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by Lon
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: FATCA info request from bank
Replies: 6
Views: 1524

Re: FATCA info request from bank

What country are you a citizen of? I am a citizen of both Peru and the US. Ever had more than 10K in this account? I have never had more than $10,000 in this account. It's a local currency account and I rarely make more than 2000 Soles per month Ever filed a FBAR in the USA? I'm not sure what that ...
by Lon
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: FATCA info request from bank
Replies: 6
Views: 1524

Re: FATCA info request from bank

What country are you a citizen of? I am a citizen of both Peru and the US. Ever had more than 10K in this account? I have never had more than $10,000 in this account. It's a local currency account and I rarely make more than 2000 Soles per month Ever filed a FBAR in the USA? I'm not sure what that ...
by Lon
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: FATCA info request from bank
Replies: 6
Views: 1524

FATCA info request from bank

I have been asked by my bank to supply personal identification information one of which is attached – "Natural Person Waiver" and a W9 form, under the FATCA act,. I called BCP about this and they said I have 15 days to fill out these forms or they will cancel my account because they need t...
by Lon
Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Assistance from the Superintendent of Immigration
Replies: 0
Views: 556

Assistance from the Superintendent of Immigration

12/22/2016 Today I had some of the best news I’ve had in nearly 4 years. A very kind woman in the Ministry of the Interior got me an appointment with the Superintendent of Immigration himself, Eduardo Sevilla. I had called her yesterday trying to find out where my application was and whether they ha...
by Lon
Sun Nov 20, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Revocable trust agreement for Peru
Replies: 0
Views: 363

Revocable trust agreement for Peru

Does anyone know of a lawyer or other professional who can prepare a document to make a revocable trust agreement prepared in the US valid here in Peru?
by Lon
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:47 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Update on my Peruvian citizenship application
Replies: 14
Views: 3615

Re: Update on my Peruvian citizenship application

Here is an update on my application for Peruvian citizenship.To put everything in perspective I originally submitted my application for Peruvian citizenship in April 2013. I have been waiting ever since. Since I am not married to a Peruvian, the process is a lot longer and the final signature on the...
by Lon
Sun Sep 27, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Status update on my application for Peruvian citizenship
Replies: 1
Views: 1978

Status update on my application for Peruvian citizenship

On 9/24 I had a very productive morning at DIGEMIN. I had been called the day before by the new Coordinator for Nationalization, Erica Medina, telling me that I needed to apply for 1) exoneration of the annual foreign tax for 2015. In previous years I merely had to go to immigration and have them pu...
by Lon
Thu Jul 09, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Looking to buy: gym-quality personal exercise mat
Replies: 0
Views: 412

Looking to buy: gym-quality personal exercise mat

Gym-quality personal exercise mat
Used in good condition - ideal.
Are there special places to buy such an item?
What would be considered a good price for both a new and a used one?
by Lon
Thu Jul 09, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Looking to buy: gym-quality personal exercise mat
Replies: 0
Views: 375

Looking to buy: gym-quality personal exercise mat

Gym-quality personal exercise mat
Used in good condition - ideal.
Are there special places to buy such an item?
What would be considered a good price for both a new and a used one?
by Lon
Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Small flags
Replies: 5
Views: 866

Re: Small flags

Alan wrote:And if you want to buy in bulk, this place might be worth the trip: http://www.banderasperu.com/
Thank you
by Lon
Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Small flags
Replies: 5
Views: 866

Re: Small flags

SilverbackPeru wrote:One of the shops in the Inca market has a few of them on display in the window just off Petit Thouars in Miraflores.
Thank you
by Lon
Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Small flags
Replies: 5
Views: 866

Small flags

Where can I buy small country flags - other than Peruvian ones?
Ideally the size of a regular post card.
What is a reasonable price to pay for these flags?
by Lon
Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Small towns - mild weather
Replies: 6
Views: 1253

