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Peruvian Work Visa

Peruvian Work Visa

A Guide to Peruvian Visas

Part 5

Foreigners who have a correctly signed and valid work contract with a duration of at least 12 months with a Peruvian company that was approved by the Peruvian Labor Ministry can apply for a resident work visa at the immigration authority Migraciones in Peru.

Please note: in case the work contract has a duration of less than 12 months or includes a probation period, you have to apply for a temporary (!) work visa. Only when you can present a valid work contract with a duration of 12 months or more without a probationary period you can apply for a resident (!) work visa.

While the actual application for the work visa is basically a simple and straightforward process, at least if you are familiar with Peruvian bureaucracy, it is only the last step. The tricky part, especially when you aren’t working for a big international company, is the necessary groundwork you have to do before being able to apply for the work visa.

Our article "Finding a job and working legally in Peru" describes in detail where and how to find work in Peru, what jobs are in demand, the legal background for employing foreigners and the application for jobs in Peru.

 

Signing a work contract with a Peruvian company

After finding a Peruvian company that is willing to employ you and sponsor your work visa, the most important step of the process is the work contract.

If you sign a work contract with a Peruvian company while still being abroad, make sure to have it legalized by the Peruvian consulate before setting out for Peru. If the contract isn’t in Spanish, it has to be translated by an official translator once you are in the country.

If you are already in Peru on a tourist visa, you need a so called "permiso para firmar contratos" (a special permission to sign contracts) before you can legally sign the contract. Since January 2018, this can be easily done online. Our article "Permit to sign contacts in Peru" explains how it works and what you need.

Foreign visitors, who entered Peru as tourists or temporary visa holders such as temporary students, have to apply for a special permit called “Per...

As soon as you have the permission, you can legally sign the work contract.

 

Approval of work contact by the Peruvian Labor Ministry

Once the contract is correctly signed, it has to be approved by the Peruvian Labor Ministry. Exempted are contracts with citizens of Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Spain that only have to be sent to the ministry, but not approved by them.

Foreigners married to a Peruvian who already have a Peruvian family visa and foreigners with a "permanente residente" status are so called “exonerated workers”. Their work contract doesn’t require the approval of the Ministry of Labor and some employment regulations, such as a Peruvian company is only allowed to have 20% of foreigners on their payroll and pay all foreign workers in the company not more than 30% of the total wages, don’t apply.

Even though the procedure has been simplified over the past years, the approval of the contract by the Labor Ministry sometimes can be tricky. Usually the process should only take a week, but much longer waiting times have been reported.

According to Peruvian law, the company (mostly the company’s lawyer) has to support the future foreign employee with all the red tape. As the Peruvian employer, who sponsors your visa, has to prove the professional competence and occupational qualification of his future foreign employee it is advisable to bring work related certificates, decrees, titles, etc. with you that best have an Apostille (or have to be legalized in your home country by the Peruvian consulate and later by the Peruvian Foreign Ministry) and once in Peru have to be translated by a certified translator.

Detailed information and necessary form letters can be found on the webpage of the Peruvian Labor Ministry Mintra.

Only when the work contract is approved by the Labor Ministry, you can apply for a work visa at Migraciones.

 

Requirements for a Peruvian work 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 or better the corresponding text passage of the Supreme Decree DS N° 002-2021-IN on page 41 in article 88-A “Procedimiento administrative de solicitud de calidad migratoria trabajador residente” (when applying at a Peruvian consulate) or in article 88-B “Procedimiento administrative de cambio de calidad migratoria trabajador residente” on page 42 (when applying in Peru). However, please be aware that Migraciones has the right to request other and / or additional documents at any time.

Here now the requirements for applying for a Peruvian resident work visa and a walk-through of the application process in Peru.

  • Interpol clearance - Ficha de canje internacional (see below)
  • Receipt for paid application fee (code Migraciones 07568; S/.162.50 in 2022)
  • Receipt for paid application fee for changing to a resident visa (according to the Migraciones website US$ 200 in 2021) (*)
  • Passport (you will have to upload the page with your personal data and the one with the entry stamp as PDF)
  • Legally signed and by Labor Ministry approved work contract with a duration of at least 12 months
  • 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 (**)
  • SUNAT registration including RUC (Peruvian tax number) showing the employing company is active
  • Company registration of the employing company showing the legal representative
  • Sworn statement of the legal representative of the company declaring that he/she is in charge of hiring personal and why he/she needs to employ a foreigner

(*) The new TUPA unfortunately leaves open, if this fee still has to be paid. If so, then only when the visa application is approved.

(**) 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...

As visa requirements and the application process can change quickly without prior notice, we highly recommend confirming current visa regulations and procedures with Migraciones.

 

Last steps before the actual work visa application

Before you can finally apply for your work visa at Migraciones, you 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...

Then make PDFs from your passport (page with your personal data and the one with the entry stamp), from a passport photo and your signature as well as from all other documents.

Last but not least, pay the fee of S/ 162.50 (2022) for the Migraciones administrative procedure “Cambio de Calidad Migratoria” under code 07568 with "concepto": "Trabajador residente" at any Banco de la Nacion branch / 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".

All administration charges and processing fees government agencies, public authorities and entities levy in Peru have to be paid at the Banco de la...

Once the groundwork is done and you have all documents together, the actual application for a work visa (or correctly the change of your immigration status from, for example, tourist to worker) is simple and straightforward. Even though after Peruvian law the company employing you has to support you and usually the company’s lawyers will help with or handle all the red tape involved, it might be good to know the application process.

Finally, the time has come to apply for your work visa - if you need to leave the country during the application process, you have to apply for a special travel permit before you leave the country, otherwise your application is null and void.

 

Applying for a work visa in Peru

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 point “Trabajador Residente”. Click on it.

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 and as in your passport. 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 - there are rumors that this feature might be included soon into the Agencia Digital.

Please note: 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 above mentioned app served its time, but now isn’t necessary anymore. Instead, everyone applying for a resident visa now 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.

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 work 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; concepto: "Expedicion de 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 it up. 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!

Only now you are allowed to start working. The work visa is bound to the Peruvian company that sponsored the visa. It is valid for one year and then can be extended.

Indefinite-term employment contracts are the rule of thumb for hiring in Peru. Without prejudice to the foregoing, fixed-term and part-time employm...

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!

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