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How to obtain the Ficha de Canje Internacional at Interpol in Peru

Interpol - Ficha de Canje Internacional

How to obtain the Interpol clearance in Peru

All foreigners must present the "Ficha de Canje Internacional" to Migraciones when changing their immigration status either from a temporary visa or temporary authorization (for example tourist) to a residence visa or from one resident permit type to another. So, before you can even start any resident visa application process, you first have to get the Interpol clearance done.

Content overview

 

What is the Ficha de Canje

The Ficha de Canje Internacional is a document issued by Interpol (The International Criminal Police Organization) certifying that a person isn’t an internationally wanted fugitive, so hasn’t an international wanted persons notice (Red Notice).

Getting the Ficha de Canje Internacional is contrary to popular opinion an easy process, at least if you know how it’s done, can reach the website for the online appointments and are lucky enough that there are free appointments.

 

Interpol offices in Peru

While for years Interpol was only located in Lima, now we have offices in the provinces as well making it easier for those living far from Lima and giving those that can’t get an appointment in the capital in a timely manner the option to try it elsewhere.

  • Lima: Av. Manuel Olguin block 6, Monterrico, Surco
  • Arequipa: Seguridad de Estado, Calle San Francisco 214, Arequipa
  • Chiclayo: Segunda Macro región Policial, Calle Manco Capac 205, Chiclayo
  • Cusco: Complejo Policial 6 de Diciembre, Av. 28 de Julio, Wanchaq, Cusco
  • Piura: Division de Investigación Criminal, Complejo Policial Carretera Panamericana Piura-Sullana km 2.5
  • Trujillo: Com. Policial Cap, Calle Toribio Mogrovejo 370, Urb. San Andres, Trujillo
 

How to pay the fee for the Interpol clearance

As with all administrative procedures in Peru, before you can make an appointment and apply, you first have to pay the corresponding fee either in person at a Banco de la Nacion branch or on the pagalo.pe website from a computer or with the pagalo.pe app from a smartphone or tablet.

You can find detailed explanations on how to pay, what you have to do and be aware of, how to register on the online payment platform and how to find the correct fee you have to pay, in our article "Paying administration charges and processing fees in Peru".

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For paying the Ficha de Canje Internacional (Interpol) you need the code 08141 (on págalo.pe you can find it under Policia Nacional del Peru); it costs S/ 31.50 (2022).

Once the payment is done, keep the receipt safe. You will need it when making the appointment.

 

How to make an appointment at Interpol

Appointments can only be booked on the Interpol website not in person anymore. Be aware that the website quite regularly only seems to load and work properly on workdays (Mo-Sa) and before 09.00 pm.

If you have problems that the page won't load or "hangs" reload the page and try again. Helpful as well using another browser and/or clearing your cache. Be aware that the Interpol appointment page only seems to work if you are in Peru. So, if you are in Peru, but use, for example, a VPN set in the US switch it off. If you are outside Peru and want to book your appointment before coming to the country, use a VPN and select Peru. And to avoid further system errors, we highly recommend to not using a translation program, which automatically translates the page from Spanish to your preferred language, and switching off any ad blockers you might use.

On the Interpol appointment page just fill in required fields: enter your personal data - such as passport plus passport number, last name(s), first name(s) exactly as in your passport, type of visa you are applying for (for example, changing to family visa (cambio a inmigrante por familiar residente) or changing to student or retirement visa (cambio a estudiante; cambio a rentista) - and your address.

On the next page enter the information of your payment receipt as required. Choose an Interpol branch and a date / time.

Check that all your information is correct and there are no spelling mistakes before clicking “generar cita”!

If you are lucky, everything goes smoothly, and you have your appointment. Print the confirmation, or at least download it.

When choosing the Interpol office in Lima, it’s unfortunately not unheard of that no appointments are available at the moment. The only thing you can do is to try later, the next day, the day after that, … Interpol releases new appointments regularly, however with a changing schedule. For months, new appointments were made available on the 20th of each month or at the end of a month, or twice a month or whenever. Right now (end of November 2022) Interpol announced to release new appointments once a week on Saturdays at 08.00am. When time is an issue, another option is to get your ficha at one of the Interpol offices in the provinces where usually appointments are readily available.

