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Peruvian Retirement Visa

Peruvian Retirement Visa

A Guide to Peruvian Visas

Part 7

Retirees and pensioners who receive a state or private pension or other benefits (for example a disability pension) of at least US$ 1000 per month or the equivalent in any other currency can apply for a permanent residency in Peru called Rentista Visa.

For each dependent (such as a spouse) who should be included in the visa, the proof of an additional US$ 500 is required.

Please be aware that you are not allowed to work or receive a remuneration for any kind of professional activity in Peru when living in the country on a retirement visa.

Content overview

 

Legal background for a retirement visa application in Peru

Officially, you can apply for a retirement 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 a residence visa, to Migraciones in Peru.

So, foreigners, 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.

Those foreigners, 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...

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

While below, under "Requirements for a retirement 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 46 in article 92-B “Procedimiento administrativo de cambio de calidad migratoria rentista residente”. If you prefer to check out the TUPA you find the information on page 153.

 

Requirements for a retirement visa application in Peru

Below you find the requirements to apply for a retirement visa, accurately to make a so-called "Cambio de calidad migratoria" (change of immigration status) in Peru.

Please be aware that Migraciones has the right to request other and/or additional documents at any time.

Required documents to apply for a retirement visa include:

  • Form PA - Cambio de Calidad Migratoria (automatically filled in during application)
  • 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 rentista residente, S/.162.50 in 2023)
  • Passport
  • Antecedentes policiales, penales y judiciales (Police clearance certificate, criminal record and judicial matters check) issued in the country of origin and, if the applicant lived in another country before coming to Peru, in the country of residence covering the last 5 years (*) (**)
  • Letter / confirmation from your pension fund or social security stating that you receive a monthly income of at least US$ 1000 or the equivalent in any other currency. (***)
  • Sworn statement stating that your pension enters Peru through the banking system (****)
  • "Recibo" (so a water or electricity bill proving your address; doesn't have to be in your name)

(*) 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...

(**) All foreign documents need an Apostille or, if the country in which they were issued didn't sign the Apostille Convention (like Canada, for example) they have to be legalized by a Peruvian consulate abroad and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Peru. Additionally, all documents, apostilled or legalized, have to be translated into Spanish by a certified translator in Peru, a so-called traductor publico juramentado, in case they are not solely in Spanish! The translation then has to be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(***) Before (!!!) leaving your home country request the document from your pension fund or social security and get it apostilled if your country signed the Apostille Convention; otherwise, it has to be legalized by different authorities in your home country and the Peruvian consulate. The problem with both processes is that the letter needs an official signature to be apostilled or legalized. As most pension statements are generated automatically, they are usually not signed. So, it might be quite a mission in your home country to get it signed. One of our readers informed us that for US citizens with this problem, the US Embassy in Lima was very helpful and issued a notarized letter officially confirming the authenticity of the document that was accepted by the Peruvian immigration office; however, others weren't so lucky and the embassy wouldn't or couldn't do anything.

(****) With this sworn statement, you don't affirm that your pension payments are directly deposited in a Peruvian bank account, but that the money you need to live in Peru is "legally brought" into the country using official channels. So, you won't have any problem, for example, withdrawing funds from a foreign account using an ATM or having your pension deposited in an account in your home country and then transferring it to a Peruvian account (which you only get when you have your carné).

Applying for a retirement 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 step-by-step guide below, which should enable you to start and finish this little endeavor on your own, 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 retirement visa application in Peru

Hopefully, you brought the letter from your pension fund or social security as well as the criminal record check already apostilled or legalized - see requirements and (*), (**) and (***) above. Once in Peru, these have to be translated by a certified translator, 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. The translation then has to be legalized again by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE) in Lima or a RREE branch in the provinces

But we are not ready yet. Before you can even start your retirement visa application process, you first have to get the so-called “Ficha de Canje Internacional” from Interpol in Peru. Find a detailed description of how it’s done in our article “Interpol - Ficha de Canje Internacional”.

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

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 "Rentista 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...

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

Finally, the time has come to apply for your retirement visa. Be aware that in case you need to leave the country during the processing time of your retirement 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 ...

Please be aware that you have to be in the country on a valid visa (for example, a tourist visa or "authorization to enter as a tourist") when applying for your religious visa in Peru.

 

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

One remark before we start: The Agencia Digital, the online platform where you have to submit your application, 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. Additionally, often translation programs have difficulties "understanding" the bureaucratic language used by Migraciones, which results in translations that don't make any sense or are more difficult for you to understand than the Spanish original. If you can't understand the one or other field, enter the description for this field in a translator. If you still can't make sense of it, feel free to leave a comment below and we try our best to explain what to fill in. And to avoid further system errors, we highly recommend to not using a VPN and switching off any ad blockers you might use.

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 Digital. Here you can either use the search field or find in the menu on the left under “Cambio de calidad migratoria” the point "Rentista Residente". Click on it and proceed to the next page.

1st page of the retirement 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 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 (bank accounts in Peru or other countries, shares, or stock in Peru, bank loans 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 retirement visa application

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

2nd page of the retirement visa application

Here you must fill in some data and/or upload all for the retirement visa application necessary documents as PDF.

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

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 next tab, you must upload the letter from your pension fund and below the sworn statement. And finally, fill in the required information of your passport and upload a copy.

Once you uploaded all your documents, click on Siguente.

3rd page of the retirement 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).

