Peru has enacted a new Aliens Act that will revamp work visas and pertinent procedures. New categories of work visas and revised terms for their validity period, will be introduced by this new law. The law will take effect 90 days after all relevant regulations are published.

Visas and permits that are affected under this new law include the Designated Worker Visa, Worker Visa, Short Stay Work Visa and Temporary Worker Resident Visa.

The major changes brought on by the new Aliens Act (Legislative Decree No. 1236) are as follows:

  • Designated Worker Visas (WD1) will be issued for 30 days and cannot be extended;
  • Worker Visas (WRA) may be issued on a temporary basis (up to 365 days), provisionally (for two years) or on a permanent basis;
  • Short Stay Work Visas may be granted to intracompany transferees for stays of up to two years but are not renewable; and
  • Employers and foreign workers are subject to sanctions for violating the terms of this law.

Immigration Authorities have indicated that they plan to amend some administrative procedures in order to simplify the process and eliminate unnecessary measures. Details of this new law and anticipated amendments to administrative procedures will be clearer once all of the relative regulations are published.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.