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by craig
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Immigration Changes
Replies: 56
Views: 9239

Re: Immigration Changes

sunflower wrote:Not sure what your problem is Craig.

My problem is arrogant Europeans who cannot conceive that their ideas of "the way things ought to be" do not rule the world in general and overrule Peruvian laws in particular.
by craig
Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Immigration Changes
Replies: 56
Views: 9239

Re: Immigration Changes

Border hopping was never officially allowed or forbidden. The old law (sorry can't remember the number) allowed tourist to stay 183 days in the country leaving open if this is per year or per visit. This vagueness of the law made border hopping in Peru possible, neither really legal nor illegal. In...
by craig
Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Do I need to prolong Rentista every year?
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Do I need to prolong Rentista every year?

At the time, we were subject to Decreto Legistativo 1236 which was published in September, 2015. However, the regulations to the new law were never published. Under that law, the rentista visa was listed under the classification of Residente Provisional. Visas under that classification were valid f...
by craig
Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: TAM - Tarjeta Andina de Migraciones
Replies: 2
Views: 830

Re: TAM - Tarjeta Andina de Migraciones

When I came in 10 days ago, I was told that the TAM forms have been eliminated and will no longer be used. This seems to be the general case with other South American countries as well. I suppose that makes difficulty for you, as a hotel, when Sunat has not gotten the memo and requires you to collec...
by craig
Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Do I need to prolong Rentista every year?
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Do I need to prolong Rentista every year?

Rentistas are exempt from the tasa anual . The latest information I have is that they do not need to do anything about this exemption and this has generally been the case for a long time. However, a few years ago there was a period of about a year when Migraciones changed this policy and asked rent...
by craig
Mon May 02, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Getting Loans for new residents
Replies: 7
Views: 1218

Re: Getting Loans for new residents

Do not know if it is still this way, but 15 years ago you could get a builders loan ( new apartment only) with 50% down payment and balance over 2 years at about 14.5% interest. I checked out a couple of apartments in new buildings last year. The builder had arrangements with the financing bank to ...
by craig
Mon May 02, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Getting Loans for new residents
Replies: 7
Views: 1218

Re: Getting Loans for new residents

My experience is that no foreigner can get a loan from a Peruvian bank if he is not employed in Peru. No foreign income whatsoever will be considered.
by craig
Mon May 02, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Peru News and Views
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 13762

Re: Peru Presidential Election

Are you suggesting the other candidates do not have democratic values? Politicians who think they can win an election have "democratic values." Those who suspect they cannot win a majority discover that they have other priorities. The "democratic values" of all politicians are c...
by craig
Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Rentista (and some other "foreign resident types") travelling outside Peru: new requirement?
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Re: Rentista (and some other "foreign resident types") travelling outside Peru: new requirement?

That requirement is nothing new. It has been there since the first time I looked (about 2009). I have never had to present anything as a rentista. I think the operative words are: "según corresponda" which I think means "as appropriate." For some resident types various of those f...
by craig
Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Paying the annual tasa, more specifically: claiming exemption for rentistas
Replies: 7
Views: 2550

Re: Paying the annual tasa, more specifically: claiming exemption for rentistas

In January I went to the provincial office of Migraciones here in Tacna for my exoneration of tasa as a rentista. The officer told me that I had to handle it online. She entered my information into the computer for the central office to send me a password to handle it online. I went back to my apar...
by craig
Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Paying the annual tasa, more specifically: claiming exemption for rentistas
Replies: 7
Views: 2550

Re: Paying the annual tasa, more specifically: claiming exemption for rentistas

Today I gathered all my papers together, girded my loins for bureaucratic battle and went to Migraciones to do the stupid tramite for exoneracion de tasa anual as a rentista . It seems that they have changed the rules again, this time in a good way. They told me (I asked two different places and got...
by craig
Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:51 pm
Forum: Peru News and Views
Topic: New Mennonite settlements in the peruvian rainforest.
Replies: 3
Views: 3933

Mennonite settlements in Bolivia

Apparently there are many Mennonites living in Bolvia. Originally from Canada, they have maintained their nationality over the years. Mennonite colonies in Paraguay date back about a century but the ones in Bolivia are only a few decades old. Many of the first were Mennonites who fled persecution i...
by craig
Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru Tourist Visa
Replies: 1
Views: 623

Re: Peru Tourist Visa

Very useful clarification. Thanks.
by craig
Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 25764

Re: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

MartitaAQP wrote:WOW, the exam has changed a LOT since I took in at the beginning of 2012.

