Effective March 19, 2018, a new, simplified process for applications for change of immigration status has been introduced, with in-person attendance at the immigration office, and an online application tracking system.

Previously, several more steps were required, and it was possible to authorize a third-party representative to submit the application at the immigration office.


  • Under the new system, a foreign national requiring a change of immigration status from visitor to resident worker or assignee must first pay a processing fee. They must then book an appointment online to attend the immigration office to submit their application and biometric data in person.
  • At the appointment, the applicant will be issued an online account which they can access to track the process of their application.
  • Once the change of status application has been approved, the applicant will be notified via their online account. They must then pay a further application fee and book another appointment online to collect their ID card (“Carné de Extranjería”) from the immigration office in person.

Companies with foreign national employees in Peru who enter the country as visitors should prepare them to attend the immigration office in person to apply for change of status and collect their ID card.

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.