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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 "visa familiar residente". Depending on your relation, there are several sub-visa types.

Content overview

 

Family visa types in Peru

Depending on your relation to the Peruvian or foreigner with resident status, there are several family visa sub-types. Relatives who 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 foreigner law and a different interpretation of the corresponding passage. Before the parents can apply for a resident family visa, the birth of 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.

 

Legal background for a family visa application in Peru

Where to apply for a family visa

Officially, you can apply for a family visa if you are still outside Peru or if you are already in the country, for example, as a tourist.

However, while for decades Peruvian consulates abroad handled residence visa applications from giving information and handing out the right forms to fill in, to accepting the application and, if approved, issuing the residence visa, since August 2021, the Peruvian diplomatic missions abroad only handle tourist and business visa applications and refer foreigners, who want to apply for another temporary or residence visa, to Migraciones in Peru.

So, family members of a Peruvian national or foreigner with resident status in Peru, who can enter the country visa-free (so, who don’t have to apply for a “real” tourist visa at a Peruvian consulate), should come to Peru 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 if you apply from outside Peru) - at Migraciones (on the Agencia Digital, the Migraciones online platform).

Those family members who cannot enter Peru visa-free (so, who must apply for a “real” tourist visa at a Peruvian consulate), officially must apply for residency from outside Peru; a complicated, lengthy, and sometimes frustrating process. We explain in detail how it’s done in our article “Peruvian residence visa application from abroad”.

Foreign nationals who can travel to Peru visa-free, enter Peru as a tourist and then apply for their residence visa at Migraciones in Peru. However...

Important laws and regulations

For foreigners planning to stay longer in Peru and to apply for a temporary or resident visa, the most important laws and regulations are the Decreto Legislativo 1582, which is the current foreigner law and only stipulates general rules, and the Decreto Supremo 002-2021-IN from 2021 and the TUPA, which is updated yearly (last time October 22, 2023) 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 44, in article 89-B “Procedimiento administrativo de cambio de calidad migratoria por la de familiar residente” on page 44.

As the TUPA is always the more current official document, which contains slight changes compared to the Decreto Supremo, we recommend to use it when looking for the most current official information about the requirements in Spanish. You find the information for adult applicants on page 187, which is page 190 of the PDF, and for minor applicants on page 106, which is page 109 of the PDF.

 

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:

  • Passport
  • Antecedentes policiales, penales y judiciales (Police clearance certificate, criminal record and judicial matters check) from your home country or from the country where you legally lived (so with a resident visa) during the 5 years prior to coming to Peru showing that you don't have a record (exception minors) (*) + (**) + (*****)
  • Official document that proves the family tie (please note: same-sex marriages/civil unions are not possible and not recognized in Peru)
    • if the applicant is married to a Peruvian or foreigner with resident status: marriage certificate (***) 
    • if the applicant is the child or parent of a Peruvian (but not Peruvian himself) or of a foreigner with resident status: birth certificate (****)
    • If the applicant is in a legal Peruvian relationship, a so-called "Union de hecho" with a Peruvian or foreigner with resident status: Sworn statement indicating the SUNARP registration
  • 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
  • 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/ 161.40 since October 22, 2023)
  • "Recibo" (water or electricity bill proving your address; doesn't have to be in your name)
  • Form PA - Cambio de Calidad Migratoria (automatically filled in during application)
  • For unmarried adult children (up to 28 years) additionally: official certificate of being single (*****) or sworn statement in which the applicant declares being unmarried in front of a Peruvian notary and enrollment certificate of a Peruvian educational institution
  • For children with disabilities additionally: official certificate of being single (*****) or sworn statement in which the applicant declares being unmarried in front of a Peruvian notary document proving a condition of permanent disability and the need for parent’s care (*****)

Explanatory notes for the requirements:

First of all, be aware that documents have an "expiration" date in Peru. If not stated otherwise:

  • Documents issued in Peru are usually only accepted when they were issued a maximum of 3 months prior to being submitted.
  • Documents issued outside Peru are usually only accepted when they were issued not more than 6 months prior to being submitted.

(*) 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...

(**) That's the official requirement. However, Migraciones always requests the criminal record check from your home country. And, if they are made aware of the fact that you lived in another country during the 5 years prior to coming to Peru, sometimes additionally a check from this country.

(***) marriage certificate

  • If you were married in Peru at a municipality incorporated into the Reniec system: recent certified copy of your marriage certificate issued by Reniec (not older than 90 days)
  • If you were married in Peru at a municpality not incorporated into the Reniec system: Some municipalities in Peru are still not incorporated into the Reniec system and, for example, marriages are registered only on municipal level. So, if you married in such a municipality you must request a certified (!) copy of the marriage certificate from the (provincial) municipality. Inform them that you need the copy for a residence visa application, so the right stamp is put on the certificate. Once you have the document, pay the Reniec fee of S/ 31 under code 02143 “Certificaciones” with concepto “Certificacion de firma” either on pagalo.pe or at any Banco de la Nacion branch. Make copies of the marriage certificate, the payment receipt and DNI, carné or passport. If you apply for your residence visa in Lima, you then must proceed to the Reniec office in Miraflores (Av. Diez Conseco 230) or to the Reniec office in Jesus Maria (Jr. Talara 130) to make the so-called 'Solicitud de Authenticacion de Firmas'. At Reniec you are handed a form which you must fill in and then just wait your turn in the “Certificaciones” line, hand in your documents (Certified copy of your marriage certificate, payment receipt, ID and copies and filled in form) and usually within a week or two you can pick up your marriage certificate with another stamp on it. Only now Migraciones will accept your marriage certificate and when you apply the marriage certificate can't be older than 90 days.
  • If you were married abroad to a Peruvian: certified copy of your marriage certificate issued by the Peruvian consulate (not older than 180 days). Once in Peru the marriage certificate must be legalized by the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (RREE) in Lima or their offices in the provinces . 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 at 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 legalized by a Peruvian consulate (not older than 6 months). Once in Peru, the document has to be translated into Spanish and in some cases legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(****) birth certificate

  • If the applicant is the child of a foreigner with resident status: birth certificate of the child showing he/she is the son/daughter of the foreigner with resident status with Apostille or, if the country in which the document was issued didn't sign the Apostille Convention legalized by a Peruvian consulate (not older than 6 months). Once in Peru, the document has to be translated into Spanish and in some cases legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • If you are the parent of a Peruvian and the birth was registered at a municipality incorporated into the Reniec system: recent certified copy of the birth certificate showing you as the parent issued by Reniec (not older than 90 days):
  • If you are the parent of a Peruvian and the birth was registered at a municipality not incorporated into the Reniec system: some municipalities in Peru are still not incorporated into the Reniec system and, for example, birth are registered only on municipal level. So, if  the Peruvian part of the family was born in such a municipality you must request a certified (!) copy of the birth certificate showing you as the parent from the (provincial) municipality. Inform them that you need the copy for a residence visa application, so the right stamp is put on the certificate. Once you have the document, pay the Reniec fee of S/ 31 under code 02143 “Certificaciones” with concepto “Certificacion de firma” either on pagalo.pe or at any Banco de la Nacion branch. Make copies of the birth certificate, the payment receipt and DNI, carné or passport. If you apply for your residence visa in Lima, you then must proceed to the Reniec office in Miraflores (Av. Diez Conseco 230) or to the Reniec office in Jesus Maria (Jr. Talara 130) to make the so-called 'Solicitud de Authenticacion de Firmas'. At Reniec you are handed a form which you must fill in and then just wait your turn in the “Certificaciones” line, hand in your documents (Certified copy of the birth certificate, payment receipt, ID and copies and filled in form) and usually within a week or two you can pick up the birth certificate with another stamp on it. Only now Migraciones will accept your marriage certificate and when you apply the birth certificate can't be older than 90 days.
  • If you are the parent of a foreigner with resident status in Peru: birth certificate of the foreigner with resident status in Peru showing you as the parent with Apostille or, if the country in which the document was issued didn't sign the Apostille Convention legalized by a Peruvian consulate (not older than 6 months). Once in Peru, the document has to be translated into Spanish and in some cases legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(*****) Any document required which was issued abroad

  • 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 have to be legalized by a Peruvian consulate abroad and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Peru. Once in Peru, the document has to be translated into Spanish and in some cases legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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 all required documents from abroad, such as the criminal record check and - if applicable - your marriage or birth certificate, and so forth, already apostilled or legalized - see requirements and (***) / (****) / (*****) above.

Translation of foreign documents

Once in Peru, all documents issued abroad that are in a foreign language must be translated into Spanish. Even though officially no longer required and a simple translation should be enough (see Decreto Legislativo 1272 about simplified administration procedures) we highly recommend to use a certified translator in Peru, a so-called traductor publico juramentado. You find lists of these government-approved translators on the Peruvian government website.  Just click under point 3 on the language of your original document and the list of translators for your language appears. You can as well use any other translator in Peru who can officially translate your document.

If your documents have an Apostille and were translated by one of the certified translators on the list according to the above mentioned Decreto Legislativo Migraciones should accept them without problems. However, most translators are still recommending an additional legalization of the translation by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE), as sometimes Migraciones doesn't apply the simplified administration procedures, rejects documents without the additional RREE legalization and explicitly asks the applicant to upload the apostilled and translated foreign documents this time with another legalization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE) in Lima or a RREE branch in the provinces.

So, if you want to skip the additional legalization by RREE, we highly recommend to keep an eye on your Migraciones electronic mailbox for notifications from Migraciones (see below).

If your documents aren't apostilled but legalized they must be legalized again after the translation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE) in Lima or a RREE branch in the provinces.

Interpol

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, for example, from a temporary...

Paying the application fee

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, processing fees and fines government agencies, public authorities and entities levy in Peru have to be paid at the Banc...

Last preparations

And last but not least, make PDFs from your passport (page with your personal data), and from all other required documents (max size per document 3MB).

