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Peruvian Family Visa

Peruvian Family Visa

A Guide to Peruvian Visas

Part 6

Some family members of Peruvian nationals and foreigners with a resident status in Peru have the right to a family union and can apply for a family visa, the so-called "familiar residente visa". Depending on your relation, there are several sub-visa types.

Relatives that can apply for a family visa are:

  • Spouses of Peruvian nationals (para el caso de casado/a peruana/o)
  • Spouses of foreigners with resident status (para el caso de casado/a con extranjera/o residente en el país)
  • Underaged children of Peruvians or foreigners with resident status (para el caso de hijos menores de edad de peruano/a o extranjero/a residente)
  • Unmarried children (18 years to 28 years and dependent on their parents) of Peruvians or foreigners with resident status (para el caso de hijo/a mayor de edad)
  • Adult children with disabilities (para el caso de hijos mayores de 18 años con discapacidad)
  • Parents of Peruvians or foreigners with a resident status that don’t have a Peruvian nationality (para el caso de padres de peruano/a o extranjero/a residente) (*)

(*) Children born on Peruvian territory to not only Peruvian but as well foreign parents are considered Peruvians. They have the right to a Peruvian birth certificate, Peruvian DNI and a Peruvian passport. While for years foreign parents couldn't get a resident family visa through their underaged Peruvian-born child, this has changed with the introduction of the 2017 immigration law and a different interpretation of the corresponding passage. Before the parents can apply for a resident family visa, the child has to be registered at Reniec and a Peruvian birth certificate and Peruvian DNI has to be issued. Be aware that unfortunately Migraciones seems to be a bit uncooperative since August 2021, and often gives foreign parents trouble when trying to apply or outright deny the application.

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Legal background for a family visa application in Peru

Officially, you can apply for a family visa at a Peruvian consulate abroad or at Migraciones in Peru. However, since August 2021, an increasing number of Peruvian diplomatic missions abroad don't issue resident visas anymore.

So, family members of a Peruvian national or foreigner with resident status in Peru enter the country as a tourist and then change their immigration status - make a so called Cambio de calidad migratoria (as opposed to a Solicitud de calidad migratoria at a consulate) - at Migraciones.

For foreigners planning to stay longer in Peru and to apply for a resident visa, the most important laws and regulations are the Decreto Legislativo 1350 (which only stipulates general rules), the Decreto Supremo 002-2021-IN and the TUPA. Helpful as well is to check out the Peruvian government website. All these documents are, of course, in Spanish.

While below under "Requirements for a family visa application in Peru" you find the necessary documents described in English, the official list of requirements (in Spanish) can be found, for example, in the Decreto Supremo 002-2021-IN on page 43 in article 89-A “Procedimiento administrative de solicitud de calidad migratoria de familiar residente” (when applying at a Peruvian consulate) or in article 89-B “Procedimiento administrative de cambio de calidad migratoria por la de familiar residente” on page 44 (when applying in Peru). 

 

Requirements for a family visa application in Peru

As the family visa has quite a number of sub-visa types, find below the general requirements. Be aware that Migraciones has the right to request other and/or additional documents at any time.

Required documents to apply for a family visa include, but may not be restricted to:

  • Form PA - Cambio de Calidad Migratoria
  • Interpol clearance - Ficha de canje internacional not older than 6 months (see below)
  • Receipt for paid application fee (code Migraciones 07568; concept Cambio de calidad migratoria por la de familiar residente, S/.162.50 in 2022)
  • Passport
  • Antecedentes policiales, penales y judiciales (Police clearance certificate, criminal record and judicial matters check) issued in the country of origin and, if the applicant lived in another country before coming to Peru, in the country of residence covering the last 5 years (*) (exception minors)
  • Up-to-date DNI of the Peruvian family member with correct family address, correct marital status and no pending election fees or up-to-date carné de extranjería of the foreigner with resident status
  • Official document that proves the family tie: i.e. marriage certificate (**) if the applicant is married to a Peruvian or foreigner with resident status; birth certificate (***) if the applicant is the child or parent of a Peruvian, but not Peruvian himself or of a foreigner with resident status
  • For unmarried adult children: official certificate of being single (***) or sworn statement in which the applicant declares being unmarried in front of a Peruvian notary and, if applicable, enrollment certificate of a Peruvian educational institution
  • For children with disabilities: document proving a condition of permanent disability and the need for parent’s care (***)
  • Sworn statement of the Peruvian family member or foreigner with resident status where he / she declares that the relation is still intact and that Peru is the mutual country of residence (****)

Explanatory notes for the requirements:

(*) As we get many question about the “Antecedentes policiales, penales y judiciales” we dedicated a separate article to the topic where we explain in detail what kind of document you need, where you get it and what to watch out for when applying for it.

