HELP: How to become a resident in Peru?

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HELP: How to become a resident in Peru?

Postby jeanmarc57 » Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:25 pm

Hello,

I have seen very interesting conversations which made me decide for joining the forum.

I am a Swiss citizen, currently residing in Switzerland and would like to apply for the "rentista" residence permit. I have visited various sites (incl. the one of the government) but

My question: could anybody explain how to proceed and/or give me a contact - English or French speaking - who could in turn explain and/or help me with the process (lawyer, specialist, etc.)?

Other question: would it be easier to travel to Peru and go through the administration there (as opposed to do it from abroad)?

In advance, many thanks for any light shed on this.


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Re: HELP: How to become a resident in Peru?

Postby chi chi » Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:20 am

http://www.peru.hu/esp/visas.htm#rentista

''Visas de Rentista:
Esta Visa se tramita en la Dirección General de Migraciones del Perú y permite acceder a una Visa Residente mediante la comprobación de que recibe renta o una pensión de su gobierno, Seguro Social o una fuente nacional o extrajera.''

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jeanmarc57 wrote:Other question: would it be easier to travel to Peru and go through the administration there (as opposed to do it from abroad)?


Bonjour Jeanmarc,

you cannot process the visa from abroad. You have to process it at the immigration office when you are in Peru.
You enter the country as a tourist and then you can change your immigration status.
As a Swiss citizen, you don't have to apply for a tourist visa in advance. You get a stamp upon arrival. Don't forget to ask the immigration officer for 183 days. (the máximum days allowed per entry) If you explain to the immigration officer that you need 183 days because you are going to apply for a rentista visa then most likely they will give you the 183 days.

You don't need a lawyer to process the visa. The immigration officers will explain you everything. The people at migraciones are very helpfull and friendly.
If you don't speak Spanish, then take a friend with you who speaks Spanish.

WARNING: When walk towards the immigration office in Lima, on the street you will be approached by ''tramitadores''. They are people who tell you that they can help you with processesing a visa. Often they claim that they have a relative who has an important position at migraciones so they can make the process easier and quicker. IGNORE THOSE GUYS, THE ARE SCAMMERS. There's nothing they can and will do for you. They run off with your money and passport.

Also, there are also people on the street that sell forms that you need to fill out at migraciones 'for a lower price'.
ALL FORMS ARE FREE OF CHARGE AT THE MIGRACIONES OFFICE.

Bonne chance!
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Re: HELP: How to become a resident in Peru?

Postby jeanmarc57 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:43 am

Bonjour chi chi,

Many thanks for the comprehensive information. This is quite helpful. :D

Have a very nice day.
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Re: HELP: How to become a resident in Peru?

Postby Lloyd007 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:42 am

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Re: HELP: How to become a resident in Peru?

Postby jeanmarc57 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:35 pm

Thanks a lot,Lloyd.

That is also very helpful. Cheers. :D

One of my take-aways at this stage is that I will travel to Lima to start the process. However, I will be able to stay for 2 weeks only, as I still have things to sort out at the Swiss end. Can anybody tell me if that is OK or what I should need to know / do in that situation?

Many thanks in advance and best regards to everyone.
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Re: HELP: How to become a resident in Peru?

Postby captcosmic » Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:45 pm

Not sure if the OP knows it or not, but Google has a pretty cool translation page. Maybe you already know this but it can do whole pages on the internet, not just words and phrases! Just copy and paste the link to the left hand box on this page:

https://translate.google.com/

Selected the original language and then on the right the language you wish it translated to and hit TRANSLATE.. and you will see the page translated completely!

Good luck in your search for Rentista!

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Re: HELP: How to become a resident in Peru?

Postby sunflower » Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:58 pm

jeanmarc57 wrote:... 2 weeks only, ... Can anybody tell me if that is OK or what I should need to know / do in that situation


During the processing time of you resident visa you are not allowed to leave the country. You can apply for a permission to leave Peru, but personally I think it's not recommended. Additionally you will need at least a week or so to get your documents translated by an official translator here and you have to make an appointment at Migraciones which might not be within the two weeks you have.

So best apply for you rentista visa when you finally will stay in Lima.
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Re: HELP: How to become a resident in Peru?

Postby jeanmarc57 » Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:09 am

Thanks for the advice. I have taken good note of the recommendation.

Two more questions, if I may.

I understand that 2 weeks are not enough. Even though you recommend to apply upon final arrival, would you have any guess as to how much it takes until one is granted the resident visa?

How would you make sure that, when you arrive, you have all the necessary documentation?

Thanks for any piece of advice.

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