Finally, the time has come to apply for your family visa. Be aware that in case you need to leave the country during the processing time of your family visa application 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 - to be precise who applied for a change of their immigration status (cambio de calidad migratoria) or a ...

 

Step-by-step guide to apply for a family visa in Peru

One remark before we start: The Agencia Digital is in Spanish only. We highly recommend to not using a translation program which automatically translates the page from Spanish to your preferred language to avoid system errors. And to avoid further system errors, we highly recommend to not using a VPN and switching off any ad blockers you might use.

Migraciones Agencia Digital

Once you have done all the preparation work, open the Migraciones Agencia Digital and click on Entrar.

On the next page, select "Extranjero". Then choose in the drop-down menu the document with which you entered Peru (most probably passport), enter your passport number, your birthdate, nationality, the date you entered Peru and the captcha. Click on Verificar.

No matter which forms you fill out in Peru, always enter your personal data exactly (!!!) as in your passport!

Now you are on the main page of the Agencia Digtal. Here you can either use the search field or find in the menu on the left under “Cambio de Calidad Migratoria” the points:

  • Familiar Residente: Casado con peruano(a) o extranjero(a) residente (resident family married to a Peruvian or foreign resident)
  • Familiar Residente: Padres de peruano(a) o extranjero(a) residente (resident family parents of Peruvian or foreign resident)
  • Familiar Residente: hijos(as) adultos con dispacidad (resident family adult children with disabilities)
  • hopefully as well Familiar Residente: hijo/a menor de edad (resident family underage children). For whatever reason sometimes the point for the underage children isn't displayed. If so, use the search function. If still nothing pops up, 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.

Choose the one that applies and proceed to the next page.

1st page of the family visa application

Here, you first have to select the Migraciones branch which should handle your application (for example, Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, …). In the second field, you must enter a “data update code” which you most probably don’t have. Below this field is a quite small link.

Click on it and and you are re-directed to the Sistema de Actualizacion de Datos page. Choose Option 2. On the next page fill in your nationality, select the document with which you entered Peru (most probably passport), enter your passport number, and your birth date, select your gender and enter the captcha; you can leave the field with the "preinscription code" blank. Then you get to a quite extensive questionnaire.

Data update questionnaire

Be aware that you only have 1 hour to complete the questionnaire and as the system doesn’t save your information, even though there is an option to save, once you started you must finish it within an hour otherwise all your progress is gone, and you have to start from scratch. The questions are quite unorganized and partly a bit strange, so to give you an idea what questions you have to answer and might need to prepare for here an overview:

In the first two categories, you have to fill in your personal data including full name (as in your passport!), document with which you entered Peru, document number, gender, marital status, country of birth, if you have a criminal, police or judicial record, if you are pregnant.

The third category asks for your address in Peru, your e-mail address, cell phone number and landline phone number. Here you must upload a “recibo”, so a water or electricity bill to prove that you live at that address. The recibo doesn't have to be in your name, just must show the correct address.

Then you are asked for the information of an emergency contact, including ID, name and e-mail of your emergency contact. This is followed by questions about your employment situation and where you were born (continent, country, town).

In the next category, you have to enter your hair and eye color, height in meters, weight in kilograms, religion, marital status, date of marriage, vaccinations and if you have a disability or disease. You are then asked if you arrived in Peru alone or if someone was accompanying you. If so, you must enter the personal data (passport number, name, last name, birthdate) of that person. Now you are asked if you have lived in other countries previously and in which country before coming to Peru, when you last entered Peru, how you came to Peru (plane, bus, car).

The last questions check your living conditions (are you living in a house, number of rooms, accommodation connected to water, sewage, electricity, and internet), ask for some financial info (if you have a bank account in Peru; if you have taken out a loan in Peru; if you have a bank account in another country; if you hold shares in a company in Peru) and want to know if you have a car and a driver’s license in Peru or other country.

As soon as you have completed the last page of the questionnaire, the system accepts all your answers and sends the data update code to your e-mail.

You made it!

Back to the 1st page of the family visa application

Now fill in the data update code and click on Siguente.

2nd page of the family visa application

Here you must fill in some data and/or upload all for the family visa application necessary documents as PDF (max size per document 3MB).

Those who just want to verify the requirements or double check if the requirements have changed can do so on this page. Then just click through the tabs but do not upload any documents and do not click on Siguente; once you finished just leave the page.

To continue with your family visa application, 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

  • numero de recibo (number of the receipt) which is the "secuencia de pago" on the pagalo receipt
  • codigo de verficación (verification code) which is the "codigo control" on the pagalo receipt
  • fecha de recibo (date) which is the "fecha de operación" on the pagalo receipt.

If you don't know where to find the requested bank information on your receipt, click on the question mark. After entering the requested info click on Validar.

Under the Documento de Identificación tab, select the document with which you entered Peru (in most cases passport), fill in required data and upload a copy.

Under the Interpol tab, you must upload the Ficha de Canje from Interpol and the criminal record check you brought from home. Be aware that both fields are mandatory, and you can’t continue without having uploaded both documents.

Under the Documento vincular tab, you must upload the document proving your family tie (for example, your marriage certificate).

And you must enter the DNI number of the Peruvian part of the family or the Carné number of the foreign resident you are related to.

If you, for example, apply for an underage child other documents, such as your passport / carné must be uploaded.

There is one last tab “Exceso de permanencia” (excess stay). If you apply when your stay in Peru is still valid, this tab has already a green check in front of it and you just leave it as it is.

If you, however, apply when your stay as a tourist is expired, open the tab and you should be able to upload the payment receipt for your overstayed days and a sworn statement explaining the reasons for their overstay. Once these two documents are uploaded the check in front of the tab should turn green. Before counting on this option please read our chapter Can I apply for a family visa when my stay as a tourist is expired?.

Once you filled in all required fields and uploaded all your documents, there should be a green check in front of each tab. Click on Siguente.

3rd page of the family visa application

You then get to a page showing the fields of the Form PA - Cambio de Calidad Migratoria already filled in with your personal data. The only fields you can change here are your cell phone number and your e-mail address. If everything is correct, click on “Guardar datos y generar tramite” (Save data and generate procedure).

4th page of the family visa application

You now get the "Registro de Solicitud de Cambio de Calidad Migratoria" displayed on your screen. That's the confirmation of your successful application. Download and/or print the form and keep it safe (if downloading isn't possible, make a screenshot of the complete page, don't miss the second page)!!!

At the top right of the document under the bar code you find your Numero de expediente (file number), which sometimes is also called Numero de tramite. It consists of 2 letters (usually some abbreviation of the Migraciones office where you applied; LM for Lima, for example; or CY for Chiclayo, etc.) and 9 numbers. At the bottom of the first page, under the signature / fingerprint field, the Fecha de publicacion (application date) and a Codigo de verificacion (verification code) are shown.

If you later want to check the status of your application online, which can be done here or if you, for example, want to apply for a travel permit to leave the country while the approval of your application is still in process, you will need these numbers / codes.

Additionally, at the bottom of the first page you as well find your login data for the Migraciones electronic mailbox (see below).

Please note: a few of our readers commented that they couldn’t find the verification code and/or the login data for the electronic mailbox on the Registro de Solicitud de Cambio de Calidad Migratoria. So, before continuing check the Registro page carefully and look for the verification code and the login data. If they aren't there, once you make the appointment for the biometric data, you find a tab on your screen labeled "Cargo Tramite". If you click on it, your verification code and your login data should be displayed. Make a screenshot of the page and keep it safe.

Some other readers, who missed the "Cargo Tramite" tab, commented that after making the appointment they were able to download the Formulario PA - Cambio de calidad migratoria, which contained the verification code and the login data. So, if the Registro page wasn't displayed or if you can’t find the information on the Registro page, check the "Cargo Tramite" tab when making the appointment for your biometric data and/or later the Formulario before trying to get in contact with Migraciones.

 

Biometric data appointment

Following the confirmation of your visa application you are asked to make an appointment for having your biometric data (photo, fingerprints, signature) taken with a provided code. This code is your numero de expediente (file number).

As waiting times sometimes can be long, especially in Lima, we suggest following provided link and make the appointment immediately. If you want to make it at a later time, you can enter the Agencia Digital and make an appointment under "Citas en Linea", subpoint "para registro de datos biometricos".

On the day of your biometric data appointment, be at the Migraciones office you selected when making the appointment 15 - 30 minutes before your appointment with your documents. Usually you will only need your printed (!) appointment and passport, but to be prepared for any unforeseen events you may want to take the folder with all other documents with you.

At the door you just have to show your appointment and passport. At the Lima Migraciones office you get a ticket with a number on it. Then just join the line and wait until your number is shown on the screen. When it's your turn proceed to the counter where you have to sign on a signature pad, you are digitally fingerprinted and a biometric photo is taken.

Do not wear a white shirt or a top in light or pastel color! Migraciones might refuse to take your photo. Best wear a simple black shirt or something in a dark or strong color.

There were times when the process at the Migraciones office in Lima was quick and astonishingly well organized and you were done in less than half an hour. However, over the past few months some foreigners reported that their appointment time wasn't respected and they had to wait for anything between one and three hours until they made it to the counter where the process was quick and smooth. So, plan accordingly. At the Migraciones offices in the provinces, the whole process is usually quick and painless.

After your biometric data appointment, all you can do is check your Buzon electronico (see below) regularly and wait until you get a notification from Migraciones either telling you that they aren't happy with a document you uploaded or that a document is missing or that your visa is approved.

 

Buzon Electronico

The Buzon Electronico is your personal Migraciones 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.).

You can access your Buzon by clicking on the "Buzon electronico" button on the top of the main page of the Agencia Digital or by using this direct link. The username (usario) and password (contraseña) is on the "Registro de Solicitud de Cambio de Calidad Migratoria" page, the confirmation of your successful application (see above under 4th page).

