Work visa or permanent residency
I am seeking assistance in finding the proper way to go about trying to get permanent residency, or work authorization here in Argentina. My story is a bit complicated, but I will try my best to explain...
-I have US and Uruguayan dual citizenship, with permanent residency status currently in the US.
-In October 2004 I arrived in Córdoba, Argentina with a tourist visa (Uruguayan cedula presented for entry). I travelled to Uruguay twice, renewing my tourist visa with no issues (simply using cedula).
-In March 2005 I obtained a 5-year renewable student visa for Argentina (I have the visa in my Uruguayan passport and am recognized as a Uruguayan citizen here). I am a registered student at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (Masters degree). In March 2006, I renewed the visa for another year (must be renewed again in March 2007).
Having layed out the basic facts, I now get to some important issues I need to take care of. When I got my student visa at the Argentine Consulate in Montevideo, they told me that I CAN work legally while I have the student visa, after I get my DNI (and then request a CUIL number). Well, I applied for the DNI at the Registro Civil in Córdoba in April 2005, and they told me it would be ready to pick up in 6-7 months. Well, it has been just over a year and still no DNI (they keep telling me to stop by "next week". I've been told that without the DNI, I cannot get the CUIL, and without that, I simply cannot work legally here.
To make matters even more complicated, I HAVE obtained a job doing internet marketing for an Italian firm. The money will be deposited into my US bank account. They say I will need monotribustista status in Argentina, which again, I cannot obtain without the CUIL. Nonetheless, we have worked things out for payment in the meantime, provided that I will get monotribustista status within the next few months.
Problem is.... I have recently decided that I do not want to continue with my Masters program. BUT, I understand that if I do that, I won't be able to renew my student visa, thus cancelling my legal work status and temporary residency status here in Argentina.
Is the ANY way I can stay and work here legally under some other kind of visa? Doesn't that fact that I have citizenship from a fellow MERCOSUR country make it easier to live and work here? I have also been told that after 2 years of temporary residency here, I can apply for permanent residency - is this true?
04 may 2006, 07:35 Anonymous
The best thing to do is to give the Ministerio del Interior a call http://www.mininterior.gov.ar/. It might take a few goes to get to talk to someone useful. Try and see if someone can orient you in the best way to keep your residency legal.Anonymous 23 may 2006, 04:04 - Denunciar
Hey I am trying to figure out how to get a student visa here... or just a regular visa -- the problem is that I am from the US and I don't have dual citizenship or anything like that. I got a mail from immigration and you might want to check it out. It talks about moving to Argentina for people from "Mercosur" countries. They wrote me this:
"De nuestra mayor consideración :
El programa comenzará el 17 de abril del 2006 y podrá iniciar el tramite en las instituciones adheridas mas cercanas a su domicilio. El listado se encuentra en la pagina www.patriagrande.gov.ar en el sector donde dice "donde presentarse". Solamente se necesita el pasaporte o la cedula o el certificado de nacionalidad y dos fotos 4x4 y se le entregará una precaria que es
gratuita, con la precaria podra estudiar, trabajar y salir y entrar del pais. Cualquier duda llamar al 4317-0234 al 4317-0238.
Las dudas o preguntas frecuentes se encuentran en: http://www.patriagrande.gov.ar/html/doc_mercosur.htm
Grupo Coordinación Patria Grande."
They say the first part is free, and you, being from Uruguay, can go in and sign up, possibly for a residence visa!
I hope this helps, check out the website, it helps a lot. I don't know if that is just in Capital Federal (where I am) but obviously, it should cover the whole country.Anonymous 20 jun 2006, 07:22 - Denunciar
By the way, How did you get the student visa for 5 years?? Can you send me a quick mail at: [email removed] Thanks so much!!Anonymous 20 jun 2006, 07:23 - Denunciar
I am a U.S. citizen and will be going to Argentina on a student visa. I want to be able to work as well so I'd like to here the conclusion of this matter.Interested in a work visa in Argentina 18 may 2008, 05:24 - Denunciar
I am a Indian Citizen and having south africa workpermit. now i m in southafrica and I would like to do masters in Argentina.Can any one guide me to get student visa? am i eligible to do part time jobs if i am in student visa status? is this legal?
Please give me some suggestions...KK 25 may 2008, 02:57 - Denunciar