Did you ever get your citizenship?
by craig
Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Paying the annual tasa, more specifically: claiming exemption for rentistas
Replies: 7
Views: 2550

Re: Paying the annual tasa, more specifically: claiming exemption for rentistas

And apparently from next year, it is not necessary anymore to claim your exempt at the DIGEMIN office, but everything is supposed to be done on the DIGEMIN inet site.... The tramite has been on their Servicios en Linea site for almost a year now. I'm planning to try testing it in January. I wonder ...
by craig
Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: New immigration law
Replies: 94
Views: 23835

Re: New immigration law

I looked over the new law and noted the following items. It appears that they have changed terminology. What was residente permanente is now residente provisional . What was inmigrante (which I never understood) is now residente permanente . I could be wrong about this. Safe conduct for travel by st...
by craig
Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Status update on my application for Peruvian citizenship
Replies: 1
Views: 1780

Re: Status update on my application for Peruvian citizenship

I am sorry to read of your difficulty trying to nationalize. You certainly have made a yeoman's effort! Presently, it seems that naturalization is virtually impossible if you are not married to a Peruvian. Do you think there might be hope when the president changes (assuming it is not Nadine)?
by craig
Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Mortgage as rentista?
Replies: 30
Views: 5817

Re: Mortgage as rentista?

Friends and family: the last resort against market failure. :) In this case "friends" are a market success not a failure. They are not giving me a gift or doing me a favor, they are making good money off the deal. The only thing that is special is that we trust each other due to long pers...
by craig
Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Mortgage as rentista?
Replies: 30
Views: 5817

Re: Mortgage as rentista?

However, altho none of the banks will give a mortgage to a rentista I eventually was able to buy the apartment I wanted using a private loan. Some Peruvian friends assembled the money to make the loan to me that I needed. In return, I am paying them about the same rate I would have had to pay a bank...
by craig
Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Mortgage as rentista?
Replies: 30
Views: 5817

Re: Mortgage as rentista?

I suspect that in six months this will be the same answer I will get from Banco Continental. Vamos a ver . A few days ago, I completed the additional six months of payments to Banco Continental that I was asked to make. Today I visited the woman who asked me to make them. She was non plussed. Clear...
by craig
Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: XOOM-wire transfer receival fees
Replies: 3
Views: 781

Re: XOOM-wire transfer receival fees

XOOM has reportedly just been bought by PayPal. It is a pity to lose a useful service.
by craig
Mon May 18, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: URGENT BLOOD DONATION NEEDED
Replies: 8
Views: 1517

Re: URGENT BLOOD DONATION NEEDED

Blood type?
by craig
Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Double Glazing
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Re: Double Glazing

by craig
Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Opening bank account as Swedish national
Replies: 10
Views: 1627

Re: Opening bank account as Swedish national

Problem is that I have no desire to become Peruvian national, I only want to take care of my wife and have a good bank account there, I find the Peruvian burocracy repulsive and filled with handouts. So I do not desire any Carnet, since I have no desire to remain in the country more than mo vacatio...
by craig
Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Opening bank account as Swedish national
Replies: 10
Views: 1627

Re: Opening bank account as Swedish national

If you want to send money from Sweden I don't have a suggestion. However, from most eurozone countries you can send money by Azimo . If you have a Carne de Extraneria you should be able to open an account at almost any bank and they all come with debit cards. If you are married to a Peruvian nationa...
by craig
Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy electronic components here in lima?
Replies: 5
Views: 2215

Re: Where to buy electronic components here in lima?

Also many shops around Calle Central and Petit Thouars. It is where in Av Arequipa there is a grifo. On a nostalgic note... Fifty years ago, when I was a teen, there was one electronics shop there on Petit Thouars. It was one of two places in Lima where I could get parts. The shop was still there, ...
by craig
Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A cautionary tale
Replies: 13
Views: 2000

Re: A cautionary tale

Today, I talked to my Peruvian friend about his long time American friend again. It seems the guy is getting about $1200 per month for Social Security. The news is that he is now giving $600 of that to his "wife" each month. And she is harassing him mercilessly demanding that he give her m...
by craig
Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Early Retiree Seeking Rentista Visa
Replies: 16
Views: 2053

Re: Early Retiree Seeking Rentista Visa

So my question is if anyone knows how strict they are with this limit of $ 1000. I can tell you from my experience that exactly $1000 is OK. However, my guess would be that any less will be cause to reject the application. If you have sources of income other than a pension they could make up the di...
by craig
Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Mortgage as rentista?
Replies: 30
Views: 5817

Re: Mortgage as rentista?

I made another trip to BCP this afternoon and (finally) got a rather unambiguous negative answer. They said they would not consider giving a mortgage to anyone without Peru source income. Moreover, they require a Peruvian work history of at least 6 months. Their reasons included that they could not ...
by craig
Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A tale of calculation
Replies: 1
Views: 476

A tale of calculation

A Peruvian woman I know told me the following story about a friend of hers. Upon graduation from university she lucked out and got a job working for a UN agency. That meant she was paid European wages and benefits while living in Peru and was able to spend her time traveling about the world on UN &q...

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