Are you planning to scale your company internationally and begin operations in the Republic of Peru? During this exciting time 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 in a new country, many of your employees will likely need to obtain a work visa to join you.
Types of work visas in Peru
Individuals who plan on working in Peru can obtain different types of visas to gain entry to the country, depending on their specific circumstances and requirements. Some of the most common visas include:
- Tourist visa
- Business visa
- Journalist visa
- Religious visa
- Resident Working visa
- Student visa
- Artist visa
Each visa has specific time periods of validity. For example, a tourist visa can be valid between 30 to 183 days, while a business visa is valid for up to 90 days.
Individuals can apply for a work permit in Peru with any of these visa types, and non-residents don’t need to have a job in Peru before entering the country. After securing a job, the employee can apply for a working visa as long as they stay in the country within the validity of their entry 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 6 months after the employee arrives in Peru.
- Copies of the front and back of the passport.
- 2 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.
If the employee is applying from outside of Peru through a consular application, to begin the process, they will need to contact the embassy of Peru in their country to make an appointment.
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 and the payment of the visa fee, the embassy will contact the applicant to collect their passport and visa.
The visa process is usually completed within about 5 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.
Employees can also enter the country on one of the visas listed above, and proceed with a change of status while in Peru.
Other important considerations
In order to sponsor a work permit for a foreign national, the employer must ensure at least 80% of their workforce is of Peruvian nationality.
In Peru, employment contracts for international employees may last for a maximum of 3 years. However, the contract can be renewed. A temporary working visa in Peru is granted for 1 year and can be extended as long as the employment contract is still valid and active.
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For this particular location, G-P does not sponsor work visas and permits in this particular location.