One of the requirements to apply for a resident visa in Peru or to change your visa type, for example from a work visa to a permanent resident visa...

(**) marriage certificate
  • If you were married in Peru: recent copy of marriage certificate issued by Reniec (not older than 90 days)
  • If you were married abroad to a Peruvian: certified copy of marriage certificate issued by the Peruvian consulate (not older than 180 days) - already in Peru without a recent copy? At the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (RREE) in Lima, you can get certified copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates registered in a Peruvian consulate abroad.
  • If you were married to a foreigner abroad: 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 (not older than 6 months). Once in Peru, the document has to be translated into Spanish by a certified translator in case the certificate isn’t solely in Spanish.
(***) birth certificate and any other document necessary
  • All foreign documents (even so-called “international” certificates) need an Apostille or, if the country in which they were issued didn't sign the Apostille Convention (like Canada, for example) have to be legalized by a Peruvian consulate abroad and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Peru. Once in Peru, all documents, apostilled or legalized, have to be translated into Spanish by a certified translator in case the certificates aren’t solely in Spanish!
(****) Sworn statement / Declaracion jurada para residencia de familiar
  • Even though no longer on the list of the requirements for applying for a Peruvian family visa, this sworn statement issued by a Peruvian notary is still often asked for when applying for your visa. Please check current regulations at Migraciones.

Applying for a family visa is a simple and straightforward process, but might be a little confusing here and there if you are not familiar with the process and the steps involved. Please see our walk-through below as general guidance only as requirements and processes change quickly. At least basic Spanish skills are required to fill in forms and understand instructions.

 

Last steps before your family visa application in Peru

Hopefully, you brought necessary documents from abroad, such as - if applicable - marriage or birth certificate, and so forth, already apostilled or legalized - see requirements and (**) / (***) above. Once in Peru, these have to be translated by a certified translator (and if you only have a legalization on the document, the translation has to be legalized again by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lima). You can find a list of these state-approved translators either on the website of your embassy in Peru or here. If necessary, get the sworn statement issued by a Peruvian notary. 

And before you can even start the family visa application process, you first have to get the so-called “Ficha de Canje Internacional” from Interpol in Peru. Find a detailed description of how it’s done in our article “Interpol - Ficha de Canje Internacional”.

All foreigners must present the "Ficha de Canje Internacional" to Migraciones when changing their immigration status - either from a temporary visa...

Once you have the Ficha and all documents together, pay the fee of S/ 162.50 for the Migraciones administrative procedure “Cambio de Calidad Migratoria” under code 07568 with concepto "Familar de residente". As you already paid the Interpol fee, you know how the systems works, otherwise check again 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...

And last but not least, make PDFs from your passport (page with your personal data and entry stamp), and from all other required documents.

Finally, the time has come to apply for your work visa. Be aware that in case you need to leave the country during the application process you have to apply for a special travel permit (Permiso especial de viaje, officially as well called Autorización de estadía fuera del país) before you leave the country, otherwise your application is null and void.

Foreigners in Peru who applied for a visa - correctly who applied for a change of their immigration status (cambio de calidad migratoria) or a chan...

 

Finally, applying for a family visa in Peru

!!! Please note: When the new online application platform Agencia Digital was introduced in August 2021, below described application process only worked (and still always works) for spouses of Peruvian nationals (para el caso de casado/a peruana/o) and for spouses of foreigners with resident status (para el caso de casado/a con extranjera/o residente en el país). Shortly afterwards, adult children with disabilities (para el caso de hijos mayores de 18 años con discapacidad) and underaged children of Peruvians or foreigners with resident status (para el caso de hijos menores de edad de peruano/a o extranjero/a residente) were added; sometimes the application works for them, sometimes not. If not and for all other family visa types, please contact Migraciones through the Agencia Digital (either use the chat / phone function or make an appointment under Citas en linea, Informes) for information about the application process.

