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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 resident 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.

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 and 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 branch / ATM of the Banco de la Nacion 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".

All administration charges and processing fees government agencies, public authorities and entities levy in Peru have to be paid at the Banco de la...

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 weekdays and before 09.00 pm.

There 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, … there are rumors that either once a week or at the end of the month new appointments are released.

 

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
  • If you are already a resident, Carné de extranjería and copy of it
  • 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
  • If you are married to a Peruvian: a recent copy of your marriage certificate and copy of the spouse’s DNI
  • 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" (in Lima you are supposed to get it at any BCP branch; if it doesn't work at the branch around the corner try 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 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, who recently went through the process (see comment below from Thibaud 27.05.2022), 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 (see comment from Michael from 06.06.2022) that he couldn't get the money order without an account at the BCP branch in La Molina. He luckily was accompanied by his mother-in-law, who is a BCP client.

I'm trying to get in contact with Interpol and BCP again to find out what's going on. In the meantime, I can only wish all US Americans, Canadians and Australians all the best.

As regulations may change quickly without prior notice and depend on your nationality/ procedures in your home country, we highly recommend confirming the above-mentioned requirements and amounts with the Interpol office or online shortly before your visit.

 

Visit Interpol

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 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 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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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Michael · 06/06/2022
    I went to la Molina last week (June 3), BCP would only make the “international check” if someone with you has a BCP account (you need someone with a DNI or CE card to open an account). Just a heads up, in case anyone’s trying to go there alone- you may have a problem. (I’m from the U.S., luckily I went with my mother in law, and it worked out.). Oh, and it was $34 USD to get the $18 USD money order.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 06/06/2022
      @Michael Hello Michael,

      thank you so much for sharing your experience.

      A few weeks ago, I got in contact with Interpol and they assured me, exactly as mentioned on the government website, for US citizens all larger BCP branches can do the money order without having to have an account. It's unbelievable, especially as you can't open an account without residency and not everyone new in Peru has a relative or friend with a BCP account.

      Anyway, happy it worked out for you. Now the worst part should be over.

      I wish you all the best

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Tristan · 17/05/2022
    Hi! Been super helpful thanks so much! So i am in process to change my immigration status to resident as I now have a daughter here in Peru. I've already been to interpol and have my canje internacional I am just wondering what happens to the police check that was sent off to Australia? Do they send it back to Peru or to the address I nominated in Australia? I need to submit that document also before I can progress onto the next part of my application. 

    Thanks heaps!! 

    Tristan
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 17/05/2022
      @Tristan Hello Tristan,

      as mentioned above in our article, the additional Interpol check US, Canadian and Australian citizens have to go through has nothing to do with issuing the "ficha de canje" and with applying for your resident visa in Peru. As far as I was told by Interpol a few years back, if this check reveals something serious, your record is tagged, and you might be detained as soon as you leave the country. I don't know if the result of the check is even sent to you. 

      So if you have your ficha de canje and all other documents, you now can apply for your resident visa. 

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Thibaud · 04/05/2022
    Hi! Love this site, it's already answered a couple questions I had!

    Now my main problem is this: I'm trying to change my migratory status to Resident Researcher (Investigador Residente), and it's clearly marked that the ficha de canje is one of the requirements for such a visa.

    However, on the interpol webpage to book my appointment, under the options for Calidad Migratoria, I can't find Investigador Residente!

    So what should I do, book it specifying a different calidad migratoria and explain the situation once I turn up for my appointment, or would that cause a whole new set of problems?
    Thanks in advance!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 04/05/2022
      @Thibaud Hello Thibaud,

      thank you for your nice words! You made my day.

      It's not often, but honestly, I don't know what to do. I just checked the Interpol online appointment site and you are right; there is no investigación residente.

