windsportinperu wrote:MrSteak, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing be be worried about
I do not complain about the checks being done - I complain about the way it is done and the lack of transparency. Other countries let *you* provide the necessary documents if you want residence. You request them from your country and you see the doc before giving them out to immigration - in that case there is nothing bad about it.
But there is apparently no transparency in Peru - they request *something* behind your back and that information is never shared with you. Neither there are rules known to the public, how this information influences your residency process. This is a lawful procedure for you? For me it is not. Just arbitrary procedure.
I won't be surprised if there will be more cases that people are extorted by "authorities" in Peru because they find some old stuff in the police records in their home countries. I just lack the belief that in this country sensitive information will be used for good purpose.
And another point: not all countries will even provide anything without written consent of the person. Countries with strong data protection rules will refuse to provide such data if not done by the individual itself. Other may just happily send anything to Peru. At the end it results in inequality how foreigners are treated in Peru. I do not like it as I do not like inequality.
In my opinion they should establish transparent rules what doc needs to be provided for the purpose of residency in Peru. Equal rules for all nationalities. But not the way they are doing it now - checks in the background without your consent with random outcome depending on your nationality... it is just another proof for me that Peru is a ridiculous place. No laws working here.