Once you have done all the preparation work, open the Migraciones Agencia Digital. Choose "Extranjero" and enter the data requested. Enter your personal data exactly as in your passport.

On the next page you find on the left under “Cambio de Calidad Migratoria” the points “Familiar Residente: Casado con peruano(a) o extranjero(a) residente”, "Familiar Residente: hijos(as) adultos con dispacidad” and hopefully as well "Familiar Residente: hijo/a menor de edad". Choose the one that applies.

Then just follow the steps as indicated; nothing you can do wrong. Always check that all personal data you entered (or was automatically filled in) is 100% correct.

At one point, you end up on a page where all requirements are listed. Click on the little arrows next to each requirement, and certain fields appear depending on the requirement. Just fill in the fields as requested and upload the corresponding document. Under “Pago por derecho de tramite” you are asked to enter certain information of the bank receipt. If you don't know where to find the requested bank information on your receipt, click on the question mark.

Once you uploaded all documents, you usually end up on a page showing the Form PA - Cambio de calidad migratoria already (partly) filled in. If and where necessary, complete the form and check that all information on this form is correct. Then download and/or print the form, sign and fingerprint it, and keep it safe for the time being.

At the end of the process - if everything works smoothly - you get the confirmation of your application. Download this document and/or print it and keep it safe.

At the bottom of this document, you find the login data for the “Buzon Electronico” (your personal electronic mailbox) which you should check regularly for notifications from Migraciones (for example, request to upload missing or additional documents, approval or denial of your visa application, etc.)

Since mid-2022, the system additionally gives you a code and the option to directly make an appointment for having your biometrical data (photo, fingerprints, signature) taken. As waiting times can be long, especially in Lima, we suggest that after your application you immediately make the appointment.

 

Getting your Carné (foreigner ID)

Shortly before your biometrical data appointment, pay the fee of S/ 49.90 on pagalo.pe under code 07561-Formulario F-SPE-001 for the registration in the foreigner database and issuance of the carné under concepto "Expedición del carné de extranjeria".

Then once again enter the Agencia Digtal to do the online registration under “Inscr. Reg. central extranjeria”. As before, just follow the steps as indicated. Check that all information is correct. At the end, you get a confirmation which you should download and/or print and keep safe. Be aware that in case your visa application is still in process and not approved yet, the registration might not work. So, then just wait with the online registration for a few days.

On the day of your biometrical data appointment, be at the office 15 - 30 minutes before your appointment with all your documents (passport, appointment, application, all documents, receipts). Be aware that in Lima, the biometrical data is taken at the Migraciones office on Jr. Carabaya and not at the main office in Breña. The process is quick and astonishingly well organized; you should be done in less than half an hour. The staff usually tells you when you should make an appointment to pick up your carné, but often a message is sent as well via the buzón electronico. So keep an eye on that. Expect to wait 10 - 14 days (or longer, if Migraciones is behind with approving applications) while your carné is in the process of being issued.

Then make an appointment on the Agencia Digital under “Citas en linea” to pick up your carné. Once again, download and/or print the confirmation and keep it safe.

On the day of your appointment, arrive at Migraciones 15 - 30 minutes early. Take your passport, all documents, confirmation(s) and receipts with you. Migraciones personal will point you in the right direction where you are handed your carné.

Congratulations! You made it!

 

Things you should know living in Peru on a family visa

The family visa (so the residence visa) is only valid for one year, in some cases two years, and then has to be extended. The carné (so the Peruvian foreigner ID) is usually valid for four years and then must be renewed. For more details, check out our glossary under "Carné de Extranjería – Peru’s ID Card for foreigners"

Foreigners living in Peru on a family visa have to be in the country at least 183 days per year, otherwise they lose their resident status. In case you have to be outside Peru for longer, before leaving the country apply for the Autorización de estadía fuera del país por 183 días, and won't lose your residency.