Be aware that notifications sent via the buzon are considered "officially delivered". If you don't react to a deadline Migraciones usually gives in these notifications (in most cases only 5 days), your application can be dismissed. So, if you get a notication from Migraciones informing you that you haven’t uploaded a required document, that an uploaded document isn’t to their liking or they want an additional document, don’t waste any time.

If you have the document, make a PDF of it (max size 3MB) and upload it on the Agencia Digital. How this so-called Subsanación is done, is explained in our article “Subsanacion - Submitting documents”.

During the internal evaluation and approval process of any application on the Agencia Digital, Migraciones may discover that you haven’t uploaded a...

If you don’t have the document yet and won’t be able to submit it within the deadline, you still have to react and can apply for an extension of time to hand in the document later. The process is called “Solicitud de ampliación de plazos” and explained in our article "Extension of a Migraciones deadline".

During the internal evaluation and approval process of your visa application (Cambio de calidad migratoria) or of the application for the extension...

 

Approval of your family visa

Officially the processing time of residence visa applications is 30 business days. However, according to feedback we got from our readers, it usually takes around two to three months until you get a notification from Migraciones in your Buzon with the official resolution that your visa was approved.

Nevertheless, check your Buzon regularly as you might belong to the lucky ones that get their approval within three or four weeks after application. On the other hand, in case you haven't heard anything from Migraciones 4 months after your application, you should check with them what's going on.

 

Getting your carné (foreigner ID)

After 2 or 3 months (sometimes, if you are lucky, already after few weeks, or if Migraciones is busy, after only 4 months or so) you get a notification in your Buzon electronico informing you about the approval of your visa.

Usually, this first notification states to wait for further instructions on how to pick up your carné. So, once again check your Buzon regularly and wait for a second notification from Migraciones informing you about the "expedición de carné".

Officially Migraciones has another 30 business days counted from the approval of the visa to send this notification. However, some of our readers shared that they had to wait only a couple of days, others three or four weeks, and a few even 2 months. Either way as soon as you got the official notification that your carné is ready, get going. 

Enter the Agencia Digital. On the main page in the left menu under "Citas en linea", subpoint "para recojo de documentos" make an appointment to pick up your carné. Once again, download and print the confirmation and keep it safe.

Be aware that at some Migraciones offices in the provinces no appointment is needed.

On the day of your appointment, be at the Migraciones office you selected 15-30 minutes before your appointment. To pick up your carné you just need your passport and your printed appointment. Migraciones personal will point you in the right direction where you are handed your carné.

Congratulations! You made it!

To familiarize yourself with your carné we highly recommend to read our glossary article Carné de Extranjería - Peru’s ID Card for foreigners.

 

Things you should know living in Peru on a family visa

The family visa (so the residence visa) is valid for one year, in case you are married to a Peruvian two years, and then has to be renewed. Our article "Residence visa extension" explains how it's done.

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 ...

The carné (so the Peruvian foreigner ID card) is usually valid for four years and then must be renewed. For more details, check out our article "Renewal of the carné".

When your Peruvian residence visa is approved, you get the Carné de Extranjería, your Peruvian foreigner ID. The carné, so the card (not the reside...

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,  so you 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 "Actualización de datos". Be aware that, in some cases, a new carné has to be issued after the application is approved. The process is explained in our article “Update your information in the Migraciones database”.

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-cal...

Even though not always enforced, if you as a foreigner living in Peru on a family visa want to leave the country for short or extended periods of time, for example, to go on holidays you must present a tax form before being allowed to leave Peru. If you didn't have any earnings or other income in Peru, you must present the so-called “Declaración jurada de haber realizado actividades que no impliquen la generación de rentas de fuente peruana” at immigrations before you are allowed to leave. So, just download Formulario 1495, fill it in, sign it and show it to the immigration officer when leaving Peru. If you, however, had any kind of income as independent or dependent worker in Peru, you must present the so-called "Certificado de Rentas y Retenciones" at immigrations before you are allowed to leave. This form is issued by your employer, who confirms that the income tax corresponding to your earnings was retained according to the Peruvian tax legislation. The physical form, Formulario 1492, is rarely used anymore. Instead, your employer or client has to enter his/her Sunat Virtual and fill in the Formulario Virtual 1692°, then print and sign it and give it to you. The form expires 30 days after it was filed with Sunat; so, you must leave Peru within these 30 days. If you work independently, receive an income from Peruvian sources and pay your income tax directly to Sunat, you have to fill in Formulario 1494 “Declaración jurada de haber pagado directamente el impuesto”, sign it, attach a receipt proving you paid your income tax and present it at immigrations before leaving.

Those having received the family visa through marriage with a Peruvian 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).

And finally, if you as a foreigner living in Peru on a family visa, are leaving Peru permanently, you have to cancel your residence visa. Once the application is approved, you have 15 days to exit the country.

 

Other FAQs

Can I apply for a family visa if my stay as a tourist is expired?

For years, you had to be in Peru on a valid visa / stay, for example, as a tourist to apply for any temporary or residence visa, precisely to make the Cambio de calidad migratoria.

But during the visa application on the Migraciones online platform there is a tab labeled "Exceso de permanencia" (excess stay), which suggests that foreigners who overstayed their time as a tourist in Peru can still apply for a Cambio de calidad migratoria and just have to upload a payment receipt for their overstayed days and a sworn statement explaining the reason for their overstay.

While in November 2022 Migraciones informed us in writing that this tab does not apply when you change your immigration status from tourist (!) to family, at the beginning of 2023 one of our readers reported that someone at Migraciones suggested this option. So, he could apply for his visa while being in Peru on an expired stay as a tourist. He uploaded the payment receipt for his overstay fine and a brief explanation why he couldn't apply on time (criminal record check took many months), could finish his application and a couple of months later, Migraciones approved his visa.

Hearing this, we tried to find out more. A few other foreigners in the same situation confirmed that someone at Migraciones they spoke to suggested this option, but our search for any official confirmation in writing that you can apply for a temporary or residence visa while being in Peru on an expired stay as a tourist was in vain.

As Migraciones doesn't have an e-mail address anymore where they answer such questions in writing, we called and first were told "No, you have to be in the country on a valid stay". Then when we asked the lady we were talking to more detailed questions, she seemingly quickly spoke to someone else, and then suddenly said "Yes, it is possible.", but she couldn't give us any further details. The whole call didn't really inspire confidence.

So, at the moment (February 2024) officially you still have to be in the country on a valid stay to apply and therefore we can't guarantee that it's possible to change your immigration status from tourist to family if you are in Peru on an expired stay as a tourist.

We always recommend to not overstay and, in case you plan to apply for a residence visa but don't have all required documents yet, instead of overstaying suggest applying for your visa using a little trick. We explain how it's done below.

If for whatever reason you can't apply while your stay as a tourist is valid, it might be worth personally checking with Migraciones if you can apply despite being in the country on an expired stay before you leave the country and try to return to "renew" your stay as a tourist.

If you have any current information about this topic or would like to share your experience, please let us know either using the comment function at the end of this very long article or our contact form. Thank you!

Can I apply for a family visa if I don't have all the required documents?

Officially, no, you can't as on the Agencia Digital, the Migraciones online platform where you have to apply, the fields to upload the required documents are mandatory and you can't continue with and finish your application without having uploaded all documents.

But, even though we can't and won't recommend it, if your stay as a tourist is about to expire and you must apply until a certain date, depending on the document that you don't have yet, there might be a possibility to "cheat" the system. However, you should have a solid plan to get the document as required, because the time to present it is limited. And here, how it's done.

Follow the instructions of our Step-by-step guide to apply for a family visa in Peru until you are on the 2nd page of the family visa application. Here you must fill in some data and/or upload all for the family visa application necessary documents as PDF.

If you don't have, for example, your criminal record check: Under the Interpol tab, you must upload the Ficha de Canje from Interpol and the "Antecedentes" (criminal record check). Both fields are mandatory, and you cannot continue with and finish the application without having uploaded both documents. As you can't leave the field for the Antecedentes blank anymore, you must upload something in the Antecedentes field. One of our readers just uploaded the Ficha de Canje a second time, another reader wrote a letter explaining that he is waiting for his criminal record check from his home country and uploaded this letter instead of his background check. So, upload a "document" there that makes sense.

The same applies if, for example, you don't have your Ficha de Canje from Interpol, because you couldn't get an appointment in time. Instead of the Ficha upload, for example, a letter explaining your situation.

Or, if you don't have your Peruvian marriage certificate, because Reniec takes its time to register your foreign marriage. Just upload, for example your foreign marriage certificate, perhaps a copy of your Reniec tramite and a short explanation.

Or if you have the document, but not yet the Apostille or translation, you could upload the document as it is.

Then continue to upload all other required documents and finish the application process as described in our Step-by-step guide above.

On the 4th page of your family visa application you get the "Registro de Solicitud de Cambio de Calidad Migratoria" with the "numero de expediente" (your file number), the "fecha de publicacion" (application date) and a "codigo de verificacion" (verification code) displayed on your screen. That's the confirmation of your successful application. You made it. As soon you have this confirmation, your time as a tourist stops and even if your stay as a tourist expires during the processing time of your visa application you won't have any problem.

Now, depending how quickly Migraciones reviews your application and documents, the following happens:

As you haven't uploaded all required documents or not in the form Migraciones requires, Migraciones will send you a notification (can be as quick as a few days after your application or a month, two or three later) requesting that you upload the document. Be aware that these notifications, which are send through the Buzon electronico, are considered officially delivered. Usually, Migraciones only gives you a short deadline of 5 to 10 days to upload the requested document. You must react to the notification, even if it's on the last day of the deadline they gave you (which might be wise to do if you still need more time), otherwise your application could be dismissed.

If you have the document in the correct form when you receive the notification, just upload it on the Agencia Digital (not the Mesa de Partes!). How it's done is explained in our article “Subsanacion - Submitting documents”.

During the internal evaluation and approval process of any application on the Agencia Digital, Migraciones may discover that you haven’t uploaded a...

