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Maintaining Peruvian Residency Abroad

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:06 pm
by Ica
My wife is Peruvian and I am not. We presently live in Peru, but will be required to leave and live abroad less than a year from now. Does anyone know of a way a Peruvian Resident can reside outside Peru for longer than six months (for example, two years without returning to Peru for more than one week each year, if that), and not lose the residency? Naturalization is not an option. Appreciated!

Re: Maintaining Peruvian Residency Abroad

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:20 pm
by argidd
Hi Ica, that is not a possibility. You would have to reside for at least 6 consecutive months in Peru per year, which I understand is not an option.

When you give up residency, you can do the paperwork again after coming back; that will not be a problem.

Re: Maintaining Peruvian Residency Abroad

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:53 pm
by Ica
Thank you argidd! Do you know if any time spent as a resident would count toward the two years required for naturalization in the future? For example, if I spent 8 months as a resident before having to leave and returned 10 later, would the 8 months count at that time only requiring me to obtain 16 more?

Re: Maintaining Peruvian Residency Abroad

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:05 pm
by MarcoPE
I believe it has to be 2 consecutive years.

Re: Maintaining Peruvian Residency Abroad

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:47 am
by argidd
Hey Ica, you are welcome! Marco is right. You have to live for 2 consecutive years, at least, in order to be eligible to apply for naturalization.

Re: Maintaining Peruvian Residency Abroad

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:07 pm
by captcosmic
My wife is a Peruvian also and has lived in the states for three years, almost. Her DNI lists her residence as Florida. Is there some special reason she would want her residency to still be her home in Lima and not the US on her DNI?

Re: Maintaining Peruvian Residency Abroad

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:31 pm
by argidd
Well, if she's going to vote (mandatory in Peru) she will have to change it to her Lima address. Also, in some Municipal things, or if you guys will buy property, it will be best for her to put her real residency. It is relatively no-hassle paperwork. I strongly suggest she updates it.

Re: Maintaining Peruvian Residency Abroad

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:10 pm
by captcosmic
argidd wrote:Well, if she's going to vote (mandatory in Peru) she will have to change it to her Lima address. Also, in some Municipal things, or if you guys will buy property, it will be best for her to put her real residency. It is relatively no-hassle paperwork. I strongly suggest she updates it.


Since she has the US as her residence, she only has to vote in presidential elections, or face a fine. If she had her residence in peru she would have to return to vote for all local elections or be fined. So she chose the first. At least that is how she understood it as the embassy here explained it.

Re: Maintaining Peruvian Residency Abroad

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:00 pm
by sbaustin
MarcoPE wrote:I believe it has to be 2 consecutive years.


Just so that isn't confusing to others, do you mean 2 consecutive years living in Peru as a resident (without leaving) or 2 consecutive years of being a resident?

Re: Maintaining Peruvian Residency Abroad

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:15 pm
by argidd
captcosmic wrote:
argidd wrote:Well, if she's going to vote (mandatory in Peru) she will have to change it to her Lima address. Also, in some Municipal things, or if you guys will buy property, it will be best for her to put her real residency. It is relatively no-hassle paperwork. I strongly suggest she updates it.


Since she has the US as her residence, she only has to vote in presidential elections, or face a fine. If she had her residence in peru she would have to return to vote for all local elections or be fined. So she chose the first. At least that is how she understood it as the embassy here explained it.


I'm sorry, I guess I figured your question went toward you guys moving back to Lima (or, Peru). But if you continue to live in the US, then it makes no sense to change it. Bottom line, DNI should state the actual, current place where you live.

Re: Maintaining Peruvian Residency Abroad

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:16 pm
by argidd
sbaustin wrote:
MarcoPE wrote:I believe it has to be 2 consecutive years.


Just so that isn't confusing to others, do you mean 2 consecutive years living in Peru as a resident (without leaving) or 2 consecutive years of being a resident?


It's 2 consecutive years of being a resident. You may have left Peru, but it should not have been for more than 6 months.

Re: Maintaining Peruvian Residency Abroad

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:17 pm
by captcosmic
argidd wrote:
captcosmic wrote:
argidd wrote:Well, if she's going to vote (mandatory in Peru) she will have to change it to her Lima address. Also, in some Municipal things, or if you guys will buy property, it will be best for her to put her real residency. It is relatively no-hassle paperwork. I strongly suggest she updates it.


Since she has the US as her residence, she only has to vote in presidential elections, or face a fine. If she had her residence in peru she would have to return to vote for all local elections or be fined. So she chose the first. At least that is how she understood it as the embassy here explained it.


I'm sorry, I guess I figured your question went toward you guys moving back to Lima (or, Peru). But if you continue to live in the US, then it makes no sense to change it. Bottom line, DNI should state the actual, current place where you live.


We did understand one thing about being a peruvian living in the exterior. If you sell property the government charges you 30%. Has anyone else heard this or know about it?

Joe