If you are living in Peru on a family visa, you are allowed to work as an employee or independently.

If any information provided when applying for your family visa changes, Migraciones must be informed about it within 30 days. So, if you get a new passport, change your name, move to a new address, etc. you have to apply for a so-called "modificación de datos en el registro central de extranjería". Be aware that in some cases, a new carné has to be issued after the application is approved.

Those having received the family visa through marriage with a Peruvian or foreign resident of Peru can get the Peruvian nationality, apply for a so-called Nacionalización por matrimonio, after having legally lived in Peru for at least two years.

If you don't want to get the Peruvian nationality or can't because your home country doesn't allow dual nationality, after three years of legal residency in Peru on a family visa, you can apply for a permanent resident visa - make a so-called Cambio de calidad migratoria a permanente residente (Familiar Residente); no more extensions and an indefinite residency (and the good thing for relatives of Peruvians or foreigners with a resident status no proof of own income is necessary).

 

We from LimaEasy are not the Peruvian immigration authority Migraciones or a Peruvian consulate. All information is published to our best knowledge and should be seen as general guidance introducing you to Peruvian procedures. All information is subject to change, as regulations, requirements, and processes can change quickly without prior notice! Therefore, we recommend checking the current regulations with the nearest Peruvian consulate or, if you are already in Peru, with Migraciones!

And if you find something wrong on this page, please help us to keep this guide as up to date as possible and contact us either below with a comment or use our contact form. Thank you!

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    June · 21/09/2022
    Hello Eva, Thanks for your amazing articles. I wonder if you can help with this question. IThank you in advance for any help!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 21/09/2022
      @June Hello June,

      I just answered your mail. And sorry, no.

      But probably I can help or someone here might have the answer.

      Greetings
      Eva

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    Leroy · 01/09/2022
    Hi Eva,

    I’m currently in the process of changing my migratory status “Cambio de calidad migratoria - Familiar Residente - Familiar Residente: Casado con peruano(a)”. I have just finished uploading all the required documents to the “Migraciones Agencia Digital” website. Once I submitted the application it auto generated the F-007 (Some details prefilled) and also provided me with a code to make an appointment for biometric scans.

    I have 3 questions:
    1. Is the biometric scans part of the change of migratory status ie. “Cambio de calidad migratoria”? There were no appointments in Lima for biometric scans for 6 weeks. I’m wondering if I have to wait until these scans are completed before my migratory status is changed/approved and I can apply for the carné de extranjeria?
    2. The migraciones website said the F-007 form is to be submitted once the application is approved, is this correct? I couldn’t see anywhere to where to uplod this form on the migraciones agencia digital website at the moment. *note as per Anil’s comments below FYI couldn’t see a download button for this form when it was generated so I had to print screen.
    3. Is there a certain length of time all the documents submitted are valid for? Eg. Its almost been 3 months since my Australian police check (Antecedentes policiales, penales y judiciales) was issued and apostilled. I hoping This doesn’t expire.

    Thanks in advance for your help. Your website is a great resource and very helpful for foreigners.

    Leroy
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 01/09/2022
      @Leroy Hello Leroy,

      Thanks for your nice words about LimaEasy.

      Answer to your first question:

      According to the legislation, the appointment for having your biometrical data taken is not part of the approval process for changing your immigration status from, in your case, tourist to family. It belongs to the issuance of the carné de extranjería part.

      But for the past year alone, there have been three major changes. First, applicants had to download an app, take their biometrical data in the app and then transfer their data during the resident visa application process onto the Agencia Digital. Without submitting your biometrical data, no application. Then a few months ago Migraciones announced that the biometrical data is taken in person as it was before Covid, and that the applicant had to make an appointment on the Agencia Digital after he/she received the approval. This method only worked a couple of months and Migraciones started to send applicants an email with an appointment. From Anil I heard for the first time that the system allowed you to make an appointment right after the application.

      So, with this being said and being used to Peruvian bureaucracy, I'm slowly but surely getting confused. But as you didn’t make an appointment after your application, I highly recommend making one as soon as possible on the Agencia Digital (under Citas en Linea) as waiting times are long right now and once your resident visa is approved you otherwise have to wait ages to finally have your biometrical data taken and your carné issued.

