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CURRENT REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR VISAS

Permanent resident visa

Article 22: "Relative of an Argentine citizen or permanent resident in Argentina." Visas for permanent residency in Argentina may be granted to foreigners who meet the following requirements:

1 - Status as spouse, parent, child under the age of eighteen (18) or of-age disabled child of a native-born Argentine citizen or Argentine citizen by choice.

2 - Status as spouse, parent, child under the age of eighteen (18) or of-age disabled child of a PERMANENT RESIDENT of the Argentine Republic.

Requirements:

    Birth certificate or other civil status certificate proving the relationship invoked, duly certified or bearing an Apostille.
    Valid passport, ID or travel document.
    Certificate of civil status of applicant, certified or bearing an Apostille.
    Persons over sixteen (16) years of age: original certificate of good conduct issued by the relevant authorities of the country or countries where the applicant has resided for at least one year during the last three (3) years, duly certified or bearing an Apostille.
    Certified copy of the National Identity Card (DNI) of the Argentine relative or relatives.
    In the case of relatives of naturalized Argentine citizens or Argentine citizens by choice, a certified copy of the Argentine letter of citizenship.
    In the case of relatives of foreigners residing permanently in the Argentine Republic, a certified copy of the Decision of the National Directorate of Migration of Argentina and of the Argentine ID of the foreigner.
    Four pictures (4x4 cm). Front view, no glasses or hats, white background.

Temporary resident visa

A person may be considered a "temporary resident" if intending to conduct one of the activities listed below in Argentina for a term not exceeding one year.

B.1.- Article 23, last paragraph - Relative of a foreign citizen who is a temporary resident of Argentina

A temporary resident visa may be requested by any foreign citizen who is the spouse, child under 18 years of age or disabled child over that age, or parent of a foreign citizen who is a temporary resident of Argentina, in order to reside in Argentina with their relative.

Requirements:

    Birth certificate or other civil status certificate proving the relationship invoked, duly certified or bearing an Apostille.
    Valid passport or travel document.
    Certificate of civil status of applicant, certified or bearing an Apostille.
    Persons over sixteen (16) years of age: original certificate of good conduct issued by the relevant authorities of the country or countries where the applicant has resided for at least one year during the last three (3) years, duly certified or bearing an Apostille.
    Certified copy of the Decision of the Argentine Directorate of Migration and of the Argentine ID of the foreigner.
    Four pictures (4x4 cm). Front view, no glasses or hats, white background.
    

B.2.- Article 23(a) - Migrant worker

A migrant worker visa may be requested by a person entering Argentina in order to perform any legal gainful activity, with authorization to remain in the country for a maximum of one (1) year, and permission to work under an employment contract.

Requirements:

    Valid passport or travel document.
    Persons over sixteen (16) years of age: original certificate of good conduct issued by the relevant authorities of the country or countries where the applicant has resided for at least one year during the last three (3) years, duly certified or bearing an Apostille.
    Four pictures (4x4 cm). Front view, no glasses or hats, white background.
    Employment contract signed by the employer in the Argentine Republic, duly certified and legalized by an Argentine Notary Public and the relevant Association of Notaries Public.
    Registration number of the employer with the Single National Registry of Visa Request Sponsors of the National Directorate of Migration.
    

B.3.- Article 23(e) - Scientific and specialized personnel

Persons who carry out scientific, research, technical or advisory activities, hired by public or private entities in order to carry out activities within their field of specialization, may apply for a visa. Directors, technicians and administrative personnel working for public or private foreign entities of a business or industrial nature, brought from abroad in order to assume specific positions in their companies and receiving fees or a salary in the Argentine Republic.

Requirements:

    Valid passport or travel document.
    Persons over sixteen (16) years of age: original certificate of good conduct issued by the relevant authorities of the country or countries where the applicant has resided for at least one year during the last three (3) years, duly certified or bearing an Apostille.
    Four pictures (4x4 cm). Front view, no glasses or hats, white background.
    Scientists and specialized personnel: work certificate, a letter or similar document that may serve as proof of the worker's relationship with the company and their transfer to Argentina, duly certified and translated.
    Registration number of the contracting entity with the Single National Registry of Visa Request Sponsors of the National Directorate of Migration.
    

B.4.- Article 23(f) - Sportspersons and artists

Persons hired for the specific activities they perform by individuals or legal entities operating in Argentina.

Requirements:

    Valid passport or travel document.
    Persons over sixteen (16) years of age: original certificate of good conduct issued by the relevant authorities of the country or countries where the applicant has resided for at least one year during the last three (3) years, duly certified or bearing an Apostille.
    Four pictures (4x4 cm). Front view, no glasses or hats, white background.
    Employment contract signed by the employer in the Argentine Republic, duly certified and legalized by an Argentine Notary Public and the relevant Association of Notaries Public.
    Registration number of the contractor with the Single National Registry of Visa Request Sponsors (RENURE) of the National Directorate of Migration.
    