Please note: seemingly randomly this page is displayed during some applications, while not during others. So, don’t panic if you don’t get this page. You just skip this page and automatically end up on the next page.

4th page of the retirement visa application

You now get the "Registro de Solicitud de Cambio de Calidad Migratoria" displayed on your screen. That's your confirmation of the 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).

If you didn't print or save the page when you had the chance during your application, retrieving your file number and verifiaction code is nearly impossible.

On the second page of the "Registro de Solicitud de Cambio de Calidad Migratoria" page 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".

 

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" 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", 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, your application can be dismissed.

If you didn't download or print the form, you can get your login details by entering the buzon and clicking on ¿Olvidaste la contraseña? and you get to the "Verificacion de Datos" page. Here enter your nationality, passport, passport number, last name(s), first name(s) and your birthdate. After submitting your information by clicking on Siguiente, you get an email with the "usario" and a link to reset or create a password.

 

Getting your Carné (foreigner ID)

Biometric data appointment

On the day of your biometric data appointment, be at the Migraciones office (in Lima it's the one on Jr. Carabaya 494 in the city center) 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 color such as dark blue, dark green, dark brown.

Until recently the process in 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 weeks 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 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.

According to feedback we got from our readers, visa processing times can be anything from 6 weeks to 3 or 4 months. In case you haven't heard anything from Migraciones 4 months after your application, you should check with them what's going on.

Registration in the foreigner database

As soon as your application is approved, pay the fee of S/ 49.70 on pagalo.pe under code 07561-Formulario F-SPE-001 for the registration in the foreigner database and issuance of the carné under concepto "Expedición del carné de extranjeria".

Then once again enter the Agencia Digtal to do the online registration under “Inscr. Reg. central extranjeria”. As before, just follow the steps as indicated. Check that all information is correct. At the end, you get a confirmation which you should download and/or print and keep safe.

Please note: as of January 2023, after having sent you the resolution about the approval of your residence visa, Migraciones sends as well a letter informing you how to make an appointment to pick up your carné. This letter doesn’t mention the Registration in the foreigner database or an additional payment for the issuance of the carné. And foreigners who just made the appointment could pick up their carné without having registered in the foreigner database (this might be done now automatically) and without having paid the additional fee for the carné.

However, the  Peruvian government website (updated January 15, 2023) still says that you must register in the foreigner database and pay the fee for the issuance of the carné to get your carné.

As so often in Peru the situation is confusing and until now (February 24, 2023) we couldn’t get an answer from Migraciones if the registration and the payment is still necessary or not. 

Picking up your carné at Migraciones

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

On the day of your appointment, arrive at the Migraciones office (in Lima it's the one on Jr. Carabaya 494 in the city center) 15 - 30 minutes early. Take your passport and your printed appointment as well as all documents and receipts (which you most probably won't need) with you. Migraciones staff will point you in the right direction where you are handed your carné.

Congratulations! You made it!

 

Things you should know living in Peru on a retirement visa

The retirement visa (so the residence permit) has an indefinite validity and does not have to be renewed. However, be aware that the carné (so, the foreigner ID card) is usually only valid for four years and then has to be renewed.

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

If you are living in Peru on a retirement visa, you are not allowed to work or receive a remuneration for any kind of professional activity in Peru.

Your pension payments are exempted from taxation in Peru.

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

As you already have an unlimited residence permit, you can't change to the Peruvian "Permanente residente" visa.

And finally, if you, as a foreigner living in Peru on a retirement 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.

 

Please note: 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.
    Sean · 16/11/2022
    Hi Eva,

    Are there businesses that guide and get you through the visa process or do we have to do it alone? If yes, do you have any recommendations for an agency to work with?

    Thanks,
    Sean
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 16/11/2022
      @Sean Hello Sean,

      The aim of this article about the retirement visa and many others here on LimaEasy is that you can easily do the complete application on your own. If you follow this guide, you won’t need anyone.

      But, yes, there are immigration lawyers and so-called tramitadores who help with the application process in Peru. You should, however, be aware that they can’t support you getting necessary documents from your home country (in case of the retirement visa, you must get your criminal record check and the pension statement incl. Apostille on your own in your home country).

      They then can make the payment for the Interpol clearance and set up the Interpol appointment for you, but you have to go there on your own (as far as I know, since Covid only the applicant is allowed inside). They further can make the payments for your application and later your carné and fill in the online forms, check if you get notifications, make an appointment for getting the biometrical data taken and make an appointment for picking up your carné (but as above, as far as I know, since Covid only the applicant is allowed inside the Migraciones building).

      Anyway, no, we do not recommend any immigration lawyer or tramitador anymore. We had to learn the hard way that skills, knowledge, work ethic, reliability, punctuality, and the fees for offered service often aren’t consistent. Therefore, we refrain from any recommendations.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    James · 15/11/2022
    Can we apply for citizenship after living in Peru for two years with a Pension/Retirement Visa?  I ask because it seems that laws or rules have recently changes since October of 2022.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 15/11/2022
      @James Hello James,

      Laws and rules constantly change in Peru, but most of these changes or modifications are irrelevant for foreigners. When I hear October 2022, the only important change that comes to mind is the Decreto Supremo 130-2022-PCM, which ended all Corona regulations and restrictions. So, I’m not sure which laws and rules you are referring to, as the DS 130 has nothing to do with a retirement visa or the naturalization process.

