mammalu wrote:Good Luck, Mulcahen!
I know many people who are suffering economic hardship at this time. It is already hard to be away from your family in order to be able to provide for them. We've just sent back to Europe one expat worker ...and he was very apprehensive about it. He tried to exhaust ANY possibility to stay longer.
A little bit more compassion is essential and let's try to put ourselves on somebody else's shoes.
I am sympathetic to the OP. However, that does not make what he is asking legal, ethical or remotely ok...
Seeking or offering advice on the Expat site to facilitate illegal activites should be frowned upon.
The old days of most foreigners border hopping every so often to stay in the country longer than technically they were meant to. Getting a good accountant to help you avoid paying too much tax.
The law allows for border hopping. Peru collects taxes that go back the people when you over stay. Accountants help you legally not pay more than you owe, not to avoid taxes.
Businesses slipping a few imports under the counter because if they actually paid all the taxes they were meant to on an imported bottle of wine for example, the price would be too much to sell.
I think that is called smuggling, and is illegal. Again, paying taxes support the people of Peru: Infrastructure, schools, healthcare, etc.
If you adhere 100% to the rules, life would not be very workable.
Wrong. You can do well and succeed while following the rules. I find what holds most people back is their lack of knowledge of the law and the processes related to them. They find it is easier to take a shortcut to get what they need rather than follow the process. In Peru, by doing so you continue to keep the country from advancing... It affects tourism, investment, etc.
Having lived here for 5 years,being married to a Peruvian and having two dual nationality daughters I really do not find it immoral or any other of your accusations, that I might want to not lose status just because work is slack here this year due to less tourists due to recession caused mainly by american banks irresponsibility. I have to travel abroad for a bit to find work to support my family and our future here in Peru.
I have lived here for 4 years and have not had to pay a bribe to get anything done. If you 'lose' your status, it takes all of 30 days and a few hundred soles to get it back. To blame the American banking system is mis-guided. The situation was caused by worldwide issues not solely American.
So if you have lived the life of an angel and followed to the letter every rule ever written, then I accept your criticism, otherwise examine yourselves first and read the question properly.
Angel, hell no. I do break the helmet law, for which I would gladly pay my fine.
I guess you have to ask yourself: Does the end justify the means?