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Argentina – Residency

Argentina is a diverse country located in South America that is known for its rich culture, beautiful landscapes, and bustling cities. To live and work in Argentina, foreign nationals need to obtain residency status. There are different types of residency available, depending on the length of stay and the purpose of the visit.

Types of Residency in Argentina

Temporary Residency

Temporary residency is suitable for individuals who wish to stay in Argentina for a short period of time. This type of residency can be granted for up to two years and can be renewed for additional periods of two years, up to a maximum of three renewals.

Temporary residency is granted for different purposes, such as work, study, research, or family reunification. To obtain temporary residency, foreign nationals must provide evidence of their financial means to support themselves during their stay, as well as proof of health insurance coverage. Additionally, they may be required to demonstrate proficiency in Spanish, which is the official language of Argentina.

Permanent Residency

Permanent residency is suitable for individuals who plan to live and work in Argentina indefinitely. Permanent residency can be granted to foreign nationals who have lived in Argentina for at least two years with temporary residency or who have a close family member who is a citizen or permanent resident of Argentina.


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To obtain permanent residency, foreign nationals must provide evidence of their financial means to support themselves, as well as proof of health insurance coverage. Additionally, they must pass a criminal background check and a medical examination.

Mercosur Residency

Mercosur residency is a special type of residency that is granted to citizens of Mercosur countries, which include Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Mercosur residency allows individuals to live and work in Argentina for up to two years without having to apply for a visa.

After two years, Mercosur residency can be renewed for additional periods of two years, up to a maximum of three renewals. To obtain Mercosur residency, foreign nationals must provide evidence of their citizenship and a valid passport.

Applying for Residency in Argentina

The process for applying for residency in Argentina varies depending on the type of residency that is being sought. In general, the process involves the following steps:

  1. Obtain a criminal background check from the country of origin or the country where the applicant has resided for the last five years.
  2. Obtain a medical certificate from a licensed physician in Argentina.
  3. Submit the application and the required documents to the National Directorate of Migration.
  4. Pay the application fee, which varies depending on the type of residency that is being sought.

The processing time for residency applications can vary depending on the type of residency, but it can take several months.

Documents Required for Residency in Argentina

To apply for residency in Argentina, foreign nationals must provide a number of documents, including:

  • Valid passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate, if applicable
  • Criminal background check
  • Medical certificate
  • Proof of financial means
  • Proof of health insurance coverage

It is important to note that these requirements can vary depending on the type of residency that is being sought. Applicants should consult the National Directorate of Migration for detailed information.

Registration in Argentina

Upon arrival in Argentina, foreign nationals are required to register with the National Registry of Persons within 90 days. This registration process is mandatory and helps the government keep track of the foreign population in the country.

Foreign nationals must also obtain a tax identification number, known as CUIT or CUIL, in order to conduct business or work in Argentina.

Information on Residence in Argentina

For reliable and up-to-date information on residency in Argentina, foreign nationals can visit the following websites:

  1. Argentina Government website (https://www.argentina.gob.ar/portal)
  2. Argentina Immigration Authority website (https://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/index.php)


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