Argentina

Why Argentina Could Be A Good Choice For Immigration

Argentina, located in a southern region of South America in a large, elongated shape. Land wise this is the second largest country after Brazil in South America. Argentina was sparsely inhabited by a few indigenous tribes before Spain’s colonized it in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today this is an independent republic featuring varied landscapes from rich plains to dense jungle, majestic mountains, pastoral steppes and breathtaking glaciers. It is surrounded by Bolivia and Paraguay to the North, Chile to the west and Uruguay to the east. Buenos Aires – Pulsating with vitality and seductive charm from colorful European architecture to animated neighborhood and sizzling nightlife, it is no wonder that this city gave birth to the captivating Tango dance. 

Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina and one of the Latin America’s largest cities. This vibrant cosmopolitan city is composed of several districts called barrios. Some of the most visited of these barrios include the Microcentro where The Obelisco is located. San Telmo is popular for its flea markets while La Boca’s multicolored architecture and Tango, street dancing make it a world famous district. Argentina is the birth place of the famous Footballer – Lionel Messi, Footballer – Diego Maradona, Vatican Head – Pope Francis, Footballer – Sergio Aguero, Writer – Jorge Luis Borges, Tennis Player – Juan Martin del Potro, Actress – Martina Stoessel, etc.

Argentina is like heaven for adventure lovers with plenty of good old heritage sites. This is one of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse countries in the world. This country is a tourist attraction and generates plenty of job vacancies in the hotel and tourism industry. People are friendly, warm, open, generous and welcoming. It is one of the safest and easy to settle down country. This nation has distinct and stunning geography, interesting culture and history, sizzling nightlife and unique local delicacies. People from more than eighty different countries do not need visa to visit Argentina. Also this country has a low cost of living compared to other American and European Countries. It has some of the best beaches in the world. Ibera Wetlands, located in the northeast of the country just south of Paraguay, covers a huge swath of land. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will revel in exploring all that it has to offer. Encompassing rivers, lakes, swamps, and wetlands, the watery world is fascinating to hike, horseback ride or kayak through. The ecological preserve is home to many iconic South American animals including anacondas, armadillos, caimans, capybaras, howler monkeys the ostrich like rhea and more than 350 rare and endangered bird species. The more you’ll know about this country, you will get more and more interesting facts. 

Traveling information:

Argentina is now currently open for tourists and vacationers and allowing those who are fully vaccinated. Vaccination or COVID-19 testing requirements after entering Argentina is must; however the traveler must pass the health survey, upon arrival. The borders between the country Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay are reopened for fully vaccinated travelers only. Chile’s borders with Argentina may occur closed according to the situation. If it is necessary to travel this country then be prepare for an extended stay or to experience some disruptions to travel due to the Covid-19 situation.

Getting a travel insurance which has sufficient cover policy is important. Best way to reach here is by flight from all over the world. This nation has Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires City connecting to most of the countries. Several transports are available to get around Argentina like car, bus, ferry, bike and plane. Traveling by plane within the country can be costly so if you want to keep your budget low then traveling by buses will be the best option. Buses, also known as ‘micros’ are best for travel as they have reclining seats and air conditioning so that you can get some rest in the long journey.

By trains also you can get the incredibly scenic views. But only a handful of lines are still operating as much are diminished. Buenos Aires has many commuter services with stations all around the city, suburbs and close provinces. 

For more travel advice please visit: lonelyplanet.com

How to immigrate:

Visa:

To move to Argentina, first you need a valid passport and tickets as well as visa to be issued by the Argentinean Authority. This can be a lengthy process and will require an in-person interview at the immigration office in the capital city Buenos Aires.

Tourist and Business Visa:

Expats traveling to this nation from visa free countries, for business purpose or as a tourist, are issued a 3 months visa upon arrival and do not need to apply for it beforehand (depends on the nationality). People traveling from other than visa free countries must apply for a tourism visa before entering; also make sure to check with your country’s Argentine Embassy or Consulate before starting the trip. You also have to pay the reciprocity fee before arriving in Argentina. This can be paid online and every time you enter, showing receipt is must.   

