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by MartitaAQP
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: carnet de extranjeria and travel abroad
Replies: 13
Views: 4511

Re: carnet de extranjeria and travel abroad

I have been BARRED from exiting the country on a trabajador CE when I did not have the form signed by my employer so YES, the fact you are not even a Peruvian citizen does not mean you can travel freely out of the country unless you fulfill the requirements.
by MartitaAQP
Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 40111

Re: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

WOW, the exam has changed a LOT since I took in at the beginning of 2012. The minimum score was 18/20, and no questions were true/false or multiple choice. They were all just write a short answer. And all the questions (there were 10) were compound each asking a lot of questions in one (eg. the ques...
by MartitaAQP
Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:16 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Marriage in Peru vs. Using US Marriage
Replies: 12
Views: 6375

Re: Marriage in Peru vs. Using US Marriage

If the divorce considerations are a factor for you, the previous advice may bear true. We got married in the US and married about 3 weeks later in Peru. When we registered for our Peru wedding we WERE single (at the ceremony we didn't lie, our witnesses "sorta" did but it was the spirit of...
by MartitaAQP
Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: recibos por horanarios
Replies: 8
Views: 2737

Re: recibos por horanarios

It is specified HERE that you can only work in a dependent status unless you have the Professional CE:

http://www.digemin.gob.pe/preguntas_fre ... tions.html
by MartitaAQP
Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: recibos por horanarios
Replies: 8
Views: 2737

Re: recibos por horanarios

The information that you can get Recibos por Honorarios if you have your CE is incorrect. Legal residents CANNOT wok with RpH, they can only work in a "dependent" status in planillas. Only ONE category of CE holders (Independiente Profesional) can work with RpH. Trabajadorm or Casado con P...
by MartitaAQP
Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 21520

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

No, there is no special tramite for having Peruvian children. Having Peruvian parents would make it easier though! If you want citizenship and are not married to a Peruvian, you have to do the full naturalizacion tramite. Good luck!
by MartitaAQP
Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Citizenship by Marriage -- it's all changed
Replies: 53
Views: 18739

Re: Citizenship by Marriage -- it's all changed

Although it's been a pill for you,I for one am really excited about them adapting the requirements for married-to-Peruvian naturalization. Having done the process on my own as a trabajador and NOT married to Peruvian, it was frustrating to watch other skip through it with no exam, no trip to LIma, e...
by MartitaAQP
Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 40111

Re: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

For those preparing... Just prepare to know EVERYTHING and you'll be fine :) I took it twice...the first time was INSANELY difficult and I was underprepared because I was familiar with Peruvian culture, history, and geography, I underestimated the amount of memorization needed. For example, I was gi...
by MartitaAQP
Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 21520

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

You don't get ANYTHING, original OR copies until the ceremony. So no, no go on RENEIC or anything else until you turn in your CE and get the original and copies AT the ceremony. You're not a citizen until you are sworn in. THe ceremony is short, they read some formal documents (everyone dresses up, ...
by MartitaAQP
Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 21520

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

Any news yet? What about this naturalization ceremony? Do you get the titulo before that, or do you have to wait until after the ceremony? You see it and sign it before that but they don't give it to you under you are sworn in at the ceremony (you pay s/15 and get 5 certified copies as well which i...
by MartitaAQP
Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 21520

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

My ceremony was March 8th. I was sworn in then as a Peruvian citizen. I have the titulo in my possession. I've already processed my DNI with RENEIC and am just waiting for that to be ready for pick up now (a 20 day wait). To give an idea of timeline when I say 5 years I mean since i began the path o...
by MartitaAQP
Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 21520

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

As of last Friday, my tramite is DONE. I'm a Peruvian Citizen. :D 5 years, at least $4000, and a LOT of persistance later. I think that if you are committed to it AND you can show solvencia economica, then it can be done. However, I've seen the stacks of denied or suspended tramites in the office an...
by MartitaAQP
Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Only 30 day visa?
Replies: 20
Views: 3700

Re: Only 30 day visa?