      As far as I know, the two laws/regulations (the Peruvian Nationality Law and the Supreme Decree 002-2021-IN) that are in place to determine the requirements to get the Peruvian citizenship through naturalization didn’t change. But I might have missed something. In July 2022, the TUPA, the administrative procedure stipulating the handling of applications, so the instruction manual for Migraciones, was updated with slight changes.

      Anyway, as already described below I can’t answer your question, if you can apply for the Peruvian nationality through naturalization as a rentista, 100% accurately. While the laws and regulations are quite clear, their interpretation and how they are executed seems to change now and then. However, I do my best to explain the relevant laws, share my interpretation of them and the experience of others trying to become a naturalized Peruvian on a rentista visa recently.

      According to the Ley de Nacionalidad (Decreto Supremo 004-97-IN) foreigners who want to be naturalized not only must have lived in Peru for two consecutive years (see article 3a), but also must have practiced a profession, art, trade, or business activity (see article 3b); in short must have paid taxes in Peru. As a foreigner who is legally in Peru as a rentista, you are strictly prohibited from doing that. You aren’t allowed to work in Peru and can’t receive any kind of renumeration in Peru as rentista; and you don’t have to pay taxes in Peru on your pension income. So, as a rentista you can’t meet this fundamental condition as stipulated in the Nationality Law.

      Additionally, when applying for Peruvian citizenship through naturalization (other rules apply, if you are married to a Peruvian, for example), you must prove an annual income of at least 10 UITs (in 2022 that’s S/ 46,000), which allows you to live independently in Peru (see Decreto Supremo 002-2021-IN, page 53, article 9e).

      In the same article 9 from a-g you find all general requirements everyone who qualifies must fulfill. Starting with h (or on the Peruvian government website) the specific requirements depending on the visa type on which you live in Peru are listed. There only calidad migratoria de religioso, calidad migratoria de trabajador dependiente, calidad migratoria de inversionista and calidad migratoria de trabajador independiente are mentioned; not the calidad migratoria de rentista. Different rules apply to foreigners who are married to a Peruvian or who have made special contributions to the country.

      With this being said, in my opinion as a rentista you can’t apply for the Peruvian nationality by naturalization as a rentista.

      But, in the years before Corona, some immigration lawyers somehow managed that Migraciones a) didn’t ask for proof that the applying rentista pursued a profession in Peru and b) accepted the pension payment as income. I know a few foreigners who applied for the Peruvian nationality by naturalization after having lived in Peru for 2 years on a rentista visa, who were approved and received their Peruvian nationality.

      However, at the end of last year I was in contact with a foreigner who is living in Peru since 2018 as a rentista. After the Covid lockdowns and with life slowly returning more or less to normal, he finally wanted to apply for his Peruvian nationality, which back in 2018, his lawyer and Migraciones confirmed wasn’t a problem after living in Peru for 2 years. But when he got in contact again with Migraciones to ask about current requirements, he was told that as a rentista he can’t apply for the Peruvian nationality.

      Anyway, things change in Peru, sometimes without being made public or with no one really catching it. So, I might have missed something or my interpretation is outdated / wrong. From time to time, it also depends on how a certain law is interpreted in general or how the person handling your application interprets it. So, even though the replies you usually get from Migraciones can be quite “creative” maybe just get in contact with them, ask if you can apply for the Peruvian nationality by naturalization as rentista and hope for the best. Maybe the interpretation or execution of the law changed again and you are lucky.

      I wish you all the best

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Jonathan Kiehle · 05/11/2022
    For the $18 payment to the FBI. Can’t I just get an international money order in the US and bring it with me?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 05/11/2022
      @Jonathan Kiehle Hello Jonathan,

      Honestly, I don’t know, but I don’t think so. The international money order you need is to send money from Peru to the FBI in the US.

      On our Interpol article, we just recently had someone who asked if it might be possible to pay the US$18 directly online via the FBI secure payment portal. Here as well, I don’t know if Interpol in Peru accepts the payment and suggest checking with Interpol Peru to avoid wasting time and money.

      Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Matt · 03/03/2023
      @Jonathan Kiehle I think that would be preferable as the FBI returned my $18 USD Peruvian money order because it was "not payable through a US bank". Interpol in Peru only verifies that you have the required documents and gives you an envelope to mail the forms and payment to the US.
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    Tania · 26/10/2022
    Hello,

    Your article and very helpful advice was a great asset in acquiring the Rentista Visa for my husband in 2020. Unfortunately we got caught in the first phase of the pandemic in Peru and decided to return to the U.S. to be with family and ride it out there. Because we stayed outside of Peru for more than 6 months we have to start the process over. I was reviewing your article to see if any requirements have changed since 2020. One that seems new is the police type clearance that you mention. In 2020 my husband did the interpol clearance in Peru and we remember having to send some kind of document back to the FBI or something thru Serpost. The only documents we had to bring with us to Peru was the apostilled pension paper. So then is this a new step, bringing in proof of a clean record from country of origin ? If so it seems that this too must be officially translated in Spanish in Peru like the apostilled pension paper ? Am I understanding this correctly and is there any other changes ?


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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 26/10/2022
      @Tania Hello Tania,

      Thank you for your kind words. It’s always good to hear that our articles are helpful.

      And yes, in August 2021, some Migraciones procedures and requirements for resident visa applications changed.

