- This commment is unpublished.· 20/05/2022@Victor Hello Victor
Did I understand correctly? You are in Canada at the moment but will come to Peru on a tourist visa. As getting a document with Apostille takes quite some time you will be overstaying your tourist visa and then being in Peru on an expired visa want to apply for a student resident visa once you have the document?
The problem is that you can only “apply” for your resident visa, the correct term is “change your immigration status” in your case from tourist to resident formación, when you are still on a valid visa (for example tourist visa) in Peru. So, as soon as your tourist visa expires, you are not only illegally in the country, but you usually can not change to a resident visa. And no, there is no easy to get “inbetween” visa to bridge the time from when your tourist visa expires, and you get the document enabling you to apply for your resident visa.
The only thing you could do, is leave Peru before your tourist visa expires, re-enter and hope you get another 30, 60 or even 90 days; but you might only get a week or two.
Foreigners planning to study at a Peruvian educational institution or to do an internship / apprenticeship (without payment!) at a Peruvian company, have to apply for a student visa.
Depending on the length of your studies in Peru, a temporary student visa, called Formación temporal (issued for studies less than 12 months) or a resident student visa, called Formación residente (for studies longer than 12 months) is issued.
However, in some cases, "short-term" students and participants of study abroad programs don't have to apply for a student visa at all but can do their studies on a tourist visa. So, best check with the Peruvian university, the organization of your exchange program or nearest Peruvian consulate if this exception might apply to you.
Please note: the Peruvian educational institution or training facility you plan to study / do an internship has to be recognized by the Peruvian Ministry of Education or the National Assembly of University Rectors.
Applying for a Student Visa
Officially, you can apply for a temporary or resident student visa at a Peruvian consulate abroad or at Migraciones in Peru. However, while diplomatic missions in the US and a few other countries issue the visa without a problem, consulates in other countries don't. So, students or interns enter Peru on a tourist visa and then change their immigration status from tourist to either temporary student or resident student - make a so called Cambio de calidad migratoria (as opposed to a Solicitud de calidad migratoria at a consulate) - at Migraciones.
Requirements for a Peruvian Student Visa
In mid-July 2021 the new TUPA (Texto Unico de Procedimientos Administrativos; Single Text of Administrative Procedures) went into effect, which is mainly based on the Peruvian Supreme Decree DS N° 002-2021-IN. This new legislation changes a few immigration processes, procedures, and requirements for some Migraciones paperwork.
So below, find the requirements according to the July 2021 TUPA. As the document is quite confusing, we recommend that those who prefer to read the original requirements either check out the official website of Peru (only for resident visa) or better the corresponding text passage of the Supreme Decree DS N° 002-2021-IN.
- For temporary student visa on page 29 in article 73-A “Procedimiento administrative de solicitud de calidad migratoria formación temporal” (when applying at a Peruvian consulate) or in article 73-C “Procedimiento administrativo de cambio de calidad migratoria formación temporal” on page 30 when applying at Migraciones in Peru.
- For resident student visa in article 83-A “Procedimiento administrative de Solicitud de Calidad Migratoria de Formación” on page 36 (when applying in Peru) or in article 83-B “Procedimiento administrative de cambio de calidad migratoria formacion residente” on page 37 when applying in Peru.
However, please be aware that Migraciones has the right to request other and / or additional documents at any time.
As the best source of information for applying abroad is the Peruvian consulate, below the requirements and a walk-trough of the application process when applying in Peru.
Requirement documents to apply for a student visa in Peru include, but may not be restricted to:
- Interpol clearance - Ficha de canje internacional (see below)
- Receipt for paid application fee (code Migraciones 07568; S/.162.50 in 2022)
- Passport (you will have to upload the page with your personal data and the one with the entry stamp as PDF)
- 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 (*) (**)
- For students: Enrollment certification issued by a recognized Peruvian educational institution
- For exchange students: Official letter from the foreign university or higher education institution (*)
- For interns: Official letter from the Peruvian company
- Proof of sufficient financial resources or sworn statement stating that you (in case of minors, the parents) have sufficient financial resources to fund your studies or internship in Peru
(*) All foreign documents need an Apostille or, if the country in which they were issued didn't sign the Apsotille Convention (like Canada, for example) 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, in case they are not solely in Spanish!
(**) 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.
Getting started ...
Before you can even start any temporary or resident 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”.
Make PDFs from your passport (page with your personal data and the one with the entry stamp), as well as from all other documents.
Applying for a student visa in Peru
Once you have the Ficha and all documents together, pay the fee of S/ 162.50 (2022) for the Migraciones administrative procedure “Cambio de Calidad Migratoria” under code 07568 with "concepto": "Formacion temporal" or "Formacion residente" at any Banco de la Nacion branch or ATM or on pagalo.pe. 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".
Then open the Migraciones Agencia Digital. Choose "Extranjero" and enter the data requested. Enter your personal data exactly as in your passport.
On the next page you find on the left under “Cambio de Calidad Migratoria
” the points “Formacion Temporal” and “Formacion Residente”. Choose the one that applies.
Then just follow the steps as indicated; nothing you can do wrong. Always check that all personal data you entered (or was automatically filled in) is 100% correct.
During the process - under “Pago por derecho de tramite” - you are asked to enter certain information of the bank receipt (click on the little arrow and the fields appear). If you don't know where to find the requested bank information on your receipt, click on the question mark.
Under “Documento de identificacion adminstrado” (click on the little arrow and the fields appear - here you can as well just check which documents are necessary and then leave the page without finishing the process), you have to upload requested documents as PDF.
At the end of the process - if everything works smoothly - you get the confirmation of your application. Download this document and / or print it and keep it safe.
At the bottom of this document, you find the login data for the “Buzon Electronico” which you should check regularly for notifications from Migraciones (for example, request of uploading missing / other documents or approval of your visa).
Getting your Carné (foreigner ID)
Once you get the confirmation that your student visa was approved, pay the fee of S/ 49.90 on pagalo.pe under code 07561-Formulario F-SPE-001 for the registration in the foreigner database and issuance of the carné; temporary student visa applicants choose under concepto "Expedición de carné temporal migratorio - CTM", while resident student visa applicants select "Expedición del carné de extranjeria".
Be aware that on May 3, 2022, Migraciones announced the biometrical data (photo, fingerprints, signature) of resident visa applicants is taken exclusively in person at a Migraciones office. So, it seems that the former app used at the beginning of the application process is outdated and now everyone applying for a resident visa has to make an appointment on the Migraciones Agencia Digital under “Citas en linea para registro de datos biometricos” to get his/her photo, fingerprints and signature digitized. We are not sure at the moment at what point of the process you have to make the appointment but assume (!!!) it’s after your application was approved or after the below mentioned registration in the foreign data base. If anyone went through the process, please let us know.
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.
With the confirmation in hand or on your mobile device, the carné is in the process of issuance and you can make an appointment on the Agencia Digital under “Citas en linea” to pick up your carné. Once again, download and / or print the confirmation and keep it safe.
On the day of your appointment, arrive at Migraciones 15 - 30 minutes early. Take your passport and confirmation(s) with you. Migraciones personal will point you in the right direction where you are handed you carné.
Congratulations! You made it!
Can I work on a student visa in Peru?
No! The Peruvian student visa doesn’t allow foreigners to work or engage in any professional activity receiving a remuneration. To do a professional (paid) internship or to work during official university vacations, foreign students can apply for a special authorization to work. This is done on the Agencia Digital under "Permisos".
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!