''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.''
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)?
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.