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Finding Employment

Chile - Finding Employment

Chile’s economy is ranked fifth in South America, making the country a favorable place for migrants to work. As an expat, it is easy to get work in Chile provided you have the right documentation. Here’s a guide to what to consider when looking for employment in Chile.

Looking For Expat Jobs

Many expats coming to work in Chile fill up positions in the service sector. Teaching and language jobs are among the top of the list for expat job seekers. Chile is also undergoing an economic reconstruction, where the government is shifting its focus from mining and export of minerals to the establishment of business enterprises.

International beverage companies such as Coco Cola and Nestle have opened branches in Chile. Silicon Valley giants including Intel, Microsoft and IBM also have offices in the country. For expats working in any of these international companies, it is easier to transition to Chile as an employee applying for a transfer. Such international companies will also be willing to employ foreigners who present a unique set of skills and talent that will be beneficial to the company.

Large businesses in Chile also advertise for new positions on their official websites. Check with these websites for their daily job listings and apply online. A third option is to search for vacancies in local newspapers. Popular newspapers that frequently advertise new jobs include Mercurio Paper and El Rastro. The latter is a bi-weekly release which includes new job listings in every copy.

In Chile, it is also important to form a network of business connections or pitutos. This is because some employers who do not wish to advertise publicly for positions will rely on recommendations through business connections. Having the right connections can therefore help you transition to a new job faster and even advance your career.

Expats seeking employment in Chile can also search official job sites. There are five top employment websites in Chile where expats can look for placements, which are chile.xpatjobs.com, zonajobs.cl, trabajando.cl, laborum.cl and startupchile.org. Here you will find job listings from parastatals, international companies and private businesses looking for new employees.

Applying For Jobs In Chile

Migrants can only work in Chile if they have a legal work permit. You can apply for this permit before or after arriving in Chile. The ministry of foreign affairs and ministry of the interior are the two offices that are able to provide work permits to expats.

Work Permit Requirements

Expats looking to apply for a work permit must first present a contract agreement signed by their employer. With a valid contract, you can proceed to apply for a labor contract visa. This contract visa is temporary, and will serve while you wait for your work permit to be approved.

Work permits can be obtained from the ministry of foreign affairs or the ministry of the interior. Expats apply for work permits at the ministry of foreign affairs consulate if they are yet to travel to Chile. Those already in Chile will have to get the same permit from the ministry of the interior. The application procedures and documents required will vary, depending on several factors including the consulate where the visa is applied for.

At the ministry of foreign affairs, you will be required to submit three original copies of your employment contract. The three documents should be signed by your employer, a public lawyer, and the ministry of justice and foreign affairs. A copy of your resume will be required along with an original copy of your university degree legally prepared by the consulate.

You also need to submit six recently taken passport photographs with your passport number written on the back. Some consulate may ask for fewer photos. Expats are also required to submit an affidavit of support, proving they can and will be supporting anyone dependent on them while in Chile. If you have a family, the consulate will ask for a photocopy of your marriage certificate and the birth certificates of your children. All these documents should be submitted together with the visa application form for verification and approval by the consulate.

Expats already living or studying in Chile can get a work permit from the ministry of the interior. The application process is like the process at the ministry of foreign affairs, and requires the migrant to submit several documentations for processing. A work visa application form must be filled in and submitted with four passport photos of the applicant and those of their dependents. The applicant should write their passport number and those of their dependents on the reverse of the photos.

Expats moving with their family will be required to submit a copy of marriage certificates and birth certificates of their children. The applicant must also sign a declaration of support to their dependents while in Chile. Finally, the expat will also be required to submit three original work contracts signed by their employer in Chile. If the expat is working for an international company with a branch in Chile, the documents must then be signed by the Chilean branches of international companies.

Once the visa application is approved, the expat is expected to be in Chile within 90 days. When they arrive in the country, they will also have 30 days to apply for a Chilean ID card. One must also register with the office of international police before they start working.

Work visas are valid for a period of two years, after which they must be renewed. Expats can then extend their work visas for an additional two years, or convert their visa to permanent residency.

Income Tax

Chile remains a favorable place to work because of their favorable income tax rates. International employees working in Chile are not taxed on any income they earn from abroad. Expats working with Chilean employees are subject to income tax that does not exceed 40 percent of their gross earnings. However, migrants should be aware that the taxation system in Chile is constantly undergoing amendments. Therefore, it is important to keep abreast of current income tax rates and plan your finances accordingly.

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