That does seem unfair but they have no obligation and you probably "seemed" like a border-run resident. I have been told you can go to immigrations and ask for an extension up to the limit (I think you pay a little for this but then it's not an over-stay fine, it's an extension) so that's ...
by MartitaAQP
Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 21520

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

The answer to "do you get it back" is OF COURSE NOT. Which makes sense, since it's a "derecho de tramite" but I was also made to pay for my titulo de ciudania at the beginning which is expensive and also non-refundable even though it is very likely you WON'T get the titulo.
by MartitaAQP
Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Huge increase in cost to apply for Peruvian citizenship
Replies: 24
Views: 5739

Re: Huge increase in cost to apply for Peruvian citizenship

When someone asks the benefits to Peruvian citizenship, snide, sarcastic, and rude coments are NOT helpful. It's an incredibly difficult process that is not for everyone but it DOES have some practical benefits. Namely, work. You have the same economic rights as Peruvians and can legally work with a...
by MartitaAQP
Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Huge increase in cost to apply for Peruvian citizenship
Replies: 24
Views: 5739

Re: Huge increase in cost to apply for Peruvian citizenship

I missed this. So glad I've already done it. There are so few of us already, and most do come from developing countries so that is a HUGE jump. It's not that expensive in most countries, for sure! Besides the amazing amount of fees, legalizations, birth cert fees, translation fees..it's cost me well...
by MartitaAQP
Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 21520

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

I turned in everything in May 2011 but they wanted additional papers which I turned in in September 2011 and took the exam for the first time in January 2012. They apparently tried to summon me before that but if you don't live in Lima, you're screwed and they won't bother to contact you about anyth...
by MartitaAQP
Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 21520

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

Oh, and yes, February 2012 I passed my exam. They said it was actually signed by the president in July but migraciones misplaced it and didn't get it to me so only with insistent begging did they "find" it in December.
by MartitaAQP
Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 21520

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

I went in December to be put in the book of titulos de ciudania - it's a big registro where they put your picture and your fingerprints. Then they printed out my titulo with my picture and had me sign it. THey gave me a copy of the executive order making me a citizen. They then send the titulo to be...
by MartitaAQP
Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 21520

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

In response to the PP, Yes, you have to renew. If your residency laps 1 day, your tramite is effectively canceled. You MUST maintain good standing residency until the day you are handed your titulo and turn in your CE. I've renewed TWICE since I completed my 2 years and started this tramite (total t...
by MartitaAQP
Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 21520

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

I recommend banging down their door on a weekly basis. I tried EVERYTHING to get ahold of them August-October. Living in Arequipa, I couldn't go in person so I called all the time and they simply would not answer the phone! In the office of migraciones in Aqp they threw up their hands and said "...
by MartitaAQP
Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 21520

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

What can I say? This tramite is simply hellish. After I passed my exam in February I have heard NOTHING for more than 9 months. The last time I got an update (after insistent begging over the phone) was in August when there were changes happening fast. I spoke to the "Directora" of the off...
by MartitaAQP
Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Updated info on name changing - DNI Citizenship children etc
Replies: 3
Views: 1475

Re: Updated info on name changing - DNI Citizenship children etc

Thanks for sharing your experiences. Yes, I HATE having one surname here - it's a nightmare to be xxx at the SS. But hopefully they will let me have it the way I choose but who knows. The LAW says it has to be "de" but that may not apply if I only have one to start with. Also, I'm curious ...
by MartitaAQP
Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization
Replies: 54
Views: 21520

Re: A Guide to Obtaining Citizenship through Naturalization

Nice of you to share your notes! I've gone a similiar path, but as a worker. Curious to know WHEN you passed the exam? (since that's the official beginning of the complete tramite). And have you been able to get answers in Lima on the status in the past few months? I live in Arequipa, and when turno...
by MartitaAQP
Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Updated info on name changing - DNI Citizenship children etc
Replies: 3
Views: 1475

Updated info on name changing - DNI Citizenship children etc

Hi everyone! I've been combing old threads on this topic but the information is quite contradictory so I thought I'd ask about personal experiences. I'm about to get my citizenship. My CE has 1 paternal last name (as does my USA PP, SS, DL, etc). Thus far I have not been told I will, but will they m...
by MartitaAQP
Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Minor traveling alone
Replies: 3
Views: 1945

Minor traveling alone

I haven't done this in a while and a lot of rules have gotten stricter. A 17 yearold is traveling domestically within Peru alone and then leaving the country alone. Will a US-notorized letter from both parents be sufficient? Copies of passports? Obviously, I can't get a notorized document here in Pe...
by MartitaAQP
Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Daft Peruvian Myths
Replies: 60
Views: 13586