If you still don't have the document at the end of the deadline Migraciones gave you, then you can apply for an extension of the deadline (max. 30 days). The process is called Ampliacion de plazos and explained in our article “Extensions of a Migraciones deadline”.

During the internal evaluation and approval process of your visa application (Cambio de calidad migratoria) or of the application for the extension...

In case you have the document ready before you hear from Migraciones you can upload it immediately on the Agencia Digital under Subsanacion. But we were told by others, who went through the process that they still got a notification later to upload the document again.

If you decide to go that route, check your Buzon regularly and, if necessary, react to any notification! And, while this "cheating" worked for many others, things might change and Migraciones could dismiss your application (which you could appeal). Anyway, be aware that it will definitely delay the approval of your visa by weeks or even months.

 

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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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Martin Odenell · 05/04/2023
    Hi Eva.

    A question.
    After two years of residency, 183 days per year,
    a resident can apply for Peruvian citizenship.

    On what start date does the two year count begin ?
    The arrival date as a tourist?
    Or the date the residency is first approved?
    Or the 'Emision / Date of issue' on the carnet ?
    I assume the latter.

    Thanks.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 05/04/2023
      @Martin Odenell
      Hello Martin,

      yes, after at least two years of legal residency (!) on a family visa through marriage with a Peruvian you can get the Peruvian nationality by applying for the Nacionalización por matrimonio.

      Your two year count does not start when you first entered as a tourist, but when your residence visa was first approved and you were registered in the Migraciones database RIM as a resident.

      So, if you check your carné on the back you find the Fecha inscripción (the date you were registered) and the Fecha emision (the date your carné was issued); both dates are usually only a few days apart.

      You can find the requirements for the Nacionalización por matrimonio on the Peruvian government website. Be aware that even though there you can read that the processing time of the application only is supposed to be 30 business days, in most cases the whole process takes much, much longer.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Martin Odenell · 06/04/2023
      @Sunflower Thanks Eva,

      The latest Carnet has only two dates on the front of the card:
      -Date of issue.
      -Date of expiry.
      (I also have an old carnet with multiple dates on the back).

      Approximately how long can a valid 'Nacionalización por matrimonio' process take to complete ?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 06/04/2023
      @Martin Odenell
      They changed the carné again? And no dates anymore on the back?

      Anyway, as said above the official processing time should be 30 business days. And I don't know how long it takes Migraciones / Ministry of the Interior / Office of the president (who must sign all approvals) at the moment.

      Before Corona foreigners going the nacionalización route waited anything between a year or even two. Last I heard they improved things and foreigners should have the approval within half a year. But just a couple of weeks ago I spoke to a Peruvian whose wife is a foreigner and it took him 5 or 6 visits (nearly 3 months) until Migraciones finally accepted the application and necessary documents. His story reminded me of when I first applied for my family visa many years ago and requirements would change with every Migraciones visit.


      Greetings
      Eva
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      Martin Odenell · 08/04/2023
      @Sunflower
      Correct, only two dates on the front of latest CE card.

      A three months plus wait for Naturalization. Yikes...
      I guess the Permanent resident route could take equally as long.

      Thanks for the information.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 08/04/2023
      @Martin Odenell
      The 3 months I wrote about above were the time it took that Migraciones accepted all documents and with that the application. The approval takes much longer.

      And surely the change of immigration status from family resident to permanent family resident will be much quicker, but can only be started after 3 years of legal residency.

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    Martin Odenell · 01/04/2023
    Hi again Eva.

    My residency is close to done. The process took approximately 70 calendar days from the day I first arrived as a tourist. It's a complicated process to manage on par with the complexity of applying for residency in other countries. Thanks yet again for your informative pages, they helped me a lot to prepare the correct documents before I arrived, in particular the apostilled police check and also what to do when I applied online within Peru.

    Some additional tips:

    ---

    Migracciones video conference.

    If you wish to speak with a friendly Migracciones agent using a
    https://agenciavirtual.migraciones.gob.pe/agencia-virtual/identidad
    video conference 'Incio video conferencia' I suggest calling/connecting around 8:30AM soon after their office opens. Getting connected later in the day can prove difficult.

    ---

    Residency approval.

    When Migracciones first approves your residency they will send you a message in your 'Buzón Electrónico de Migraciones' letting you know that the residency is approved. I believe this message means all your documentation and biometrics are in order and Migraciones does not require any further information from you. The message will also state to wait for instructions on how to pick up the 'Carnet De Extranjeria'.

    I was waiting weeks for these instructions to arrive, so I 'video conferencia' called Migracciones and they kindly explained the following: When the residency documents and biometrics are first approved, Migraciones then has 30 working days to register and process an internal document related to your application. I waited 25 calender days for the second notification to arrive. This is a second approval and contains instructions on how to pick up the 'Carnet De Extranjeria'.

    Good luck.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 04/04/2023
      @Martin Odenell
      Hello Martin,

      sorry for getting back to you so late.

      And a huge thanks for sharing your experience. Around January Migraciones has changed the process again and it seems that now, after the approval of the visa, the applicant isn't required to do the registration anymore but Migraciones does it. And once they are finished they will send you the second notification.

      Before I got your info I heard of waiting times for this second letter of a few days to a couple of weeks, but never of 25 days. That's long.

      Anyway, congrats you made it through.

      All the best in Peru
      Eva
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      Mark · 22/05/2023
      @Sunflower Hi Eva,

      Do you know what would be the process if I have received my residency approval letter, but while waiting for the carnet letter I have to travel out of the country? Would I come back in just showing the approval letter?

      Many thanks

      - Mark
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 23/05/2023
      @Mark
      Hello Mark,

      if nothing changed over the past few months, your application process is only finished when you got your carné .

      So, to leave the country you must apply for a Autorización de estadía fuera del país por 30 días. It's an easy, quick and straightforward process which is explained in our article Travel permit.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Maria · 24/03/2023
    Hi does anyone know if i can schedule an appointment with Interpol in the US to get my background check from them instead of waiting to do it in Lima and then having to pay DHL ? Also, i’m confused on one part about getting all my documents apostilled—does Migraciones require me to apostille my USA birth certificate as well? 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 24/03/2023
      @Maria
      Hello Maria,

      Interpol doesn't issue a background check neither in Peru nor in the US. The Ficha de Canje is a document issued by Interpol certifying that a person isn’t an internationally wanted fugitive, so hasn’t an international wanted persons notice (Red Notice). You must apply for it at Interpol in Peru. You find more information on the process in our article Interpol-Ficha de Canje.

      Next to the Ficha de Canje you need a criminal record check. Assuming you are from the US you need an “FBI Criminal Record Check” or a “Identity History Summary” which is issued in the US by the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). You should get this before (!!!) leaving the US and have it apostilled in the US.

      I assume you are a bit confused because, among other nationalities, US citizens are required to do an additional criminal record check for which the 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.

      You should be aware that getting the results back from this additional check may take many weeks or even months and the criminal record check you get does not have an Apostille on it. So, waiting to get this check back and use it for the "Antecedentes" requirement to apply for a residence visa is not recommended and counterproductive as you most probably will run out of time on your stay as a tourist before you get the document and have it sent and returned with Apostille. So, better come prepared to Peru bringing your FBI criminal record check already with you or apply for it on your own when already in Peru.

      Then I wonder on what base are you planning to apply for a family visa? If you aren't the daughter of a Peruvian (then you could get the Peruvian nationality which would make things much easier) or if you aren't the daughter of a foreigner with resident status in Peru, you won't need your birth certificate.

      Anyway, you might want to check out the article above under Requirements for all documents you need for your family visa application (don't miss the explanatory notes). And, as explained above, all required documents issued outside Peru must have an Apostille, then must be translated in Peru into Spanish and the translation must be legalized by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Maria · 25/03/2023
      @Sunflower Hi Eva. No i just got married in the US  to a Peruvian citizen and i got it apostilled at the secretary of state and he took it to Reniec and i’m waiting on my fbi background check to be apostilled. Yes this process has been extremely confusing but i was following the requirements list on this website and it said my birth certificate has to be apostilled to submit to Migraciones. Do i not need to get that done? Thank you so much for your help i sincerely appreciate it. Dealing with Migraciones is so exhausting and trying to get a hold of them is even worse! Each agent gives you a different response! 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 25/03/2023
      @Maria
      Hello Maria,

      not sure which website your are talking about, but above in the article under the requirements it clearly states that you need a document that proves the family tie. So, a marriage certificate if the applicant is married to a Peruvian or foreigner with resident status", which applies to you; a "birth certificate if the applicant is the child or parent of a Peruvian, but not Peruvian himself or of a foreigner with resident status, which doesn't apply to you.

      So, you don't need your birth certificate if you apply for a family visa based on being married to a Peruvian.

      For now, it seems everything is done correctly. You married in the US and had your US marriage certificate apostilled. I assume your husband had it translated in Peru and now applied to have your marriage registered with Reniec. As soon Reniec completed the process your husband gets your Peruvian marriage certificate. He should make sure that he gets a certified copy of the Peruvian marriage certificate. One requirement done.

      Then you already applied for your FBI record check. When you have it, this must be apostilled as well and you are ready to come to Peru. When you are in Peru, the FBI check must be translated as well. Next requirement done.

      Then you must get an appointment at Interpol for the Ficha de Canje. When you go to Interpol in Lima you get the Ficha de Canje on the same day. Next requirement done. You don't need the additional check for your family visa application; so don't let anyone confuse you.

      Now, the only things left to do is make PDFs of all documents and pay the application fee, which can be easily done online as described above. Last requirements done.

      And then you just must apply on the Agencia Digital.

      I know it all seems confusing and strange at first. But read the article slowly and just follow the steps (don't miss the links to other articles, which as this article explains everything in detail).

      If you are getting overwhelmed or don't know what to do,  just send me a message and I try my best to clarify any doubts.

