Connecticut, US

Jul 03 2019

Resident Visa Renewal Applications Will Require Personal Appearance

Peru

At a Glance

  • Effective July 8, 2019, residence renewal applicants in Peru will need to attend an appointment at the National Superintendence of Immigration and will no longer be able to send third-party representatives with a Power of Attorney to file their application.
  • Affected applicants should plan accordingly to allow enough time to file the application in person.

The situation

In a change of policy, the National Superintendence of Immigration in Peru will require all residence renewal applicants to file their applications in person and submit biometrics, where currently they can send third-party representatives with a Power of Attorney to file the application.

A closer look

  • Renewal filing process. The Resident Visa renewal filing process will be as follows:
    • Fragomen will continue to prepare and review all client application documents and will schedule an appointment for the foreign national to submit the visa application.
    • On the appointment date, the foreign national and their dependents will need to appear in person at the National Superintendence of Immigration to file the application, assisted by a Fragomen representative. It is still uncertain whether dependent minors will need to attend the appointment.
    • During the appointment at the National Superintendence of Immigration, applicants will need to submit fingerprints as a new mandatory step in the renewal application process.
  • Unaffected applications. Applications filed before July 8, 2019 are not affected by the change.

 

Impact

The new process will require more direct involvement by foreign nationals and their dependents, which may be time consuming. Affected foreign nationals should allow for at least three to four hours to file the application in person.

Background

In March 2018, the National Superintendence of Immigration implemented an in-person application and biometrics requirement for Resident Visa applications to verify applicants’ identities. The measure is now being extended to Resident Visa renewals, in line with the government’s effort to improve migratory tracking and control in the country.

Looking ahead

Fragomen will inform affected clients of this process at the start of their renewal process and will monitor any additional policy or process changes for Resident Visas or any other immigration application.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to limainfo@fragomen.com.