 

Required documents for your Interpol clearance

  • Application form (you can get it at the office)
  • Appointment confirmation (which you hopefully at least saved on your device or better printed out)
  • Passport
  • Copy of the passport page with the personal information and photo
  • Copy of the passport page with the Peruvian entry stamp
  • Passport photos (usually they are taken in the office for around S/ 10, however, in case of unforeseeable circumstances, it might be wise to have 2 in passport size with you
  • Payment receipt for the Interpol clearance (code 08141; fee S/ 31.50 as of 2022)
  • Envelope, office size (still on the official requirement list, mostly only asked for if you are a US, Canadian or Australian national)
  • If you are already a resident, Carné de extranjería and copy of it
  • If you are applying for a family visa: official document that proves the family tie. For example:
    • If you are married to a Peruvian: copy of your Peruvian marriage certificate and copy of the spouse’s DNI (best have the originals with you as well)
    • If you are married to a foreigner with Peruvian residency: copy of your marriage certificate (with Apostille or, if the country in which the document was issued didn't sign the Apostille Convention (like Canada, for example) legalized by a Peruvian consulate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Peru and then translated into Spanish by a certified translator) and copy of the spouse’s carné (best have the originals with you as well)
  • If you apply for other temporary or resident visas: even though not on the official requirements list, sometimes Interpol wants to see the document proving the basis of your visa application. For example: if you apply for a work visa, Interpol wants a copy the work contract; or if you apply for a retirement visa, they want to have a copy of the letter from your pension fund; or if you apply for a student visa, they want a copy of the enrollment certificate or the official letter from the Peruvian host university, etc.
  • If you are a US American national: an international money order, a so called “Giro sobre el exterior” for the amount of US$ 18.00, made out to "The Treasury of the USA" (you are supposed to get it at any BCP branch) (*)
  • If you are a Canadian national: an international money order, a so called "Giro sobre el exterior" for the amount of CAD$ 26,75, made out to "The Receiver General for Canada" (in Lima you get it at the BCP branch on Av. Juan de Arona 889 with Av. Rivera Navarrete in San Isidro or as suggested by the Peruvian government the one on Jr. Lampa 499 in the city center or as suggested by one of our readers the main branch in La Molina) (*)
  • If you are an Australian national: an international money order, a so called "Giro sobre el exterior" for the amount of AU$ 99.00, made out to "The Australian Federal Police" (in Lima you get it at the BCP branch on Av. Juan de Arona 889 with Av. Rivera Navarrete in San Isidro or as suggested by the Peruvian government the one on Jr. Lampa 499 in the city center or as suggested by one of our readers the main branch in La Molina) (*)
  • Black pen

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Example Money Order / Giro sobre el Exterior
Example of the Giro sobre el exterior / Money Order US nationals need for Interpol; the photo was taken at Interpol in Arequipa; payment was done at a BCP branch in Arequipa

According to one of our readers, the BCP branch on Jr. Lampa 499 in the city center does not issue the money order anymore. Additionally, the BCP branch in San Isidro allegedly only does the money order for clients. Doesn't make sense. After much discussion, he was finally able to get it done in the main branch in La Molina. However, another reader commented that he couldn't get the money order without an account at the BCP branch in La Molina. Another reader commented that he was able to get the money order without any problems at the BCP branch on Av. José Larco 611 in Miraflores.

In Cusco, one reader was able to get the money order at the BCP office on Avenida del Sol.

As regulations may change quickly without prior notice and depend on your nationality, procedures in your home country and the visa type you are applying for in Peru, we highly recommend confirming the above requirements and amounts with the Interpol office or online shortly before your visit.

 

Interpol Visit

On the day of your Interpol appointment, arrive at the office 15 to 30 minutes early with all required documents and without accompanying persons (only handicapped persons are allowed to enter the office with one adult for support). Be aware that due to Covid masks are obligatory.

Especially in Lima, the situation in front of and inside the office sometimes seems chaotic. But you just have to wait your turn and then hand in your documents. Additionally, passport photos are taken (additional fee of about S/. 10), you are fingerprinted, and your teeth are examined.

Usually, the check Interpol does before issuing the Ficha de Canje Internacional only takes an hour, and you can pick up the document later on the same day. Make a copy of it for yourself.

With the ficha in hand, you now can start your resident visa application process.