      Answer to your second question:

      Due to my immigration status, I don’t have access to this part of the Agencia Digital and can’t check how and where what has to be done or uploaded making it impossible for me to answer your question. Here we have the same problem as above over the past year there have been constant changes. The last time I was able to catch a glimpse which was at the beginning of 2022, in the upper part of one page there was a red download and next to it upload button for the form, below the option to upload all other necessary documents. This seems to have changed.

      Additionally, I now heard from a few of our readers different versions on how they did it; a few told me, yes, you download the form during the application process, fill it in, sign and fingerprint it and upload it again. Others told me they couldn’t find the form, didn’t do anything and their visa was approved without any objections from Migraciones while others received a message from Migraciones through the Buzon electronico to download the form on the government website, fill it in, sign, fingerprint and upload it through the Mesa de Partes on the Agencia Digital which they did. Now I read from you that you got the form after you submitted your application.

      Anyway, personally I wouldn’t do anything at the moment, just regularly check your Buzon. In case Migraciones is missing the form, they will contact you and request that you upload it (filled in, signed and fingerprinted) within a certain time frame (usually only 3 to 5 working days).

      Answer to your third question:

      Usually, documents issued in Peru are accepted if they are not older than 3 months, documents issued abroad shouldn’t be older than 6 months. But if the person who handles your application has a bad day, doesn’t know the regulations or whatever, he or she might invent other time spans. Anyway, if your Antecedentes weren’t older than 3 months when you submitted your application, no need to worry. They should be accepted with no problem.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Anil · 27/07/2022
    Hi, I am in the process of changing my resident status as I am married to a Peruvian. I filled the information in the Agencia Digital, however, I did not get the option of downloading Form F-007 as mentioned in this blog. After uploading my documents, it directly gave me the option of taking appointment "cita" which I did. I got the appointment although have to wait for more than a month. I checked all the data and sections while filling the form and I was particularly careful not to make any mistake. Is Form F-007 not required recently? Just wanted to be 100% sure. Another question I have is, usually how many days do they take to respond whether my application is approved or not and where do they notify (email or buzon electronico)? Thanks so much.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 27/07/2022
      @Anil Hello Anil,

      Unfortunately, as I have no access to this part of the Agencia Digital due to my immigration status, I can’t check if they changed something again (they must have as you said you could already make your appointment for having your biometric data taken after you submitted your application) or send you a screenshot.

      You said you are changing your resident status. So you are already a resident and are changing your visa type? Or did you mean that you are changing your immigration status from, I assume, tourist to family?

      If the latter is the case, when I remember correctly on the top of the page where you uploaded all other documents, you should have downloaded the form, printed it, filled it in, then signed and fingerprinted it and uploaded it again.

      If you haven’t done so, you should check your buzon electronico as all communications is done through it. So, in case something with your application isn't to the satisfaction of Migraciones, a document is missing, or whatever they will contact you there.

      Right now, the only thing you should do, check your buzon regularly. If they don’t request the form, don’t do anything. If you get a notification that the form is missing, download it here, fill it in, sign and fingerprint it. Then enter the Agencia Digital, go to the Mesa de Partes and upload the form.

      And I can’t tell you how long the approval process of your resident will take. Over the past few months, I heard from people who waited anything from 4 weeks to 6 months.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Tristan · 14/07/2022
    Hi! Just wondering do I have to have my biometrics appointment before my visa expires or once the registration has been successfully completed can I have the biometrics taken outside the time the my visa would have expired? Thanks very much!!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 14/07/2022
      @Tristan Hello Tristan,

      Sorry, I don’t understand. Which visa are you talking about? The tourist visa?

      No matter if you are in Peru on a “real” tourist visa issued by a Peruvian consulate or travel visa-free to Peru and got an authorization to enter and stay for x (up to 90) days - this is nothing more than an entry in a database and granted automatically when you enter - it has to be valid on the day you submit the application for your resident visa on the Agencia Digital and get the confirmation of the application.