Small towns - mild weather

I have a friend that does not like the masses of people or the hot/humid weather in the Lima area. He had always lived in small towns of 5-10,000 people with ideal weather like the state of Virginia. Up to 6 hours from Lima - in case of medical emergency - would be great. He plans on building and la...
by Lon
Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Update on my Peruvian citizenship application
Replies: 14
Views: 3615

Re: Update on my Peruvian citizenship application

There is more movement. Today I went to the Ministry of the Interior to check on my citizenship application status. At reception they called the office of the Secretary-General of the Ministry, section in charge of resolutions (Encargada de Resoluciones), Señora Montoya, (518 – 0000, extension 2695)...
by Lon
Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Update on my Peruvian citizenship application
Replies: 14
Views: 3615

Re: Update on my Peruvian citizenship application

Here is the latest update on my Peruvian citizenship application. On Tuesday (12/9) I went back to the Naturalization Office to get an update on the status of my application. It seems there has been some movement since my last visit one month ago. The head of the office informed me that on November ...
by Lon
Fri Dec 05, 2014 6:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Robberies this time of year
Replies: 40
Views: 3656

Robberies this time of year

Be very vigilant/aware, especially at this time of year. Look what happened to Carsten.

http://www.peruthisweek.com/blogs-mr-li ... eru-104661
by Lon
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Any suggestions for finding more English language students?
Replies: 1
Views: 379

Any suggestions for finding more English language students?

I am trying to find more students for my private English classes for intermediate and advanced students.The objective is to improve fluency, comprehension and vocabulary in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Does anyone have suggestions as to where I could advertise this? I have put up ads i...
by Lon
Wed Nov 05, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Update on my Peruvian citizenship application
Replies: 14
Views: 3615

Update on my Peruvian citizenship application

I want to provide an update on the status of my application for Peruvian citizenship. This morning I went to DIGEMIN (Immigration and Naturalization Office) to check on the status of my application that was returned from the president’s office about three months ago. After about one month it was sen...
by Lon
Fri Oct 24, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: US family needed for tourism video
Replies: 0
Views: 537

US family needed for tourism video

PromPeru is producing some videos to increase tourism. Here is a description of what they need: "Necesita norteamericanos, pero una familia : Padre de unos 45, madre 40, hija 10 a 12 e hijo de 13 a 16" If any family would like to become a candidate for these ads, and fulfills these criteri...
by Lon
Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Original CDs for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 413

Original CDs for sale

I have over 500 original CDs in excellent condition in their cases for sale in the categories of: Latin, reggae, classical, jazz, pop, light rock, new age, country, folk, etc. These are genuine original CDs (i.e., not pirated). Call or e-mail me if you are interested in more information/details. mba...
by Lon
Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian citizenship application - status update #2
Replies: 4
Views: 1116

Re: Peruvian citizenship application - status update #2

That is disturbing. Are you a rentista ? If so do you think that is why they asked for (another?) proof of your SS pension income? Or, if you are not a rentista , was this on the basis of just proving you can support yourself? Yes, I am a rentista. They asked for a certified proof (ie, apsotilized)...
by Lon
Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian citizenship application - status update #2
Replies: 4
Views: 1116

Peruvian citizenship application - status update #2

I want to do a status update on my application for Peruvian citizenship. FYI, My application was originally presented in April 2013 to the Office of Naturalization of DIGEMIN. My application passed all of the requirements and was sent from the Ministry of the Interior to the president’s office in De...
by Lon
Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gaston may open restaurant in DC
Replies: 1
Views: 994

Gaston may open restaurant in DC

Gaston may open restaurant in DC. He says “Today a chef here (Peru) is someone more trusted than a politician.” Good article.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/gas ... story.html
by Lon
Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Manu and Tambopata
Replies: 1
Views: 354

Manu and Tambopata

I’m considering taking a trip to either Manu or Tambopata in the next month and a half. I would greatly appreciate advice from anyone who has been to one or both of these natural reserves in southern Peru. I have the following questions: 1) Which has the greatest biodiversity? 2) Which is the least ...
by Lon
Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian citizenship application - status update
Replies: 25
Views: 3382