Depending on your nationality, an additional check from the federal police body of your home country (for example, the FBI) is required. For this the above mentioned international money order is needed. According to the Interpol office in Lima, this check has nothing to do with issuing the ficha necessary for Migraciones and the approval of your visa; if something serious comes up, your record is tagged, and you might be detained as soon as you leave the country.

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    AB · 02/12/2022
    Just had my interpol appointment in Lima.

    The guard at the gate asked for the appointment confirmation, and gave me some forms. She directed me to the waiting area, where there were around 15 people.

    The officers don't call you up by name, so you have to move to the front row of seats, towards the door, as people get up.

    The officer checks your documents, then sends you to get a photo taken (no cost). He didn't accept the passport photos I brought myself. After, you go to have your teeth visually examined, then your fingerprints are taken.

    I'm Canadian so I had additional fingerprints and an additional form to fill. They provided the envelope with the address already on it for sending to the RCMP.

    The ficha was already printed out and ready before my fingerprints were finished being taken. There is a wash station outside to remove the ink.

    All the staff were friendly and the atmosphere was relaxed. They spoke some English as well. They have pens there, but it'll go a lot smoother if you bring your own to fill out the forms. They didn't ask me for a Constancia de Matrícula.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 02/12/2022
      @AB
      Hello AB,

      thank you so much for sharing your experience at the Interpol office in Lima. I will update the article above, so our readers get the most current information possible.

      I think lots of our readers will be happy to hear that while the visit to Interpol is another hurdle on their way to apply for residency, there is nothing to worry about.

      I hope everything else on your way to a student visa works as smooth as your Interpol visit.

      Thanks again

      Eva
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    AB · 20/11/2022
    What exactly is considered a passport size photo by Interpol? I want to bring some just in case.

    I also found a form here, but it seems to be only for changing to resident status? 

    P.S. I checked daily, and I saw new appointments in Lima for the first half of December, on Saturday the 19th, at 9am 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 21/11/2022
      @AB Hello AB,

      usually if you get your photos taken somewhere in Peru and say they have to be "tamaño pasaporte" they cut your photos in the correct size. They should be around 40x45mm (but if you look on official requirements lists you as well find sizes of 35x45mm).

      And when I remember correctly, two weeks ago or so, you already posted on our student visa page. So, I assume you want to apply for a (temporary?) student visa. If you are in Peru as a tourist, for example, and apply for a temporary or resident visa, the procedure is called "cambio de calidad migratoria" (change of immigration status). Nevertheless, the Interpol form provided on the government website is from 2019 and seems to be intended only for applying for a resident status (residencia) not a temporary visa. I don't know, if the form is still up-to-date and used (as well for temporary visa applicants). 

      But since forever, you get the form at the Interpol office when you arrive for your appointment. So, I wouldn't worry about it. Just take a black pen with you to fill it in.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    John · 16/11/2022
    Well, my experience in obtaining the Ficha de Canje is a lot more humane.

    You can get the $18 money order (for $30) at the main BCP office on Avenida del Sol. I was not the only one there getting this that day. Bringing an image of the money order from the web is helpful to orient the tellers.

    The bad part was that the interpol website just hanged when I tried to make the appointment; this persisted for days. We went to the Cusco interpol office (which seems to be 2 desks in a room) and explained. The woman there more or less confirmed the problem, asked us for a time the following week, and told us to come then, and gave us her cellphone number. We called her the day before, and she said she was on vacation but would explain the situation to her colleague. And sure enough she did!

    The whole thing was easy and informal. There was no one else in the office; my wife was along to translate for me the whole time. We had to go out to get a second copy of my passport pages. They took my pictures for free; it included profile shots so a passport photo wouldn't have cut it. I had to walk a block to a local dentist to get my teeth documented; a 15 minute wait. I returned with the card and the document was ready.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 16/11/2022
      @John
      Hello John,

      thanks so much for sharing your experience at the Interpol office in Cusco.

      Great that the staff is more helpful and accessible than in Lima and things seem to be more relaxed there.

      For some who can't get an appointment in Lima, flying to Cusco and get the Ficha there might be a good option.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      AB · 20/11/2022
      @John The website also hanged for me the first time I tried to reserve the appointment in Lima. I disabled the adblocker then hard refreshed, and it worked right away.
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    Kata · 10/11/2022
    Hey, I'vej just made na appointment on Interpol and dicovered that on the confirmation od the appointment on "Fecha de nacimiento" od the date that I started to fill in the form (yesterday), and when I download the document by QR code, in the same place is "almost" correct data, but day and month are switched... do I have a problems during the visit because of that?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/11/2022
      @Kata Hello Kata,

      Under normal circumstances, I would say, yes, you should correct your birth date. Peruvian authorities are strict with any mistake, be it a spelling mistake or switched numbers.

