Is it possible for someone who is in literally years of “en tramite” (between temporary and permanent residency) to get married to a Chilean national? The cedula is expired and Registro Civil is “unable” to renew it until new permanent residency visa is issued, which could be a couple more years. I ask because online the Registro Civil states:
Cédula de identidad vigente y en buen estado.
Does this apply to BOTH parties? If so, does that mean it is literally impossible to get hitched?
Hiya Tomas, long time no hablamos. From what I read there, as he is a resident, it is not the same as an extranjero sin residencia. Seems like in this case, all present - the Chilean citizen, the resident extranjero and the two witnesses all must have cedulas vigentes.
Hi eeuunikkeiexpat, many moons! As long as I know the residence status is not required here, just a document who prove without doubt the identity, the important is that all can be identified without doubts, there are no further requirements. You are rigth anyway, best move is go directly to Registro Civil, and ask at “informaciones”
They demanded that we have a charla and I a CERTIFIED (for them) translator at the charla and the wedding. Also, the witnesses HAD TO BE citizens or permanent residents of 5 YEARS or more.
All this was dictated via the head of the RC at the time, a dick that ran for public office many years later (I saw his ad on the street). Probably still does have a cush job somewhere as he is on the lefty side of the equation.
I doubt they would have let me go through with it with an expired passport (I was still on a rotating tourist visa at the time) or an expired cedula if I were a resident.
Wow, that does sound excessive. I had permanent residency at the time. The office head talked to me for about 2 minutes, decided my Spanish was good, took the name of our witnesses and scheduled our ceremony.
She later came to my aid when my nationality came through and an employee at the ID counter tried to send me to the Huérfanos foreign resident office to get Chilean ID after my nationality came through.
My husband is Chilean. I did hire a lawyer for my temporary visa and my permanent residency. My situation was unique, so I wanted to be sure it came out okay. Of course, immigration was much less backed up then. I did my nationality application myself. That was a while ago, so I don’t have the lawyer’s information any more.