Re: Peruvian citizenship application - status update

Hey Billy, Yes, and I'm hoping that ceremony will be this year. I have always been assuming that when it got to this stage that the president would sign it very quickly because the application has been seen by so many people and in so many offices. However, two comments on the other ex-pat site make...
by Lon
Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian citizenship application - status update
Replies: 25
Views: 3382

Re: Peruvian citizenship application - status update

Peruvian citizenship application status - Here is the latest on my application for citizenship and some information that may be helpful to others. After being in DIGEMIN for seven months starting in April of last year, both in the Naturalization office and the Immigration office, back and forth many...
by Lon
Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Bilingual civil engineer needed
Replies: 2
Views: 693

Re: Bilingual civil engineer needed

tomsax wrote:Have you tried to find someone through IDTG Peru? I think they call themselveds Practical Action Peru now. I know they used to work in the field of earthquake resistance for low cost buildings.

Thank you. Do you have any contact information?
by Lon
Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Bilingual civil engineer needed
Replies: 2
Views: 693

Bilingual civil engineer needed

I am looking for a bilingual civil engineer who has experience in low cost housing construction here in Peru for a two week survey in March. Anyone know of such a person?
by Lon
Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian citizenship application - status update
Replies: 25
Views: 3382

Re: Peruvian citizenship application - status update

Billy, I haven't had a chance to get in there yet, but may try on Monday.
by Lon
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tomografia coronaria
Replies: 0
Views: 339

Tomografia coronaria

Does anyone know where I can get a "tomografia coronaria" at a reasonable cost? The "cheapest" one I have found is Resomasa which costs S/. 1,255 which is about $450. My insurance will not cover since I have not yet met the deductible for the year so I will be paying out of pocke...
by Lon
Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian citizenship application - status update
Replies: 25
Views: 3382

Re: Peruvian citizenship application - status update

Hey Lon, any new updates on your status? Mine got as far as yours, signed by the ministro del interior, but then before the president signed off the ministro del interior changed and the whole thing was sent back to the naturalization office to start the process over again with a signature from the...
by Lon
Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian citizenship application - status update
Replies: 25
Views: 3382

Re: Peruvian citizenship application - status update

Wow, a long process.... I just have to ask, what is the reason for wanting citizenship here so badly? I have mine (through marriage) but after the last voting day, I was having some regrets and wishing I had kept my CE... :lol: I have been asked this question many times by both expats and Peruvians...
by Lon
Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian citizenship application - status update
Replies: 25
Views: 3382

Peruvian citizenship application - status update

Regarding my application for Peruvian citizenship – I had some good and surprising news yesterday and today. My application for Peruvian citizenship was sent yesterday from the Ministry of Interior (they had to prepare a resolution) to the Office of the President of Peru for the final revision and s...
by Lon
Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 31273

Re: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

Thanks. This is the only way I know how to study. Even if they don't test the regions, it helps to have them as a mental map to associate later information with. The exam seems to be a moving target, though, from the most recent report. People will have to pick and choose and adapt the study materi...
by Lon
Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 31273

Re: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

I've put my study notes up on my site in case they might be of any use to anyone: http://uazu.net/notes/nacionalidad.html This is truly awesome what you have put together here. It makes a lot of information much easier to study and remember. Thank you so much for all the hard work and for sharing f...
by Lon
Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: "Images of Peru" presentation in Brisas del Titicaca by Lon
Replies: 0
Views: 348

"Images of Peru" presentation in Brisas del Titicaca by Lon

Imágenes del Perú - This is a presentation that I'm giving on 10/23 about my book of photographs from two previous periods I lived in Peru. The pictures are from both the sierra and the coast. The first period is when I was a Peace Corps volunteer and worked for Cooperación Popular in the sierra of ...
by Lon
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 31273