Student Visa:

You can get this visa if you have enrolled yourself in an educational institute in this nation. It is valid until the course you are taking have officially ended.

Contracted Personnel Visa:

This visa is given to the individuals who work for an Argentinean company and are planning to live in this country, and is authorized to employ foreign workers. You can also apply either beforehand or after you enter the country.

There are many other different types of visas you can apply according to your purpose of visiting the country like Financier visa and Pensioner visa. 

Documents required:

  • Police report copy from your home country that was issued within six months of your visa application.
  • Police report copy from Argentina from the main Police Station. Fill the form there, attach a photo, passport photocopy, give fingerprints and pay fees.
  • Original Birth Certificate that is attested in your home country, translated in Spanish and legalized in Argentina.
  • A notarized photocopy of your passport translated in Spanish and legalized.
  • Recent passport size photos for visa application, etc.

Apply for National Identity Card (DNI) within 90 days of entering in Argentina. This is a must as this number is usually necessary to contract utility services, rent apartments and make large purchases. Also apply for Temporary or Permanent Resident through the Immigration Authorities (Direccion Nacional de Migraciones)

You can also get a tax number (CUIT for independent workers and CUIL for employees) through the Fiscal Authorities (AFIP – Administracion Federal de Ingresos Publicos). This number is important so that you will be able to work and receive a salary, or to start a business. 

For more information please visit:  immiguides.com   

People:

Citizens from Argentina are called Argentines, Argentineans or Argentinians. This connection can be legal, residential, cultural or historical. Argentina is a multiethnic nation with people from Amerindian, African European and Asian descent or combination of these groups. There are many ethnic groups in this country, European – 95% (Spanish or Italian descent); Mestizos, Amerindian, and other nonwhite groups – 5%). Religions followed by the population are Roman Catholic 92%, Protestant 2%, Jews 2%, other 4%. People here are diverse, engaging and vibrant. Argentineans have different ancestors, Americans, Europeans, Spanish, Indians, Africans, Indigenous and German as a result there is diversity in their culture. These people are generally polite, courteous and charming. Even in casual meet, they address each other with love and respect. To greet a person, shaking hands, a squeeze of arm and a hug is common. Skin color ranges here from white to black and most people are of mixed race. A person of Indian or Spanish descent is called Mestizo. These people live in towns and villages, in central Argentina. People here do speak in Spanish, but their Spanish language is different from the Spanish language spoken in the European Countries. 

Job offers:

If you want to work in this country first, you need to get a work visa, then you must work in this nation. The work visa requires applicants to get a valid employment agreement with an Argentinean Company. The common jobs in this country are in education sector, especially teaching with ESL and TEFL certificate. English speaking teaches are always in high demand and individuals having solid credentials will find higher paying teaching positions in this nation. Also you can find jobs in the Hospitality and tourism sector, as this nation is a tourist spot and full of tourists all year round. Argentina is one of the tourist’s attractions in the world. It is one of the most visited countries for tourism and jobs. There are many jobs available in the tourism industry. If you have skills in other profession, there are also many opportunities in other fields as well. Learning the local language Spanish will also help you to get there. Jobs in this country will also help you to expand your network and develop your skills. Getting job in this country can be tough as there is so much competition and people are highly qualified. But it is not impossible to get one, the only thing to keep in mind is to be persistent, be polite and make international contacts as much as possible.

Jobs in demand are Teaching English, Resort Manager or other staff, Public health and Medicine, advertising, marketing, Security officer, Community Service, transportation, distribution, Accounting, Software engineer, Environmental Scientists, marketing manager, manufacturing and production industry, etc.