      Then time stops. If a day later your “tourist visa” expires no problem. As the appointment for getting your biometrical data taken is sometime during the approval process of your residency, most often at the end of it, your “tourist visa” not necessarily has to be valid at that point. And as the approval process sometimes takes many weeks or even months, the “tourist visa” of most foreigners is expired by the time they get the biometrical data appointment.

      Or do you already have a resident visa? If you have to extend your residence permit usually no new carné is issued, so no appointment for biometrical data is necessary. If you, however, for whatever reason need a new carné, then similar to above you just have to make sure that your residency is still valid when you apply for the new carné, if it expires at some point later and is already expired on the date of appointment for the biometrical data no problem.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Stephen · 01/06/2022
    Hi, how does a spouse to a Peruvian that is abroad (not in Peru) secure a Family Visa to enable him travel to Peru
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 01/06/2022
      @Stephen Hello Stephen,

      you can apply for a family visa at any Peruvian consulate abroad and just get your carné once you arrived in Peru.

      But be aware the family visa is not intended to travel to Peru or for short-term stays. It's a resident visa requiring to be in Peru at least 183 days in a year; if you are not in the country this half year you lose your residency again.

      If you just want to visit and travel in Peru for up to 3 months, you can enter the country as a tourist and don't have to go through all the red tape necessary for getting a family visa.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Patricia · 06/06/2022
      @Sunflower Hi Eva, I came to the Peruvian Consulate here in Denver, USA to apply for a family visa and the answer was unfauvorable, they said it doesn’t exist.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 06/06/2022
      @Patricia Hello Patricia,

      that's an interesting answer and seems really strange.

      You probably should show or send them two Peruvian laws:

      First of all the Peruvian Foreigner Law, Decreto Legislativo 1350, published in the official Peruvian gazette El Peruano on January 7, 2017. Under Titulo IV Procedemiento administrative migratorio Capitulo 1 “Visa y Calidad Migratoria" on page 61 of the document you find in article 29º “Tipos de Calidades Migratorias” under point “i” the “Familiar de residente”, so the family visa. So, yes, it does exist.

      Additionally send or show them the Supreme" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.limaeasy.com/index.php?option=com_jreviews&format=ajax&url=media/download&m=1766Y&1654548535007">Supreme Decree DS N° 002-2021-IN published in the official Peruvian gazette El Peruano on March 24, 2021 which updates above mention Legislative Decree 1350. On page 43 of the document (page 25 of the PDF) in article 89-A you find the requirements for the family visa when applying at a consulate (“Procedimiento administrative de solicitud de calidad migratoria de familiar residente”).

      So, it seems the visa exists. And I'm living proof of it as I have one.

      Are you sure they said it doesn't exist? Or do they probably don't process applications for it, which might be strange as well.

      So, not sure how I can help.

      Greetings
      Eva


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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 06/06/2022
      @Sunflower Patricia, I just checked the website of the Peruvian consulate in Denver. And it seems they only issue tourist and business visas, no resident visas. So, you might want to check out the Peruvian consulate general in Washington if they issue resident visas or apply in Peru.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Stephen · 13/06/2022
      @Sunflower Thank you Eva,
      From correspondence, the embassy in Ghana wrote that, they don't issue family visa, so i applied for a tourist visa to enable enter Peru, to start the process. I was not granted tourist Visa, answer was that i was not eligible, even with my Peruvian marriage certificate, i was really sad but my wife was heartbroken. The embassy replied i should apply in 6 months time again. I need help on how to get reunited with my wife as fast as possible.. i learnt the family Visa process is mostly done in Peru, that the embassy would issue a tourist Visa to enable one enter Peru to carry out the process. 
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    Mikayla · 28/05/2022
    Hi, I'm still trying to get a background check issued in the US but my tourist visa expires in 2 weeks. When does the process start where I am not allowed to leave the country? I've uploaded all my other documents to the platform but haven't submitted yet since I still need the other background check. It will take probably 4 weeks to mail and get back. Do I need to leave the country and come back in, or since I've started uploading documents do I have to stay? I don't want to get in trouble for overstaying, or for leaving if it nulls the application.  However, if just uploading documents doesn't start the process, then I'll need to leave. But I am at the end of my 183 day limit in the country this year. So I'm afraid if I leave and try to come back in they won't let me. I've also asked if I can get an extension for my tourist visa and they said they don't allow extensions. What do I need to do? Will I be ok staying, or will I be allowed back in if I leave?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 28/05/2022
      @Mikayla Hello Mikayla,

      Do not overstay, not even by a day when you plan to apply for residency. Your tourist visa must be still valid on the day you apply, otherwise your application will not be accepted. And no, there are no tourist visa extensions anymore.