Re: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

My wife & I had a DELIGHTFUL evening with Lon recently. He is quite the "character"; in a good sense & makes a "mean" PISCO SOUR! He played "throw & return" with our young dog; who was so excited for a new partner. Any expats that haven't had the PLEASURE &...
by Lon
Thu May 30, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 31273

Re: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

6) What is the deepest canyon in Peru, in Latin America and the world? Answer: Cotahuasi Canyon in southwestern Peru. I thought it was Colca Canyon as would most people, I assume. Just came back from Digemin. I was shown this same past exam as an example, and she talked me through a couple of quest...
by Lon
Mon May 06, 2013 7:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 31273

Why I love Peru

To answer your question here is why I love Peru and want to become a citizen. Let’s start with Lima where there is no scarcity of things to do and see – literally hundreds of great restaurants with fantastic food, both classic Peruvian and fusion with other types, museums, art shows, concerts of som...
by Lon
Sun May 05, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 31273

Re: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

To answer your question about what books I used to study and how I studied, I did a lot of research just by Googling certain subjects – e.g., Peruvian authors, Peruvian history, Peruvian geography, Peruvian government – Congress, executive branch, judicial branch. I thought they were going to ask qu...
by Lon
Thu May 02, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 31273

Re: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

BTW, I understand from those who have taken the test a year or two ago, that it is much easier now. That's why I posted the questions - so you can see the level of difficulty. I was told on Monday, 4/29 that I passed the test with a high score. I had studied for about a week and that was enough. Be ...
by Lon
Thu May 02, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 31273

Re: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

Nope, not marrying a Peruvian (although it's amazing how many people have suggested that - a marriage of convenience). Just doing it on my own.
by Lon
Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 31273

Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

Naturalization exam – I just took the exam this afternoon in DIGEMIN. As a public service I wanted to share the questions as best I can remember them. This is only to give you an idea of the type of questions that will be on the exam. I doubt very much these will be the same questions next time. Usu...
by Lon
Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 17414

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

There have been two changes since Billy's original post: 1) the "derecho de tramite" now costs S/. 569.58 (raised from S/. 54 on Dec. 23, 2012, thankfully NOT S/. 2,440 as I was told by a person in Naturalizacion in Feburary) and 2) in addition to the Decalracion Jurada stating that you ha...
by Lon
Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Huge increase in cost to apply for Peruvian citizenship
Replies: 24
Views: 3984

Huge increase in cost to apply for Peruvian citizenship

For those of you who may be applying for Peruvian citizenship w/o being married to a Peruvian, here is some bad news - on Dec. 23 they raised the fee charged for submission of the application from S./54 to S./2,484.10. Yes, you read that right. It's really unbelievable that they would raise it that ...
by Lon
Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 17414

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

For those of you who may be applying for Peruvian citizenship w/o being married to a Peruvian, here is some bad news - on Dec. 23 they raised the fee charged for submission of the application from S./54 to S./2,484.10. Yes, you read that right. It's really unbelievable that they would raise it that ...
by Lon
Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: English conversation classes for intermediate students
Replies: 0
Views: 481

English conversation classes for intermediate students

US citizen living in Peru offers group classes (maximum of five students) in English conversation to those persons of intermediate level wanting to improve their conversation skills. Classes will be held at my apartment in Miraflores during the day or in the evening depending on your schedules. The ...
by Lon
Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 17414

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

I am also taking a similar route (I am not married to a Peruvian), but as a rentista (Calidad migratoria: rentista). Apparently this is also an acceptable category to apply for Peruvian citizenship through naturalization. I have almost all of the required documentation, but the most cumbersome is th...
by Lon
Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: "Images of Peru" book presentation at SAE
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: "Images of Peru" book presentation at SAE

Thank you, Philip. I hope you can attend.
by Lon
Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: "Images of Peru" book presentation at SAE
Replies: 3
Views: 489

"Images of Peru" book presentation at SAE

I will be presenting my book "Images of Peru" at the South American Explorers Club on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Here is the announcement: http://www.saexplorers.org/node/2058

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