- This commment is unpublished.· 02/12/2022@ABHello AB,thank you so much for sharing your experience at the Interpol office in Lima.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 againEva
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.
- What is the Ficha de Canje
- Interpol offices in Peru
- How to pay the fee for the Interpol clearance
- How to make an appointment at Interpol
- Required documents for your Interpol clearance
- Interpol Visit
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.
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
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".
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.
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.
- Application form (you can get it at the office)
- Appointment confirmation (which you hopefully at least saved on your device or better printed out)
- 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
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.
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.