      However, you are safe as soon as you have submitted your application and got the confirmation which is immediately sent to you by Migraciones. Even if your tourist visa expires a day later, no problem. So, if you just have uploaded documents, but haven't finished your application and submitted it, I recommend doing so a few days before your tourist visa expires.

      A few days later, you will get a message from Migraciones requesting to upload the missing background check within 3 to 5 days or so (on the bottom of your application confirmation you find the access data to your buzón electronico, check it every day to not miss anything).

      As by then you still don't have your background check and can't upload it, immediately respond to this message asking for a 30 day extension of the deadline to submit your background check. I'm not sure, if you can directly respond to the message or have to use the Mesa de Partes Virtual on the Agencia Digital. Usually, you don't get an answer to your request, but can assume it's granted if you don't get a notification saying otherwise.

      Anyway, if you wait another week before submitting your visa application plus around 3 days they need to respond plus 30 days extension, this should give you enough time to get your background check, including Apostille, and upload it before the extension time runs out. Problem solved.

      By the way, check out the comment below from Ryan (18.03.2022), he was worried about the long processing time, but did exactly what I recommend above.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Mick · 11/04/2022
    Hi, above it states "The document needs an Apostille or has to be legalized in the country of origin". Is this an either or situation? Does the document have to go to a ministry in the issuing  country for apostille and then to peruvian embassy for legalizaton or is the apostille sufficient on its own? Thanks
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 11/04/2022
      @Mick Hello Mick,

      The Apostille is nothing more than a specialized certificate verifying the legitimacy, genuineness and origin of a document. While the traditional method for authenticating documents to be used abroad, the legalization, involves numerous individual authentications of the document by increasingly higher authorities in the country where it was issued as well as the foreign Embassy or Consulate of the country where the document is to be used, the Apostille greatly simplifies and quickens the authentication process as usually only two (issuing and competent) or three (issuing, higher and competent) authorities in the country of origin are involved and no further authentication by the foreign Embassy or Consulate of the country where the document is to be used, or in the foreign country where the document is to be used, is necessary.

      But a document can only be apostilled if the country where it was issued and where it is to be used signed the "Apostille Convention" (Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents). Around 120 countries worldwide did so including Peru; however, Canada, most countries in Africa and some in the Middle East and Asia didn't.

      So, if the document was issued in a country that signed the Apostille Convention, you should get an Apostille; simpler, quicker and cheaper and, once in Peru, it only has to be translated by a certified translator, if it isn't in Spanish, and is accepted. If you just use an official translator in Peru, the translation has to be over-authenticated by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE).

      If the document was issued in a country that didn't sign the Apostille Convention, you have to follow the steps in the country of origin including as last step the Peruvian consulate to get the legalization. Then once in Peru the documents has to be over-authenticated by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and translated (and perhaps over-authenticated once more by RREE).

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Ryan · 18/03/2022
    Hi, I entered Peru in June last year with the intention to get married. We did do so in September. I however had to leave the country for a day and come back in, in order to still be on a valid visa. I needed that to sign the marriage contract. I received another 90 days which ran out on December 7th. I submitted my application for the marriage visa on the 2nd of December. I however did not have the completed police clearance certificate yet. Mine still needed the apostille. We were advised though to send in the application while still legal in the country. 

    A few days later we received a notice from migration that I have 5 days to submit the apostilled document. It was not ready yet so we were advised to ask for a 30 day extension. I did that, but did not receive any confirmation from them that it had been granted. My contact said that as long as they did not send me a notice to say my application was denied, the extension was granted.

