Chile LLM Resources
This page is a resource for Chilean lawyers who would like to attend a U.S. LLM program or a U.S. based online LLM program.
Obtaining a U.S. Student Visa for Chilean Students
Chilean lawyers who want to enroll in an LLM program in the United States need a non-immigrant visa for academic studies, also known as an F-1 visa. Before applying for a visa, a student must be accepted for an LLM program and certified as a future U.S. student.
The following requirements must be satisfied before an F-1 visa is issued:
- A Certificate of Eligibility (officially known as an I-20 form) must be obtained from the accepting U.S. school.
- The DS-160 application form must be completed online at the Consular Electronic Application Center. A $160 application fee is required.
Applicants who have never held a U.S. F-1 visa must register with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Most students must pay a $200 SEVIS registration fee. The information provided to SEVIS is used to track visa holders from the time they register until they complete their academic program and return to their home country.
A visa interview must be scheduled at a U.S. Embassy in Chile (this should be done through the U.S. Visa Information Service Center). During the interview, applicants must provide proof that they have sufficient financial resources for all the expenses associated with their first year of study. They should also be prepared to assert that they have strong personal and economic ties to Chile.
Applicants must show that they have a valid passport that will not expire during the period they are allowed to be in the country. Holders of F-1 visas are allowed to stay in the United States for up to 60 days following program completion. It is recommended that visa applicants also bring prior passports to their visa interview.
Applicants for F-1 visas for LLM programs are expected to be academically prepared and proficient in English. They should be prepared to prove their proficiency during their visa interview, which will be conducted in English.
For more information about student visas from Chile, visit the website for the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile.
LLM Resources for Chilean Lawyers
Lawyers who are interested in participating in an LLM program in the United States, will be pleased to know that there are a wide variety of LLM scholarships for international students.
LLM students from Chile who are studying in the United States can benefit from membership in the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). Membership benefits including networking opportunities, resources for continuing legal education, email alerts about news related to Hispanics in the legal profession and access to the association’s Career Center. The HNBA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., but has state and local affiliate organizations located across the country.