How to get a job offer:

  • Search online
  • Apply after finding a suitable company
  • Give interview online or in person
  • Sign a contract offered by the School or Company
  • Submit your documents in order to get a job

For more information please visit: www.internations.org

Unemployment rate:

The unemployment rate in Argentina was declined to 6.9% in the second quarter of the year 2022, from the first quarter which was 7.0% in the year 2022. The rate was 8.2% in the previous year 2021. It is the lowest unemployment rate since the year 2015, which was 5.9%, with the total employment rate increasing from 43.6% in the last quarter to 44.6%, rose from 42.9% in second quarter of previous year. Employment rate in trades and construction increased from 7.8% to 8.5% and 3.6% to 4.0%, respectively. The jobless rate refers to the share of working force that is unemployed but is available for work and seeking for it. The rate is as high because of the job losses in commerce, distribution, tourism and several other sectors, same as the absence of a system of unemployment benefits, like many other countries in the year 2021. Inflation increased, shown in higher food, health, medicines and housing prices. This unemployment rate is decreased since the pandemic has started in the year 2020 as the unemployed population got jobs and the number of employed increased. At the same time the number of economically active population has risen. On a seasonal basis, the unemployment rate eased to 3.5% in the month of February 2022. 

For more information please visit: tradingeconomics.com

Economy:  

Argentina is a developing country with the second largest national economy in whole South America after Brazil. Argentina is benefited from rich natural resources of this country, highly literate population, agricultural sector and diverse industrial base. The economy of this nation has been very uncertain, sometimes with very high growth and after some time with severe recessions. But since past many years the economy is rising and this nation is considered as an upper middle income country. This nation exports Soybean and derivatives, petroleum and gas, vehicle, corn, wheat. This economy is depended on agriculture, production and distribution to the consumers. Natural resources, Food processing, services, banking, construction, and oil, tourism are the main industries contributing the economy. This nation is also a big exporter of beef, grapes, citrus, honey, maize, sorghum, soybean, squash, sunflower seeds and yerba mate. Natural resources extracting activities, such as gas and petroleum, coal, metals and minerals mining, are growing industries. Goods imported by this nation are Machinery, motor vehicles, petroleum and natural gas, organic chemicals, plastics. 

For more information please visit: en.wikipedia.org

Renting and buying of real estates for foreigners: 

Renting

Renting a property, anywhere in this country is not difficult for foreigners. You can rent it on a short or a long term basis. The minimum duration for a lease agreement is two years and maximum is upto ten years. Shorter duration leases are very less, but still you can find it in major cities like Buenos Aires. Renting an apartment or a house is cheaper than many other countries in North America and Europe. The most expensive city in this county is the capital, the Buenos Aires. The amount of rent may vary from city to city as it depends on the neighborhood, market, size of the property, city centre. Prices in the major cities are comparatively higher than the rural areas. Major cities like Cordoba, Rosario, Mendoza, Tucuman, etc are also expensive. You can search for an accommodation online or hire a broker. They will help you to find a reliable and comfortable accommodation. Both the furnished and unfurnished flats are available. 

Documents: 

  • Passport
  • National Identity Card (DNI)
  • Documents issued by the Argentinean Government
  • Tax number (CUIT for independent workers/CUIL for employees)
  • Work permit/Bank Statement

Buying

Owning a property in Argentina is possible for foreigners as there are no restrictions on expats buying it in this country, excepting the properties in the rural areas and near the coastal sides. The good thing is there are many similar rules and regulation for foreigners as well as the local citizens regarding buy a property, with some minor differences. Property prices may vary due to various aspects. For instance, the property is in the city centre or is in outskirts, its size, or in the middle of the country, etc. Apart from the house price you will also need to pay the agency/brokers fees, notary and lawyer’s fee, acquisition fee, registration fee and the title insurance, payments for water and electricity. It is not necessary in most places to get a residence visa while buying a property or land, but expats must pay a custom bond and a yearly ‘guarantee’ on the goods until they have a permanent residence visa. 

Documents

  • Passport
  • Tax ID (Clave de Identificacion)
  • Promissory Agreement with the payment
  • Purchase or Sale Agreement
  • Title transfer papers
  • Correspondence Taxes Slips

For more information please visit: expatarrivals.com  

Climate:

The weather in Argentina is as diverse as the landscape of the country. From the subtropics in the north to the icy glaciers in the couth and the windy plains of Patagonia, this nation spans a host of climate zones. The capital, Buenos Aires is in the middle of the country having temperate climate with southern hemisphere climate pattern. The climate of this whole country is perfect for those who want a beach holiday. There are regional variations in this country’s weather. Summer is the also the rainy season in this country. The rainy season has moderate humidity levels. Winter is the dry season. Frost is common in June and July and the southern and central part of the country experiences snowfall as well. 