Re: Daft Peruvian Myths

Because of the high humidity (basically carrying water in the lungs) ingesting an abundance of cold things have a higher impact on the lungs as that water cools. Is not a great idea to put stress on your lungs when you are already sick; but besides that is like having a tummy ache after eating too ...
by MartitaAQP
Tue May 29, 2012 8:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: TEFL online course
Replies: 7
Views: 2096

Re: TEFL online course

FUNIBUR though the Universidad de Piura offers a respected international online TEFL program. I seem to recall most of their programs require a previous Bachelor degree though since they are mostly Masters level. In Arequipa at CCPNA they will hire you and then require you to simultaneously to the r...
by MartitaAQP
Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Directv...NO FoxNews now??
Replies: 24
Views: 5968

Re: Directv...NO FoxNews now??

When you called directtv to cancel, did they tell you the foxnews elimination was permanent? I noticed they still advertise it in their packages so I was hoping the outage was temporary due to a contract lapse or something. If they indicate it's permanent, I'll be changing too. However, I previously...
by MartitaAQP
Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?
Replies: 71
Views: 14880

Re: What Kind of Rights Do Illegal Workers Deserve?

This is an interesting place to read opinions on this topic. Just thought I'd mention something since there is a consistent fallacy being mentioned here: Something being "illegal" means prohibited by law. Crimes are illegal. Being in the US is not "illegal" for anyone. "BEIN...
by MartitaAQP
Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LIMA: rain boots, crock pot, heat pad, choc chips
Replies: 2
Views: 1426

Re: LIMA: rain boots, crock pot, heat pad, choc chips

Thanks! I actually have checked Hiraoka on past visits because expats had mentioned but had no luck (and yes, crock pot = slow cooker).

Hoping for some recent "sightings" of any of these items!

:)
by MartitaAQP
Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LIMA: rain boots, crock pot, heat pad, choc chips
Replies: 2
Views: 1426

LIMA: rain boots, crock pot, heat pad, choc chips

Headed to Lima for a couple day (citizenship exam!) and as usual want to hunt for a couple things I can't find in Arequipa. Has anyone living there recently seen: rain boots (wellington, golashes style) crockpot (I've searched on past trips with no luck) heating pad chocolate chips (hershey/tollhous...
by MartitaAQP
Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Ordering books from Amazon.
Replies: 5
Views: 1712

Re: Ordering books from Amazon.

I've ordered books from amazon a good half dozen times. Always arrive perfectly via serpost. A little slow (prefer my kindle when the book is available!) but it works and NO customs forms or problems with serpost.
by MartitaAQP
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: is this arequipa apartment a scam?
Replies: 21
Views: 5001

Re: is this arequipa apartment a scam?

As to wether that is realistic - Your problem in Arequipa is going to be finding a 2 bedroom fully furnished. It's very rare and furnished apts, which in themselves are rare, are usually tiny. Keep checking El Pueblo because if they have it furnished, they focus on foreigners and advertise. What som...
by MartitaAQP
Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anybody traveled AA recently? Baggage changes?
Replies: 3
Views: 1376

Re: Anybody traveled AA recently? Baggage changes?

THanks for sharing those experiences. I agree that baggage used to be an AA advantage. I am also flying a LAN flight ticketed by American on the way TO the states, which I assume will allow me two bags because LAN'S policy continues to be 2 bags (doubt they will limit me because I was ticketed throu...
by MartitaAQP
Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anybody traveled AA recently? Baggage changes?
Replies: 3
Views: 1376

Anybody traveled AA recently? Baggage changes?

So lately I've been flying mostly American Air to and from the states. Today I went to check my flight this week and by coincidence looked up baggage policies and saw they had changed! FOr the first time in the 10 years I've flown to and from Peru, it appears they now include South America in the sa...
by MartitaAQP
Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: is this arequipa apartment a scam?
Replies: 21
Views: 5001

Re: is this arequipa apartment a scam?

