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Becoming an Expat in Argentina (Part 2)

Not everyone is built for a life abroad. While expats come in a myriad of shapes, sizes, background, and interests, they share a few common traits necessary for the lifestyle. For one, you need to be spontaneous and adaptable. Even in the smoothest of transitions from one country to another, things are bound to deviate from the plan. Having a temperament equipped to handle unforeseen hurdles is quite valuable.

Another trait most expats share is a sense of adventure. This doesn’t necessarily mean a desire to scale mountains or jump off of cliffs – it could manifest itself in the excitement to try a new cuisine or learn a new language. Expats choose the lifestyle they do because they want to be reminded of how inspiring this planet is, and they are always optimistic about what lies around the next corner. From backpackers to retirees and thrill seekers to art enthusiasts, Argentina has a region to satisfy every craving.

Continuing where we left off with Part 1 of this article, we’ll further look at the residency and visa options available in the country to make your expat dreams a reality:

Work Visa

If your intention is to conduct business while traveling to Argentina, then you’ll need to obtain one of two designated work visas. The first, Category 23 E, is intended for short business trips, corporate meetings, conferences, etc. It allows you to visit the country for a period of 30 days in order to conduct your pre-approved business venture.

If your goal is to move indefinitely to Argentina and work abroad for an Argentine company while there, you’ll need to apply for the Contracted Personnel Visa. You’ll need to work with your new employer to apply for this visa with the immigration ministry, seeking approval for your company to employ foreign workers.

You can apply for this visa either before or after your arrival in the country – just make sure to check and see whether you’ll need to supply copies of your credentials and past work experience/qualifications. This visa is usually good for one full year, and the renewal process is straightforward.

Financier Visa

A financier visa applies to those who wish to live in Argentina and can prove a minimum income of about $2,000 (USD) per month. This can be in the form of annuities, dividends, investments, a business, or settlements. If you can document the proof of this income threshold and its source, and make sure it goes into an Argentine bank account, then you can apply for this visa.

Pensioner Visa

This visa also requires a minimum monthly income of $2,000. You’ll need to supply a certificate issued by an international government or organization that proves that you receive a pension on a consistent basis. Your pension funds must be banked and come from your country of origin. You’ll need three pay stubs to further prove this income amount.

Path to Citizenship

If you’d like to eventually gain dual citizenship and receive an Argentine passport, you’ll first need to acquire permanent residency. To do this, you must have been a temporary resident in Argentina for at least two years. You must also have documentation to prove this, which is certified by the National Immigration Office. The required documents for this process include: a birth certificate, photocopy of identification (passport), proof of residency in your country of origin, proof of financial security, and children’s birth certificates (if applicable).

These documents are necessary no matter your reason for applying for permanent residency abroad in Argentina. Other documents may be required depending on your individual circumstances. After two years of permanent residency, you can apply for citizenship. The government in Argentina allows for dual citizenship, so as long as your country of origin also allows this, you can obtain a second passport from Argentina. The United States presently allows for its citizens to obtain dual citizenship.

Why Argentina?

Argentina is such a great expat location because it checks so many boxes. Culturally, it’s one of the most colorful, storied, and delicious countries in South America – from its famed fire-roasted beef and world-renowned wines to its ties to the arts. Those looking to save some money and find a higher quality of life will also be able to exhale when they look at their monthly expenses, especially those coming from the United States or Western Europe.

And finally, Argentina is one of the most environmentally diverse nations on the planet, with ecosystems ranging from subtropical to polar – end everything in between. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking to cross the Andes on horseback, or you prefer the sweet life of sipping wine on a sunkissed vineyard, Argentina has something for you.

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