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by carloso
Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Stuck in the Visa Process (to the US) for my Peruvian Husband
Replies: 18
Views: 1035

Re: Stuck in the Visa Process (to the US) for my Peruvian Husband

My family, friends, and dog live there. :D Plus, I make a good living there and I actually like the culture and the city I live in (Seattle).
by carloso
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Stuck in the Visa Process (to the US) for my Peruvian Husband
Replies: 18
Views: 1035

Re: Stuck in the Visa Process (to the US) for my Peruvian Husband

We have a interview set up for next week, so that appears to be normal. The DOS will be taking over pretty much everything. There's no telling how this will affect wait times. I guess we just have to wait and see. Are you wanting to go to the US? Yes, I'm on the last leg of my permanent residence a...
by carloso
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Work remotely while living Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 613

Re: Work remotely while living Peru

Except not really though. I see why you'd think that, but most countries in fact do not check or care where your money is coming from, especially developing countries (what we are talking about here) and especially not small amounts. In fact, most don't even require a visa application either (depend...
by carloso
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Work remotely while living Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 613

Re: Work remotely while living Peru

I mean yeah, although the requirements would be for each host country to decide. But for the countries I mention those people are already there, living and working and spending their money, so probably the list wouldn't be much longer. I wasn't saying just pay the fee, although the fee would be good...
by carloso
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Work remotely while living Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 613

Re: Work remotely while living Peru

This is what so-called digital nomads do. But no, I have never heard of a visa category, from any country, that is specific for that situation. Maybe they will be a thing in the future as people become more location independent. I know a lot of people would rather pay the country a fee for, let's sa...
by carloso
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Stuck in the Visa Process (to the US) for my Peruvian Husband
Replies: 18
Views: 1035

Re: Stuck in the Visa Process (to the US) for my Peruvian Husband

Oof. What about interviews and stuff? For immigration, not tourist visas. I had my interview in September and I'm about to file an I-601. Presumably, I would need to have another interview after the I-601 goes through. I thought it was USCIS that handled green cards.
by carloso
Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Stuck in the Visa Process (to the US) for my Peruvian Husband
Replies: 18
Views: 1035

Re: Stuck in the Visa Process (to the US) for my Peruvian Husband

Alpineprince wrote:After writing NVC and the Lima embassy asking for help, The embassy quickly responded and informed my Wife of her interview next month! I do not know if everyone is aware but USCIS is closing their office at the Embassy as of this Friday! Good luck to all.


Wait, what? Why? For how long?
by carloso
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Lima Peru and the best Airport in LATAM during 2019 !
Replies: 15
Views: 942

Re: Lima Peru and the best Airport in LATAM during 2019 !

Alan, the consensus from everyone is that the food inside the Airport is very expensive. The good news is that in the future Jorge Chavez Airport will be transformed into an Airport City, a unique idea in LATAM. This will offer more options including all kind of restaurants and this could drop the ...
by carloso
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Lima Peru and the best Airport in LATAM during 2019 !
Replies: 15
Views: 942

Re: Lima Peru and the best Airport in LATAM during 2019 !

While that is good news for Peru, I have a few bones to pick with JC: 1- Cab drivers harassing you and following you around. 2- ID checks at the door? Never seen this anywhere else in the world. Also, security guards make you go out the door and come in from a different door, instead of just walking...
by carloso
Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Expat arriving soon
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: New Expat arriving soon

Yeah, it's just that driving in Lima is maddening, but you'll get used to it. Not sure about dash cams but I've never heard they aren't. I think one Uber I rode recently had a dashcam, come to think of it. Rent prices are crazy indeed. I think you will find out that a lot of things are almost as exp...
by carloso
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: TO EACH ,HIS OWN
Replies: 4
Views: 465

Re: TO EACH ,HIS OWN

Traditional. Women with diaper butts have been a thing here long before Kim Kardashian and Sir Mix-A-Lot.
by carloso
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tacna
Replies: 7
Views: 597

Re: Tacna

I was there last month and really enjoyed it. Good food, reasonable prices, much cleaner than Lima. Close to Moquegua (sunny year-round), Ilo (great seafood) and Arica. Yeah, lots of Chileans coming to shop, get dental work, new glasses, etc. Besides that, a lot of cheap imports because of the port ...
by carloso
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: 90 days only for tourists now?
Replies: 18
Views: 1205

Re: 90 days only for tourists now?

That sucks. You might have already found this but if not, check it out: https://www.perutelegraph.com/peru-information/legal-stuff/tourist-visa-extension-in-peru Try going to Migraciones in person and request a visa extension anyway. Looks like you can't do a visa run either, so it might be your onl...
by carloso
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Expat arriving soon
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: New Expat arriving soon

Hey man! Welcome in advance. I'll answer the questions I know something about. Anyone recommend places for learning Spanish there (I only know very basic Spanish)? There's a place advertising on this forum (look near the top of the page) called El Sol, in Miraflores. I know University of San Martin ...
by carloso
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How can I get my package?
Replies: 45
Views: 2635

Re: How can I get my package?

That's a damned shame. I did some digging around and found out that some people in Centro are selling what they claim to be CBD oil :roll: :D Could have been a valid claim. If you didn't buy and try any, then you don't know. Very fair point. It wouldn't be too surprising, come to think of it. Peopl...
by carloso
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How can I get my package?
Replies: 45
Views: 2635

Re: How can I get my package?

That's a damned shame. I did some digging around and found out that some people in Centro are selling what they claim to be CBD oil :roll: :D Also, here's the executive order making official the medical MJ regulations, published 3 days ago in El Peruano: https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/...
by carloso
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How can I get my package?
Replies: 45
Views: 2635

Re: How can I get my package?