      I can't advise you to select another calidad migratoria, because I know how much trouble even the slightest mistake on such forms could cause. However, if you apply for a family visa (familiar residente), for example, you would have to select "cambio a inmigrante por familiar residente", even though you actually don't apply for becoming an inmigrante. So, in case you decide to take the gamble, I would choose "Cambio a inmigrante" which gives you the possibility to argue that just "por investigación residente" is missing and you thought that's the correct status for all other visa types not listed.

      If you want to make sure that you do everything correct, the only option is to get in contact with Interpol. Their phone number in Lima is 437 8063; not sure if they answer the phone. In case you can't reach anyone, you have to visit the Interpol office and talk to the guy at the door. Hopefully, he knows or is willing to help and asks someone who knows inside.

      Sorry for not being able to answer your question.

      If you find out, would you let me know?

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Thibaud · 27/05/2022
      @Sunflower Hi again!
      I never managed to reach Interpol on the phone so I ended up going there in person, where the guard at the door told me it would be perfectly fine to book my appointment using the Inmigrante option, and just explain it on the day of my appointment, which is what I did, and indeed it was not a problem at all (I had my appointment in Trujillo). 
      Two more things specifically for US citizens:
      Interpol had me mail off the FBI background check request, which cost 25 soles at the SERPOST office.
      Also, getting the BCP money order was an absolute nightmare. The branch on Jiron Lampa is apparently no longer a main branch, and they can't issue money orders. The only 2 that can are the one in San Isidro, and the one all the way out in La Molina. 
      But the fun extra twist is they will only give out said money order to someone who already has a BCP account! I pointed out how ridiculous this was  since until I have my carnet, I can't open a bank account in Peru! They absolutely refused to budge in San Isidro but in La Molina, after 20 minutes of back and forth, while I was getting ready to grab random clients in the waiting room until I found one willing to help me out. But the staff finally relented after I confirmed that I would pay upfront both for the value of the money order and the bank fee for issuing it (12 USD) and that I would not be able to get that money back no matter what.
      But I was finally able to get it!
      So if possible, I'd recommend to any US citizens that they try and find a Peruvian with a BCP account willing to accompany them to one of these two branches, or head to La Molina and go through what I did.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 27/05/2022
      @Thibaud Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

      The money order thing is getting more ridiculous by the day. According to the Peruvian government site, for US citizens, all BCP banks in Lima should be able to issue this and they recommend specifically the one in San Isidro and in the city center. I never before heard that they are asking for an account; doesn't make sense.

      Anyway, sorry for that. Hope from now on everything works smoothly.

      Greetings
      Eva

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    jenny · 18/04/2022
    hello! i am trying to get to an interpol cita in the province, and the article indicates that paying the fee for being Canadian can only be done by a BCP branch in Lima. Is this the only option, I would need to travel to Lima? Is it not possible to be done remotely?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 18/04/2022
      @jenny Hello Jenny,

      All nationals have to pay the fee for the Interpol clearance on pagalo.pe or at any Banco de la Nacion branch/ATM.

      Canadians additionally have to pay a check which is done by the RCMP. For this an international money order is necessary which not all banks can do. The article doesn’t indicate that it can only be done by a BCP bank in Lima but clearly says that in Lima it can be done and works without a problem at the BCP bank on Av. Benavides with Av. Caminos del Inka.

      I don’t know which bank in your vicinity might be able to do the Giro sobre el exterior, so you might have to ask the one or other bank where you are. Personally, I would first try a BCP bank or Scotiabank.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      jenny · 02/05/2022
      @Sunflower Hello! I wanted to share the result of getting this document, for anyone else pursuing this Canadian Giro al exterior! After a morning in the bank, it became apparent that even if they think they can, BCP in the province could not payment for less than $100. Banco de la Nación cannot send money to an institution, only a person.

      With no luck, I came back to the article here, and created a carta de poder por mi suegro, who went on my behalf to the address you mentioned in Lima - Av. Benavides with Av. Caminos del Inka. Unfortunately, they could not create the Giro either. Perhaps due to new personel who don't know the right procedure, we only know that they could only send a value of $100, and issuing it in Canadian dollars was not an option either. 

