Since 2016, Peruvian passport holders have had the right to travel to the European Union and Schengen area without having to go through to process of applying for a visa prior to their trip (with the exception of Ireland). Since November 2022, this also applies to the United Kingdom (that is no longer part of the European Union). As a result, we’re receiving more and more enquiries from people who are interested in obtaining Peruvian citizenship.
There are three ways to obtain Peruvian citizenship:
- By naturalization
- By marrying a Peruvian citizen
- Children of a Peruvian mother or father who were born abroad.
With this article, we aim to give you all the information you need to make a decision about applying for a Peruvian passport or not and we will also tell you how we, as lawyers, can help you with the process.
1. Peruvian citizenship by naturalization
First of all, we’d like to make it clear that you cannot “buy” a passport. Unfortunately, that’s what many people who approach us for advice have in mind. Everyone who is interested in obtaining Peruvian citizenship has to fulfill certain requirements as stated by the Peruvian government.
Here’s the list for “Peruvian citizenship by naturalization” with some remarks from our side:
If you are married to a Peruvian citizen and have lived in the country for at least two years after getting married, you can apply for citizenship.
Same-sex marriage: At the moment (May 2023), Peru does not yet accept same-sex marriage. Two males or two females can’t get married in Peru and if they got legally married abroad, Peru still regards them as unmarried people and as a result, you can’t apply for residency or citizenship because of your Peruvian partner.
Here’s the list of requirements that need to be met if you intend to apply for “Peruvian citizenship by marriage”:
1. Application addressed to the President of Peru
3. Citizenship because of a Peruvian mother or father
If you’re a child of a Peruvian mother or father born abroad and are interested in claiming your Peruvian citizenship, please read this article.
How can an immigration lawyer in Peru assist me with obtaining my Peruvian citizenship?
Although it is not mandatory to be represented by a lawyer when starting your process of becoming a Peruvian citizen, it’s often advisable to avoid certain pitfalls which may come up if you’re not familiar with the necessary paperwork, have only been in the country for a short time or don’t speak Spanish fluently yet.
As lawyers, we will help you to obtain all necessary documents, legalized translations and make sure that everything is correct and meeting the requirements set by the Peruvian government. We will also give you advice about how to prepare for the exam and can recommend qualified Peruvian Spanish teachers. If problems occur, we will handle everything on your behalf. You won’t be alone in the process and will always have someone to turn to if you have questions.
I need more information about how to obtain Peruvian citizenship
Reading information online is always helpful to get first ideas but everyone’s personal situation is different. Therefore, we offer you an easy way to book a consultation:
- Consultations about one or several topics of your choice
- No matter where you are in the world, the consultation time is shown in your time zone and will take place via Zoom.
- Get a professional evaluation by an experienced Peruvian immigration lawyer
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- Consultation at our office in Lima by prior agreement