One of the big problems that millions of Venezuelans face inside and outside their country is the ability to have an international ID document –Read passport-This enables him to regulate himself in the countries to which they emigrated, or simply to have freedom of movement outside of their borders.
Although it is true that some countries have opted for a “humanitarian” stance to allow entry within their borders with the national ID (Venezuelan identity card). It is no secret to anyone that the possibility of a visa for tourism, humanitarian, labor or political asylum purposes is a headache for millions of people because of the impossibility of access to the Venezuelan passport.
With an average purchasing power of $ 5 a month at the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Venezuela and a traditional financial system that is not in line with Venezuelan reality, The ability to access a bank account with a credit or debit card that allows payment by international document is an epic challenge for the average Venezuelan.
Saime allows payments with Petro
The Saime – Autonomous Identity, Migration and Immigration Service – is the body responsible for managing ID documents in Venezuela.
Fulfillment of the presidential mandate, Since November 2019, it has offered the option of purchasing passports in Venezuela and extensions via the national digital asset El Petro on its platform.
El Saime reported that the new prices for passport procedures and renewals will be dictated by the @ SunacripVEthat would and would remain for the new 8,364,077.95 Bs pass while the extension will remain at 4,158,396 Bs. pic.twitter.com/OK1TOUtRsv
– Petro Divisa❁ (@PetroDivisa) December 7, 2019
The cost of both procedures is expressed in 1.67 PTR “$ 100 for renewal” and 3.35 PTR for a new passport, approximately $ 200 when the official tariff changes.
Venezuela is aware of the headaches that have arisen from the introduction of this centralized digital asset for payments for goods and services in the country.
One of its advantages is precisely the possibility to pay for the management of the passport within the Venezuelan borders. In this post we will tell you how easy it is to do this in this way and thus avoid spending in local currency through the traditional banking system., which is impossible for the average Venezuelan.
One of the first native ways to get Petros is by direct transfer between users through the government platform Patria.
To do this, your account must be checked and linked to your PetroApp, the official Petro wallet.
Also You can buy them on the P2P secondary market as LocalBitcoins, which offers many offers at a good price in exchange for Bolivares or any cryptocurrency that you have available for exchange.
Another very popular option is to purchase your Petros through state-regulated Venezuelan exchanges such as Antwerp coins or Crypto Lake.
In both cases, the process is very simple and traditional, nothing that an average user has never done before on general websites like Facebook or Instagram regarding registration and verification.
An important step in all of this management is the registration and verification within the PetroApp. the official wallet of the official digital assets of the Venezuelan government.
To do this, you need to register, check your account according to the protocol set by the platform and share your address after completing the respective KYC process in order to receive your purchased Petros.
Pay the passport
With the Petros in your possession in your PetroApp wallet, you can proceed with the payment of the desired process.
1.- To do this, access the SAIME platform with your usual data and go to the tab PASSPORT – »IN VENEZUELA -» APPLICATION FOR PASSPORT OR EXTENSION OF ELECTRONIC PASSPORT depending on your case.
2.- The second step is to choose the option that best suits your case: REQUEST PERSONAL APPOINTMENT OR REQUEST APPOINTMENT FOR CHILD.
3.- Fill in the displayed form with the beneficiary’s data.
4.-After completing the previous step, the platform now shows online payment options. Open the tab to select the “PetroPago ”.
5.- If for some reason you were unable to connect and could not complete the payment, do not worry. If you re-enter Saime, you can use the application management to find out the payment options that the platform offers you for outstanding proceedings in Venezuela.
In this case, you can click on the option with the Petro icon to link the payment to your PetroApp.
In our case, we carried out the process of paying for the electronic passport extension with Petros, as can be seen in the image below.
5.- Option selectedPetroPago “ A pop-up window will appear in your browser pointing to PetroApp. Make sure that popups appear in your browser.
6.- Log in to the verified PetroApp with your custom data.
7.- As soon as you are logged in to your PetroApp, you will see the automatic link between the two platforms, on which you can see the transaction number, the account holder to be paid – in this case SAIME – and the date of the request as well as the total amount according to the chosen procedure be canceled.
8th.- When you have completed the payment and debited your PetroApp, you must click on the SAIME page in the yellow button ‘FINALIZE’ to complete the process and wait for it to be validated by the government agency.
In this way, you have already paid for your new passport or the corresponding extension with the petro currency without having to worry about managing a debit or credit card with a limit of more than USD 100 or USD 200.
As additional information, We tell you that the price of your procedure can be reduced by up to 70 percent if you buy your Petros through the P2P exchanges available in Venezuela, officially or privatelyin terms of payment in local fiat currency through conventional banking.
No more Bitcoin for foreign procedures
After getting to know the possibility of processing consular passports for Venezuelans by paying with Bitcoin, éThis option is now suspended without explanation by the governing body as reported by Cointelegraph at the time.
With this limitation, the only way to pay for out-of-country proceedings remains for the millions of Venezuelans who are outside their country.
So far, the scope of the measure is unknown and whether there will be any alternatives.