      In the end, we were directed by the Benavides branch to go to the head office branch in San Isidro, where we were FINALLY able to make it happen. The process was yet another exercise in tedious Peruvian tramites, this one spanning multiple provinces! At least I hope that this info might save someone a headache.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 03/05/2022
      @jenny Hello Jenny,

      wow, thank you so much for sharing your experience. What a nerve-racking odyssey.

      For years the BCP branch, we recommend here and which is located near the Interpol office, was one of the few knowing how to do the giro and US Americans and Canadians never had a problem getting it done in no time. So, I'm sorry that things seem to have changed.

      Thank you for letting us know that the branch in San Isidro is able to do it. I will update this article accordingly.

      Hope, now everything works smoothly for you.

      Thanks again

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Laura · 04/04/2022
    Hi, 

    Do you know if we have to do this process if we are changing our status from tourist to temporary students? I´ll be here just for 4 months. 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 04/04/2022
      @Laura Hello,

      Yes, according to the update of the Foreigner Law Decreto Supremo 002-2021-IN you need the Interpol Ficha when you apply for a change of your immigration status from tourist to temporary student if you are over 18 years, (see page 30 of the document, article 73C “Procedimiento administrativo de cambio de calidad migratoria formación temporal”, point 7)

      For more detailed info, see as well our Student visa article.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Mick · 03/03/2022
    Can Interpol interviews be conducted online if you are far away from any of the Interpol offices in Peru? Thanks
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 03/03/2022
      @Mick
      Hello Mick,

      No, never heard of that. Be aware that you are fingerprinted at the Interpol office and your teeth are checked; so being there is a must. Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Gary · 03/03/2022
      @Mick Unfortunately not. 
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    Nancy · 13/09/2021
    Hi. Thank you for the great article and step by steps. Question. I have been trying to get an interpol appt for days now (last week, on weekdays and now today) and can't pull the website up. It times out. Do you have any suggestions? Is there anyway to contact the Lima interpol directly? I will be flying into Lima from USA and then to Pucallpa, preferably I would take care of this appt immediately to avoid an extra trip to Lima. Thanks again for the article and for any help you can offer. 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 13/09/2021
      @Nancy
      Hello Nancy,

      trying to get the Interpol website to load if you are abroad can be a mission. It seems that it blocks all foreign IPs. Try using a VPN and switch the country there to Peru. Usually the Interpol website then loads with no problems and you can make an appointment in no time.

      However, especially for the Interpol office in Lima, appointments might be booked out for weeks, or no appointments are available. So, be prepared for another setback or consider using an office in the provinces.

      I hope with a VPN your problem is solved and you can finally get the online appointment system to work.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Nancy · 13/09/2021
      @Sunflower Thank you! Will try this!
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      Nancy · 13/09/2021
      @Nancy So the VPN worked. And I am an idiot (or at least very tired and stressed) which has led to a second question. I messed up and left my birthday as today's date.  Should I: pay all over and do this whole process again and get a new cita or b. show up with this one with my birthdate as today?

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      Nancy · 13/09/2021
      @Nancy Soooo if anyone else ever reads this thread: if you are looking at the screen that comes up with all of your information after finishing making your appointment, and it looks like you have entered something wrong--before you panic, click the box "ver constancia" and double check. In my case, the boxes on the confirmation screen had my birthdate and several other boxes as the date I made the appointment, on the actual "constancia" everything was as should be (with my actual birthdate). Just in case anyone else is stressed and panics...good luck to all of you. And thank you to LimaEasy for the hand holding! You have been so helpful. 

      Also, I was lucky and was able to get a date 15 days from right now (2 days after we arrive) so that worked out.
      Thanks again
      Nancy D
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 13/09/2021
      @Nancy Congrats! You made it :-) Relax a little; more might be waiting for you,

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