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Peruvian Work Visa

Peruvian Work Visa

A Guide to Peruvian Visas

Part 5

Foreigners who have a valid and legally signed work contract with a Peruvian company that was approved by the Peruvian Labor Ministry or who have a legally signed service contract with a Peruvian company can apply for a work visa in Peru.

Content overview

 

Work visa types

Peru’s main work visa types include:

Temporary work visa – Trabajador temporal

The temporary work visa in Peru is a multiple entry visa that allows you to work in Peru for up to 183 days within a 365-day period. It is mainly intended for foreigners who have a work contract with a Peruvian company with a duration of less than 12 months to work in Peru short-term (temporary) without the intention of a long-term residence in the country.  

Additionally, the temporary work visa is intended for foreigners who have a work contract with a probation period where it’s not clear if they will work and live long-term in Peru. If the probation period ends and/or the contract is extended and you get a work contract with a duration of at least 12 months, you then can apply for a resident work visa.

Resident work visa (dependent) - Trabajador residente dependiente

The resident work visa (dependent) is intended for foreigners who plan to live in Peru long-term and work as an employee for a Peruvian company. To apply for it, you need a valid work contract with a duration of 12 months or more without a probationary period.

The resident work visa (dependent) is valid for one year, allowing you to live and work in Peru for one year. After one year of living on a resident work visa in Peru, you can / must renew it. After three years of legal residency (so living and working in Peru on a resident work visa) you can apply for a permanent resident work visa, which is valid indefinitely as long as you don’t leave Peru for more than a year.

Resident work visa (independent) - Trabajador residente independiente

The resident work visa (independent) is intended for foreigners who plan to live in Peru long-term and work as independent service provider for a Peruvian company. To apply for it, you need a valid service contract with a duration of 12 months or more without a probationary period.

The resident work visa (independent) is valid for one year, allowing you to live and work in Peru for one year. After one year of living on a resident work visa in Peru you can / must renew it. After three years of legal residency (so living and working in Peru on a resident work visa) you can apply for a permanent resident work visa, which is valid indefinitely as long as you don’t leave Peru for more than a year.

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.

 

Signing a work or service contract with a Peruvian company

After finding a Peruvian company that is willing to employ you and sponsor your work visa, or who is using your services offering a service contract, the most important step of the process is the work / service contract.

If you sign a work or service 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 as a tourist, 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.

If foreign visitors, who are in Peru as a tourist, or temporary visa holders such as temporary students, need to sign a legally binding document (s...

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

If you, however, entered Peru as a business traveler (so, your entry stamp clearly shows a "NEG" (for negocio) before the number of days you are allowed to stay), you do not need the permit to sign contracts as it's "included" in the business visa.

 

Approval of work contact by the Peruvian Labor Ministry

Once the work (!) 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 Peruvian 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.

And last, but not least service contracts do not need the approval of the Peruvian Ministry of Labor. 

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 5 to 7 business days, 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. While for years the Peruvian employer had to prove the professional competence and occupational qualification of his future foreign employee for example by presenting work related certificates, decrees, titles, etc. today a sworn statement indicating work experience or specialized education in the field is enough.

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

Except for the exemptions mentioned above, you can only apply for a work visa, after the work contract is approved by the Labor Ministry.

 

Legal background for the work visa application in Peru

Officially, you can apply for a work visa at a Peruvian consulate abroad or at Migraciones in Peru. However, since August 2021, an increasing number of Peruvian diplomatic missions abroad don't issue temporary visas (except tourist and business visas) and resident visas anymore.

So, if you want to apply for a work visa you usually have to enter Peru as a tourist and then change your immigration status from tourist to work - make a so called Cambio de calidad migratoria (as opposed to a Solicitud de calidad migratoria at a consulate) - at Migraciones.

For all foreigners planning to stay longer in Peru and to apply for a temporary or resident visa, the most important laws and regulations are the Decreto Legislativo 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 work visa application in Peru" you find the necessary documents described in English, the official list of requirements (in Spanish) can be found here:

Temporary work visa

In the Decreto Supremo 002-2021-IN on page 32 in article 75-A “Procedimiento administrativo de solicitud de calidad migratoria trabajador temporal” (when applying at a Peruvian consulate) or in article 73-C “Procedimiento administrativo de cambio de calidad migratoria trabajador temporal” on page 30 when applying at Migraciones in Peru.

If you prefer to check out the TUPA you find the information on page 95.

Resident work visa (dependent and independent)

In 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).

If you prefer to check out the TUPA you find the information on page 138.

