Government extends Venezuelan eligibility for resident permits

24 Jan 18



What is the change? The government of Peru has expanded the eligibility of Venezuelans to apply for temporary permits to those entering Peru in 2018, under Supreme Decree 001-2018-IN, which took effect today.

What does the change mean? Venezuelans who enter Peru by the end of 2018 are eligible to apply for a special Temporary Permit of Permanence, or PTP, that is valid for one year. A previous decree expired Tuesday.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: PTPs.
  • Who is affected: Venezuelans entering Peruvian territory by Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Impact on processing times: Applications will be decided within 30 business days of submission.
  • Business impact: Venezuelans who are issued with PTPs are authorized to work legally in the country.
  • Next steps: The deadline to apply is June 30, 2019. Applicants must apply at the MIGRACIONES headquarters in Lima or at the appropriate regional office.

Background: Under a prior decree, Venezuelans who entered Peru legally before Aug. 1, 2017 were eligible to apply for a PTP. The government has extended the eligibility again, now covering those entering Peru prospectively during 2018. Applicants must either hold an expired visa or choose to convert their regular status to a PTP. Applicants must have clean police, criminal and judicial records.

BAL Analysis: The decree allows regularization of status for thousands of Venezuelans who will have entered Peru since the previous supreme decrees due to humanitarian and human rights concerns.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Peru. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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