Peru Citizenship

Peru Citizenship

PERU CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based upon the Constitution of Peru dated October 31, 1993, and Nationality Law No.26574 dated January, 1996.

  • BY BIRTH:
  • Persons born in the territory of the Republic of Peru are citizens; eligible for registration at age 18.
  • Person younger than 16 years old, in a state of abandonment, who reside in the territory of Peru.
  • BY DESCENT: Child born abroad, whose father or mother is a citizen of Peru. The granted right of citizenship by descent is recognized to the descendants until the third generation.
  • REGISTRATION:
  • Foreign woman or man who marries a citizen of Peru; the spouse naturalized by marriage does not lose Peruvian nationality in the event of divorce or the spouse’s death.
  • Person (18 years or older), born in Peru, but whose parents were not citizens of Peru.
  • Person (18 years or older), born in wedlock outside of Peru to Peruvian mother or father.
  • BY NATURALIZATION: Peruvian citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions:
  • Person has resided in Peru for two consecutive years.
  • Works regularly in a professional, artistic, occupational, or managerial activity.
  • Possesses good behavior and moral solvency with no penal antecedents.
  • Foreign persons who live in the territory of the Republic, with distinguished services to the Peruvian Nation, may be granted citizenship by legislative resolution.

PERU DUAL CITIZENSHIP:  RECOGNIZED 

Peruvians by birth who adopt the nationality of another country do not lose their Peruvian nationality unless they express renunciation before competent government authority.

PERU LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP: Acquired Peruvian nationality granted under Nationality Law No.26574 is lost for expressed renunciation before the General Address of Migrations or consular offices overseas, and for the following reasons:

  • For crimes against the State and the national defense.
  • For crimes against the Public Security by illicit traffic of drugs.
  • For crimes of terrorism and betrayal of the nation.
  • Peruvians by birth who adopt the nationality of another country do not lose their Peruvian nationality unless they express renunciation before competent government authority.

Other information, relating to Voluntary or Involuntary loss of citizenship, was not provided.

For more detailed information and advice on citizenship, please Contact EFSAG.