      For retirees like you this means that next to the letter/confirmation from your pension fund or social security stating that you receive a monthly income of at least US$ 1000 which must be apostilled in your case in the US and then, once you are in Peru, be translated into Spanish by an official translator, you as US national additionally must bring an FBI Criminal Record Check proving you have a clean criminal record, as well apostilled and once in Peru translated by an official translator.

      Then, before you can apply for your retirement visa (accurately before you can change your immigration status from tourist to retiree) you must pay Interpol in Peru a visit to get the ficha de canje which is a document certifying that you aren’t an internationally wanted fugitive. Furthermore, the US government/the FBI requests from Interpol Peru that an additional check is done for which you need the money order and must be send back and forth (the one you remember).

      According to Interpol Peru, this additional check has nothing to do with issuing the ficha de canje, but as well is not the same as the FBI Criminal Record Check you must present at Migraciones when applying for your retirement visa.

      So, bring from the US your passport, the apostilled pension letter, and the apostilled FBI check. All the other requirements (interpol ficha, payment receipt, sworn statement and application form) can be done in Peru.

      Greetings
      Eva

      P.S. Just one little remark. You said in 2020 your husband went to Interpol. You not? How are you planning to stay in Peru? Depending on the resident visa you apply for you most probably need an FBI record check as well and might need a recent copy of your marriage certificate (of course as well apostilled and translated).
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    Mato · 15/09/2022
    Hello. Thank you for the article.

    I am wondering if it is possible to apply for Peruvian citizenship after two years of residing in Peru on the rentista visa. From my research I am not sure if I don’t have to reside in Peru for two years as a permanent resident in order to be able to apply for citizenship, or if I can do so immediately after the two years on rentista visa. 

    Thank you for your help.
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      • LimaEasy
      · 15/09/2022
      @Mato Hello Mato,

      I can’t answer your question 100% accurately. While the laws and regulations are quite clear, their interpretation and how they are executed seems to change now and then. However, I can explain the corresponding laws, share my interpretation of them and the experience of others trying to become a naturalized Peruvian on a rentista visa recently.

      According to the Ley de Nacionalidad (Decreto Supremo 004-97-IN) foreigners who want to be naturalized not only must have lived in Peru for two consecutive years (see article 3a), but also must have practiced a profession, art, trade, or business activity (see article 3b); in short must have paid taxes in Peru. As a foreigner who is legally in Peru as a rentista, you are strictly prohibited from doing that. You aren’t allowed to work in Peru and can’t receive any kind of renumeration in Peru as rentista; and you don’t have to pay taxes in Peru on your pension income. So, as a rentista you can’t meet this fundamental condition as stipulated in the Nationality Law.

      Additionally, when applying for Peruvian citizenship through naturalization (other rules apply, if you are married to a Peruvian, for example), you must prove an annual income of at least 10 UITs (in 2022 that’s S/ 46,000), which allows you to live independently in Peru (see Decreto Supremo 002-2021-IN, page 53, article 9e).

      In the same article 9 from a-g you find all general requirements everyone who qualifies must fulfill. Starting with h (or on the Peruvian government website) the specific requirements depending on the visa type on which you live in Peru are listed. There only calidad migratoria de religioso, calidad migratoria de trabajador dependiente, calidad migratoria de inversionista and calidad migratoria de trabajador independiente are mentioned; not the calidad migratoria de rentista. Different rules apply to foreigners who are married to a Peruvian or who have made special contributions to the country.

      With this being said, in my opinion as a rentista you can’t apply for the Peruvian nationality by naturalization as a rentista.

      But, in the years before Corona, some immigration lawyers somehow managed that Migraciones a) didn’t ask for proof that the applying rentista pursued a profession in Peru and b) accepted the pension payment as income. I know a few foreigners who applied for the Peruvian nationality by naturalization after having lived in Peru 2 years on a rentista visa, who were approved and received their Peruvian nationality.

      However, at the end of last year I was in contact with a foreigner who is living in Peru since 2018 as a rentista. After the Covid lockdowns and with life slowly returning more or less to normal, he finally wanted to apply for his Peruvian nationality, which back in 2018 his lawyer and Migraciones confirmed wasn’t a problem after living in Peru for 2 years. But when he got in contact again with Migraciones to ask about current requirements, he was told that as a rentista he can’t apply for the Peruvian nationality.

      Anyway, things change in Peru, sometimes without being made public or without anyone really catching it. From time to time, it also depends on how a certain law is interpreted in general or how the person handling your application interprets it. So, even though the replies you usually get from Migraciones can be quite “creative” maybe just get in contact with them, ask if you can apply for the Peruvian nationality by naturalization as rentista and hope for the best. Maybe the interpretation or execution of the law changed again and you are lucky.

      And, one last little note: you can’t change your immigration status from rentista to permanent resident as with the rentista visa you already get a residency with indefinite validity.

      I wish you all the best

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Matej · 24/09/2022
      @Sunflower Hello Eva,

      Thank you so much for your comprehensive and informative response.

      I wish you the best,
      Matej.
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    Victor · 02/09/2022
    Hello. Thanks for all the great info. My question deals with Peruvian born but Naturalized American….returning to Peru. I have a U.S. passport and a U.S. pension. I’m wondering if I could enter Peru as a tourist then apply for citizenship based on my birth certificate. I’m also concerned about paying taxes on pension funds being deposited in a Peruvian bank. Countries like Colombia tax 40% of pension funds from abroad. 
    Thanks again for the info!
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      • LimaEasy
      · 02/09/2022
      @Victor Hello Victor,

      You were born in Peru and have a Peruvian birth certificate, so as long as you never renounced your Peruvian nationality, you are still Peruvian, even though you might additionally have a US passport and a US pension.