      But, as far as I know, unfortunately you can’t just correct your mistake on the form. You must start from scratch, so fill in the form again and make a new appointment. As appointments are still scarce in Lima, you might not get a new one soon.

      So, I’m not sure what I should recommend. Even though with a heavy heart, I would leave it as it is, but on the day of the appointment let Interpol know about the day-month switch of your birthdate (nothing unusual as the US writes mm/dd/yyyy, Peru dd/mm/yyyy) and kindly ask them to please change it. I was told that Interpol staff is much more accommodating than they used to be and just correct little things like that.

      Good luck.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Steve · 27/10/2022
    Hi quick question.  I'm US American and the FBI has the option to pay the $18.00 fee for the background report directly online via their secure payment portal instead of having to find/convince a willing Peruvian bank + snail mail over a cashier's check/money order.  When I go to Interpol do I need to explain any of this? 

    P
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 27/10/2022
      @Steve Hello Steve,

      Honestly, I don’t know if Interpol in Peru accepts the payment via the payment portal of the FBI.

      So, personally I would check with Interpol first to not waste any money and probably your appointment; if they don’t accept this form of payment, they might just send you away without processing your ficha and have you get a new appointment. However, you could just arrive at your appointment with the payment receipt from the online portal and see what happens.

      Anyway, if Interpol accepts the online payment, it would be a real game changer for US Americans. So, would you be so kind and let us know what you find out? Thanks a lot.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Michael · 13/10/2022
    On the Facebook page "Expats in Peru,"  someone recommended this bank to his clients, at least for those who are American citizens:

    Banco BCP Sucursal Schell, Av. José Larco 611, Miraflores 15074

    I went there, and it worked!  No BCP bank account needed.

    Not an automated process, but not that scary.  They don't say "If you pay your $18 dollars, we just push this button, and 'BAM,' here's your giro sobre el exteriror made out to the Treasury of the United States."  You do have to fill out a general-purpose money transfer form. Plus I had a $12 commission -- a small price to pay given my limited time available.  You can't pay by card, and I believe I had to give actual dollars and not soles.

    The top half is what's really important.  Below that, you only need to fill in your name and passport details.  Obviously, that's private information
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 13/10/2022
      @Michael Hello Michael,

      Thank you so much! I - and I assume many others having problems paying the fee for the money order as well - highly appreciate that you took the time to share your experience here.

      Great info which surely is extremely helpful!

      Thanks again!

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Michael · 07/10/2022
    If I already have an FBI background check, does that mean I shouldn't need to pay the 18 dollar fee at a BCP bank?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 07/10/2022
      @Michael Hello Michael,

      No, it doesn't!

      The Ficha issued by Interpol in Peru including the additional check for US, Canadian and Australian nationals which is requested by the federal police body of their home countries and the FBI record check (Antecedentes) issued in your home country and requested by Migraciones when you apply for a resident visa are two completely different things.

      So, as US national, you must pay the US$ 18 otherwise Interpol won’t issue the Ficha.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Sasha · 03/10/2022
    Thanks again for this article! Yes, the office in Lima doesn't have quotes. So scheduling the appointment in Cuzco is also equally an option for my resident visa? The office in Cusco has almost empty schedule! 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 03/10/2022
      @Sasha Hello Sasha,

      yes, you can get the ficha at any Interpol office in Peru.

      Getting an appointment in Lima right now seems to be impossible, so if Cusco works you for, then get an appointment there. The ficha issued  by Interpol Cusco will be accepted even if you later apply for your residence visa, for example, in Lima.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Sasha · 06/10/2022
      @Sunflower Hi Eva, please ignore my previous question. I have managed to book an appointment via different browser. Now I have another question. 
      It seems like I made a mistake in my data. Not on purpose. But I have indicated for "appelido paterno" my present surname (which is NOT my farther's surname). But in my country there are no such thing, so I was not sure which one I should indicate. And for my mother's I have indicated her surname correctly. But the thing is that my farther has now my mother's surname (once married), and I have a different one (my grandparents').
      Is this really a mistake? Will I be able to explain this to the officer? The program won't let me change any data now.
      Thanks a lot! 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 06/10/2022
      @Sasha Hello Sasha,

      Yes, the fields for the names in Peru are confusing, especially for non-Latin-Americans.