 

Requirements for a work visa application in Peru

Below you find the requirements to apply for a temporary or resident work 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 temporary (!) work visa in Peru include:

  • Form PA - Cambio de Calidad Migratoria
  • 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 trabajador temporal, S/.118 in 2022)
  • Passport
  • Sworn statement that you don't have a criminal record in Peru and abroad
  • Legally signed and by the Peruvian Labor Ministry approved work contract with a duration of less than 12 months or with a probation period (not older than 30 days)
  • Sworn statement of the legal representative of the company declaring that he/she is in charge of hiring staff and why he/she needs to employ a foreigner
  • SUNAT registration, including RUC (Peruvian tax number) showing the employing company is active (**)
  • Company registration of the employing company showing the legal representative (**)

Required documents to apply for a resident (!) work visa (trabajador dependiente) in Peru include:

  • Form PA - Cambio de Calidad Migratoria
  • 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 trabajador residente; S/.162.50 in 2022)
  • 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 (*)
  • Legally signed and by the Peruvian Labor Ministry approved work contract with a duration of at least 12 months (not older than 30 days)
  • Sworn statement of the legal representative of the company declaring that he/she is in charge of hiring staff and why he/she needs to employ a foreigner
  • SUNAT registration, including RUC (Peruvian tax number) showing the employing company is active (**)
  • Company registration of the employing company showing the legal representative (**)

Required documents to apply for a resident (!) work visa (trabajador independiente) in Peru include:

  • Form PA - Cambio de Calidad Migratoria
  • 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 trabajador residente; S/.162.50 in 2022)
  • 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 (*)
  • Legally signed service contract with a duration of at least 12 months
  • Sworn statement of the legal representative of the company declaring that he/she is in charge of hiring staff and why he/she needs to employ a foreigner
  • SUNAT registration, including RUC (Peruvian tax number) showing the employing company is active (**)
  • Company registration of the employing company showing the legal representative (**)

(*) 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...

(**) Even though no longer on the official requirement list, these documents might be requested additionally.

 

Last steps before the actual work visa application

Before you can finally apply for your temporary or resident work visa 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...

If you apply for a temporary work visa, you additionally have to get the Sworn statement that you don't have a criminal record in Peru and abroad. If you apply for a resident work visa you hopefully brought the criminal record check with Apostille / legalization from your home country that now needs to be translated by an official translator into Spanish (in case the document is only legalized, it needs another authentication from the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the translation).

Then pay the fee of S/ 118 (temporary work visa) / S/ 162.50 (resident work visa) for the Migraciones administrative procedure “Cambio de Calidad Migratoria” under code 07568 with "concepto": "Trabajador temporal" or "Trabajador residente" on pagalo.pe, at any Banco de la Nacion branch or at some Banco de la Nacion ATMs. 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.

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 work) 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. Be aware that in case you need to leave the country during the application process 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 work visa in Peru.

 

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

One remark before we start: The Agencia Digital is in Spanish only. We highly recommend to not using a translation program which automatically translates the page from Spanish to your preferred language to avoid system errors. 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 points Trabajador Temporal and Trabajador Residente. Choose the one that applies and proceed to the next page.

1st page of the work 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 end up on another page where you first have to 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 end up on the 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.

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 work visa application

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

2nd page of the work visa application

You end up on a page where you must fill in some data and/or upload all for the work 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 work 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, if you apply for a resident work visa, the criminal record check you brought from home, or, if you a apply for a temporary work visa, the sworn statement. Be aware that both fields are mandatory, and you can’t continue without having uploaded both documents.

Under the next tab, you must upload your work or service contract and below other documents required. 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 work visa application

Once you uploaded all documents, you end up on a page showing the fields of the Form PA - Cambio de calidad migratoria already (partly) filled in. If and where necessary, complete the fields and check that all information is 100% correct. As downloading on this page doesn't seem to work anymore, download the Form PA - Cambio de Calidad Migratoria on the government website, fill it in, sign and fingerprint it, and keep it safe until you pick up your carné.

4th page of the work visa application

Since mid-2022, the system then gives you a code and the option to make an appointment for having your biometrical data (photo, fingerprints, signature) taken. Best immediately make a screenshot of the code as once you leave this page, you can't return to it. And if you haven't saved and forgot the code, it's a nightmare and nearly impossible to retrieve it.

As waiting times sometimes are long, especially in Lima, we suggest that you make the appointment immediately.

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" (your personal 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.)

Important: Some of our readers reported that they didn’t get a confirmation letter, but the login data for the Buzón was shown on the screen. If during your application process you see any code, login data or seemingly other important information, we highly recommend taking a screenshot. If for whatever reason you won’t get the codes or logins send to you and you haven’t saved them while you had the chance, it's a nightmare and nearly impossible to retrieve them.