      So, my question is, did you ever officially renounce your Peruvian nationality?

      If you have renounced your Peruvian nationality, you can enter Peru as a tourist and then start the process of recuperating your Peruvian nationality (“Solicitar la recuperación de la nacionalidad peruana”).

      If you haven’t renounced your Peruvian nationality, then you are still Peruvian and don’t have to apply for citizenship in Peru. But you have to get your Peruvian documents in order. Peruvians who next to the Peruvian nationality have another one (in your case from the US) are advised to enter and leave Peru only with their Peruvian passport.

      Anyway, you now have two options:

      - Get in contact with the nearest Peruvian consulate. They can explain the process in detail. In short: first you have to apply for your DNI at the consulate. Once you have your DNI, then you can apply for your Peruvian passport at the consulate.

      - Or enter Peru as a tourist, which, according to the Peruvian Nationality Law, shouldn’t be doneby Peruvians. Once in Peru, pay Reniec a visit and apply for your DNI. When you have your DNI, apply for your Peruvian passport at Migraciones.

      Regarding your tax question. Honestly, I’m anything but a money / tax expert and highly recommend asking someone with more knowledge. But my first question would be why you want to deposit your US pension (fund?) into a Peruvian bank account? It might be wiser to leave it in the US and then either transfer what you need to a Peruvian account or withdraw from an ATM. If you officially have your pension transferred to a Peruvian bank account, I don’t know how Sunat will categorize it, especially as it doesn’t fit into the “foreign income” category (there depending on the amount taxes of either 8%, 14%, 17%, 20% or 30% have to be paid on it) and not in the “Peruvian pension” category. Additionally, when I understood you correctly, we are not talking about a monthly pension payment, but a one-time pension fund payment. So, sorry, I really don’t know.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Victor Chavez · 02/09/2022
      @Sunflower That’s very helpful, thank you. I don’t recall ever renouncing a citizenship, however my mother may have dove it for me. I don’t know. I think probably they will tell me when I go to the Peruvian Embassy to apply for my DNI. I am presently living in Colombia so I’ll need to go to Bogota. 
      I do receive a monthly pension check from the US and, at least in Colombia, it’s so much easier to live with a local bank account then have to live with removing cash from ATMs for everything from rent to car payments. It’s why I asked. If I have to I’ll I live from ATM withdrawals. :)
      Thank you
      Best help I received yet!
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      • LimaEasy
      · 03/09/2022
      @Victor Chavez Hello Victor,

      Yes, I think it’s best to talk to someone at the consulate, first to find out if they somehow can find out if your mother ever renounced your Peruvian nationality and then if they think it’s better to apply for your DNI (and after that your passport) at the consulate or in Peru.

      But be aware that you only get up to 90 days in case you enter Peru as a tourist. As it might take a while to get an appointment at Reniec and as there might be delays or the one or other hurdle to conquer, time could be an issue. But it’s doable. Although many, many years ago, my husband in a similar situation as yours entered as a tourist, got a new copy of his birth certificate at the municipality he was registered, went to Reniec with all other necessary documents and within days had his DNI.

      And yes, in Peru as well it’s much easier to have a local bank account and if you are Peruvian, you get one with no problems; but this doesn’t mean that your retirement payment has to be directly (!) deposited it in. Anyway, as said before, I’m not an expert when it comes to money, banks and taxes. Sorry. And probably it’s not even necessary to look for other options. The point is how Sunat will categorize your retirement income. Do they put it in the “foreign income” category, where it doesn’t really fit, then you have to pay taxes as mentioned in my comment above. But in case they accept it as official retirement income, which, when I remember correctly, is not taxed in Peru, all is good.

      I hope everything works out for you.

      All the best
      Eva
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    Carlos · 06/08/2022
    For a Rentista Visa, Will Peru Immigrations will deny a visa for ANY FBI Criminal Record?  I only have a one-time, one night arrest without conviction for just being too loud, an oral argument with my brother, one of my indiscretions as a youth, more than 30 years ago.  There were not charges whatsoever, but it will still show up in my FBI Criminal Record.  I'd think that I wouldn't deny a visa just for that, will I?  Or do you need to be a perfect saint to live in Peru? 

    Also, if I get a Rentista Visa, can I still work in the Internet if I am paid in the US directly to my US bank?  Will this be allowed?  If allowed, would they ask me to pay Peruvian income taxes on it?

    Thanks, 

    CMC
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      • LimaEasy
      · 06/08/2022
      @Carlos Hello Carlos,

      The Peruvian law requires a “clean” criminal record. So, I honestly don’t know, if a resident visa application is denied because of an arrest 30 years ago that didn’t lead to a conviction. I highly doubt it.

      Additionally, are you sure this arrest will show up on your FBI check? I’m not a US citizen, don’t know the exact laws and never have seen an FBI criminal background check. As far as I read, it doesn’t provide a full background history from the start of your adult life and only checks your criminal history of the last seven years (somewhere else I found 11 years). Furthermore, arrests that didn’t lead to conviction seems to be not always included. Even though most arrests are public record and could show up on your background check, some states restrict access to arrest information, while other destroy or omit information in case the claim was dismissed, or the arrested person found not guilty. So, probably these little “indiscretions as a youth” is long gone.

