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) or a resident student visa (called Formación residente) may be 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 intership has to be recognized by the Peruvian Ministry of Education or the National Assembly of University Rectors.
Applying for a Student Visa
While Peruvian consulates in the US and a few other countries still issue student visas, Peruvian diplomatic missions 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 at Migraciones.
Requirements for a student visa include, but may not be restricted to:
- If you apply at a consulate: application form and fee
- If you apply in Peru: Receipt for paid application fee (code Migraciones 01814; S/.117.60 in 2021)
- Passport and copy or page with your personal data and the one with the entry stamp as PDF
- If you apply in Peru: valid (tourist) visa at the time of application
- For Students: Enrollment certification issued by a recognized Peruvian educational institution
- For interns: Official letter from the foreign university or higher education institution that has to be legalized by the Peruvian Consulate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lima or has been stamped with an Apostille in the country of origin.
- Proof of sufficient financial resources to fund your studies or internship in Peru
If you apply at a Peruvian consulate, they will give you exact information on the process and requirements.
Application process in Peru
If you apply in Peru at Migraciones, the process is quite simple and straightforward; at least if you have all necessary documents and know what to do when.
Before you can even start any resident visa application process you first have to get the so-called “Ficha de Canje Internacional” from Interpol in Peru. Find a detailed description on how it’s done in our article “Interpol - Ficha de Canje Internacional”
Once you have the Ficha and all documents together, pay the fee of S/ 117.60 (2021) for the Migraciones administrative procedure “Cambio de Calidad Migratoria” under code 01814 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. If you apply for the first time your signature and passport photo might not be in the system yet. So, you have to download the App "Enrolamiento Móvil Migraciones" (available for Android and iOS), then scan the code that appears on the Agencia Digital and upload your photo and signature - probably this feature might be included soon into the Agencia Digital.
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 end of this document, you find the login data for the “Buzon Electronico” which you should check regularly for notifications from Migraciones (for example approval of your visa or request of uploading missing / other documents).
Getting your Carné (foreigner ID)
Once you get the confirmation that your student visa was approved, pay the fee of S/ 49.90 for the registration in the foreigner database and issuance of the carné. As described above you can pay at any Banco de la Nacion branch or ATM or on pagalo.pe. It’s the Migraciones administrative procedure 01873-F-7a: Carnet extranjeria (emisión / duplicado) with concepto "inscripcion en el registro central de extranjería y emision del carné de extranjería".
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 to 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!