John Cobin, Ph.D., Chile Consultant
I am delighted that you are interested in coming to Chile and making it your new home. Chile is a great place to live, from its First World and beautifully-treed capital, Santiago, to its world-class beach areas, to its provincial towns and spectacular landscapes. Chile is relatively inexpensive, has a wonderful climate in its mid section, with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world in its southern half.
Briefly, Why I came to Chile
Having traveled to every corner of Chile, I am convinced that it is the most beautiful country in the world. And that is not the only reason I chose to come to Chile. Other reasons abound. It has a largely free market based economy, is business-friendly, Americans and Europeans are well-liked, its mid section has a wonderful Mediterranean climate, recreational activities abound, and Spanish proved to be a useful language for me and my children to learn.
I am delighted to hear that you will soon be joining us in Chile! The country is civilized, beautiful and fabulous. I am sure you will enjoy it.
I have written several key answers/points below to clarify some of the main questions I have received about the residency program. I hope these points will clarify things. If you still have further queries after you read these points below, please do not hesitate to write. Otherwise, we will look forward to receiving your email after you have formally joined the program.
A. PROGRAM SELECTION
Select one (choose only 1a OR 1b):
1a. Obtain a contract visa
US$2,995 plus a deposit to cover at least 3 months of one's selected salary, plus 25% for payroll and administrative charges we will have to pay on one's behalf, for each "English teaching employee" (entirely refunded to the client over 24 months); the client basically pays to fund his employment contract and thus secure a visa. Checking account, credit card and safe deposit box are possible with this visa.
1b. Obtain a retiree visa US$2,995
Here are some large properties (farm or forestry properties) for sale in central Chile, mainly land suitable for farming and forestry in the 7th and 8th Regions. They can also be subdivided and developments placed on them. Prices were computed using an exchange rate of 467 pesos to the dollar. Purchases will be made in Chilean pesos and hectares are utilized rather than acres in Chile. Hectares are converted to acres for the benefit of Americans used to thinking in terms of acres.