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Argentina Work Visa

When expats consider moving to Argentina, a couple of things usually pop up in the mind- Spanish Tango, Soccer and Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is a great international city to live in; therefore, quite attractive to expats looking for a new experience and job in Argentina.

Entry Requirements

If you are considering moving to Argentina for work, you would definitely require a visa and work permit. Expats from around 80 countries can enter Argentina without a visa, which is valid for a stay of up to 90 days. Whether you should apply for a visa depends upon both your nationality and motivation behind your stay.

If you are a resident of a MERCOSUR country, then you would require a 23 L visa; however, in case of Non-MERCOSUR residents 23 A or E visa would be applicable. The visas are issued by the National Directorate of Migration in Argentina.

Work Visa in Argentina

While applying for a work visa in Argentina, you are actually applying for a temporary residency permit. This is typically the simplest approach to get residency in Argentina; however, you should have a job lined up for you. There are different visas, which fulfill this category like the work visa category. If you are moving to Argentina for work, you need to apply for temporary residency permit through 23 A or E visa category.

23 A Visa- It is applicable for the category of ‘Migrant Workers’ or salaried individuals, who wish to enter the country with the permission to work for a maximum of one year.

23 E Visa- It is applicable for the scientists and specialized personnel category. This includes people engaged in scientific, technical, advisory and administrative services.

Documents Required

While applying for visa, you need to book an appointment to the local Argentine consulate office. Along with your application, make sure to have valid supporting documents:

  • • A valid Passport or travel document
  • • Over 16 years- For applicants who are above 16 years of age, a duly apostilled certificate of no criminal record is required from the country where the applicant has lived for more than one year during the last three years.
  • • Four passport size photograph of size 4 cm by 4 cm
  • • Employment contract signed by the Argentine employer and duly certified by the public notary office.
  • • Registration number of the Argentine employer (RENURE).
  • • Individual documents like Birth certificate, Marriage certificate and Certificate of good conduct.

Along with the above documents, the applicant needs to fill out a note of application stating his/her personal details such as name, date of birth, nationality, marital status, address and visa category. The application must be signed by the legal representative of the company and should be duly notarized.

Once the application is submitted, you will be called for a personal interview with the consular staff along with the visa fees. In most cases, the work visa is valid for one year and can be extended by the National Immigration Office. In others, however, it is valid for as long as the authorization office decides.


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