A deposit without seeing it?! If you are here and can see it, there is no reason for that. Especially since it's not even available yet. From what others say, perhaps this is a practice in Lima. I can tell you from experience that in Arequipa seeing the apartment is ALWAYS considered the first step ...
by MartitaAQP
Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Legalized Copies
Replies: 3
Views: 821

Re: Legalized Copies

2 days? Q rayos? I don't know where you went but I've had copies legalized a few dozen times and the process is this: Walk into Notaria Office, say you need copies legalized Show original and copy (NO id unless you have a copy of your ID) Pay 2-3 soles per copy They stamp, take them to the notaria, ...
by MartitaAQP
Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: plugging things in to electrical outlets
Replies: 8
Views: 2507

Re: plugging things in to electrical outlets

Check the number of needed watts on your device. As others said, if the voltage includes up to 200 no problem. If it is 110, you need a converter and the price of the converter depends on the watts. If you plug a device using 500 watts into a cheap 100 watt transformer it will burn up. Only VERY sma...
by MartitaAQP
Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Questions about relationship with Peruvian woman
Replies: 37
Views: 8249

Re: Questions about relationship with Peruvian woman

In terms of schools, in my experience bilingual just means excellent English program and perhaps a few other courses taught in English, not that someone could launch right in with no Spanish. However, I'm sure some expats with children in school in Lima could help you in this area with specific info...
by MartitaAQP
Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Chocolate
Replies: 9
Views: 2635

Re: Peruvian Chocolate

The best is by far La Iberica chocolates...they've won international awards. They are base din Arequipa (in a million locals) but are sold across Peru.
by MartitaAQP
Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: My Money
Replies: 12
Views: 3002

Re: My Money

IMO, put everything you have in cash in a Schwab free checking account. With that atm card you can get money out free ANYWHERE anytime. You can also invest in the US if you want. Here open whatever your employer has you open (if you work steadily) or just don't. Either way, schwab also has deposit c...
by MartitaAQP
Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to Replace a Canon DSLR in Lima?
Replies: 9
Views: 2504

Re: Where to Replace a Canon DSLR in Lima?

Sorry about your T2i...that would break my heart if it happened to me. Yes, I have seen that Ripley carries th T2i and the T3 but not the T3i...and of course, their prices are so much more than in the states. Anywhere else is more reasonable though never as inexpensive as purchasing in the states, a...
by MartitaAQP
Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Non-Perfumed Toiletries/Washing Powder
Replies: 1
Views: 713

Re: Non-Perfumed Toiletries/Washing Powder

Nope.

I live in Arequipa but I have also looked in Lima and come up dead EMPTY on this. Not even laundry detergent.

I bring ALL toiletries from the US (yes, it takes up my weight limit every year and sucks) for this very reason. Allergies.
by MartitaAQP
Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Pumpkin Pie
Replies: 4
Views: 1171

Re: Pumpkin Pie

I make it every year using the carving pumpkins (since they're the only option) and it turns out great. You just need to strain and puree a lot to make sure no fibers get in your pie. Everyone loves it. I buy them in October, boil and freeze, and then defrost in time to make pies for THanksgiving. M...
by MartitaAQP
Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peruvian coffee on NBC
Replies: 1
Views: 1104

Re: Peruvian coffee on NBC

We are in the Andes--of course we make great coffee. However, finding fresh roasted coffee beans is difficult//especially in the south. We export the good stuff and drink instant :( ugh! I have recently discovered a new brand, Incafe, that they now carry in Plaza Vea. The best I've found in Peru. Se...
by MartitaAQP
Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Spanish
Replies: 14
Views: 3498

Re: Peruvian Spanish

I would call Mexican spanish staccato and not at all sing-songy like Argentinean Spanish. It does depend on WHERE in Peru. I learned in Arequipa and they do sing, but they also don't drop consonants, which means it's a clear version of Spanish that they often compare to Castilian. I don't really car...
by MartitaAQP
Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Supermarkets, Markets and Food Costs
Replies: 6
Views: 1987

Re: Supermarkets, Markets and Food Costs

THere definitely IS a price difference but it just depends. I go to Plaza Vea for once-a-month purchases because I tend to get more 3x2 or 2x1 purchases on paper items, soda, etc. Tottus is slightly closer to me now and I've grown to prefer their bread so I go there almost daily and pick up fresh me...
by MartitaAQP
Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Package stuck at FedEx
Replies: 2
Views: 1200

Re: Package stuck at FedEx

That was great info -- I usually call Scharff and have no issues...usually just a form they need which is accepted via email even.
by MartitaAQP
Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Baby
Replies: 10
Views: 2576

Re: Baby

Wow, early...congratulations on this tiny blessing! However many names you give her, she'll be loved!

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