Are you planning to expand your company internationally and begin operations in the Republic of Peru? During this exciting period of growth, you’ll need a skilled team of employees to make the transition as quick and smooth as possible. Whether you’re planning to make the move with existing employees or build a new team abroad, many of your employees will likely need to obtain a Peruvian work visa to join you.
Types of Work Visas in Peru
Individuals who plan on working in Peru can obtain two different types of visas to gain entry to the country: a tourist visa and a business visa. A tourist visa can be valid for either 90 or 183 days, while a business visa is valid for 90 days.
Individuals can apply for a work permit in Peru with either type of visa, and it’s not necessary for foreign citizens to have a job in Peru before entering the country. After securing a job, the employee can apply for a Peruvian working visa.
To get a working visa, employees can submit an application through Peru’s General Directorate of Immigration and Naturalization (DIGEMIN).
Requirements to Obtain Peru Work Visas
Before applying for a Peru work visa, employees will need a visa to enter the country. They’ll need to submit several documents to obtain this visa, including:
- A passport that is valid for at least six months after the employee will arrive in Peru
- Copies of the front and back of the passport
- Two copies of a completed visa application
- A signed cover letter explaining the purpose of the trip to Peru
- An itinerary for the time to be spent in Peru
- Evidence of financial support for the trip, such as a personal income tax return and recent bank statements
- A no-objection letter from the employer if a job has already been lined up in Peru
To begin the process of obtaining a visa, the employee will need to contact the Peruvian Embassy in their country to make an appointment. In some countries, an appointment can be made online or by phone. In other countries, an appointment is not necessary, and the applicant can just walk into the embassy to complete the process.
The employee should check with the embassy for a full list of the documents they’ll need to bring to the appointment. In addition to providing these documents, the applicant will have to undergo an interview with a consular officer at the appointment. After the appointment along with payment of the visa fee, the applicant will be contacted by the embassy to collect their passport and visa.
The visa process is usually completed within about five days, but it can take up to 30 days. It’s a good idea for the employee to apply early for this reason. While this visa allows entrance into Peru, a working visa is necessary before your employees can begin to work for your company. The work visa can be obtained through DIGEMIN once the employee is settled in Peru.
Other Important Considerations
In Peru, employment contracts for foreigners may last for a maximum of three years. However, the contract can be renewed. A working visa in Peru is usually granted for the length of the employee’s contract, so it will need to be renewed as well.
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