Many people are asking how long it takes to get Argentina Citizenship and Argentina Permanent Residency.  The short answer is not long compared to other countries.  Argentina is a welcoming country for people who will contribute to their society and if you come from one of the Mercosur countries it will take even less time for your citizenship and permanent residency.  For full details head down to our citizenship and residency sections.

And what are expats doing in Argentina?  Well, some expats are working in large multinationals based in Buenos Aires.  You will find oil and gas, banking, and agricultural companies.  Others provide services including information technology (IT), marketing, teaching and design.

Argentina offers an amazing quality of life; the beautiful mountain ranges, tropical north and Patagonia in the south offer a wide range of scenery and opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.  The laid-back lifestyle makes Argentina a great place for a new start.

Good health care services and affordable living standards have convinced expats from all over the world to call Argentina their new home.   English is widely spoken and used in business but speaking Spanish, Argentina’s official language will definitely be a benefit in finding a job and making new friends.

Living in Argentina

If you are interested in Argentinian culture, then this book is for you. Argentina has a culture all its own, with strong links to its place in South America and at the same time links to a European heritage. There is a wonderful history of achieving in fields such as art, music, design, film and literature. When it comes to house design and interior decoration, the Argentinians have a great talent for bring together the new and the old with rich colours and textiles. Angelika Taschen invites readers to admire this selection of houses, apartments, ranches, polo grounds, and more.
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Argentina Residency

Investment Visa

  •  If you invest more than 1.5 million Argentine Pesos (approx USD$41000) in an in any lawful activity linked to a productive activity, trade or services, you can apply for residency.  The project needs to be presented to a number of government bodies translated into Spanish and can take a number of months.  Click here for more information

Family Visas

  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Argentina, you are probably eligible for residency. You can apply for citizenship after being resident in Argentina for a period of 2 years. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
  • If your child is a citizen or permanent resident of this country, you may apply for a parent residential visa.
  • Please see the section below for getting citizenship through your parents.

Work Visas

There are many types of work visas available but here are a few of the more common ones:

  • 24h is a visa to allow you to enter as a business visitor.  This is issued for 30 days but can be extended up to 90 days.  
  • For longer visits you need a Temporary Residence visa such as the Inter company transfer visa (23E) or the 23A if you are being locally hired.  In these instances the company that is hiring uou needs to apply on your behalf.  You cannot enter Argentina whilst the visa application is pending.
  • If you are an Australian, New Zealand, Danish, French or Irish citizen between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible under the Working and Holiday Visa programme. Note: you may need a letter of government support to undertake this type of visa.

GDP Per Capita
$11,452  (Rank: 62)
Disposable Income
$1,019  (Rank: 68)
Life Expectancy
76.30  (Rank: 49)
Education Index
78.00%  (Rank: 36)
Corruption Index
36%  (Rank: 95)
Murders Per Year
1,360  (Rank: 153)
Crime Index
62.63  (Rank: 104)
Environmental Protection
49.55%  (Rank: 93)
Gender Equality
73.50%  (Rank: 33)
Annual Tourists
5,931,000  (Rank: 47)

Live Well for Less in Argentina: Residency and Retirement

Dolores Johnson retired with her husband from the East Coast of the USA to Buenos Aires, Argentina. She talks through their experiences from immigration documents, to settling in to the actual move abroad and more. A great read if you are thinking of moving to Argentina.

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Cigna Global Health Insurance

We searched for the best Health insurance options for our Expat community. Cigna Global gives you access to thousands of quality health care providers and hospitals around the world. You can also tailor your policy according to what you need.

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Argentina Lonely Planet

Published in August 2018, this is the guide book that you need whether you are taking a short trip or heading to Argentina to live there forever. Insiders Tips, essential information, where to stay and what to do. This is the guide to choose.

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Population Density

16 per square km

Argentina Citizenship

Citizenship by Birth

If you were born in Argentina, you are most likely a citizen.

Citizenship by Descent

If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.

Citizenship by Naturalization

You can apply to become a citizen of Argentina if you are over 18 years old and have been living in Argentina for 2 years. You need to prove income or proof of employment, proof of uninterrupted residence as well as other things such as your DNI (residency card) and passport.

An interesting fact about Argentina is that you cannot renounce your citizenship. 

Argentina does allow dual citizenship.

Quality of Life

Rank: 37

Cost of Living

Rank: 53


Rank: 104

Average Temp.


Rank: 128

Resources & Links

The passport for Argentina allows you to travel to 150 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 39.

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