Last week I paid my annual “Prórroga de Residencia” as an expat in Lima. At first, the process seemed daunting, but with a little research, I had it all figured out. Since I’ve shared the other steps about your Carnet and being an expat, I wanted to share the steps to paying your annual Resident fee! [[This is if you’re married to a Peruvian… other types of prórrogas can be found here.]]
1. LOOK FOR THE FECHA DE VENCIMIENTO ON YOUR CARNET!
I got my carnet the end of last September, and so I assumed my “expiration” date for it was the end of September this year. WRONG. You have to pay by the first of the month your card expires. So you’ll need to start the process a few weeks in advance, just in case. (Next year, I’m going to get it taken care of the beginning of August!)
2. PAY THE BANCO DE LA NACIÓN!
As always, there’s a fee for government paperwork. This fee is simply 26 soles. You must pay in cash, and you must keep your receipt from this transaction.
3. GO TO THE MIGRACIONES WEBSITE!
Their website is constantly changing, so be careful with what you click, and if you need help translating, ask a friend! You’ll want to click “Para Generar su cita: clic aquí” This will take you to a checklist of the things you need for the appointment. They have a form online for you to fill out, so that’s the next step…
4. ENTER YOUR INFO!
You may remember the Formulario 007 from getting your carnet last year… enter your info into this form again, and print the page!
5. MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT!
The website will ask you to enter some numbers from your receipt from the bank. This is to verify that you paid. Once you enter the numbers, you can pick a date and time (I suggest 8:00am!) for your appointment. Then PRINT the confirmation page!
6. PRINT A DECLARACIÓN JURADA!
If you are married, you will need this form filled out by your spouse! I printed off 2 different kinds because I wasn’t sure which was correct. Below is the exact form we used.
7. OBTAIN A COPY OF YOUR PARTIDA DE MATRIMONIO.
The easiest way to do this (instead of waiting in line at a REINEC office) is going to Jockey Plaza off the Panamericana, going to the food court, and finding the REINEC kiosk! It is the neatest thing… you can print your partida de matrimonio straight from this kiosk for 10 soles! You need to enter your spouse’s DNI, then they have a fingerprint verification, then you pay and print. Super fácil and rapido.
8. MAKE COPIES OF ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS!
You’ll need a copy of your Carnet, your passport, and your spouse’s DNI. No website told me we would need a copy of my husband’s DNI, but thankfully he was able to run and make a copy for 0.50!
9. SHOW UP FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT!
I suggest going to Migraciones first thing in the morning- 8:00am. We were there at 7:30, and were in line shortly after 8 with our number. Here is what you will need to take with you:
- The F-007 filled out
- The printed appointment confirmation page
- Receipt from Banco de la Nación
- Declaración Jurada
- Copy of Carnet
- Copy of Passport
- Copy of spouse’s DNI
- Partida de Matrimonio from REINEC
- Your number from waiting in line (yes, you have to turn this in)
10. WAIT FOR YOUR NUMBER, THEN LEAVE YOUR CARNET!
When your number is called, the fun begins! They check over all your forms, verify with your passport and Carnet, then after you sign a few papers, they take your carnet. I thought they would keep it for 5 days, but they told me to come back in an hour!!! That was the best news for us, because I hate going downtown to Migraciones. An hour later, we went back, and voila, my Carnet had a shiny new sticker on the back!
Things to learn from my experience:
– Print your confirmation of the appointment! I made the mistake of simply taking a screen shot… NOPE… they need the actual paper. Thankfully, we were able to print the page from Informes at the front of the building for free! Not sure if they do that all the time, so I was thankful they made an exception for this nervous Gringa.
– Make a copy of your spouse’s DNI before going! We didn’t do that, and when we got up to the window, the worker asked for it, and my husband had to run and make a copy. Thankfully the worker waited for him to come back, and didn’t make me lose my spot in line.
– If your address has changed, you will have to make a note of that, and then sign to confirm that the new address is correct. The worker told me exactly what to write and where to sign, and apparently I’ll have to do that each time I go, if our address has changed.
– Go early! Like I said, we were there at 7:30am, and since we ended up having to print the confirmation page and all that, we didn’t get our number until 8:00. But our total wait time after getting the number was maybe 15 minutes? Yeah, first thing in the morning is the best time to go, because the wait was the shortest we’ve ever had at Migraciones!!!
– Chill out. Don’t worry about the paperwork and not having what you need- the worker we had was surprisingly helpful and friendly and patient with me! I was so worried I wouldn’t have everything I needed, or that they wouldn’t accept my paperwork for some reason, and really, I had nothing to worry about!
Now that I know the steps involved in getting my prórroga renewed, I won’t be so nervous next year!
If you’re an expat, how do you have to renew your residency?