 

Getting your Carné (foreigner ID)

Biometrical data appointment

On the day of your biometrical data appointment, be at the office 15 - 30 minutes before your appointment with all your documents (passport, appointment, application, all documents, receipts). Be aware that in Lima, the biometrical data is taken at the Migraciones office on Jr. Carabaya and not at the main office in Breña. The process is quick and astonishingly well organized; you should be done in less than half an hour. The staff usually tells you when you should make an appointment to pick up your carné, but often a message is sent as well via the buzón electronico. So keep an eye on that. Expect to wait 10 - 14 days (or longer, if Migraciones is behind with approving applications) while your carné is in the process of being issued.

Registration in the foreigner database

After your biometrical data appointment (so as soon as your application 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 work visa applicants choose under concepto "Expedición de carné temporal migratorio - CTM", while resident work visa applicants select "Expedición del carné de extranjeria".

Then once again enter the Agencia Digital 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.

Be aware that in case the approval of your visa application is still in process, the registration does not work. So, then just wait with the online registration until your visa application is approved and do it then. 

Picking up your carné at Migraciones

Once your application is approved and you registered in the foreigner database, 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, all documents, confirmation(s) and receipts with you. Migraciones personal 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 work visa

You are only allowed to start working when your work visa is approved and you have the carné in your hands.

Temporary work visas allow you to work in Peru for up to 183 days within a 365-day period. They can be extended.

A resident work visa (so the residence permit) is valid for one year and then has to be renewed. The carné (so the Peruvian foreigner ID) is usually valid for four years and then must be renewed. For more details, check out our glossary under "Carné de Extranjería – Peru’s ID Card for foreigners".

Once you have your residence permit and carné as a resident worker, you must get a Peruvian tax number (RUC) and password (Clave SOL) which is issued by Sunat, Peru's tax authority.

If any information you provided when applying for your work visa changes, Migraciones must be informed about it within 30 days. So, if you change jobs, get a new passport, 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.

Whenever you, as a resident worker, want to leave the country for short or extended periods of time, for example, to go on holidays or for a business trip abroad, you must present the so-called "Certificado de Rentas y Retenciones" at immigrations before you are allowed to leave. This form is issued by your employer or, if you work independently, by your client(s), who confirms that the income tax corresponding to your earnings was retained according to the Peruvian tax legislation. The physical form, Formulario 1492, is rarely used anymore. Instead, your employer or client has to enter his/her Sunat Virtual  and fill in the Formulario Virtual 1692°, then print and sign it and give it to you. The form expires 30 days after it was filed with Sunat; so, you must leave Peru within these 30 days. If you, as a dependent or independent resident worker didn't have any earnings, you must present the so-called “Declaración jurada de haber realizado actividades que no impliquen la generación de rentas de fuente peruana” at immigrations before you are allowed to leave. So, just download Formulario 1495, fill it in, sign it and show it to the immigration officer when leaving Peru.

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

Resident work visa holders can get the Peruvian nationality by naturalization after having legally lived in Peru for at least two years.

If you don't want to get the Peruvian nationality or can't because your home country doesn't allow dual nationality, after three years of legal residency in Peru on a resident work visa, you can apply for a permanent resident visa - make a so-called Cambio de calidad migratoria a permanente residente (trabajador) - if you can fulfill the financial and other requirements; no more extensions and an indefinite residency.

And finally, if you, as a resident worker, are leaving Peru permanently, you have to cancel your residence visa. Once the application is approved, you have 15 days to exit the country.

 

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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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Audrey · 01/12/2022
    Another question, 
    What are the requirements as a company  to give me a contract that i can use for my application of  a work residence visa? Besides; a 1 year work contract 
    I asked at the migration office, but they didn't give me any good answer. 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 01/12/2022
      @Audrey Hello Audrey,

      Not sure what information you are looking for.

      The Peruvian company hiring you as a foreigner and sponsoring your work visa must be 100% legal.

      Generally, the Peruvian company, is only allowed to employ 20% foreigners and combined these can only receive 30% of the wages paid by the company (there are exemptions). Additionally, they have to “expose” their business incl. exact income, expenditures, employees, and payroll completely to SUNAT and Migraciones (see the requirements “Sworn statement of the legal representative of the company declaring that he/she is in charge of hiring staff and why he/she needs to employ a foreigner” and “SUNAT registration, including RUC showing the employing company is active”).

      The work contract must be a standard Peruvian one and, in case you want to apply for a resident work visa (trabajador dependiente), must have a duration of at least 12 months without probation period. 