      All the best
      Eva


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      Maria · 12/04/2023
      @Sunflower Hi Eva I just got my FBI fingerprint submission back and I'm waiting for the document to be apostilled--but I have a question--the FBI fingerprint letter states that "the result of the search is only effective for the date the submission was originally completed (March 20,2023) " . So does this mean that Migraciones will give me trouble and request a new one? do you know any US citizens who've already submitted this document and had trouble with it? 

      Also, do I need any other documents aside from: 1. the FBI fingerprint + Apostille + translation 2. Register US marriage with RENIEC 3. Interpol appointment  4. Make PDF of all these documents??

       I'm still in the US so I'm hoping that whatever other document I need to apply for residency through marriage to a Peruvian I can get done here so that I don't have to wait in Peru for the documents to arrive. Please advise. Thank you again for all your help!!! :-) 

      P.S. this will be my third time applying for a visa here (the first two times I applied was through a work visa and it didn't work out) so I'm really hoping this time I have all my documents sorted out!  
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 13/04/2023
      @Maria Hello Maria,

      That’s great. So you have your FBI criminal record check and now only the Apostille is missing.

      And yes, on every report you find that “the result of the search is only effective for the date the submission was originally completed”. This means that if you applied on March 20, 2023 the FBI can only confirm that you don’t have a criminal record until March 20, 2023. They can’t confirm that you won’t have any encounters with the law in the future. How could they?

      Anyway, nothing to worry about. Migraciones will accept the document if it was issued not more than six months before the application.

      And as described above for the family visa application you only need from the US

      - your passport with a validity of at least six months on the day you enter Peru; if it’s only valid a year or so, I would apply for a new one before leaving the US, so you don’t have to worry that your passport expires during the application / approval process or soon after that which means you would have to apply for a new US passport in Peru and then have your Peruvian ID card, the carné de extranjería, changed, shortly after you got it. So, if necessary get a new US passport and you are good for the next 10 years.

      - the FBI criminal record check with Apostille

      That’s it.

      Once in Peru you need additionally need the following

      - Ficha de Canje from Interpol
      - Certified copy of your Peruvian marriage certificate
      - Receipt for paid application fee
      - Up-to-date DNI of your husband

      Just follow the description above. Every step is explained.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Martin Odenell · 16/03/2023
    Hi again Eva.

    Australian citizens.

    Interpol clearance - Ficha de canje internacional
    additional finger print check by Australian Federal Police.

    (Not to be confused with the
    Antecedentes policiales, penales y judiciales
    Police clearance certificate
    issued by the Australian Federal Police.)

    When conducting the 'Ficha de canje internacional' interview
    Interpol Peru will finger print Australians twice.
    Once for Peru and once for the Australian Federal Police.
    Interpol will ask Australians to fill out the second finger print form in English.

    Interpol will instruct you to send this form with the AUD$99.00
    international money order to the Australian Federal Police.

    As Eva from Lima Easy kindly points out, this specific step
    is unrelated and not necessary for your residence application.
    Peru migracciones only requires the Peruvian 'Ficha de canje internacional'.

    If you do as Interpol requests and send the additional finger print form and
    AUD$99.00 money order to the Australian Federal Police
    you will receive an email from the Australian Federal Police stating ;

    > To be able to process your application we require you to complete the
    > attached application form and email back to us along with additional
    > identification to make a minimum of 100 points.
    > We also require credit card details as the fee is $99.00 Australian dollars
    > and we cannot accept the cheque you have supplied.
    > We also require an official English translation of the fingerprints you have supplied
    > (attached) as all the labels must be in English.
    (Some of the labels are in Spanish and some labels are in misspelt English.)
    > You can email these documents back to us together so we can process your application.
    > -AFP

    So in conclusion, this specific step is not necessary for the
    Peru residence application and the data provided by
    Interpol Peru and the Peruvian bank check in it's raw state,
    is not satisfactory for the Australian Federal Police.
    So I guess use your own discretion if you bother proceeding with this step.
    One assumes Peru Interpol and Australian Federal Police need to coordinate
    on their requirements if this step is it be successful.

    Good luck.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 16/03/2023
      @Martin Odenell
      Hello Martin,

      that's great information! Thank you so much for sharing.

      Assuming your approval, I will add this to our Ficha de Canje - Interpol article. I think many will benefit from this info.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Stefan Herzberg · 09/03/2023
    Thank you very much for all the informations.
    I have a general question:
    I entered January 22 and will apply for a family visa. Paperwork in Germany (police records) will take some time. Approaching the April 21 deadline the question is, whether an applicant is considered illegal if the application is filed before the 90 days visa ends and he overstays while waiting for the approval by Migraciones.
    Would it be advisable to leave, reenter and apply only then?
    Thank you for your response 
    Kindly
    Stefan Herzberg 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 09/03/2023
      @Stefan Herzberg Hallo Stefan,

      Yes, as German you need the “Führungszeugnis zur Verwendung im Ausland“ to fulfill the Peruvian Antecedentes requirement. On the website of the Bundesamt für Justiz you find how it’s done when already being outside Germany. If you have an elektronischen Personalausweis with PIN you can easily apply online. If not, you must either send the application form to the Bundesamt or have someone hand in the original application form in person. When I remember correctly, the signature on the application form must be legalized by the German consulate otherwise the Bundesamt might not accept your application. And when you apply you can ask that the Führungszeugnis is directly forwarded to the authority doing the Apostille. Depending on your situation this might be worth doing.

      Anyway, on the day you apply for the family visa in Peru your stay as a tourist must be valid. So, as you need every additional day you can get, best apply for your family visa on the last day when your stay as a tourist is still valid (or if you want to make sure nothing goes wrong on the second last day or so giving you a day or two to sort out any unforeseen situation); in your case that would be April 21 or April 20 / 19.

      Once you completed (!) the application and got the file number, publication date and verification code your time as a tourist in Peru stops. Even if your stay as a tourist expires during the processing time of your family visa application you are not illegally in Peru. You are then in the process of changing your immigration status.

      I’m not sure how quick the Germans are at the moment to issue the Führungszeugnis and put the Apostille on it (and once the document is in Peru you as well will need - depending on the translator - a week or two for the official translation in Peru and the overauthentication by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), so time could be a problem.

      Personally, if you have all other required documents and a solid plan on how to get your Führungszeugnis, I wouldn’t risk leaving Peru and reentering as you could be denied re-entry or could only get a few days. And even if you don’t have the Führungszeugnis when your time as a tourist comes to an end, there is a way to still apply for your family visa, however, there is a little hurdle to overcome.

      On the 2nd page of the family visa application you must fill in some data and/or upload all for the family visa application necessary documents as PDF. There, under the Interpol tab, you must upload the Ficha de Canje from Interpol and the “Antecedentes” (Führungszeugnis). Both fields are mandatory, and you cannot continue with the application without having uploaded both documents. But, even though most probably not intended by Migraciones / the creator of the website, there is a way around it and you can “cheat” the system.

      As you can’t leave the field for the Antecedentes blank anymore, you must upload something in the Antecedentes field. One of our readers just uploaded the Ficha de Canje a second time, another reader wrote a letter explaining that he is waiting for his criminal record check from his home country and uploaded this letter instead of his background check, and another reader uploaded her check without the Apostille and translation. So, upload a “document” there that makes sense. Then continue to upload all other required documents and finish the application process as described above.

      On the next page you get the Form PA - Cambio de Calidad Migratoria with the “numero de expediente” (your file number), the "fecha de publicacion" (application date) and a "codigo de verificacion" (verification code) and your access to your Buzon. As soon you get this your time as a tourist stops and even if your stay as a tourist expires during the processing time of your visa application you won't have any problem.

      Now, depending how quickly Migraciones reviews your application and documents two things may happen:

      As you haven’t uploaded all required documents, Migraciones will send you a notification (can be as quick as a few days after your application or a month, two or three later) using the Buzon electronico requesting to upload, in your case, the Führungszeugnis. Be aware that these notifications are considered officially delivered. Usually, Migraciones only gives you a short deadline of 5 to 10 days to upload the requested document. You must react to the notification, even if it’s on the last day of the deadline they gave you (which might be wise to do if you still need more time), otherwise your application could be canceled.

      If by then you have your Führungszeugnis with Apostille, certified translation in Peru and overauthenticated by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs just upload it as described in the notification.

      If you still don’t have your check at the end of the deadline Migraciones gave you, then you can apply for an extension of the deadline (max. 30 days). You just have to fill in the form Solicitud de ampliacion de plazo and upload it on the Agencia Digital under Subsanacion which you find in the left menu latest by the date your deadline ends. You as well can upload it on the Mesa de Partes (on the main page of the Agencia on the top right) under Solicitudes en General. Usually, Migraciones doesn’t react to it, but if you upload your Führungszeugnis within 30 days all is good.

      In case you have your Führungszeugnis ready before you hear from Migraciones you can upload it immediately. I think you can do it as well on the Agencia Digital under Subsanacion in the menu on the left.

      That’s it. The most important thing is to apply before your stays as a tourist expires and to check your Buzon regularly and, if necessary, react to any notification.

      Falls du noch weitere Fragen haben solltest, meld dich einfach.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Stefan Herzberg · 10/03/2023
      @Stefan Herzberg Thank you so much Eva, very helpful. Just for your information:
      Since January 1st. the Bundesamt für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten is in charge of issuing the Apostille and there is a backlog in processing of around 6-12 weeks. I will have  the Führungszeugnis been sent to the German Embassy in Lima, but this depends on their good will. Normally the Führungszeugnis can only be sent to a German Adress.
      Greetings
      Stefan 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/03/2023
      @Stefan Herzberg
      Hello Stefan,

      the whole Führungszeugnis-Apostille process in Germany seems to get more complicated and more inconvenient and takes longer and longer every time someone tells me about it. Unbelievable.

      You don't have a German address anymore? Or anyone who might be willing to accept the document for you and send it to you in Peru (which will be expensive)?