Summer Season: This season starts from the month of December till the month of February. Average temperature in this season can differ dramatically depending upon whether you are in the north or south part of this country. Temperature in the capital city ranges from 59° to 86° F. Daylight hours in this season ranges between thirteen hours per day in October to fourteen hours per day in November, December, January and February. 

Winter Season: This season starts from the month of May till the month of September. This is the cooler time of the year. Temperature in winter season of the capital city drops to 45° to 63°F, from May to September. Average Daylight hours ranges eleven hours in early and late winter and ten hours each day in mid winter. 

For more information please visit: climateandweather.com

Languages:

The official language of Argentina is Spanish. Spanish is the first and second language spoken by nearly all of population of this country. English is another language spoken in Argentina and is mandatory in primary educational institutions. Guarani and Quechua are other widely spoken languages in this nation by the population. Other than English, Argentina Sign Language (LSA) is another language used by deaf communities. Immigrant languages spoken in their ethnic communities all over the country are German, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Belarusian, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Yiddish, etc. Populations here are bilingual or multilingual as they can speak more than two languages. Many are people are multilingual, can speak, write and understand these languages and are fluent in it. However English language is very much used at the popular tourist destinations in this country and near the border of the Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay. To greet someone you can say “HOLA” means ‘hello’ in Spanish and other words like “Buenos dias” ‘Good Morning’; Buenas Noches” ‘Good evening/Night’; “Como estas” ‘How are you’ will surely help you to start a conversation.

For more information please visit: en.wikipedia.org

Traffic:

Expats can drive in this Argentina with a valid driving license. To drive in this country, you do not need an international driving license, instead, your driver’s license from your home country and passport is enough. All the road sign boards are easily understandable, even though they are written in Spanish. Traffic runs on the right hand side of the road, like many other countries in the world. Roads are full of dirt and gravel in some parts of the islands, forests or rural areas. Most of the places, have gravel and potholes on the road. To drive on these roads you need a sturdy two-wheeler or four-wheeler vehicle. Highway and motorways are well maintained. Most of the roads are paved and are in good condition. Seat belts are mandatory for both, the driver and the passenger. Traffic rule for drinking and driving is not followed very strictly here, hence people drive on the roads after drinking so being alert while driving is important. Driving here is rough, unlike Europe and America. Traffic jams are common in Buenos Aires city and you can easily stick in for an hour or two. If you don’t want to experience the jam then it’s a friendly advice to be more attentive while driving as not all the people follow the driving rules.

You can hire a rental car in the city you are planning to stay in this nation. There are many roundabouts, speed bumps, where you must reduce the speed of your vehicle.

There are different speed limits given by the Argentinean government. In cities, speed limit is from 40 km/h to 60 km/h (25 to 37 mph). In small towns and villages, speed should be 110 km/h (68 mph). And on highways it is 120 km/h to 130 km/h (74.5 to 81 mph), depending on the area you are driving through.

Documents

  • Passport or green card
  • Valid driving license
  • Vehicle Registration Proof
  • Insurance papers of the vehicle
  • Contract papers from the rental company

For more information visit: www.tripsavvy.com

Currency:

Argentina’s official currency is peso ($). The sign for the US Dollar and Argentinean peso ($) is same as they have the common origin from Spanish dollar. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $ or ARS to distinguished it from other dollar denominated currencies. The peso is divided into 100 centavos. The currency is minted by the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic and the paper currency is minted in six denominations, which are 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and coins as pesos 1, 2, 5, 10.  Centavos in 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 are the coins still circulating and valid in the country but are no longer minted by the Bank. One centavo coins were last minted in the year 2001. In the year 2017, a new series of coins was issued in denominations of $1 and $5, followed by $2 and $10 in the year 2018.