      The best place to ask for specifics might be the Labor Ministry as they must approve the contract.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 01/12/2022
      @Audrey What I forgot, but it's explained in the article, before you can legally sign the contract you need the Permiso especial para firmar contratos.
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    Audrey · 01/12/2022
    Hello,
    Thank you for all the information! I used to have a work visa residence, i applied for it in 2019. But because i stayed too long outside of Peru (because of the pandemic) i lost it. A few days ago I entered again Peru with the intention to stay, but they only gave me a 90 days tourist visa. I went to migraciones and asked if I was able to renew my work visa but i was told I have to do the whole process again. I wander if that's true because the card Carne de extranjería has a expiration date in 2024. 
    Did the rules to get a residence work visa change between 2019 and now? Because i never had to prove a background document. Interpol yes, but not the background info. I might have used a declaración jurada that time in 2019. I'm already in Peru and it's quite difficult to get it from my home country the Netherlands. 
    Thank you. 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 01/12/2022
      @Audrey Hello Audrey,

      Yes, there have been some changes since 2019.

      One of them is that most foreign nationals who can travel to Peru visa-free only get 90 days in a 180-day period as a tourist. This rule is already in place since mid-June 2019, but only strictly enforced since August 2021.

      And no, as you entered as a tourist you can’t renew your resident work visa. You must apply for a new one. And yes, since August 2021 one of the requirements to apply for any resident visa is a criminal record check from your home country. See the article above under “Required documents to apply for a resident (!) work visa (trabajador dependiente)”.

      Just as a side note: Even if they had let you enter on your expired work visa or even if Migraciones had let you renew your resident work visa, you now would have to pay a fine of 46 Soles per day since August 21, 2021, when a Covid grace period ended (that’s over 22,000 Soles until today), as you haven’t extended your resident visa on time.

      Anyway, your carné, so the card, might be still valid, but your resident visa isn’t. In my opinion, there is no way around applying for a new work visa.

      I understand that getting the criminal record can be a mission and difficult to manage from outside your home country in the time you have. But get a bit creative and start now to not lose valuable time. It’s doable and, if necessary, there is a way to present a missing document later.

      So, for now get the process of obtaining your criminal record in Holland going (don’t forget the Apostille!) Once this is on the way, get your work contract (if you haven’t one already) and get it approved by the Labor Ministry. And get your Ficha from Interpol, which you should be able to do in the time until your stay as a tourist expires.

      Then, on the last day (or better the day before) when your stay as a tourist is still valid, apply for your work visa. As described above under our application guide, point "2nd page of the work visa application” you must upload the Ficha from Interpol and your criminal record check otherwise you can’t continue. But as you most probably won’t have the criminal record check by then, you could (as one of our readers reported) just upload the Ficha a second time or upload a page explaining that your criminal record check hasn’t arrived yet. Then you can continue and submit your application. Within anything between a few days and a couple of months (depending on the workload of Migraciones) you will get a request to upload the criminal record check. If you have it by then, fine, just upload it. If you still don’t have it, you can apply for an extension for another 30 days.

      So, this little loophole allows you to apply for your work visa when your stay as a tourist is still valid and gives you enough time to get your criminal record check from abroad.

      If you need any further help, let me know

      Greetings
      Eva
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    sasha · 14/11/2022
    Hi there! Thank you for the article! Unfortunately I am stuck at the Migraciones website now because once I go to the small link to get the "update code" there are two options I can choose for the questionnaire. And neither seems to work smoothly. I should choose "pre-inscription" , right? But where do I get this code? It takes me to the short questionnare where I fill out everything but in the end I still have to provide some "codico pre-inscription"?? where do I get this?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 14/11/2022
      @sasha
      Hello Sasha,

      What's the other option? And how do they call it in Spanish on the Agencia Digital? Pre-inscription doesn't sound right to me, you need to do the data update.

      One of our readers just did the data update a few weeks ago. I contacted her to ask what she chose. I hope she is getting back to me soon.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 14/11/2022
      @sasha
      Hello Sasha,

      I just heard back. She told me that she filled in all the fields, left the field for the pre-inscription code blank, filled in the Captcha and clicked on Continuar which worked.

      Is attached page where you are stuck?

      Greetings
      Eva
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      sasha · 17/11/2022
      @Sunflower Hi Eva! Thanks! I got through it! Now I have another question! I have submitted my application all right! Have received the code of my application. But I didn't get to save the login details for the electronic mailbox. Now I have requested these details through the form and they say they have sent it to me on my email address! But I have NEVER received anything! What can be a problem? How do I check if I didn't make a mistake in my email address (( ? SInce I only had very limited time for the questionnaire ... and is there a way to check this? I mean, what is my email address in the system? Thanks again! You are very helpfuL!
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 17/11/2022
      @sasha
      Hello Sasha,

      Honestly, I don't know.

