Legal Stuff & "Red Tape" - Peru

Fighting your way through the bureaucratic jungle of a foreign country, being aware of important rules and regulations or even laws and knowing how certain things work or are done can be challenging, especially here in Peru.

Our “Legal Stuff” section gives visitors and (newly) residents of Peru important information on the most common topics and hopefully helpful guidelines for the most often needed procedures.

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During the internal evaluation and approval process of your visa application (Cambio de calidad migratoria) or of the application for the extension of your visa, Migraciones may discover that you haven’t uploaded all required documents, that an uploaded document isn’t to their liking, or they want an additional document. You are then sent a noti...
In Peru, a residence visa, so the permit allowing you to live in the country (not the carné, the card), is usually valid for only one (1) year and then must be extended. Since the introduction of the Migraciones online platform applying for the renewal of your residence visa is a straightforward and quick process.
When your Peruvian residence visa is approved, you get the Carné de Extranjería, your Peruvian foreigner ID. The carné, so the card (not the residence visa) is usually valid 4 years and then must be renewed. Since the introduction of the Migraciones online platform applying for the renewal of the carné is a straightforward and quick process.
If any of your information, which is printed on your carné or which is registered in the Migraciones database, changes, you must apply for a so-called Actualización de datos, formerly known as "Modificación de datos".
Foreigners whose carné de extranjería (CE) or CTM or CPP was stolen, is lost or damaged must apply for the issuance of a replacement card. The process is called Duplicado de carné de extranjería (carné temporal migratorio o carné de permiso temporal) and can be done quickly and easily on the Agencia Digital.

Marrying in Peru

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You are planning to marry in Peru? First, “Congratulations”! Tying the knot in Peru is a simple and easy process, at least if you have a general understanding about the process and, in case a foreigner is involved, have all the necessary documents on hand.
Visitors who come to Peru as tourists or on any other short-term temporary visa can drive with their national driver’s license in Peru for up to 183 days. To be prepared for all eventualities it is however recommended to apply for an international driving license in your home country before visiting Peru, this way avoiding language barriers and ...
Foreigners, who have lived or are still living in Peru, as well as Peruvians quite often have to provide a police clearance certificate or a criminal background check, for example, when applying for a new job in Peru or abroad, when applying for a resident visa in other countries, when getting a degree or even when driving a vehicle with tinted ...
To travel abroad (so to leave Peru) alone, accompanied by only one parent or by another adult, or to travel in Peru alone, Peruvian minors but as well underage foreign residents need a special travel authorization allowing the child to clear immigration unhindered. If this travel authorization isn’t presented, the minor won’t be allowed to leave...
Peru is a beautiful country, the economy is booming, employment opportunities are everywhere and living expenses are low, easy-peasy!? This is in short and probably a little exaggerated what quite a few articles about emigrating to Peru, finding a job and working legally in the country want to make us believe.
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