Payment Transaction:

There are various methods of payment used in Argentina. Payments can be made in this country through online, cash or cards, or by digital wallet, especially in big cities like Buenos Aires. You can use these payment options in major stores, restaurants, hotels and hospitals. Cash is the original and the oldest payment method, used by more than 90% population, so you’ll need some pesos on hand. PagoFacil and RapiPago are the most used online payment methods, these days used by the locals and foreigners. Cards can be used and accepted in this country. Visa is the most common and widely accepted card; however MasterCard and American Express are less popular. And so it is suggested to take along a Visa card with you while traveling. Bank transfers are also used by most of the expats as well as locals. This nation has one of the fastest growing mobile driven e-commerce markets in the South America. Non cash payment methods currently used in this country are cheques, debit cards, credit cards, etc. Apparently, it’s anytime you pay without physically handing over notes and coins.

Payment Methods:

  • Cash
  • Credit Cards
  • Cheques
  • Digital Wallets
  • Bank Transfers

For more information visit: dlocal.com

Cost of living: 

According to a survey the cost of living in the Argentina is more expensive than the 30% of cities in the whole American continent and cost of living in the Buenos Aires is expensive than the 52% of cities in the World. Average living cost in Argentina depends upon your lifestyle or your current situation, like whether you are working or a student. Cost of living varies from city to city and also if you are staying alone or with your family. The average monthly expense for a single person is approximately ARS$148,500. And the monthly expense will rise if you want to move along with your family of four persons, which will be ARS$357,500. Food is cheap and if you are staying in a city where you can go by bicycle, walking till your university or office or live in a city with a good public transport system, then your cost of living will be much lower.

Monthly rent will cost more in the urban areas or in the coastal areas than the cost of rent in rural areas. Expense will also rise if you need bigger accommodation, than the smaller one. Average living cost depends upon your lifestyle or your current situation, like whether you are working or a student. 

Here are some products mentioned below, so that you will get a clear idea of the cost of living: 

Product

Quantity

Amount in Peso (ARS$)

Whole Fat Milk

1 lit

169

Eggs

12 (a dozen)

333

Tomatoes

1 Kg (2 lb.)

232

Chicken

500 grams (1 lb)

448

Dining (Lunch)

Full meal

1,950

Fast food meal

Combo

1,244

Bread

2 loaf

103

Internet

8 mbps (1 month)

2,515

Cleaning help

Hourly

554

Gas in vehicle

1 lit

153

Doctor

Short visit

2,390

Movie Tickets

For 2

5,078

For more info visit: expatistan.com

Apartment Rent:

Buenos Aires is the most expensive place to rent a residential property, followed by Cordoba, Rosario, Mendoza, and Tucuman in this country. Also, cites on the coastal areas in different provinces has the expensive apartments. Argentina is eight percent more expensive than the country Mexico. Fully furnished one bedroom apartment in the city centre will cost you approx ARS$71,700 and same apartment, outside city will cost approx ARS$40,650. A furnished studio apartment of 2 to 3 bedrooms in the city centre will cost you approx ARS$61,100 and outside the city it will cost you approx ARS$99,140. After visiting on the below given link you will get the ideas of the cost of monthly rent. You will find the apartments online or with the help of a local friend. Property showing websites also mentions prices below so that you can choose according to your need and comfort. 

For more info visit: expatistan.com

Taxes:

Individual resident in this country is taxable on their worldwide income and can get a tax credit for paid taxes on income from foreign earnings. Expats and non-residents are only taxable on their Argentinean source of income. Residents and non-residents are taxed at progressive income tax rate band from five percent to thirty five percent. However, special taxes are applicable on these individuals, if they derive gains from dividends/securities, interests and property (real estate). Foreigners do not have to pay tax in this country on non-Argentinean income. In this nation, the tax policy is implemented by the Federal Administration of Public Revenue, subordinate to the Ministry of Economy. Taxes are imposed on operations carried out on the national territory of the nation and in marine areas fully covered by the national tax policy. Taxes are also levied on import and export operations, operated by tax laws and custom regulations. In Argentina, a tax year is of twelve months. The main sources of state budget revenues in this country are: 

  • Income Tax (imposed on enterprises and individuals)
  • Value-added Tax
  • Internal Taxes

For more information please visit: wikipedia.org and taxsummaries.pwc.com

Health Insurance:  

