|Chilean Citizenship Act|
|Parliament of Chile|
|Enacted by||Government of Chile|
|Status: Current legislation|
Any person born in Chile acquires Chilean citizenship at birth. The only two exceptions apply to children of persons in the service of a foreign government (like foreign diplomats) and to the children of foreigners who do not reside in the country. However, these children can apply to acquire Chilean nationality.
Children of Chilean citizens born abroad acquire the Chilean nationality at birth, if any of their parents or grandparents were Chilean through the principle of jus soli or naturalisation.
Foreigners may apply for Chilean citizenship if they meet the following criteria:
Chile allows dual citizenship.
If any administrative authority should deprive a person of their Chilean nationality, it can be reclaimed personally or by anyone on their behalf at the Supreme Court, according to Article 12 of the Chilean Constitution.
Dual nationality is permitted under the new laws.