      I thought the login details for the mailbox are at the bottom of your confirmation letter. Did they change this? How did you receive the code if not via the mail box? Was it on your screen?

      If you didn't get the e-mail, the only thing coming to my mind is checking your spam folder. If nothing is there, the only option might be to contact Migraciones, because I don't have an idea how you can find out which e-mail you used.

      Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva


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      Sasha · 18/11/2022
      @Sunflower Yes, the code just comes to you at the screen. This code is used for bio geometry. The results of your scheduling the bio geometry also come out at the screen and you are supposed to download them. 
      Well, how do I contact Migraciones? Any good email for that? No the emails are not in my spam ! Thanks a lot!
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    K · 10/11/2022
    hello, 
    I asked it somewhere already, but cannot find the answer (so sorry if I'm just missing it). 
    Could you tell me what are main differences (in rights  or others, like procedures of being here, leaving the country for a while, ect.) while having temporary work visa or resident work visa (except the time you can have a contract for)?
    and also-if I can apply for permanent one when I have a contract for exactly one year?
    I'm asking, because I have issues to get properly signed criminal records from my country and in temporary visa it's enough to write a statement.
    Thank you so much for the answers
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/11/2022
      @K Hello K,

      A couple of weeks ago you asked in the comments of our article “International document corresponding to the Antecedentes” how to get the criminal background check in Poland which I tried to answer.

      Anyway, the main difference between a temporary and resident work visa is already explained in the name of both. The temporary work visa is intended for foreigners who want to work in Peru short-term (temporary) without the intention of residence in the country and for those you have a probation period where it’s not clear if they will work and live long-term in Peru.

      Temporary work visas are multiple entry visas and allow you to work for up to 183 days in a year. However, they can be extended, or at any time during that year you can switch to a resident work visa if you have a contract with a duration of at least 12 months.

      The resident work visa, however, is intended for those you have a valid work contract of at least 12 months and want to live long-term in Peru. It’s valid for one year, so you can live and work in Peru for one year. But you can’t leave Peru for longer than half a year, otherwise you lose your residency. After one year of living on a resident work visa in Peru, you can / must extend it.

      Then, after three years of legal residency (so living and working in Peru on a resident work visa) you can apply for a permanent resident work visa, which is valid indefinitely as long as you don’t leave Peru for more than a year.

      While it might be accurate that you don’t need the criminal record check of your home country when applying for a temporary work visa, the problem is you can only work and be in Peru for half a year in a year. You, of course, can apply for a resident work visa after you worked half a year in Peru, but then you need the criminal record check. The same applies if you want to switch to a permanent resident work visa after three years; you will need the criminal record check again.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Sasha · 01/10/2022
    Hi, 
    Thanks so much for the very informative article.
    I am planning to stay in Peru for more than a year to work for one company as a vidiographer (making videos and movies for them). They are planning to have a contract of services with me (an independent contractor providing services to them).
    I have 3 questions as I couldn't find this information on the article.
    1. Does this contract also has to be approved by the Ministry of Labor? From the gob.pe website I had an impression that it doesn't. Just a simple cope of the contract stipulating my services, duration and the wage.
    2. The process may take longer than my tourist visa (I have two months left). What shall I do? I can't travel while my application is under review! So re- entering seems not an option? 
    3. Are diplomas crucial to attach? Or my CV and some certificates given to me as an artist/ filmmaker will suffice?

    Thanks a lot! 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 01/10/2022
      @Sasha Hello Sasha,

      If you get a service contract of 12 months or longer, you can apply for the work visa as “trabajador independiente”, make a cambio de calidad migratoria a trabajador residente independiente. The process is the same as described above for trabajador residente. The only difference is that instead of the work contract, you have to present a service contract.

      Answer to your first question

      As trabajador dependiente the work contract has to be approved by the Labor Ministry. As trabajador independiente the service contract does not have to be approved, at least that's what the Supreme Decree 002-2021-IN page 42, article 88B, 7b and the just recently updated TUPA, page 138, article 7b says.

      “b)Para el caso de Trabajador Independiente, debe presentar:
      Copia simple del contrato de prestación de servicios, indicando el tiempo de duración del servicio igual o superior a un (1) año.” So, a simple copy of a service contract with a duration of 1 year or more.