      Peruvians usually have their first name(s), a first surname (the apellido paterno, which is the first last name of their father) and a second surname (the apellido materno, which is the first last name of their mother). This system often doesn’t fit for us foreigners.

      Even though the fields are labeled apellido paterno and materno, you shouldn’t fill in the name of your father or mother, but your first name(s) and last name(s) as in your passport.

      So, if your name is Sasha Smith, you fill in Sasha in the first name field and Smith in the apellido paterno field (no matter if this really is your father's last name); the apellido materno field remains blank. If your name is Sasha Smith Miller you fill in Sasha in the first name field, Smith in the apellido paterno field and Miller in the apellido materno field (no matter if these really are your father's and mother's last names).

      Over the past years, lots of forms were already changed from apellido paterno and materno to primero and segundo apellido. But it seems not on the Interpol form (can’t check right now as the page doesn’t want to load).

      So, the question right now is what’s your name in your passport. Is your first name and first last name correct and you just added your mother's last name? If so, I would leave it as it is and explain the situation to the Interpol officer. In case your first last name isn’t correct and not as in your passport, you won’t have a chance with explaining and should start from scratch with the correct names as in your passport. Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Sasha · 06/10/2022
      @Sunflower OK! Thanks a lot, Eva. Yes, my first and last names are as in my passport, it is only that I have added my mother's last name too. So I will leave it as it is. 

      Million thanks! 

      Sasha 
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    Betty Beke · 10/09/2022
    Hello, i am a Dutch citizen and my husband has a working visa in Peru. I want try to get a familia residencia. Do you know what i need for documents to have for Interpol. My husband is also a Dutch citizen. Thanks
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/09/2022
      @Betty Beke Hello Betty,

      This page is entirely dedicated to explain how to get the ficha de canje from Interpol.

      So, all the information you are looking for is above in the article. Above you not only find detailed info where and how you get this document, but under “Required documents for your Interpol clearance” as well all documents you have to bring to your Interpol appointment to get the ficha. So, please just quickly read through the article.

      If you additionally need help with applying for your family visa, which shouldn’t be a problem if your husband already has his work visa, check out our article “Peruvian Family Visa”.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Dessy · 24/08/2022
    Hello
    Thanks for posting this. I find it so helpful.
    Is the interview is in English in  the Interpol office or they only speak Spanish?

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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 24/08/2022
      @Dessy Hello Dessy,

      apart from the fact that there is no real interview (you might be asked to confirm your personal data and the visa type you are applying for), as far as I know, the Interpol officers and other staff will talk to you in Spanish. Probably there might be someone speaking English or at least a few phrases.

      When I went nearly 20 years ago, my Spanish was nearly non-existent, but I tried and the officer did its best, so we somehow managed to communicate. No problem.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Dessy · 01/09/2022
      @Sunflower Hello Eva

      Thank you, finally i got my ficha de canje international in Arequipa office. The day before, it was so hard to make appointment online. I have tried all day but it kept responding there is no date available, so i went to the office and told them about the situation. They said the site would be available after 12 pm. So i tried and tried, luckily i could make the appointment in the website about 4 pm.
      One thing that is not mentioned here https://www.gob.pe/7307-obtener-ficha-de-canje-internacional-interpol, is the Interpol requires more document depends on what migratory quality that we want to apply. In my case it was a simple copy of contract. The day of interview i did not bring it because my contract was not in my hands that time. Instead, i brought a declaracion jurada. It could not be accepted but the officers there were so kind. They agreed to proceed the interview and i could present my contract later when i came to pick up my Ficha. There was also an officer who could speak in English and i feel it was really helpful.
      In Arequipa office they did not charge for photo but it would be wise to bring our photos as you suggested. And it is also a very wise suggestion from you that we have to ask things in the Interpol office before the visit.

      Thank you.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 02/09/2022
      @Dessy Hello Dessy,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write to LimaEasy and share your experience in such detail with us.

      Exactly feedbacks like yours are so valuable to keep LimaEasy as up to date as possible but also to help our readers to find their way through the Peruvian bureaucracy in all Peruvian cities.

