Chile: Information on whether minors require authorization of both parents to leave the country, whether such a requirement exists for single mothers, particularly if the mother was never married and/or the father is not named on the birth certificate
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 October 1997|
|Citation / Document Symbol||CHL27959.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Chile: Information on whether minors require authorization of both parents to leave the country, whether such a requirement exists for single mothers, particularly if the mother was never married and/or the father is not named on the birth certificate, 1 October 1997, CHL27959.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab8d20.html [accessed 19 January 2018]|
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The information that follows was provided during a 31 October 1997 telephone interview with information staff at the Juridical Department (Departamento Jurídico) of the Ministry of the Interior, upon referral of the Department of Foreign Status and Migration (Departamento de Extranjería y Migración) of the same ministry.
To exit Chile with her children, a Chilean single mother or a mother who was never married does not need to present written permission to travel from the children's natural father or from anyone else: she has sole legal responsibility and authority (patria potestad) over her children. Children of a single mother, or of a mother who was never married and are travelling abroad without her, need to present a written notarized permission (permiso notarial) from their mother before leaving the country. A father is required to give written notarized permission to travel abroad without his company only for his legitimate childrenthat is, children recognized as his in marriage.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Departamento Jurídico, Ministerio del Interior, Santiago. 31 October 1997. Telephone interview with information staff.