Visa Tech: Chile facilitates the arrival of overseas professionals and technicians for the technology sector

Visa Tech is a public-private initiative to streamline the processing of work visas for professionals and technicians in the technology sector. By reducing the time required for their hiring, the initiative provides support for entrepreneurship and productivity in technology services companies in Chile.

Led by InvestChile and Start-Up Chile, the initiative has received extensive support and coordination from other entities.

Visa Tech will have short-term benefits. Companies opting to use the system will be able to hire highly qualified professionals to provide sophisticated services and products. In the long term, there will also be benefits due to the incorporation of knowledge that will boost Chile as a pole of innovation and talent regionally and internationally.

The Visa Tech program will reduce to a maximum of 15 working days the time required to obtain a work visa for professionals in the technology sector, facilitating hiring processes, the incorporation of specialized human capital and the growth of large and small ITC companies.

Companies and SMEs interested in using the Visa Tech program for one or more employees should contact InvestChile or Start-Up Chile and, if the potential overseas employee is already in the country, submit a request for a Certificate of Sponsorship for the streamlined visa process.

If the potential employee is not yet in the country, the company should apply for a Personalized Letter of Invitation for Business Purposes. This will permit the potential employee’s early entry into Chile in order to complete the hiring process there and then apply for a Work Visa. For this purpose, the company’s request should indicate specific details of the potential employee’s identity and background.

Since the start of pilot operation of the Visa Tech program in May 2017, work visas have been awarded to some dozen professionals from India, Venezuela, Cuba and China. They include engineers in statistics, public accountants and IT engineers of whom one holds a master’s degree in information sciences and systems.

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