      If you need any help, let me know.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Martin Odenell · 04/03/2023

    Hola Eva,
    Your page has been a great resource.

    Migrations.
    Registro datos biometricos.
    Lima. Jr Carabaya 494 - 498.
    Suggestions:

    -Your appointment time will not be respected.
    At the door your printed appointment form will be checked.
    You will be given a ticket receipt printed with 'DB###', for example 'DB321'
    You will join a long multiple hour queue and wait for your number to appear on a video screen.
    I arrived at 8:50AM, my appointment was at 9:10AM,
    but I got to the head of the queue and was seen at 11:10AM...
    For this reason I'd suggest to arrive at your appointment at 8:00AM and just join the queue.
    The queue is 'first come, first served', not appointment time based.

    -WEAR BLACK, DO NOT WHITE CLOTHES!
    If you are wearing white clothes the migrations agent will kindly refuse to take your photograph.
    I was wearing a plain white t-shirt. The agent allowed me to leave the building
    and there was an street vendor outside the office door renting black t-shirts for S/10.
    Keep it simple and just wear all black.

    -The office is crowded.

    -Bring your own toilet paper, which applies to most public toilets in Peru.

    Aside from those issues the actual biometrics capture process is
    fast and the migrations staff are friendly.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 05/03/2023
      @Martin Odenell
      Hello Martin,

      Great to hear that LimaEasy was helpful.

      And thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. I highly appreciate it.

      Over the past months I was always told that the biometrical appointment was extremely organized and everything is done in half an hour or so. Seems with the recent system breakdown they had things turn for the worse.

      And super great info to wear a dark shirt. Last week I read that Migraciones ask Peruvians who get a new passport to only wear something dark, I didn't know that this applies to foreigners as well.

      Anyway, again thank you so much for this super useful info. I will update the article accordingly.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Mark · 03/03/2023
    Hi there, thankyou again for all the useful information. We are now very close to being able to apply for family visa via marriage (married abroad - Australia - to a Peruvian). We have all the required documents including the Canje internacional along with the $99 check for the Australian federal police sent off. I was just reading over the list you have above for documents needed before applying and wanted to confirm. For the family visa via marriage, do we need to include also an antecedentes penales from Australia (Australian National Police Check)? The list has the asterisks (*) (***) for the other classes of visa, but not for marriage. Thank-you so much again for your help. We've only come this far because of the guidance from your website.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 03/03/2023
      @Mark Hello Mark,

      Glad to hear that our article helped you through all the overwhelming Peruvian bureaucracy.

      Not sure why, but it seems that regarding the Antecedentes policiales, penales y judiciales, which is a general requirement, it isn’t clear enough. Every foreigner who wants to apply for any residence visa in Peru must present this document.

      So, I’m not sure what you mean by “The list has the asterisks (*) and (***) for the other classes of visa, but not for marriage.” The asterisks aren’t specific for any visa type, but for the document.

      In our listing of required documents to apply for a Family visa the Antecedentes have (*) and (***).

      Under the Explanatory notes for (*) you find a link to our detailed article explaining what the Antecedentes are and what document is accepted by Migraciones depending on your nationality. Australians need a “National Police Clearance Certificate (NPC) for criminal records that cover all Australian states and territories” which is issued in Australia by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

      Next to the (***) “birth certificate and any other document necessary” we explain that all foreign documents need an Apostille (or must be legalized), then translated in Peru and overauthenticated by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

      Overall, yes you will need your Australian Police Clearance Certificate with Apostille for your visa application. I don’t know how you can get it when already being in Peru, but it might take a while.

      Be aware that on the day you apply for your family visa on the Agencia Digital your stay as a tourist must be still valid. So, in case your stay as a visa is about to expire before you have a chance to get your check, send me a message and I explain how you can overcome the mandatory “antecedentes” field and continue with your application without uploading the document.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Mark · 04/03/2023
      @Sunflower Ahh, many thanks.  I misunderstood, but it is clear now. I've applied for the NPC online, it usually takes 48 hours to process, then they send via email an official document. I can get it Apostilled at the Australian embassy in Miraflores, they're very quick and often have appointments available next day. Last time we used them they also reccomended an official translator who was quite quick, he had a 2 day turnaround. So hopefully we should be ok! I also still have 45 days left on my visa. 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 04/03/2023
      @Mark
      That's great news that Australia seems to be so efficient and you can apply online, get the document within days and then the Apostille at the Australian consulate. In many other countries it takes weeks to get the criminal record check, then another few weeks to get the Apostille in this country as the consulates abroad don't issue them.

      So, all the best.

      Eva
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    Khali · 20/02/2023
    Hello, so my situation is really complicated and I definitely already messed up. I have been here in Lima since August 2022. I left one day in September (16) and came back to pick up a work laptop. I guess I didn’t explain correctly my situation and they gave me 40 days (stamped in my passport) as a U.S. citizen. So I have obviously overstayed by a good amount. 

    The fact is that I am here because my fiancé got pregnant while we are still waiting for our K1 fiancé US visa. So I thought I would come here (she was in hospital at 4 months (August 2022) and I dropped everything to come stay here with her through the pregnancy). Stupidly, I thought I would just pay the overstay fees (once I even understood I would be overstaying my passport stamped allowance of days) when we leave as a family since my daughter was born in January and I hoped my fiancés visa would be ready to go somewhat soon. Now I realize I should have done my research about the family visa and I should have gotten the full 90 days allowed and applied for this family visa with my daughter now here.

    My question is what do I do now? I want to apply for the visa now but it seems very apparent through the other questions/responses and articles that I can not because I overstayed. A suggestion might be to just wait and pay the overstay when I am leaving with my family, but her visa may not even be approved and then I would not be able to see my daughter and would have to leave the country (possibly be banned?). As I stated, I didn’t think this through and of course I feel like I am hopeless but please any opinions or help would be so appreciated. 

    Can a lawyer help me? 

    Do I have any case for overstaying with the hospitalization of my fiancé and birth of my daughter? 

    Can I somehow pay the overstay and find a solution to obtain the visa? (I read the article and know that this is extremely unlikely but possible through Migraciones?)

    I am here working remotely for a U.S. company and worrying everyday that I will have to leave the country and possibly miss out on each and everyday my baby girl is growing up. Thank you all for reading and any advise!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 20/02/2023
      @Khali Hello Khali,

      First of all, congrats on your baby daughter! I hope your fiancé and the little one are well.

      Now, unfortunately, to the more unpleasant things. If you got 40 days on September 16, you should have left the country on October 26, 2022. So, to this day you overstayed by 117 days and there is nothing you can do about it. And no, sorry, the health issues of your fiancé or the birth of your daughter don’t give you a case.

      You could leave and just pay the overstay fine (for each overstayed day in 2022 it’s S/ 4.60, for each overstayed day in 2023 it’s S/ 4.95). But as you already stayed more or less the 183 days you are allowed as a tourist per year, you most probably won’t be allowed to re-enter for at least half a year (that’s if the immigration officer you have to deal with when you leave has a heart and won’t give you a re-entry ban due to your excessive overstay). So, that’s not an option.

      Additionally, you can’t apply for a family visa based on being married to a Peruvian as right now you aren’t. Using the option to apply for a family visa based on your Peruvian daughter is difficult, since August 2021 nearly impossible as Migraciones often denies such applications if the applicant isn’t a Latin American passport holder, which you aren't. An immigration lawyer would/could/might perhaps be able to help, but only if you are in Peru on a valid stay as a tourist, which you aren’t. So, that’s not an option either.

      And you can’t apply for any other temporary or residence visa while being in Peru on an expired stay as a tourist. You must be legally in Peru to apply for any temporary or residence visa, which you aren’t and which you can’t change.

      However, there might be one option for you to make your stay legal. And that’s the so-called CPP, the Carné de permiso temporal de permanencia.

      The CPP is an official document issued by Migraciones with which foreigners with an irregular immigration status in Peru (for example, an expired stay as a tourist) can regularize their stay and get a temporary permit to stay in Peru for 2 years. With a CPP you are even allowed to work in Peru and have access to the Peruvian public health system. That could solve all your problems.

      However, be aware that the CPP can’t be extended and latest after the two years of its validity you either have to leave the country or apply for a “normal” residence visa, for example a family visa. And if you live in Peru on a CPP you can only leave Peru (be it for holidays or work or whatever) with a special permit (permiso especial de viaje) which is valid for only 30 days and you are not allowed to be outside the country for more than 90 days per year, so 3 times 30 days.

      The CPP was first introduced in October 2020 for only half a year but was extended over and over again. I think right now the option to apply for a CPP ends in April 2023, but I can’t guarantee that I remember correctly.

      Requirements for a CPP:

      - Form

      - Payment of the application fee (Migraciones procedure 07569 (Solicitud de   proced. regularize. migratoria), concepto: Regularización migratoria para personas mayores de edad, S/ 47.30)

      - Copy of your passport

      - Sworn statement

      - “Recibo”, so a water or electricity bill indicating your address in Peru (doesn’t have to be in your name)

      - Either complete payment of your overstay fine or official agreement with Migraciones to pay in installments

      You can use an immigration lawyer to apply for your CPP, which might be wise but expensive; and not all so-called immigration lawyers are up to the task and trustworthy; so, make sure he/she knows what he/she is doing and you aren’t ripped off. Or you can as well apply on your own (best first confirm the requirements with Migraciones). The application is done on the Agencia Digital.

      I hope this helps and everything works out for your three.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Khali · 24/11/2023
      @Sunflower Hi, I wanted to come back and say that everything worked out. I did leave (in July 2023) and had to pay an overstay fee. I then came back in August and was given 90 days to file for my visa or I would risk not being able to re-enter because of my previous overstay. I followed all the instructions here and apply for my family visa through my daughter today. 

      The only thing is I was not able to get a biometric data appointment as all the spots were full (Lima). Do I just need to wait and keep checking the site for an available date?

