Peru: New Law to Simplify Immigration Categories, Allow Spouses to Work, Among Other Changes

A new law effective March 1, 2017 will reorganize Peru’s immigration categories into temporary and resident categories, will allow foreign nationals to work in the public sector, and will relax travel bans but create new fines for foreign nationals violating immigration laws, among other changes.

New Immigration Category: Temporary Workers

The immigration category for temporary workers is meant for short-term workers. It includes the following key subcategories, among others:

Forthcoming law to restructure work visa categories in Peru

Peru recently enacted an immigration reform measure that will restructure the country’s system of work visa classifications once the regulations are published.

Under the reformed system, Peru will offer two new short-term worker visas; a Temporary Worker Resident Visa for intra-company transferees that will be valid for a non-renewable two-year period; and a separate Worker Visa (WRA) that will be available as a renewable, one-year temporary visa or a provisional two-year visa that could be converted into permanent status. Eligibility requirements for the new visas and details of the new non-compliance sanctions will be determined by the upcoming regulations.