Argentinean healthcare system is better among most South American countries, especially in major cities like Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Salta, Mendoza and La Plata. Healthcare system here has three categories Private, Public and Social Security Healthcare, unlike most other countries in the world. With this you can also get the Expat health insurance. In this country locals and expats, both can take advantage of government funded programs. Emergency, inpatient and outpatient care is absolutely free. The only thing you have to pay is for medicines. Above all, the staff is well trained and qualified. The only thing you have to do is be fluent in Spanish, as not all the medical staff is bilingual or multilingual. In public healthcare system the drawback is, it takes too long to wait in queue. If you want to get a quick response then you can choose the private healthcare system, which is a bit expensive. Social security healthcare system is also known as Obras Sociales. These services are given to the working professionals, employees and employers. They have to pay compulsory premiums for this semi private insurance plan. Most locals opt for this plan as this gives better overage and if the amount exceeds of medical care, the employer or the employee has to pay the difference.

For more information visit: insubuy.com

Important addresses : 

Aeroparque Internacional Jorge Newbery:
Av. Costanera Rafael Obligado s/n, C1425 CABA,
Argentina     
Ph: +54 11 5480-6111

Ezeiza International Airport:
AU Tte. Gral. Pablo Riccheri Km 33,5, B1802 Ezeiza,
Provincia de Buenos Aires,
Argentina   
Ph: +54 11 5480-6111

San Fernando International Airport:
y Balcarce, RP202, B1646 San Fernando,
Provincia de Buenos Aires,
Argentina   
Ph: +54 11 4714-7857

Ushuaia Airport (USH):
V9401 Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province,
Argentina  
Ph: +54 2901 43-1232

Terminal de Omnibus de Buenos Aires:
Av. Antartida Argentina,
Calle 10 &, Buenos Aires,
Argentina     

Bus Stop Line 132:
AAF, Av. Cordoba 637, C1054 C1054AAF,
Buenos Aires,
Argentina

92 Bus Stop:
C1425DTI, Billinghurst 1787,
C1425DTI CABA,
Argentina

Embajada de la India: 
Torre Madero, Av. Eduardo Madero 942 Piso 19,
C1106 CABA, Argentina   
Ph: +54 11 4393-4156

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:  
Olga Cossettini 831, Buenos Aires,
Argentina
Ph: +54 11 4338-0050

Embajada de Israel:    
Av. de Mayo 701, C1070 CABA,
Argentina              
Ph: +54 11 3724-4500

Embassy of Australia:  
Villanueva 1400, C1426 BMJ,
Buenos Aires,
Argentina          
Ph: +54 11 4779-3500       

Summary:

Argentina, a beautiful country famous for its scenic beaches, flora and fauna, dense forests and wetlands. Ibera wetlands is Located in the northeast of the country, covering a huge swathe of land. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will revel in exploring all that it has to offer. Encompassing rivers, lakes, swamps, and wetlands, the watery world is fascinating to hike, horseback ride or kayak through. The ecological preserve is home to many iconic South American animals including anacondas, armadillos, caimans, capybaras, howler monkeys, the ostrich like rhea and more than 350 rare and endangered bird species. The city of Puerto Madryn is a popular summer destination because it’s beautiful beaches. With the explosion of tourism in recent years, Madryn has seen a rapid growth, and the town’s small permanent population swells exponentially during the summer months. Whale watching tours are also popular as the Southern Right Whale uses the waters of Gulfo Nuevo for breeding and giving birth. From July to September the whales are so close they can be viewed from the mainland. A South American Country with breathtaking places, pleasant climate and a fun spot for adventurous people. This nation is culturally accessible and has a rich history, great food, many cultural attractions. People are friendly, fashionable, happy, modern and peace loving. It provides good healthcare system to locals as well as foreigners. This nation is one of the most visited countries; as a result there are plenty of job opportunities in the tourism sector and hotel industries. English in high demand, so you can get jobs accordingly. Cost of living is cheap here as well as this nation gives you a better lifestyle compared to the other American and European countries which is why many people choose this place to settle down and live a relaxed life.

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