So you will ask a friend to risk federal prosecution by mailing contraband across state lines? CBD oil is legal in all states and can be mailed across state lines. What part of mailing across state lines do you not understand? USA to Peru crosses several international state lines. Seems to be a que...
by carloso
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lima,what are the good district to rent an appartment
Replies: 7
Views: 1280

Re: Lima,what are the good district to rent an appartment

Jesus Maria FTW! Great central location, you can get transportation to all of Lima from there. Downtown and San Isidro/Miraflores are both close. Very walkable district, great shopping centers and mercados, plenty of eating out options. Safe. Mid-price point, cheaper than the fancy districts but jus...
by carloso
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Venezuelans wanting to get to Centro de Lima?!?
Replies: 9
Views: 874

Re: Venezuelans wanting to get to Centro de Lima?!?

I was at a family reunion recently and the conversation inevitably turned towards the recent uptick in crime by Venezuelan immigrants. My relatives, one of whom works for the judiciary, had many stories to tell. Though the tone was light (mostly making dark jokes about avoiding Venezuelan barbers), ...
by carloso
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to Advertise to Find/Hire Local Housekeeper? Chaclacayo/Chosica
Replies: 6
Views: 757

Re: Where to Advertise to Find/Hire Local Housekeeper? Chaclacayo/Chosica

The job sites I check regularly (with little luck :lol: ) are CompuTrabajo, Bumeran and Indeed. Add a .com.pe after each.

If this is for your residence, as opposed to a business, then Alan said it better than I can. Ask your neighbors, put the word out, let it spread through the grapevine.
by carloso
Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Bad or traumatic experience in Peru
Replies: 13
Views: 1818

Re: Bad or traumatic experience in Peru

Damn! That's crazy but totally believable. When did this happen?
by carloso
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How can I get my package?
Replies: 45
Views: 2635

Re: How can I get my package?

So you will ask a friend to risk federal prosecution by mailing contraband across state lines? CBD oil is legal in all states and can be mailed across state lines provided its THC content is below a certain percentage and it's hemp-derived, which I believe most medicinal ones are because of that sa...
by carloso
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Job Seeker - Hospitality or freelance work
Replies: 0
Views: 836

Job Seeker - Hospitality or freelance work

I'm newly unemployed :( My aspirations are pretty modest at this point. I just want to feel useful and make at least enough to afford the occasional meal out or movie ticket. I'm reaching out to the expat community in the hopes there's someone here working in hospitality to whom my experience could ...
by carloso
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dairy in Arequipa
Replies: 5
Views: 724

Re: Dairy in Arequipa

People just don't drink enough real coffee for us to have a competitive market. Most people just drink instant coffee, especially in the provinces. In Lima you would have more options, but still, like so many other things, the prices can be equal or greater than they'd be in the US. I just make do w...
by carloso
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: US Social Security while living in Peru
Replies: 8
Views: 732

Re: US Social Security while living in Peru

None that I know of. I have been living here for two years and keep banking with BoA. I update my travel notices every couple of months to avoid blockages. Other than the ATM fees, no need to worry about anything else. Now those fees are not hefty, in my opinion, but vary per financial institution a...
by carloso
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Bad or traumatic experience in Peru
Replies: 13
Views: 1818

Re: Bad or traumatic experience in Peru

I was served weak ass coffee WITH sugar already in it once :x Joking aside, I assume your friend is trying for asylum. So it would have to be something real and documented. I've been mugged multiple times growing up, beaten a couple of times, my combi's windows smashed all around me by an angry mob ...
by carloso
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Looking for a place to put money on a debit card
Replies: 7
Views: 2465

Re: Looking for a place to put money on a debit card

Western Union can transfer straight to an account in the US. I have confirmed this at the Plaza San Miguel location, although they specified you have to go to the "central office" in La Mar Ave. (nearby).
by carloso
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why are most people in lima rude? Or close minded..
Replies: 46
Views: 9605

Re: Why are most people in lima rude? Or close minded..

It is my distinct impression that Limeños are, on the average, needlessly rude. I think this stems from a culture of defensiveness that makes them build psychological walls. Just look at how fortified the houses are. Crime is high, but we ain't in Ciudad Juarez. There's a degree of paranoia and with...
by carloso
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Surviving in Peru
Replies: 15
Views: 4428

Re: Surviving in Peru

What up? So this thread is still alive. I haven't checked in for a while. So still unemployed and all that has been said above is true enough: -Ridiculous salaries with even more ridiculous requirements. -Long work hours and no flexibility. -Peruvians will try to ***** each other (not in the fun way...
by carloso
Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Surviving in Peru
Replies: 15
Views: 4428

Re: Surviving in Peru

I am trying to figure this out myself. I am originally from here so I had pretty low expectations to begin with. I was making a nice living working in upscale restaurants in the US. Even when I worked at mediocre ones at some point, I could feed and clothe myself, go out on the weekends and take the...
by carloso
Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Where to buy grass fed beef, lamb, free range chicken??
Replies: 13
Views: 7121

Re: Where to buy grass fed beef, lamb, free range chicken??

Way late to this topic but might be useful to some. I would not trust the meat at the markets or butcher shops to be grassfed at all. I even went to Osso and got blank looks from the attendants when I asked if the beef was grassfed and/or organic. BUT I finally found grassfed beef at Tottus while lo...
by carloso
Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: New to Lima. Well, sort of...
Replies: 0
Views: 817

New to Lima. Well, sort of...

Hi everyone. Just found this site and figured I could make an introduction here. I am a Peruvian male (35) recently arrived after a twelve year stay in the US (Miami and Seattle). I had to leave rather abruptly and now here I am. While I am glad to reunite with relatives I haven't seen in over a dec...

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