      Answer to your second question

      Which process takes longer? Getting all the documents together for the application before your stay as a tourist expires? Then, the only thing you can do is leave and return, hoping that when you come back before your 180 day period is over the immigration officer has a heart and allows you to re-enter and gives you enough time to apply.

      Or did you mean that the approval process after the application of your work visa may take longer? Then, no problem. The important thing is that your stay as a tourist is still valid on the day you apply on the Agencia Digital and receive the confirmation of your application. After that, time stops; and no matter how long the approval process takes you don’t have to worry even if your stay as a tourist expires. Just make sure you apply when your “tourist visa” is valid, then you are good.

      Answer to your third question

      No. For the application of your work visa at Migraciones you don’t need your CV or any diplomas or certificates. As described above under requirements for the resident work visa, you need:

      - Form PA - Cambio de Calidad Migratoria
      - 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 trabajador residente; S/.162.50 in 2022)
      - 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 (*)
      - Sworn statement of the legal representative of the company declaring that he/she is in charge of hiring staff and why he/she needs to employ a foreigner
      - SUNAT registration, including RUC (Peruvian tax number) showing the employing company is active
      - Service contact (instead of the work contract mentioned in the list above)

      That's it according to the current regulation. However, be aware that Migraciones has the right to request other or additional documents at any time.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Sasha · 02/10/2022
      @Sunflower Thanks so much, Eva. All clear now! 
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      Sasha · 02/10/2022
      @Sunflower Ohh... and the last questions.. Does the independent contract also has to be not more then 30 days since the day of execution before I submit it (as the one for the dependant worker) ? 
      And I can only sign it after I have the authorization to sign contracts?
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 02/10/2022
      @Sasha The regulation 7b as mentioned above in my comment  doesn't say, if the service contract can't be older than 30 days; so, I assume (!) yes, it can. But if you want to make sure, best check with Migraciones.

      And yes, if you want to legally sign a contact when being in Peru as a tourist, you must first get the authorization to sign contracts. Our article "Permit" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.limaeasy.com/peru-guide/legal-stuff/permit-to-sign-contracts-pefc-permiso-especial-para-firmar-contratos-in-peru">Permit to sign contracts (PEFC- Permiso especial para firmar contratos) in Peru" explains in detail how it's done.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Sasha · 11/10/2022
      @Sunflower Hi Eva, I now have my contract on hands which is 13 months' duration now. But by the time I will apply maybe it is total duration is less, since I am still waiting for some documents. Will this matter? Or it will still read as a 13 month contract for my application? I hope my question is clear .... Thank you! 
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    Kevin · 16/08/2022
    Great post, many thanks. It has helped answer a few things. 

    I do have a couple of questions. 

    I'm looking at setting up my own company in Peru and then hiring myself. I understand all that process. So my question is. 

    What is the minimum wage i have to pay myself? 

    What tax rate do i have to pay?

    Does my business have to pay tax and then i pay a further income tax?

    Can i be the only employee? 

    I'm thinking about setting up a marketing company, hiring myself, then apply for the work visa. I'm sure I'll find enough clients to pay myself a minimum wage. 

    Thanks for your help
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 16/08/2022
      @Kevin Hello Kevin,

      yes, for quite a few years already it is possible to set up a Peruvian company as a foreigner, then employ yourself as the general manager, sign a contract with your company, get it approved by the Labor Ministry and then apply for a work visa.

      You can find a general overview of company & corporation types in Peru, general information about setting up a company and an introduction into Peruvian labor regulations in our Business Guide.

      As there are quite a few hurdles to overcome and regulations and laws change frequently, honestly, I lack the specific and up-to-date knowledge in this area (even Peruvian lawyers and notaries sometimes have a hard time keeping up) and can’t answer your questions; lots depend as well on your company type and overall setup. And as we are talking here about setting up a company in a foreign country and basing your resident visa on this, it is important that you are well and 100% accurately informed about your rights and obligations, all the little details, implications, and possible pitfalls before starting this endeavor. This is something I just can’t provide. Sorry. So, I highly recommend working together with a trustworthy immigration lawyer and/or notary.

      Therefore, here just a few general ideas I have after reading your questions:

      You should be aware that for setting up a company in Peru as a foreigner, you most probably need a Peruvian (silent) partner who owns a small percentage of your company.

      You should further be aware that on the one side you own a company with all rights and obligations according to Peruvian law (for example, paying taxes on your profits after a certain quite low threshold, or withholding and paying taxes and social security payments (such as health insurance, pension fund, etc.) for your employees, or paying your employees benefits (such as CTS).

      On the other hand, you are the employee and yes, you have to pay income tax, health insurance, pension fund, etc. according to Peruvian labor laws.

