- Country Name: Republic of Peru
- Capital: Lima
- Population: 31,151,643 (2015 estimate)
- Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
- Time Zone: PET (UTC -5)
- Dialing Code: +51
- Currency: Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for Peru. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
Peru holds good opportunities for expats seeking work in international banking. Those with a good financial background may seek to look in the capital Lima for opportunities within the banking sector.
As with most South American countries, English teachers are also sought after. There are numerous language and international schools based within the country seeking English speakers .
There are two main types of work permit for Peru:
Temporary Visa for Assignees – for assignees be in Peru for up to 12 months whilst remaining on the payroll and contract of their home country.
Residence Visa – for assignees to enter Peru as resident workers on local contract and payroll.
Note that both can be applied for either in country of current residence or in-country in Peru.
Processes and requirements will vary slightly according to the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We therefore recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
However, the general process involves:
For overseas applications: Employment Contract Approval at the Labour Ministry, submission of residence visa/temporary visa application to the General Immigration Department in Peru, collection of the visa from the Peruvian diplomatic post overseas, entry to Peru followed by international police clearance application and ID card application.
For in-country applications: the assignee enters Peru as a visitor and obtains an Andean Migration Cards on arrival. Then follows a similar process to that above – Employment Contract Approval at the Labour Ministry, submission of change of status application to the General Immigration Department in Peru, international police clearance application, and ID card application
Requirements will vary according to type of work permit, country of application, and nationality of the applicant and any dependants.
Applicants will be required to submit a variety of personal documents to support the application which include, but are not limited to:
Passport plus copy of all pages , job description, university degree or proof of extensive work experience, Andean Migration Card , birth and marriage certificates of any family dependants ; as well as a variety of corporate documents which may include: Service Agreement, Support Letters, SUNAT Registration, RUC Number, ID Card of the company Legal Representative, Certificate of Incorporation, Certificate of Expertise and employment contract approved by Labour Ministry.
Some personal documents will also need to be legalised prior to submission. Some documents will also need to be translated. Newland Chase can assist with this.
Processing times will vary according to type of work permit, country of application, and nationality of the applicant and any dependants. However, an indication of processing times is as follows:
Temporary Visa for Assignees (Outside Peru) – Typically takes 2 to 3 months until entry to Peru.
Temporary Visa for Assignees (In-country change of status) – Typically takes 2 days to 1 week until entry to Peru, and a further 2 to 3 months before the whole process is completed.
Residence Visa for Local Hires (Outside Peru) – Typically takes 1 to 4 months until entry to Peru, and a further 1 week before the whole process is completed.
Residence Visa for Local Hires (In-country change of status) – Typically takes 2 days to 1 week until entry to Peru, and a further 1 to 4 months before the whole process is completed.
Temporary Visa for Assignees – Generally issued for an initial period of 12 months. After this time, if the period of assignment is extended, a new temporary visa must be applied for. Note that approval is at the discretion of the Peruvian authorities.
Residence Visa for Local Hires – Generally issued for an initial period of 12 months and can be renewed
You may enter Peru on a Tourist visa in some circumstances as above and apply for a change of status post-arrival. However, only if and when the Temporary Visa or Residence Visa is approved will you be able to undertake any work.
Mercosur nationals: are eligible to apply for permanent residence after being legally resident in Peru for a continuous period of 2 years.
Non-Mercosur nationals: normally need to meet certain other criteria for eligibility, but are subject to the same requirement to have resided legally for a period of 2 continuous years.
Some supporting documentation will require legalisation, which, depending on the country of origin, may take several weeks.
As such, you would be advised to start the visa application process well in advance of the desired date of relocation. Check with Newland Chase for all up-to-date information on visa requirements and for assistance with ensuring a successful application.
You must ensure you do not start employment until you have received work authorisation; penalties for non-compliance apply.