      To get the rentista visa you must present a letter from your pension fund or social security stating that you receive a monthly pension / benefits of at least US$ 1000. Income from work is not accepted.

      Once you have your retirement visa, you are officially not allowed to work in Peru for a Peruvian company earning a Peruvian income which is deposited in a Peruvian bank account. So, you can’t pay income tax in Peru because you are not allowed to make any money in Peru.

      However, even though a bit of a grey zone, you could work online for a, for example, US company earning US$ which are deposited in a US account and are taxed in the US.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Naima · 21/07/2022
    Hello,
    First, thank you for the quality of information shared here. It is thorough and answers many questions I was awfully confused about on the gob.pe site. I had in fact emailed them with an inquiry on starting the Solicitar calidad migratoria para rentista residente. Their response included advice that the procedure must be carried out through the virtual migration platform. Perhaps based on the new Migration TUPA, or the fact that Peru does not have a consulate in Nigeria. 
    There are conditions that apply and of course, the requirements here: https://www.gob.pe/12875-solicitar-calidad-migratoria-para-rentista-residente

    I've got all documentation, but I'm back at the start of Migraciones Agencia Digital, where I still hit the brick wall - I am not in the system. The instruction is to download the Enrolmiento Moviles Migraciones app and scan the platform's QR code to upload a photo and signature. I have searched through the National Superintendency of Migrations site for a QR code without success.

    I wonder if I am missing something. Otherwise, are there any experiences of applicants applying through the virtual migration platform, outside of Peru (territory) and without going through a consulate?
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      • LimaEasy
      · 21/07/2022
      @Naima Hello Naima,

      You cannot apply through the Agencia Digital, if you are not in Peru. You must have entered the country, so you are in the system even if it’s as a tourist.

      The Enrolmiento Moviles Migraciones app was intended during Covid restrictions to get the biometrical data of applicants, but for a few months now it isn’t used anymore and Migraciones takes the fingerprints, photo and signature in person during the resident visa approval process.

      As Nigerian you cannot enter Peru visa-free, so you need a visa before being allowed to come to Peru, which leaves you with two options, and both involve a Peruvian consulate:

      - Apply for your retirement visa at a Peruvian consulate. The nearest one is in Accra, Ghana. But I heard they don’t issue resident visas anymore, only temporary visas such as tourist or business visas. But as your circumstances might be different, nothing wrong with asking there.

      - Apply for a tourist visa at a Peruvian consulate, then travel to Peru and once there get your Interpol clearance and apply through the Agencia Digital as described above.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Nick · 22/06/2022
    Hi,
    I am travelling to Lima in Sept2022 to volunteer for three months and longer if I can extend my stay.I presume I travel visa free being British with UK passport for 90 days,could I extend this to 183days on my arrival and if so where can I do this?
    cheers
    nick
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      • LimaEasy
      · 22/06/2022
      @Nick Hello Nick,

      Not sure how you ended up here on the retirement visa article.

      No, you can’t extend your “tourist visa” - it isn’t a “real” tourist visa but an “authorization to enter as a tourist” which you get upon arrival in Peru - beyond the 90 days anymore. According to the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most nationalities can only stay 90 days in a 183-day period as a tourist in Peru. For detailed info, have a look at our article “Tourist visa extension in Peru”.

      If you want to stay longer than the 90 days, you could overstay your welcome and pay a fine of S/ 4.60 per overstayed day when leaving. As you are illegally in the country as soon as your tourist visa expires, we can’t recommend this option. However, usually you don’t have to fear any reprisal when overstaying.

      Another option is to leave Peru and return a couple of days later. According to reports from other travelers, most only got 3 to 30 days when returning via Jorge Chavez International airport and between 15 and 30 days at the Chile and Bolivia land border. So, not really an option.

      The third option could be to apply for a temporary resident visa (such as temporary student visa, temporary work visa, temporary art visa, temporary journalist visa, etc.) which is good for one year, however requirements are steep and you have to go through the normal resident visa application process which at the moment, at least in Lima, takes many months.

      Greetings
      Eva

      P.S. Please note: all mentioned above is based on the current visa regulations; as far as I’m aware, an update should be published somewhere around the beginning of July. So, there might be some minor or major changes.
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    Carmen · 10/06/2022
    Can I apply for the rentist visa while I live in Dallas? This way I can ship my household items after getting one, how long it takes?
    I have dual citizenship Bolivian and with Mercosur agreements a Bolivian can live in Peru as resident, what are the benefits if any?
    Thanks
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      • LimaEasy
      · 10/06/2022
      @Carmen Hello Carmen,

      Officially, you can apply for a resident visa either at a Peruvian consulate abroad or in Peru at Migraciones. But, especially in countries, whose nationals can enter Peru visa-free, such as the US, consulates often won’t accept resident visa application or aren’t very accommodating and tell applicants to enter Peru as a tourist and then change their immigration status in Peru. So, best check with the Peruvian consulate general in Dallas if they process resident visa applications, in your case the application for a rentista visa. If you apply in Peru, the processing time at the moment is anything between 4 to 6 months.

      When you apply for a "residencia temporal por acuerdo Mercosur" you get a temporary residency valid for 2 years. During these two years, you have to be in Peru at least 183 days in a year. After that you can change to a permanent residency, which is permanent if you aren’t outside Peru for more than 365 days. Additionally, you are allowed to work.

