New immigration legislation, Travel restrictions extended chile
Immigration benefits to Chilean nationals. In light of the recent natural catastrophes in Chile, USCIS reminds Chileans of U.S. immigration benefits available to eligible Chilean nationals upon request. It provides visa-free access to 174 countries. With a high mobility score it is one of the more desirable passports in the world. Chilean passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Russia, United States and the entire European Union. Those who have come since 1990, when the military regime ended, are emigrating primarily for economic reasons. Though the Chilean economy is growing, there is still a large class of poor people in the country. As of mid-2020, there were approximately 643,800 Chileans living abroad. Nearly 215,200 of them lived in the neighbouring Argentina, the leading destination country of those emigrating from Chile. The law created a new visa regime with three main categories: tourists, temporary residents, and permanent residents. Within the temporary residents’ category, it also created five subcategories: contracted workers, an open temporary resident category, students, government officials, and refugees or asylees.