Peru: Over 900 foreigners sanctioned for breach of migration legislation

Módulo de control migratorio en aeropuerto internacional Jorge Chávez.

11:08 | Lima, Apr. 20.

Since the current administration took office last July 28, the National Superintendence of Migrations has imposed sanctions on 942 foreign citizens who violated the national migration legislation.

In most cases, defaulters were forced to leave the country and barred from entering national territory in the future. 

In this sense, a total of 165 foreigners were banished from Peru due to serious infringement of the said legislation, the Migrations authority reported. 

Other 79 nonnatives were also expelled from the Inca nation following a court order, and are now banned from the country for the next 10 or 15 years.

Similarly, 442 foreigners who were in an irregular migrant situation —for resident permit expiry or activities not allowed by their migratory status— were sentenced to compulsory exit from the country.

In addition, said group is not welcomed in the country for the next 5 years. 

On the other hand, 137 foreign citizens had their resident permits cancelled after breaching migration legislation, forging documents to get a specific migration status, or committing crimes against Peru's cultural heritage. 

Likewise, 61 foreigners serving a sentence were surrendered to their homelands, where they will complete their time in prison. Other 7 were sentenced to passive extradition to stand trial in the State seeking their apprehension. 

New Migrations Law

Peru's new Migrations Law and Regulation entered into force last month, thus repealing the Law on the Status of Foreigners (Ley de Extranjeria) and Legislative Decree No. 1236.

The new legislation has strengthened the Migrations authority's enforcement and sanction capacities, including fines to discourage foreign citizens from breaching said regulations. 

New rules stipulate the expulsion of foreigners who forge documents for migration proceedings, miss stay deadlines, enter national territory despite a bar to entry, commit offences against cultural heritage and disturb public order. 

Court orders also constitute grounds for expulsion.

Published: 4/20/2017
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