B.5.- Article 23(j) - Students

Persons arriving in Argentina to attend classes at the secondary, tertiary or university levels in recognized institutions, as well as officially recognized public or private establishments.

Requirements:

    Valid passport or travel document.
    Persons over sixteen (16) years of age: original certificate of good conduct issued by the relevant authorities of the country or countries where the applicant has resided for at least one year during the last three (3) years, duly certified or bearing an Apostille.
    Four pictures (4x4 cm). Front view, no glasses or hats, white background.
    Enrolment certificate issued by the relevant educational establishment.
    Copy of documents proving the educational level attained by the applicant.
    Registration number of the educational establishment with the National Registry of Visa Request Sponsors of the National Directorate of Migration.

Short-term resident visa

A short-term resident visa may be requested by any person staying in Argentina for a period not exceeding three (3) months who falls under any of the following sub-categories:

C.1.- Article 24(a) - Tourists

Any person coming to the Argentine Republic for recreational or leisure purposes.

Requirements:

    Valid passport or travel document.
    Four pictures (4x4 cm). Front view, no glasses or hats, white background.
    Round ticket to the Argentine Republic (reservation).
    Tourist itinerary and hotel reservations or letter of invitation signed before an Argentine Notary Public and certified by the relevant Association of Notaries Public.
    Evidence of sufficient economic means.
    

C.2.- Article 24(h) - Scientists, Professionals, Technicians, Religious persons or Artists (Decision No. 1170/2010 of the National Directorate of Migration)

Any person arriving in the Argentine Republic in order to conduct gainful or unpaid activities in the scientific, professional, technical, religious or artistic field for up to 30 days.

Requirements:

    Valid passport or travel document.
    Four pictures (4x4 cm). Front view, no glasses or hats, white background.
    Round ticket to the Argentine Republic (or reservation).
    Letter of invitation signed before an Argentine Notary Public and certified by the relevant Association of Notaries Public, including the registration number with the National Registry of Visa Request Sponsors of the company or individual inviting the person to the Argentine Republic.
    Proof of the visitor's profession.
    

C.3.- Art. 24(h) – Business person or person in charge of business or economic affairs

Persons who conduct, on a regular basis, business or other economic activities on their own behalf and with their own capital; with a share in companies or other legal entities conducting such activities; or on behalf of such companies or entities.

In addition, persons entering the Argentine territory in order to participate in exhibitions or fairs for up to 60 days.

Requirements:

    Valid passport or travel document.
    Four pictures (4x4 cm). Front view, no glasses or hats, white background.
    Round ticket to the Argentine Republic (or reservation).
    Letter of invitation signed before an Argentine Notary Public and certified by the relevant Association of Notaries Public, including the registration number with the National Registry of Visa Request Sponsors of the company or individual inviting the applicant to the Argentine Republic, as well as the applicant's personal data, the purpose of the visit, the activities to be carried out, and the duration of applicant's stay.
    Proof of the applicant's background in the field (business references, articles of incorporation of any relevant companies, certificate of good standing of such companies, etc.)
    In the case of applicants participating in exhibitions or fairs, proof of registration must be submitted as well.

Migrations and requirements to enter/leave the country

Invitation letter for the entry of foreigners into Argentina

- In accordance with migration regulations in force, all individuals and entities domiciled in the Argentine Republic who invite foreigners to the country must draft a letter of invitation to be submitted to the Argentine consular authorities abroad.
The purpose of this letter is to commence the visa application procedure. A letter of invitation does not guarantee the granting of a visa.

- The letter of invitation is of an informal nature and must be drafted in Spanish. The original letter must be sent by mail or door-to-door courier to the relevant Argentine embassy or consulate abroad.

- The letter of invitation must contain at least the following data:

1. It must be addressed to the relevant consular authority (i.e., to the relevant Argentine Consul).
2. All personal and contact data of the entity or individual residing in Argentina: full name, National ID Number (DNI)/taxpayer ID number, address, telephone number, e-mail address, etc.
3. Personal data of the foreign invitee: full name, nationality, date of birth, passport number and type, telephone number, e-mail and any other contact data in their place of residence.
4. Reasons for travelling, relationship with the invitee, duration of stay in Argentina, accommodation address, information on who will pay for expenses, estimated dates of arrival and departure, etc.
5. Statement that the person signing the letter will be responsible for the departure of the foreigner from Argentine territory at the end of the authorized stay period.
6. Signature and name of host.
7. Signature certification by a Notary Public, accompanied by the certification from the Association of Notaries Public.

Important:
- Where the registration number of the host with the National Registry of Foreign Applicants/RENURE is required (technicians, business persons, students, etc.), it must also be included in the letter. It is recommended that a copy of the registration number with RENURE be attached to the invitation.

    If there is a list of invitees, it must include the following information: full name, date of birth, nationality, travel document type and number, and contact data (telephone number and e-mail). The list should be included in the letter of invitation (NOT attached to it), unless it is too long. In such case, both the letter of invitation and the attached list must bear the signature of the host, which must be certified by a Notary Public and the relevant Association of Notaries Public as appropriate.


 

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