VISA APPLICATION (consular notification)
We can request a visa while the applicant is out of the country. In this case the procedure is called Visa application with consular notification. The applicant will collect the visa at the Peruvian consulate of his or her home country. Please note that some consulates will request the assignee to book an appointment and come with additional documents (criminal records, photos, etc.) so it is recommended to contact the corresponding consulate as soon as possible.
CHANGE OF STATUS
We can also request a visa while the applicant is in Peru, in this case the procedure is called Change of Status. The applicant should request a Travel Permit in case he or she needs to travel out of the country during the process. The applicant won’t be allowed to leave the country for more than 30 consecutive days.
ESTIMATED PROCESSING TIMES
The Immigration office processing time for a Visa Application with consular notification is 30 business days while the processing time for a Change of status in Peru is 60 business days.
On the best-case scenario, the delay can be much shorter but it can also be extended in case of any contingency from the Peruvian Immigration office.
Note that you should also consider the delay to apostille documents issued abroad and to get the appointment at the Immigration office and at the Consulate if applicable.