      Sorry, I couldn’t help more.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Rigo · 13/08/2022
    Hi! 

    I came across Lima Easy and was fascinated by the quality information that I found on your website. As a US citizen currently living in Lima, Peru, (yes, I've been overstaying for over 2 years now) I wanted to see if you had any suggestions or recommendations regarding my immigration situation.

    1. First of all I would like to know if you could recommend a good Peruvian immigration lawyer? (Since I've overstayed my tourist visa and am in the process of applying for a "trabajador residente visa.")

    2. Do you have any personal recommendations on how I can approach my situation? I will be going back to the US in November, so if I can't complete the entire immigration process because of my legal status, then I could complete it at my nearest Peruvian consulate. Would overstaying, and possibly getting a ban from re-entering because I've overstayed for over 2 years, would affect my ability to request my "trabajador residente" visa from the US?

    3. If you have any good Peruvian legal advisors in mind please feel free to send them my way.

    Thank you again for providing life-changing knowledge on your website!

    Best, 
    Rigo
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 13/08/2022
      @Rigo Hello Rigo,

      Thank you so much for your praise. You made my day!

      Yes, in your situation an immigration lawyer is more than advisable. As we from LimaEasy have never used one and skills, reliability, success rates and charges aren’t consistent, we just can’t recommend anyone. Sorry.

      The problem is that right now, with being in Peru on an expired tourist visa, you can’t apply for a resident visa. So, there are two options:

      1. Request a “regulación migratoria” at Migraciones yourself or through an immigration lawyer, which I recommend, as he/she will know all the little hurdles and pitfalls. Once this is granted, you can apply for your resident visa.

      2. Leave Peru and return. You will have to pay the multa for overstaying when leaving (S/ 4.60 for each overstayed day in 2022; from April 2020 to August 2021 overstay fees are waved, the remaining days in 2021 S/ 4.40 for each overstayed day). As you overstayed such a long time, there is the danger of getting a re-entry ban for a year or even longer. This means you are prohibited from entering Peru during that time; with visa or without. Additionally, as most Peruvian consulates abroad don’t issue resident visas anymore and tell people they should enter the country as tourist and then apply at Migraciones, this idea unfortunately doesn’t work as well.

      So, the only thing I can do is wish you all the best.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Rigo · 18/08/2022
      @Sunflower Hi Eva, 

      Thank you very much for your info. I've been very busy these past days trying to find an immigration lawyer to help me out with my process. 

      One quick question, to get my rolled fingerprints in Lima do I need to go to any special police station? Do you have any recommendations? I did see that you posted one in the article attached below, however, I wanted to see if there were others you'd recommend?

      Also, is the "Policía Nacional del Peru" familiar with the rolled fingerprints service? How would I go to request said service from them?

      Thank you in advance.

      Best,
      Rigo


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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 18/08/2022
      @Rigo To my knowledge, the only police station that is accepted, for example, by the FBI to do the fingerprints is the Direccion de Criminalistica PNP on Av. Aramburu 550 in San Isidro. Not sure, if other police stations in Lima can do the job as well.

      At least before Covid you could just show up there and they would take your prints on special cards they provided there. But, when I remember correctly, some countries want special fingerprint cards that can be downloaded, printed and then brought with you.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Rebecca · 07/08/2022
    Hi Eva,

    I plan to work in Peru as an au pair for 4-6 months, receiving money from a family rather than a registered company. I was planning to obtain a business visa to enter the country, but that only lets me stay for up to 3 months. Can you advise what I should do to stay there for longer?

    thanks! 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 07/08/2022
      @Rebecca Hello Rebecca,

      Sorry to say, but your idea with the business visa won’t solve your problems.

      If you belong to a nationality that gets the business upon entry, you only get up to 90 days; if you belong to a nationality that has to apply for a business visa at a Peruvian consulate before coming to Peru you get a multiple entry visa valid for 180 days in a 365-day period, but most probably will only get 90 days when you enter, but could leave and re-enter.

      But in both cases, a business visa is intended for those visitors who engage in any sort of international business activities, need to sign business contracts or agreements, need to make business related financial transactions, etc. On a business visa, you are not allowed to work, and you are not allowed to receive any kind of payment for work. So, in your case a business visa doesn’t make any sense.

      Additionally, I’m not sure what you mean with “work as an Au Pair” and “receiving money from a family “. Don’t Au Pairs usually take care of the children of a family and do some light (children related) housework in exchange for getting food and accommodation provided by the family free of charge, and a small allowance in addition?