      I have my Interpol appointment on Thursday, so for now I just uploaded the confirmation sheet when applying for the visa (I only had 3 days left as a tourist).

      I hope everything works out as I would not like anymore problems with overstaying and complications with the visa.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 24/11/2023
      @Khali
      Hello Khali,

      that's great news. You were so lucky that you could re-enter.

      And choosing to apply for a family visa was a wise choice. Great. And you did everything correctly when applying. Perfect. Just check you Buzon regularly and upload your Ficha de Canje from Interpol.

      Yes, at the moment getting an appointment for the biometric data seems to be a mission. All appointments booked in Lima. Unfortunately, the only thing you can do is check daily if Migraciones released new appointments in Lima and then book one as soon as possible. This little hurdle won't affect the evaluation and approval of your family visa. The biometric data is necessary to issue your carné once your visa is approved.

      And don't worry, as you applied for a change of your immigration status (from tourist to family) when your stay as a tourist was still valid all is good. Even though your time as a tourist is expired or will expire in a few days you won't have to pay any overstay fine or fear any other consequences as long as the evaluation and approval process of your application for the family visa is in process. Just check your Buzon regularly and react to any notification Migraciones might send you.

      All the best
      Eva
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      Khali · 08/04/2024
      @Sunflower Thanks so much. Everything went great and my visa was approved a few weeks ago. Just one last problem. I go each day to check on new appointments for "recoge tus documentos" and there is no availability. I am in Lima, and I even went to check April 1st for new slots and there were none. Is there anything to do to get my document faster? I have to travel in May and would it be a problem doing so before I receive the physical carnet? Thanks!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 08/04/2024
      @Khali
      Hello Khali,

      as with every appointment, getting an appointment to pick up your carné is a nightmare at the moment.

      As Migraciones didn't publish when new appointments will be released, the only thing you can do is try again, and again, and later, .... You should, however, clear your cache regularly.

      And check your Buzon electronico every day. I heard from others, who had the same problem, that Migraciones sent them a notification with a fixed appointment.

      All the best
      Eva
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    Martin Odenell · 17/02/2023

    >Official document that proves the family tie: i.e. marriage certificate if the applicant is married to a Peruvian

    Hello Eva.
    Thanks again for your informative pages.
    BTW, one piece of information missing from your family visa page is:

    Marriage certificates from a Peruvian marriage registered in a provincial municipalidad,
    for example, say, Ayacucho, are not necessarily registered with RENIEC in Lima.

    The applicant must request a copy of the marriage certificate from the provincial municipalidad. Upon applying they must inform the provincial municipalidad that the copy is required for a residency application, if not the wrong authority may certify the document and it will be rejected by RENIEC in Lima on the next step. My first attempt was rejected and I needed to get another copy signed by a higher authority in the provincial municipalidad.

    Make a photocopy of the document you receive from the provincial municipalidad.

    Pay at the 'Banco de la Nacion'
    for a 'Solicitud de Authenticacion de Firmas'.
    Pago S/ 31.00 Codigo 02143

    The copy, the photocopy and the paid comprobante then need to be taken to
    RENIEC Jesus Maria: Jr. Talara 130
    or
    RENIEC Miraflores: Av. Diez Canseco 230
    Other RENIEC offices do not process the 'Solicitud de Authenticacion de Firmas',
    for example, I was rejected from the San Borja office.

    Join the 'certification' queue outside the office door.
    RENIEC will give you a form to fill in.
    Take everything inside RENIEC and apply for your 'Solicitud de Authenticacion de Firmas',
    which takes one week to process.

    Good luck.

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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 17/02/2023
      @Martin Odenell
      Hello Martin,

      yes, you are right. Some municipalities are still not linked with Reniec and if you were born in such as municipality or married there you can't get a copy of the certificate directly at Reniec but must take other steps as described by you.

      Thanks for pointing out that this special case isn't described above in our article. I should have thought of that as my husband was born in such a municipality that until a few years ago was such case.

      Anyway, I will add your excellent description of the process to our explanatory notes.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Mark · 10/01/2023
    Hello, thankyou for all the useful information. I was wondering if you knew of any minimum amount of time needed to be married to be able to apply for the visa familiar casado (con Peruana). We were married in December in Australia (in 2022), and were hoping to apply for the family visa asap. We just talked to someone from immigraciones who told us we had to be married for at least 2 years before applying. This is different to everyone else we had talked to previously who suggested there was no minimum amount of time. Any help greatly appreciated. None of those requirements appear anywhere in the online system as far as I can see.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/01/2023
      @Mark Hello Mark,

      There is no minimum time you have to be married to a Peruvian before you can apply for a family visa in Peru.

      So, I wonder who “immigraciones” is. Migraciones in Peru? A Peruvian consulate? Someone else in Australia?

      Anyway, assuming you are Australian, you can come to Peru as a tourist without having to apply for a tourist visa and usually get 90 days. Once in Peru, you then can apply for the family visa at Migraciones. The three months you have as tourist seem to be a long time, but there’s lots to do to get you to the point where you can apply, so you should come prepared.

      The most important document you need (next to your criminal record check with Apostille) is your (Peruvian) marriage certificate.

      If you haven’t done it already, you either can register your marriage at a Peruvian consulate and there get the Peruvian marriage certificate (make sure it’s legalized by the Peruvian consulate) or you get a copy of your Australian marriage certificate, get it apostilled in Australia and after your Peruvian wife returned to Peru, it must be translated and overlegalized by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then your wife can register your marriage at RENIEC with no problem within 30 days after she entered the country. Once this is done, she can easily get a current Peruvian marriage certificate needed for the family visa application.

      Then you just have to follow above explained steps.

      If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me again.

      Greetings
      Eva




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    Shel · 20/12/2022
    Hi. Could you elaborate on the second sentence of the following statement from the article? What sort of trouble? What reasons provided for denial? Would an immigration lawyer be able to facilitate this? Do you have a list of such lawyers? Thank you in advance for any additional insight you can provide.

    "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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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 20/12/2022
      @Shel Hello Shel,

      before 2017, foreign parents of underage Peruvian children could not apply for residency (family visa) based on their child. This changed with the introduction of the new foreigner law in 2017 and a different interpretation of some regulations. Quite a few foreigners applied for a family visa based on their child. No problem.

      However, since August 2021, it seems that the interpretation of the law changed again and Migraciones wouldn’t allow foreign parents to apply for a family visa based on their Peruvian child. The option is still in the foreigner law, but I heard more than once that Migraciones simply gives parents who apply for the visa (you can’t apply online but must do so in person at a Migraciones office) a hard time, for example, rejects documents, asks for some document that doesn’t exist or outright tells the parents that this visa option is no longer available or only available for certain nationalities.

      If you want to try applying for the family visa based on your underage child, either make first an appointment at Migraciones for “Informes”, ask for the exact requirements and how the process works and go from there or get a good immigration lawyer on your case, who might (or not) be able to help you.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Shel · 20/12/2022
      @Sunflower Thank you Eva. I wonder if they would be more receptive of a Filipina mother from a Spanish speaking region of the Philippines, given the shared history. Sounds like we need to speak with a well connected immigration attorney. Thank you very much for the elaboration. We would really like to purchase land and live in Peru, but if it is not possible then we will go for Mexico instead where I already have residency.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 21/12/2022
      @Shel
      No, I doubt that Migraciones is more accessible based on shared history. Sorry.

      But if you aren't in Peru already, why don't you get in contact with a Peruvian consulate who might (or not) be able to help?

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Leta · 21/11/2022
    Rianne, 

    Thank you for the offer of further assistance. As of now we are waiting for the response from their review. What I anticipate is perhaps a two week reply and a 10 day notice to comply and a 30 business day extension all of which should be giving enough time for the Apostille to arrive and get certified translation. I spoke to several translation companies and they do this regularly : official and certified translations. They turn it around quickly within a couple of days. Hopefully that is all we need. Thanks again. Is the 30 bus day extension added to the 10 days or should we wait until the 10 days is near up before applying for the extension as we want every day we can get. 
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    Mikayla · 14/11/2022
    Hi,
    I was wondering what happens if they deny my application for some reason (Such as not submitting the right documents in time, etc.).  Will I have to pay all the overstay fees if I have to leave the country after overstaying my tourist visa? 
    (long back story)
     I got married in March was given till July for my tourist Visa. I then submitted all the necessary documents except for the one from the FBI because my time was running out, and I knew I could get an extension. I then made the appointment to get my biometrics done. I went to that appointment in August, and they said that my application was accepted and to make an appointment online in 10 days to pick up my Carnet. Thus, I did not think I had to give them my FBI clearance. I received it unapositlled right before that appointment.

    I waited 10 days but it would not allow me to make an appointment online. So we went and asked at the office in person. They could not help me and said it had to be made online and to just wait longer. So we did, and still, we could not make an appointment to pick up my card.

     By September, we still had no notifications in my Buzon electronico or any way to make the appointment. We've tried calling them on the phone and on the online chat help But can NEVER receive an answer. We have gone in person MANY times but they will NOT help us without an appointment but it won't let me make any appointment and they just don't understand that the online platform for me is just broken or something. So we kept trying and waiting. 

    Finally, in October I received a notice saying I need to submit the FBI judicial clearance. But it said it was sent in August though it WAS NOT! I received the email in October and have screenshots for proof. But because they told me everything was accepted at my biometrics appointment, I had not submitted the document. 

    The thing is, I submitted the document from Interpol to the FBI and paid an extra fee, and filled out an extra form for them to apostille it for me. They did not because that office no longer forwards things for apostille. So I didn't bother sending it back and paying another $100 to mail it back to the US when they told me my application was accepted, and everything was finished and ready to pick up. 

    But now I have sent it in and waiting for the apostilled document back, asked for the 30 day extension, and am again waiting.