      On a rentista visa you are not allowed to work in Peru. You have an indefinite permit of residence as long as you are in Peru at least 183 days per year. You can’t change to a permanent residency.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Nico · 13/05/2022
    Possible to be naturalized in Peru - via a Rentista visa/CE? I've heard multiple answers... from 'no'... to 'you have to make a salary in Peru first (pay taxes)'. Unsure what is the truth?

    -Even possible from a Rentista?
    -2 yr wait ????
    -If so... easy to file myself or best to hire an attorney?

    Anything else to be aware of?

    Thanks so much!
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      • LimaEasy
      · 13/05/2022
      @Nico Hello Nico,

      I don’t know if foreigners living on a rentista visa in Peru can apply for the Peruvian nationality by naturalization. I think, no.

      Have a look into the Ley de Nacionalidad 26574 article 3b. There you find that foreigners who want to apply for the Peruvian nationality by naturalization have to “exercise a profession, art, trade or business (“Ejercer regularmente profesión, arte, oficio o actividad impresarial.”); there are a couple of exceptions from this rule, for example, for foreign spouses of Peruvians and professional athletes, but as far as I could find not for rentistas. As you are not allowed to work, pursue a career, and earn any money in Peru on a rentista visa, you can’t fulfil this requirement.

      The Nationality Law is from 1996, but still valid even though it was updated many times. The latest update was last year with the Supreme Decree 022-2021-INM but, as far as I know, article 3 was never changed.

      Additionally, check out above mentioned Supreme Decree article 9 (page 35 of the pdf which is page 53 of the document). There you find the current requirements to apply for the Peruvian nationality by naturalization: among them 2 years of legal residency in the country and proof of at least 10 UITs monthly income (in 2022 that’s S/ 46,000). Starting with “h” requirements are listed according to the migratory status. Unfortunately, there as well rentista isn’t mentioned.

      So, I don’t think you can apply for Peruvian nationality if you live in Peru on a rentista visa. However, I might be wrong, might have misinterpreted the law or missed an exception somewhere. So, as the rentista visa is a special case in many ways, if you want a 100% correct answer, your best bet is to either contact an immigration lawyer or even better Migraciones.

      Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Sean R · 02/05/2022
    I do not see anything about health insurance or what the options are for healthcare in Peru. Can you point me in the correct direction? :) Thank you
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      • LimaEasy
      · 02/05/2022
      @Sean R Hello Sean,

      Depending on your age, finding health insurance might be an issue.

      While you can get public health insurance (EsSalud) as a foreign resident which might not be the best choice, in my opinion the way to go is a private health insurance, however if you are over 65 or 70 it’s difficult to find a provider willing to take you on, over 75 it’s nearly impossible. Often pre-existing conditions are excluded.

      A good point to look for your options is QuePlan.pe, a website that, after you entered your personal data, compares suitable health plans from different insurance companies. You get a quick overview of the different plans and approximate costs.

      Among the best private health insurances are Pacifico, Rimac and Mapfre.

      Another good option is to check out private hospitals. They all offer their own health plans.

      And another option would be to check out international expat / global health insurance providers covering Peru.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Sean R · 02/05/2022
      @Sunflower Eva, thanks for your reply. it is useful. the reason i ask is that will have to have an operation in 12 years that will allow me to live another 12 to 15 years. Maybe peru isnt the best to retire in at age 62 with heart disease.

      Thanks,
      Sean
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      • LimaEasy
      · 03/05/2022
      @Sean R Good morning Sean,

      You could be right, Peru might not be the best choice; or it might be exactly what you need for a beneficial lifestyle and you just have to find the right doctor and clinic to do necessary check-ups, prescriptions, or whatever you need and who probably even can operate on you when the time comes.

      In Peru, and especially in Lima there are some excellent doctors and well equipped private clinics additionally offering a phenomenal service. The Clinica San Pablo, for example, has its own well respected heart institute. Or Cardiomedic, also a well-known cardiac institute. So, there are options for you.

      Some people with pre-existing conditions which aren't or only partly covered by their Peruvian private health insurance, pay necessary medication and examinations out of their pocket (as they are much more affordable than in North America or Europe), but keep their health insurance in their home country and if needed or too expensive, fly back for special treatments or operations.

      Anyway, I wish you all the best.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    George · 13/04/2022
    Hi Eva, Can you please explain again the process for the criminal background check. I am already here in Arequipa and I received my FBI letter. I found a certified translator. Is there more I have to do about this step?
    Thank you very much for taking the time to share your knowledge with all of us.

    George
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      • LimaEasy
      · 13/04/2022
      @George Hello George,

      So, you have your FBI background check? And it has an Apostille? And is already with you in Arequipa? Congrats. Seems to me the worst is done.

      The only thing left to do is getting the document incl. the Apostille translated. As far as I know, if you use a “Traductor Público Juramentado (TPJ)” or a “Traductor Colegiado Certificado” and get it officially translated, there is nothing more you have to do. The apostilled and translated document is good for official use in Peru.

      But, a few weeks ago someone told me that Migraciones didn’t accept his apostilled and translated document and wanted the translation over-authenticated by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RREE). Usually, this is only necessary if the document hasn’t got an Apostille but a legalization or wasn’t translated by one of above mentioned special translators.

      So, honestly, I’m not sure, if there have been any changes and now even an official translation has to be authenticated by RREE. I tried to find any info about it on the government and RREE website, but ended up empty-handed. Probably ask the translator; he/she should know.

