In some situations, you may need an Argentina visa. When you visit for the first time, or any time that you visit for up to three months, you do not have to have a visa when coming from the United States. If you are coming from another country, some do require a visa to enter. You can find this information on the government website. You must have a valid passport to enter into Argentina when you arrive though, and it must be valid throughout your stay. You can stay in the country for up to 90 days on just your American passport.
For those that plan to stay longer, you do need to apply for residency.
An Argentina visa (though it is not often referred to it by this name) is necessary for either temporary stays longer than 90 days, or permanent stays in the country.
The good news is that it is rather easy to obtain such residency within the country. You will need to visit the National Immigrations Office, or contact the offices. You are allowed to take up residency in Argentina for retiring there, assuming you have a pension or available funds to provide for yourself.
The application process requires that you provide documentation about the purpose of your moving here, including how you can pay for yourself to remain in the country. The application process will insure that you are who you say you are and that you have the funds necessary to support yourself.
You may also be required to obtain a DNI, which is a National Identity Card. This does not give you the right to vote in national elections, but you may be able to vote in some provincial areas. Additionally, it is needed as a standard form of identification similar to how you often use a driver’s license in the United States as your ID.
Once you have an Argentina visa, and have the ability to remain in the country legally, you also have nearly all rights of the Argentina citizen. This includes the ability to work in the country, the ability to purchase real estate and the ability to own a business here.
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