- Country Name: Argentine Republic
- Capital: Buenos Aires
- Population: 43,417,000 (2015 estimate)
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: ART (UTC -3)
- Dialing Code: +54
- Currency: Peso (ARS)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for Argentina. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
Expat positions in large multinationals, such as the banking industry, oil/ gas, consumer goods and agriculture, are well established in Buenos Aires.
Otherwise, many expats teach English and offer services such as business translations, IT and technology , web business management and design.
Limited opportunities are available in in large multinationals such as in banking, oil and gas, consumer goods and agriculture.
The main type of employment visa available for expats travelling to Argentina is the Temporary Residence visa (23A/23E) for foreign citizens who will be locally hired (23A) or transferred (23E) to Argentina.
Processes and requirements will vary according to the labour market at the time of application, the nationality of the applicant, country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We therefore recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
Applications are submitted to the Argentinean Immigration Office for an “Acta de Notificación” to be issued by the authorities, after which the temporary residence visa application should be submitted to the Argentinian Embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country of residence or origin.
Following approval, the applicant enters Argentina and can commence work while applying for CUIL (tax) number and DNI (ID) card.
Requirements may vary slightly according to country of application and nationality of the applicant.
Mandatory documents include, but are not limited to;
Applicant’s passport and copy of all pages, birth certificate, Police Clearance Certificates, work contract, assignment letter and company RENURE registration documentation.
A number of personal documents will also need to be legalised prior to submission. Some documents will also need to be translated. Newland Chase can assist with this.
Some consulates may request passport valid for one year (instead of six months) and birth certificates for the principal and spouse.
It typically takes 2 – 6 Months until entry to Argentina, and a further 1 to 2 months before the whole process is completed.
A Temporary Residence Visa is initially granted for up to 12 months and is renewable. The DNI card is issued with validity in line with the visa.
You may apply for a post arrival change of status if you have travelled to Argentina on a visitor visa. This route may be used for applicants who will be locally hired by a company in Argentina.
You can therefore come to Argentina on a visitor visa and switch categories if you find a job. However, you are not permitted to start work until your work visa application has been approved.
Mercosur nationals can apply for permanent residence after living in Argentina for 2 continuous years.
Non-Mercosur nationals can apply for permanent residence after living in Argentina for 3 continuous years on a temporary residence permit.
Applicants are required to submit proof that they do not have a criminal record in Argentina or overseas.
Some supporting documentation will require legalisation, which, depending on the country of origin, may take several weeks. The timing of a police clearance is also crucial as depending on the current country of residence, it may take several months to obtain a police clearance certificate.
Upon application the obtained police certificate must be issued no more than 90 days prior to the temporary residence application.
As such, you would be advised to start the visa application process well in advance of the desired date of relocation. Check with Newland Chase for all up-to-date information on visa requirements and for assistance with ensuring a successful application.