    I finally received the apostilled document back a month later and sent it to them. Took forever since I am from South Africa and our systems are really slow. It has been months now and I have not received any communication through the Buzon electronico from migration. My contact said the only thing is to wait, since the process can be long and that as long as their is no notice of the application being denied it is still in process.

    It seems odd though to have had no notice from them in over 3 months. Do you perhaps know if this is normal and what I can do in this situation please?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 18/03/2022
      @Ryan Hello Ryan,

      You did everything by the book. Perfect. In my opinion, you and the person advising you did a great job. Personally, I would have done the same things / given you the same advice.

      And yes, I would expect a notification from Migraciones either approving or denying your request for the extension of time they gave you to hand in your background check. But I have to agree with your contact, no news is good news. So, if you haven’t received anything from Migraciones denying your request, consider it approved and as long as you sent them the missing document within the 30 days, all good.

      And even though the processing time for a resident visa application is supposed to be 30 business days (add to that another 30 days for your extension request; officially your application is on hold for that time), as far as I know, it takes anything between 2 and 5 months at the moment until resident visa applications are approved. So, you are still well in time. And yes, it’s a nerve-wrecking waiting game, but I have to agree once more with your contact; as long as you haven’t received a notification that your resident visa application was denied, it’s still in process.

      Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do. Wait, pray, hope for the best, check your buzón regularly. In case you haven’t heard anything from Migraciones by mid-/ end April, I personally would get in contact with them (best use the chat on the Agencia Digital).

      All the best, including lots of patience

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Aude · 21/06/2022
      @Sunflower Hello, I would like to share my experience on that topic. I send my papers for this visa on march 24th 2022, on April the 8th they ask me the apostille that I didn’t have at that time, I send it back less than 5days after their request. After 30 Dias habiles, no news from them. I waited  10more days and I went to the office of migraciones  in huancayo. I told them that I had no news after the 30 days and they took my biometric info ( picture and prints) and They told me to wait 15 to 20days to get my papers. 5 days later it was ready, and I was able to take an appointment to pick it up ! 
      My advice would be to nicely insist if you don’t have it yet ;) 
      it could be more difficult in Lima than province . I wish you good luck ! 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 21/06/2022
      @Aude Hello Aude,

      thank you so much for sharing your experience with Migraciones in Huancayo. Seems to me they are more organized and especially a lot quicker than in Lima who according to reports from applicants are behind about 6 months. It's insane at the moment.

      So, I can only congratulate on receiving your family visa and carné so quickly.

      Greetings
      Eva


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    Mick · 04/03/2022
    Hi I'm in the process of applying for the family Visa and I'm wondering if anyone on here experience with getting police clearance from Canada? If anyone has information regarding this could you please provide a detailed step-by-step process of how you we're able to get this when you are already located in Peru. Thank
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 04/03/2022
      @Mick
      Hello Mick,

      sorry, I can't help you here, but this is what the Royal Canadian Mounted Police says:

      "From outside Canada

      To submit fingerprints to the RCMP's Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS) from outside of Canada, you must first contact the local police of jurisdiction where you are staying outside Canada and who can provide you with a copy of your fingerprints. Ensure you get the name and address of the police agency as well as the signature and name of the official taking the fingerprints. Also ensure all ten fingers are taken with black ink.

      Next, you must contact an accredited company [CCRTIS-SCICTR @ rcmp-grc.gc.ca. for a list of accredited companies] within Canada who can convert the paper fingerprint forms taken outside of Canada and submit them to CCRTIS electronically."

      I have no idea, if you can get your fingerprints taken in Peru at a police station; worth a try. Or you could ask at the Canadian embassy if they know where you can get this done (they themselves most probably won't do it and might not be helpful). Otherwise you unfortunately have to get back to Canada to do it there. What a pain.

      Greetings
      Eva


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    Fernando · 19/01/2022
    Hi, my wife and I just went through the process and we can confirm that they are enforcing the police clearance certificate. We obtained this document from the FBI and had to legalize it in a Peruvian consulate in the US. Thereupon in Peru, we had an official translation service translate the document into Spanish and then legalize the document once again in the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 19/01/2022
      @Fernando
      Hello Fernando,

      thank you so much for your feedback.

      Greetings
      Eva

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