      I’m also always grateful when our readers point out mistakes on the website, make me aware of changes or suggest improvements. I never heard, for example, that Interpol asks for the work contract (in cases where the applicant applies for a work visa) and just checked the official requirement list where the work contract isn’t listed. But to avoid inconveniences for others, I will add this point to the requirement list, as document Interpol might want to see.

      Thank you again and have a nice day.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Leroy · 17/08/2022
    Hi,
    Im currently going through the process of organising a ficha de carne internacional as an australian citizen. The issue I have run into is paying the "Giro sobre el exterior" for AUD$99. I’m currently in Tacna and the BCP manager told me the only way is to have the "Giro sobre el exterior" in USD to the value equivalent of AUD$99. I then called the interpol office in Arequipa, was given a whatsapp number, where the interpol officer confirmed I could do this. I’m worried this is incorrect information and don’t want to waste anymore time. My question is has anyone made this money order in USD equivalent? Should I just try and organise somebody in Lima to sort this out for me instead?
    Thanks in advance,
    Leroy
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 17/08/2022
      @Leroy Hello Leroy,

      Getting the money order is such a headache; a nightmare in Lima, worse or even impossible in the provinces.

      I don’t know if it’s ok to have the money order in US$. According to the website of the Australian Federal Police “…money orders are to be in Australian dollars ($AUD) and are to be made payable to the Australian Federal Police…”; but this statement is on a page for national police checks, and I couldn’t find anything anywhere regarding money orders from abroad.

      On the other hand, Interpol is the authority accepting or denying your money order when you apply for the Ficha de Canje. Assuming you get it in Arequipa and have the confirmation from Interpol Arequipa in writing that a US$ amount equivalent to the AUD$ 99 is accepted, I personally think you should be fine.

      Other options include paying the money order before your Interpol appointment at a bank in Arequipa who probably has more experience with issuing the giro sobre el exterior, having someone in Lima try their luck or getting in contact with the Australian Federal Police and ask what they think about it.

      Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Michael · 17/08/2022
    Hello,

    do you have any idea if Ficha de Canje Internacional has to be issued specifically by Interpol offices in Peru? Or is it a global document that you can get before travel in your home country from your local police/interpol offices.

    I have other documentation and a work contract already sorted. However, the necessity of a personal visit to the Interpol office in Lima is holding back a work resident visa application. Is there any way around this?

    Anyway, amazing work on this site and thank you for all the information that you provide.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 17/08/2022
      @Michael Hello Michael,

      Thank you for your nice words.

      Unfortunately, no, there is no way around the Ficha de Canje Internacional and it has to be issued by Interpol Peru. And as you are fingerprinted, and your teeth are checked, you have to go in person.

      And yes, I know, getting an appointment at the Interpol office in Lima at times is nearly impossible. If it makes things easier for you, you could make an appointment at the Interpol office in Arequipa, Chiclayo, Cusco, Piura or Trujillo as well; at least usually there you get one in a timely manner.

      Sorry!

      Another option that most probably isn't one anymore is trying to apply for your resident work visa at a Peruvian consulate in your home country. Then the Ficha isn’t necessary to get the visa (requirements regarding the work contract are a bit different when you apply outside Peru and once in Peru and applying for your carné they might still ask for the Ficha; but you already had your visa and could start working right away). But be aware that for the past year, most consulates abroad do not issue resident visas anymore and tell you to enter Peru as a tourist and then apply at Migraciones. Nevertheless, it might be worth to ask at the nearest Peruvian consulate.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Hugo · 15/08/2022
    Hello,
    I have been trying to get an appointment for my wife online at the Monterrico location for over two weeks but I just get the "there are no appointments available" answer. We applied in 2019 without any problems but a new "ficha de canje" is now required for any changes or updates to your status. Would you have a suggestion on how to get through and get the appointment? I feel we would waste time going in person without the appointment made online. 
    Thanks,
    Hugo 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 15/08/2022
      @Hugo Hello Hugo,

      Yes, the ficha is not only needed when changing the immigration status (for example, from tourist to resident work or family visa) but also when changing your visa type (for example, from a resident work visa to a family visa or to the permanent immigrant visa).

      Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do. Getting an appointment with Interpol in Lima sometimes is like winning the jackpot. The only thing you can do is try again and again and again (probably clear your cache once in a while or use another browser)… Going in person to Interpol is a waste of time; the security guard at the entrance will brush you off and you won’t get an appointment. Sorry.

