New migration law for expats
The new migration law for expats was published on January 7 and went into effect yesterday.
According to the Superintendencia Nacional de Migraciones, the Peruvian Migrations Office, this new legislation will make the process of entering into the country much easier for foreigners that are highly qualified and for investors and volunteers who are willing to contribute to the country's development.
The new migration law classifies two migration conditions, the first being temporary: The government will grant visas of 183 days to individuals that are entering the country as tourists and volunteers; up to 365 days for researchers, business partners and temporary workers; 90 days for artists and athletes; and 30 days for international crews In the case of journalists entering the country, the government will determine their stay.
The second condition is residence: The government will grant the visa according to the visitors’ qualifications and motive of entering the country. A 365-day residence permit will apply to professional experts, volunteers working in governmental and non governmental entities, students, retirees, and religious volunteers.
The National Officer at Migraciones, Eduardo Sevilla, explained that foreigners who would like to invest in Peru can initially apply for a visa for business reasons. Later on, if the investment is successful and some goods are acquired in the country, the person would then qualify for a resident permit as an investor.
The main reason to adopt this method is to promote the tax payment among tourists in Peru and to create a more formal migratory system. Entities such as the Superintendencia Nacional de Administracií³n Tributaria (SUNAT), the organization in charge of tax payment in Peru, and the Ministry of Work are coming together to monitor this system.
Despite the positive impacts that this new migratory rule could have, there is also going to be more control at the border and in the Peruvian Home Office. In the event that a visitor violates the law and is deported from Peru, entrance to the country will be refused for 15 years.