entry visa applications from clients in the 'country coverage' list above are lodged and processed in Santiago.


Exceptions to this process include passport holders from Chile who want to visit Australia as a tourist are eligible to apply online for a visitor visa.
See: Visitor (e600) Visa Online Application

Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400) - Visa applicants will need to lodge an online application

Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) - Sponsorship (if required) and visa applicants can lodge an online application.

Training visa (subclass 407) - Sponsorship, nomination and visa applications will need to lodge an online application.

Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) - Sponsorship and visa applications will need to lodge an online application.

Paper applications for the Sponsored Family stream of the Visitor (subclass 600) visa must be lodged in Australia. These applications will be processed at one of the Sponsored Family Visitor processing centres below.

Sponsor's locationProcessing centre
New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania or the ACT Sydney office in New South Wales - attention Sponsored Family Visitor Processing Centre
Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia or Western Australia Brisbane office in Queensland - attention Sponsored Family Visitor Processing Centre

Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457)​ sponsorship, nomination and visa applications must be lodged online. These applications will be processed at one of the Centres of Excellence in Australia.

If you are sponsored by an Australian employer, you must lodge your visa application at the same office in Australia where your employer lodged papers to support your application. Please ask your employer where they lodged these papers.​​​​​


Applications for Citizenship by Descent can be lodged at the Australian Embassy, Chile.

Applications for Australian citizenship general eligibility and other situations, and applications to resume or renounce (give up) Australian citizenship should be lodged at the Canberra office in Australian Capital Territory.

For more information see: Australian Citizenship.