Wednesday, April 15, 2009

News: Can now make appointments at Migraciones

***BIG News***

Immigrations just announced that you can set up appointments by telephone instead of standing in line all day and all night in order to renew your tourist visa, renew residency, start the residency process, ect. Lately, migrations has been a total quilombo with people in line for literally days in order to take care of immigration issues.

Call 5222-7117 between 8am-4pm.
Immigrations website:

Here´s the link for the article in Clarín which discusses the changes:

Friday, April 10, 2009

Step 1: Do your homework and evaluate your situation

The first thing to do before starting the long process of residency in Argentina is to do some preliminary background research. This involves talking to other expats that hold the same passport(s) that you do, searching google, and checking out the expat forums (I like, and of course -- use this blog!

It is important to think about how long you think you will really be in Argentina. The process is long and frustrating so you need to be committed to idea of staying here to really make it worth it.

For example, if you plan to be here short-term to teach English maybe just getting the CUIT as a monotributista is an OK solution and it would not be necessary to seek residency. You can be a tourist in Argentina for a LONG time before anyone starts asking questions and trip to migraciones every 3 months and Uruguay every 6 months is not that difficult.

However, there are many advantages to a CUIL and DNI. For me, I want the ability to have a "real job" and be paid legally. Without papers you will likely have to work "en negro" which means you are paid "under the table", tax-free and in cash.

Alright now that you have decided you want residency let´s keep moving forward on how to initiate the process.