      Anyway, Peru doesn’t have a special visa for Au Pairs. As far as I know, Au Pairs usually come to Peru as a tourist and leave the country when their days are up.

      So, as you will only get up to 90 days when you enter as a tourist, can’t extend your stay, and can’t apply for a longer term temporary or resident visa, your options to stay 4 to 6 months are limited. Even though I can’t and won’t recommend it, the easiest way is to just overstay and pay a fine of S/ 4.60 a day when leaving. Or you could leave when your 90 days are coming to an end and immediately re-enter; however, as you already used your 90 days in a 180-day period, you most probably only get another couple of days up to 1 month. Or just come to Peru for 3 months.

      Greetings
      Eva
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      Rebecca · 08/08/2022
      @Sunflower Thanks Eva, that's super helpful!! 
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    Nathalia · 10/07/2022
    I have a concern. I already have my carné de extrabjería but i am planning to go outside the country for at least 4 months. Can I still comeback and use my id and renew it? I have 3 years work contract validated by the ministerio. 
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 10/07/2022
      @Nathalia Hello Nathalia,

      if you have a work visa, you can stay outside Peru for a maximum of 183 days, so 6 months per year. If you are outside Peru longer, you will lose your residency and have to start the whole application process from scratch.

      Even though you have a 3 year work contract, your residency (so your work visa) is only valid for one year and then has to be extended which isn't a big deal if your work contract is already validated by the Ministry of Labor and you are in Peru.

      However, if you are outside Peru at the time your resident visa expires, you can still enter Peru as a resident, but for each day you are late on extending your residency, you will have to pay a fine of 1% of an UIT ( S/ 46 per day) at the moment you apply for the extension of your visa.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Jose · 07/07/2022
    Hi,

    Im in Peru on a tourist visa with the hopes of working temporarily (2-3 months) in Lima. Do I need to only apply for a temporary work visa? 

    I read that I need to apply for the permit to sign work contracts. Is that all I would need to do in order work temporarily in Peru or is there a longer process?

    Appreciate the help, the process can be overwhelming.
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 07/07/2022
      @Jose Hello Jose,

      You are not allowed to work for a Peruvian company and receive any kind a renumeration when you are in Peru as a tourist!

      Yes, if you want to sign a work contract, first you have to apply for the Permit to sign contracts (see my answer to your first comment). The contract then has to be approved by the Peruvian Ministry of Labor.

      With this being done, you have to get all other documents you need for a temporary work visa application together; see Decreto Supremo 002-2021-IN article 75-A (page 14 of the PDF or page 32 of the original document).

      And only then, with a still valid tourist visa you can apply for the temporary work visa, which may take a few weeks or many months until approved.

      Be aware that you are officially only allowed to start your work when your temporary work visa application is approved.

      As you are planning to work in Peru for just two or three months, the whole process isn’t worth the effort.

      Above mentioned only applies if you are working in Peru for a Peruvian company and receive your money from this Peruvian company in Peru. If you are, however, sent to work in a Peruvian company for a few months by a foreign company and get your wage from the company abroad, the situation is different and the visa has to be applied for at a Peruvian company before coming to Peru. And as you then already have your visa, you can start work immediately. 

      Sorry.

      Greetings
      Eva
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    Justyna · 27/06/2022
    Hi,

    Thank you for the comprehensive information. 
    I have two doubts though.
    You currently do not get a stamp in your passport upon entry so I reckon its photo is not one of the visa requirements any more?
    Is a part-time job contract sufficient to get a work visa? Where could I find respective information?

    Thank you in advance!

    Best, 
    Justyna
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      Sunflower
      • LimaEasy
      · 27/06/2022
      @Justyna Hello Justyna,

      Yes, you are absolutely right. No entry stamp anymore, so no uploading a photo of it anymore. I updated this article quite a few times but overlooked it. Thank you so much for pointing out this discrepancy.

      The current law, Supreme Decree 002-2021-IN on page 42 article 88-B “Procedimiento administrative de cambio de calidad migratoria trabajador residente”” doesn’t specify if a part-time job contract is sufficient to apply for a resident work visa.

      There, one of the important things is the validity of the work contract. In case the work contract has a duration of less than 12 months or includes a probation period, you can only apply for a temporary (!) work visa. However, if 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. Also important is that the company employing you is registered with SUNAT and active and can explain why they need to employ you to do a job and not a Peruvian.

      The same is mentioned on the government website.

      So, personally, I don’t see a problem trying to apply for a work visa with a part-time job contract. But if you want to make sure, best contact Migraciones (informes @ migraciones.gob.pe).

      Thanks again.

      Greetings
      Eva

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