Applying for a visa for Argentina can take a lot of time. Argentina is a bureaucratic country and it is wise to start your preparations some time in advance. Applications for, among others, work or study visas have to be initiated by your employer or university in Argentina. These applications can take a long time to be processed. Expect a long delay with the authorities in Argentina. However, personal experiences with Argentinean consulates have been reported as very positive, so ask in your local consulate about possible delays.
Due to the complexity of immigration in Argentina, we cannot provide detailed information for every situation. This guide will get you started. The documents that are most often asked for when applying are:
- Passport with a validity of at least 1 year after the visa is issued
- Four standard-size passport photos (4x4; preferably light blue background; ¾ profile right side)
- Certified birth certificate in an international form
- Statement of good conduct. This will normally be a transcript of your criminal record from your national police (obviously, they will be looking for a transcript that does not contain any offences on it).
- Medical statement (this form is issued by the consulate)
- Certified declaration of not having any criminal antecedents (signed in presence of consul)
- Payment of the application fee
Please take into account that regulations are subject to frequent change. Information can be obtained from Argentinean embassies, consulates, immigration offices and the Argentinean Ministry of Interior Affairs. These institutions are often overloaded with immigration requests. If your legal situation is complex consider hiring a lawyer or immigration expert to represent your interests.