      Sorry, sometimes my knowledge is limited.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      George · 13/04/2022
      @Sunflower Sorry, what I meant to say was I received the FBI letter while I was already here, so I do not have the apostille. I found the translator from the link you provided. The translator also asked about the apostille, but she can still translate and certify the document without apostille. If that is not enough, I hope there is an office here in Arequipa for the RREE.

      Once everything is submitted and the account created, about how long would you say it will take to receive a message in the buzon electronico? I was told to submit even if there are possible errors in my documents and I will be notified on how to correct them.

      Thanks again and you are too humble, you are a wealth of knowledge
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      • LimaEasy
      · 13/04/2022
      @George Yes, the translator can, of course, translate your document, but it won't be accepted. All foreign documents used in Peru need an Apostille, so a specialized certificate verifying the legitimacy, genuineness and origin of a document, or a legalization.

      So, if the country in which the document was issued signed the Hague Convention (which the US did), a foreign document for official use in Peru needs an Apostille. If the country where the document was issued didn't sign the Hague Convention it has to be legalized by different authorities in the country of origin including the Peruvian consulate, then over-authenticated by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then translated and again authenticated by the RREE.

      So, the first thing you have to do is, get an Apostille on your FBI background check which can only be done in the country where it was issued, so in your case the US. Without the Apostille Migraciones won't accept it.

      The website of the US Department of State explains in detail how the process works for US documents to be used abroad and which requirements have to be fulfilled.

      And yes, you can apply for the visa even if your documents aren't in order (might be wise to do so if your tourist visa is about to expire). But be aware that Migraciones might send you a message within days of your application to request missing documents or tells you that they won't accept a document and only gives you a week or so to submit the correct documents. If you don't have them by then you can request an extension of the deadline to a max of 30 days. If by then you still don't submit the document, your application is null and void.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Craig · 05/04/2022
    Hello. I will apply for the retirement visa, and then live here with my younger wife. My US pension is only $1100+ but I have been working p/t for many years online for a US Corp, so my total gross reported income for 2021 was $24,000+-. Can I report this income to cover my unemployed wife living with me in Peru on my retirement visa?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 05/04/2022
      @Craig Hello Craig,

      From my experience, income from work isn’t accepted to meet the financial requirements for the retirement visa. The Supreme Decree 002-2021-IN (update of foreigner law Legislative Decree 1350) states in article 92, page 46 that you must “receive a retirement pension or permanent income from a Peruvian or foreign source” (“Percibir una pensión de jubilación o renta permanente, de fuente peruana o extranjera”). For years Migraciones accepted state or private pensions and additionally, considering them as “permanent income”, as well benefit payments and other permanent income such as fixed capital gains and even rental income; but, over the last few years, they got stricter and mostly only issue retirement visas to those proving an official pension.

      But often there is a way around hurdles in Peru and there might be two other options in your case.

      Get in contact with a Peruvian consulate and see what they have to say to your situation. While the retirement visa for you isn’t a problem as you can prove the required US$ 1000 from a pension, they might or might not accept your other income, which usually isn’t considered as “permanent income”, for your wife. If they accept it, apply there.

      If this doesn’t work, there is another loophole that, as far as I know, isn't closed yet. You apply for the retirement visa (no problem there as you can fulfil the financial requirements) and once you have your resident card in your hands, your wife applies for a family visa (Familiar residente para el caso de casada con extranjero residente). Then no additional income has to be proven.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    James · 27/02/2022
    I am very interested in applying for two-three retirement visas, how long can I be out of the country if I do get a retirement visa and do those holders become eligible to apply for permanent residency and or citizenship after some time?
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      • LimaEasy
      · 27/02/2022
      @James Hello James,

      I'm not sure what you mean with "two-three retirement visas". Applying for one is enough.

      Anyway, if you receive your retirement visa, you can stay outside Peru for a max. of 183 days in a 365-day period; so half a year in a year. However, in case of an emergency, you can apply for a permit to stay outside Peru for an additional 183 days (Permiso especial para permanecer fuera del país más de 183 días sin pérdida de residencia).

      The last question I can't answer as even Migraciones, who I asked more than once, couldn't or wouldn't answer me. So, here only a short explanation of the differences between the Peruvian resident and permanent resident visa status and my interpretation of the update of the foreigner law.

      In Peru, you have resident visas for longer stays (longer than one year) which must be renewed annually; after three years, some resident visa types (such as family visa, work visa, investment visa, missionary visa) can be changed to a permanent residency; you can be outside of Peru for a maximum of 183 days per year.

      And then you have a permanent resident visa. After three years on a resident visa (such as family visa, work visa, investment visa, missionary visa; see Supreme Decree 002-2021-IN, page 29 of the pdf, Artículo 93-A Procedimiento administrativo sobre Cambio de Calidad Migratoria Permanente Residente) you can change to a permanent resident visa. The permanent resident visa does not have to be extended and you can be outside of Peru for a maximum of 365 consecutive days.

      The rentista visa is a hybrid. According to the law, it is a resident visa and you can be outside of Peru for 183 days in a 365-day period, but it does not have to be extended because the residence status is "indefinido", so you have an indefinite resident permit as long as you are in Peru for at least six months. As far as I know and as far as I have understood the above-mentioned article of the updated foreigner law, as a rentista residente you cannot switch to a permanent resident visa after three years of residence in Peru.

      I could be wrong, so you might want to check with Migraciones.

      Greetings
      Eva


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