***Be sure you ask at immigrations about your visa as rules and fees seem to change often.You now need an appointment in order to go to immigration. Make the "derecho de tramite" payment in order to schedule your appointment right away.***
After two full years with your Carne de Extranjeria you can do one of three things.
- Keep your current visa
- Apply for "inmigrante"' status (which is a permanent visa with no expiry date. You still have to pay the yearly foreigner's tax though. I'm not sure if you can get an inmigrante visa if you have a retirement visa.). Some people have asked if there's a minimum time that you have to be married (if you're switching from a marriage to a inmigrante visa). There's not. You just have to have held the CE for a full two years.
- Become a Peruvian citizen.
You can find the forms and more information at Migraciones, they also have general foreigner information. One tip to remember is that speaking Spanish will help you greatly, especially when you're dealing with immigration officers. You'll be treated differently than if you speak English all the time, it'll help you assimilate to Peru, and it'll make talking to the immigration officers easier. If you're looking to learn Spanish, check out Fluenz Spanish, Rosetta Stone, and Synergy Spanish.
Here are the requirements to get an immigrant visa. Check with immigrations since requirements change often.
- Form F004. Check "Cambio de calidad migratoria a inmigrante"
- Pay the fee for F004 and to change your calidad migratoria. If you're married to a Peruvian, you're excepted from paying the latter.
- Make sure your Tasa Anual and Prorroga have been paid
- Copy of your Passport
- Copy of your CE
- Letter to immigrations.
- Not have left Peru for more than 3 consecutive months in one year. Or no more than 6 non-consecutive months in a year.
- Present your first and most recent paystubs. They should show that you earn at least 10 UIT of the GDP (renta neta anual). You have to prove net worth and solvency. You might also be able to take bank documents that the bank will give you.
- INTERPOL background check
Additional requirements for marriage / family visas
If you have a marriage / family visa (This visa is for underage children of Peruvians, parents of Peruvian children, parents of special ed Peruvian children, or people who are married to a Peruvian / immigrant.) you have a couple more requirements to fulfill.
- Original marriage certificate (if married). If you got married outside of Peru, it has to be apostillised and translated. The marriage certificate has to show two years of marriage. (There might be exceptions to this rule. For example, if you had residency for at least two years but you had two different residency statuses, then it might be ok to have been married for less than two years. )
- Copy spouse's DNI (if married)
- Original birth cert of Peruvian children (if your visa is through your children). If they were born outside of Peru, it has to be apostillised and translated.
- Copy of children's / parent's DNI / passport. (if your visa is through your children / parents).
- Make copies of everything so that they can stamp your copies. Leave the originals at the Mesa de Partes at Immigrations come back when they tell you to. It supposedly takes one month to proceed. You must make sure that your passport and CE are still valid during the processing time. Then they will give you a new CE that says "inmigrante" .
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