    So now I have overstayed my tourist visa for 4 or 5 months because I was waiting for this process to be done. And I knew that leaving while it was in the process would void it. So I didn't leave. But what happens if they reject me for the delays etc.? Will I have to pay all the overstay fees if I have to leave the country? Or what happens if I cancel the application and move out of the country after being here for so long. Just a little concerned about how hard and long this ended up being.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 14/11/2022
      @Mikayla Hello Mikayla,

      After reading your comment, I’m lost for words. Sorry for being blunt, but you messed up, big time. You made absolute chaos out of a simple and straightforward process with clear requirements and honestly, I don’t know if anything can be done to straighten this out.

      First of all, yes, you can leave during your resident visa application is in process. You just have to apply for a travel permit (see above under “Last steps before your family visa application in Peru” the last point) which allows you to leave Peru for a maximum of 30 days while your application is in process.

      Then, once you applied on the Agencia Digital and you received the confirmation of your resident visa application, time stops. So, even if your tourist visa / stay as a tourist expires you don’t become illegal (in Peru it’s called “irregular”) and you don’t have to pay any overstay fees for the time your application is in process.

      And even though you already had your biometrical data appointment, this does not mean that your resident visa is already approved, no matter what you were told. Migraciones will only issue the carné if your resident visa is approved, which they can only do if you submit all (!!!) required documents, which you didn’t.

      Another thing, you submitted the Interpol document to the FBI? Which document from Interpol? The Ficha de canje? This has nothing to do with the FBI Criminal Record Check which is done in the US by the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

      Anyway, for me the big question is if your resident visa application still is in process. So, you received a notification in which Migraciones requested that you submit your criminal record check with Apostille. How much time did they give you to upload the document? At that point, you should have reacted immediately (even if you got the notice late)! Never ever trust anyone telling you something. You got a written request and should have replied in writing. Back then, you could have asked for an extension of the deadline they gave you; now it’s too late for that. Usually in the notification they as well tell you that if you don’t react and don’t upload the missing document at the end of your deadline, your application is automatically canceled. You are then additionally required to leave the country. If you don’t do it, they can send you a “salida obligatoria” (obligatory departure) notice. Did you get something like this?

      Anyway, the first thing you must check with Migraciones if your visa application is still valid or if they have already canceled it.

      So, there is no way around making an appointment on the Agencia Digital under “Citas en linea” and “Informes”. You must (!!!!) speak to someone at Migraciones. It’s strange that neither this seems to work nor the chat on the Agencia Digital nor the phone number. Yes, sometimes it is difficult to reach Migraciones, but we are talking about months that you tried. So, probably clear the cache and browsing history of your browser, or use another browser, try it from another device and best a computer. I know quite a few people who hadn’t had any problems making an appointment online over the past weeks, while the chat seems to be very, very difficult to reach.

      The problem is, if they canceled your resident visa application, you are supposed to leave the country and you must pay the overstay fine from the date of the cancelation of your resident visa application (or the date Migraciones gave you until which you have to leave) until the day you leave.

      In case Migraciones didn’t already cancel your application, you might have a chance to put things right. However, as the requirements stipulate, you need your record check with an Apostille and translated by a certified translator in Peru. No way around it and surely not the place to save money.

      Anyway, your first step now is speaking to someone at Migraciones, finding out what the status of your application is and, if it’s not canceled yet, probably even getting the name of the person at Migraciones handling your application. Beg for an appointment with this person, explain your case to him/her (no attitude, no finger pointing, otherwise you have lost already; be nice, friendly, accept all the blame, apologize, whatever, even though it’s difficult and unfair) and hope he/she gives you the option to hand in your record check as soon you have it.

      If you can’t manage to get an appointment on your own, your best chance is to contact an immigration lawyer and hope that he can straighten things out for you.

      Wishing you all the best.

      Greetings
      Eva


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      Mikayla Smith · 17/11/2022
      @Sunflower Thanks, I did submit the extension application immediately. And the thing is the record check I got back from the fbi took 2 months to arrive (not sure why it's faster for some people). And I'm currently still waiting for the apostilled document back. Once I receive it I just need to translate it and submit it. I have not received any other notice that it's been canceled or even that my extension was approved. However, we sent an email and did the extension on the platform. We got a response to that email saying to do it on the platform and it will be fine. Which we did. I finally got an informe appointment and will attend that with my questions. Hopefully my document will come back by then. Thank you for your quick response. 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 17/11/2022
      @Mikayla Smith
      Wow, great news. Hope everything works out and you finally get your resident visa approved and your carné issued.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Leta · 12/11/2022
    Rianne,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. It couldn't have come at a better time as I am planning to upload the docs the day before my visa expires next week even though I don't have the Apostille. Anxiety has been much reduced with your hopeful information as I expect the Apostille in 45 days approximately. I actually have my very official looking one page FBI background check with insignias etc and I decided to have it certified in Lima by a translation company without the Apostille for now. I figured it would show good efforts and establish a relationship with the translator for quick turnaround when needed later. You mention "translation and legalization by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs up to two weeks ---- is that the requirement or can any Peruvian firm offering Certified/Official translations accomplish the task...if so I emailed a dozen and found several that would do the one page in 1 to 2 days for a range of 120-175 soles.

    To summarize the possible timeline from what I have understood: after hopefully maybe as much as 30+ days!!! I will receive an e-notification request on their portal to upload additional required docs within 10 working days. (that is already the 45 days I need!!). I can try to find it online but otherwise I will go to Migraciones and ask for the hardcopy that is an extension for filing any required missing docs .....as much as 30 working days!!!! From the day we submit there may be as much as 12 weeks time to obtain the Apostille. I just got an email that said it's between 6 and 8 weeks but has been as much as 10 weeks to obtain from time of submission. We started 2 weeks ago but with the holiday season ahead I like the sound of 12 weeks!!! 

    In addition, after uploading the missing doc it may take two weeks for their review at which time they may find (intentional or not) something missing which would keep the process open and in review while matters are cleared up for at least some additional time. All the while the tourist visa has expired after the initial application. WOW....I am breathing deep at the moment and less dependent on the US State Department!

    You have mentioned "additional requirements" be they small stuff....and now my curiosity has peaked as I found the website thus far clear in terms of the requirements which are listed on Lima Easy. The website list has 5 documents to upload as follows:
    1. payment receipt for processing (paid to pagalo - great online system) (upload #1)
    2. interpol exchange sheet:
    a. Fecha de Canje Internacional (upload #2)
    b. FBI background check (for USA) (upload #3)
    3. Link Document --- marriage certificate (re-certified within 90 days of application) (upload #4)
    4. Spouses DNI card number (showing married, correct address and no outstanding fees)
    5. Info fill in and Copy of Passport (upload #5)

    I haven't seen the page or pages that follow that input page but I understand it has the PA form filled in--- does that get downloaded and signed/fingerprinted and then uploaded??
    Are there any other forms or details for a spouse application? We had prepared a spousal sworn statement but we don't see that it is yet required? We had previously uploaded (during the online questionnaire) a copy of our electric bill.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    Leta
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      Rianne · 19/11/2022
      @Leta Hi Leta,

      I am so happy to hear that my sharing was useful for you! I feel warmth, knowing that my experience (it literally felt like a marathon sometimes...) can benefit some other people who are currently in the process. 

      In general, the thing I learned is: this is Perú. Things work differently than in 'the West'. Assessors hold some kind of personal power in making additional requirements (just because they can). In addition - in an attempt to prevent fraud with official documents there are some extra required steps that add more days to obtain an accepted FBI document. Just to gice an idea: my 1 page Dutch 'FBI document' (front and back) turned out to be a 10 page upload for Migraciones to pass all the official requirements. 

      I would be happy to give answers to your questions, and at the same time I value interaction, connection and efficiency. What I would like to offer is to contact me on Whatsapp:  ‪+51 XXX‬ XXX XXX. Would that work for you? (this offer is also open for other LimaEasy members with questions regarding this procedure, happy to help!).

      Warmly,
      Rianne

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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 21/11/2022
      @Rianne Hello Rianne,

      thank you so much again for sharing your experience and offering your help. 

      To avoid anyone spamming your WhatsApp I deleted your phone number. However, I forwarded it to Leta.

      The only thing I would like to know is, did you have to get your record check which, as you are from the Netherlands surely had an Apostille, legalized again by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs? I thought after it's translated into Spanish it can be used without the extra legalization.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Leta · 03/11/2022
    Eva, 
    I see the following: If you were married in Peru: recent copy of marriage certificate issued by Reniec (not older than 90 days). My certificate is from 2018 and I have a certification dated December of 2020. Does that need to be recertified/updated?? I will be happy to soon make a PDF file of the info on Migraciones site as it will be helpful to others. 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 03/11/2022
      @Leta Hello Leta,

      You were married in Peru and your marriage was registered with Reniec in Peru? If so, you need a “fresh” (not older than 90 days) certified copy of your marriage certificate.

      It’s an easy and quick process, if your marriage was properly registered and the certificate digitalized which should have happened when you married in 2018. Your husband must get it at Reniec (you can’t, because a DNI is needed for it).

      The easiest and quickest is to use the “Reniec ATMs”, called Modulos PVM, that are located in a few shopping malls such as Jockey Plaza. Plaza Lima Sur, Open Plaza Angamos, Real Plaza in centro, at the Reniec branches in Miraflores, San Isidro and Jesus Maria, at the Banco de la Nación branch on Jr. Lampa and I think as well at the MAC centers. Your husband just has to select “Emision de copias certificadas de partida de matrimonio” on the touch screen, then put his index finger on the field for reading fingerprints, pay S/ 12 in cash or with a Visa debit/credit card, enter required personal data (name, month and year of marriage) and the machine will immediately print a fresh copy of your Peruvian marriage certificate.

      Your husband as well can go to a Reniec branch or a MAC center to get a recent copy of your marriage certificate, but I think he then must pay the fee at a Banco de Nacion before.

      Greetings
      Eva

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