      Another option could be to get the appointment at one of the Interpol offices in the provinces. So, why not surprise your wife with a nice two- or three-day trip to Arequipa, Chiclayo, Cusco, Piura or Trujillo and add the not so romantic visit to Interpol there to your agenda?

      Sorry, I don’t have a better solution.

      Hope, you soon get the appointment.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Chip · 13/08/2022
    Hello, I am trying to get my money order. The BCP bank here in Iquitos said that they need the US Treasury Departments' bank routing number to process it. I have not seen anything about this on the page. Please advise!
    Thank you
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 13/08/2022
      @Chip Hello Chip,

      It’s already a mission to get the money order in Lima, so I doubt that a bank in Iquitos can issue it. And honestly, I don’t know how it works to have money send to The Treasury of the USA and why it’s seemingly so complicated that even at banks nobody knows how to do it and the routing and account number aren't published.

      Anyway, you could get in contact with The Treasury of the USA and ask there; when you google for it you find, depending on the department, different bank details. I don't know which could be the correct one. Or ask at the Interpol office if they can tell you at which bank in Iquitos you can get the giro sobre el exterior. Or have a look at the above picture from a money order which was taken at the Interpol office in Arequipa. On the bottom are three numbers. Usually, the first is the routing number, the second the account number, and the third the check number. So, I assume (!!!), if nothing changed (the money order from the photo is from 2019), there might (!!!) be the numbers you need. Or ask around if someone recently got the money order and hopefully made a picture of it; there on the bottom should be the correct bank details.

      Sorry, I can’t help more.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Kevin · 25/07/2022
    Hi everyone,

    I am working on getting my Fiche de Canje Internacional for a second time as my first tramite was unsuccesful and my FBI background check is now out of date (quite frustrating). However, I have come to understand that the $18 money order (for U.S. Citizens) has nothing to do with actually receiving the clearance from Interpol but is a payment to the U.S. Treasury for the background check.

    However, it seems that this payment can be made online through CJIS and the Background check can be sent digitally which would expedite the process greatly (I waited almost 3 months for my paper Background Check to arrive from the FBI). Local authorities inisited on the money order the first time around but I am going to try and convince them this time around that all that is needed is the online payment and request form.

    I will update this thread on whether my attempt is successful and how you can go about the online request and payment though CJIS. If I am successful hopefully this is helpful for all of you out there struggling with this as I have been and still am.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 25/07/2022
      @Kevin Hello Kevin,

      Honestly, I’m not familiar with procedures in the US and can't comment on your attempts to circumvent the system, which I fear will delay your resident visa application even more and in the end might be unsuccessful. Additionally, I have the feeling that you mix up the different checks needed from Interpol and, as you are a US citizen, from the FBI.

      To apply for a resident visa in Peru, you need the Ficha de Canje, which is issued in Peru by Interpol. This is just a simple search in the Interpol database checking if a person is an internationally wanted fugitive. If nothing comes up, the Ficha is issued usually within a few hours to all nationalities.

      However, the US, Canadian and Australian governments demand from Interpol Peru to forward the data from their citizens as they want to do an additional background check for which the international money order is necessary. This additional check, which is only necessary for US Americans, Canadians, and Australians, has nothing to do with the Ficha issued by Interpol and requested by Migraciones for the resident visa application. So, you don’t have to wait until you get the results from this additional check; you only need the Ficha to apply for your visa.

      Next to the Ficha de Canje, Migraciones additionally requests the “Antecedentes policiales, penales and judiciales” of the resident visa applicant. For US nationals, this corresponds to the “FBI Criminal Record Check” or the “Identity History Summary”.  This document has nothing to do with the Ficha or the above mentioned additional background check the US, Canadian and Australian governments are doing when you apply for the Ficha.

      All the best.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Matt · 16/08/2022
      @Sunflower Hi Eva. So which document is required to be submitted for the "Antecedentes policiales, penales y judiciales" and where do we get it?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 16/08/2022
      @Matt Hello Matt,

      You find detailed information about the "Antecedentes policiales, penales y judiciales" in our article International document corresponding to the antecedentes.

      If you are a US American you need, for example, an FBI Criminal Record Check or an Identity History Summary.

      Greetings
      Eva

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