On November 22, 2014 the Government of Canada announced that
Chilean citizens would no longer require a visa to visit Canada.
This means that Chile joins other visa-exempt countries whose citizens may stay
in Canada for up to 6 months without a visa.
At the same time, Canada imposed new visa restrictions on
visitors from St. Kitts and Nevis. This was done in response to
concerns over inadequate identity management practices pertaining
to that country's Citizenship by Investment Program. Citizens
of St. Kitts and Nevis will be required to apply for a Temporary
Resident Visa in order to enter Canada.
Information for Employers
The lifting of the visa requirement will make it easier for
Canadian employers to hire Chilean citizens pursuant to the terms
of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. That agreement includes
provisions related to temporary work permits for Chilean
professionals and intra-company transferees.
Previously, Chilean citizens seeking a work permit in Canada
were required to apply in advance through a Canadian consulate.
Chilean citizens with the necessary supporting documentation may
now make their application for a work permit at any Canadian
port-of-entry, significantly reducing the administrative burden and
Information for Chilean Citizens
The visa exemption means that Chilean citizens may enter and
remain in Canada without a visa for periods of up to 6 months.
Previously, Chilean citizens had to obtain a Temporary Resident
Visa prior to visiting Canada. The lifting of the visa restriction
will make it easier for Chileans to visit Canada.
This visa-exemption applies to admission to Canada only. It does
not extend permission to work or study in Canada. Chileans seeking
to work or study may now apply for a permit to do so at any
Canadian port-of-entry provided they have the necessary supporting
It is important to note that this visa exemption in no way
waives Canada's standard admissibility criteria. All foreign
nationals with health conditions, criminal backgrounds or who may
represent a security risk are still inadmissible to Canada.
Information for Citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis
Citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis wishing to visit Canada must now
apply for a Temporary Resident Visa in order to be admitted to
Canada. Applications for a Temporary Resident Visa may be made in
person, by mail or by courier at any Visa Application Centre (VAC).
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