I was granted Residencia Permanente status in 2017 – I had moved to Dubai by then, but came back to receive the RUT card, sign papers etc. I kept it alive by returning often enough, until the pandemic hit. I returned in October 2021 (and stayed – longest I’ve been in one country for 20 years!). At the airport they confiscated my card, and told me that I could reapply for temporary residence as (kinda seemed like some sort of grey zone) a tourist/lapsed permanent resident – the lapsed tourist resident aspect would cut some corners, speed things up. I applied, received the Certificado de Residencia Temporal en Trámite, and then nothing. The certificado was good for six months, the expiration date has come and gone. When I try to extend it online, “Su Ampliación de Certificado de Residencia Temporal en Trámite no se encuentra disponible por el momento.”
I am married to a Chilean, and we have a nine year-old daughter. I’m a Canadian citizen, here on a British passport, I’m retired and can support my family on my US Social Security payments.
According to Decreto 597, Artículo 51, there’s somewhat of a grace period if you had permanent residency and haven’t been absent for the last five years – you’re automatically granted temporary residency when you return. And, according to the Immigration Officer at the airport, when you eventually re-apply for permanent residency, they’ll let you skip a few steps this time around.
But ya, the issue I’m dealing with is the temporary residency being processed.