- This commment is unpublished.· 23/08/2022@Victor Hello Victor,
Did I understand correctly that you entered as a tourist, were given 60 days and then within the 60 days applied for a temporary or resident student visa (officially you applied for a cambio de caldidad migratoria)?
If so, you don’t have to worry. On the day you applied on the Agencia Digital for your student visa and received the confirmation of your application, time stops, the days aren’t counted further, and even though you are in the country longer than the 60 days you got, you are legally in Peru until your visa application is either approved or denied. So, when you leave you are not late, your visa application is just still in process.
And exactly in these cases, so when the approval of your temporary or resident student visa is still in process but you have to leave Peru, you need to apply for this Travel Permit otherwise your visa application is null and void.
So, in case by October 7 or so your visa still wasn’t approved, yes, you should apply for the travel permit, so you can leave for the three weeks without losing any progress on your application.
Foreigners in Peru who applied for a visa - correctly who applied for a change of their immigration status (cambio de calidad migratoria) or a change of their visa type (cambio de clase de visa) - as well as those who applied for an extension of their residence visa can only leave the country during the processing time of their application with a special travel permit (Permiso especial de viaje, officially as well called Autorización de estadía fuera del país).
While for years those that had to or wanted to travel outside Peru during the processing time of their application had to pay the Migraciones office a visit to apply for the permit in person before their travel, in March 2018 the application process was simplified and now can be easily done online.
So, if the approval of your visa or of the extension of your residence visa is still in process and you have or want to leave the country, first pay S/ 29.90 for the administrative procedure "Formulario PA-Autoriz./Permisos y control migratorio"" under code 07562 with concepto "Autorizacion por estadia afuera del pais por treinta (30) dias" at any branch of the Banco de la Nacion or on pagalo.pe. Keep the receipt safe!
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 pagalo.pe in our article "Paying administration charges and processing fees in Peru".
Then open the Migraciones Agencia Virtual. Choose "Extranjero" and enter the data requested. Enter your personal data exactly as in your passport. On the next page you find under "Permisos" the point "Especial de viaje". Then follow the steps as indicated. Have your flight ticket on hand as you might be asked to upload it and the receipt from the bank as you must enter some data from it - if you don't know where to find the requested numbers on your receipt, click on the question mark. At the end of the process, you either directly get the travel authorization or first a confirmation of your application and usually within 48 - 72h later the authorization is sent to you. Either way, download the documents and / or print them and keep them safe!
Migraciones suggests applying for the travel permit 48 - 72h before you travel outside the country.
The Permiso especial de viaje / Autorización de estadía fuera del país is valid for 30 days counted from the departure date you indicated and can’t be extended. If you stay outside the country longer, the application of your visa or visa extension is canceled.
Be aware as well that the travel permit must be applied for before (!) your travel and only entitles the applicant to one (!) exit and re-entry.