To remain compliant, any company sending foreign staff to work in Argentina must get work permits. While there are no rigorous permit requirements in Argentina, obtaining a work visa is a lengthy and complicated process. In addition, your organization will require a local corporate entity in Argentina to sponsor the work visas.
Types of work visas in Argentina
A 23 A or 23 E visa is required for most employees who plan to work in Argentina for more than 90 days. The majority of individuals traveling to Argentina for a year-long paid position are eligible for the 23 A visa. Employees can extend this visa for a longer time if necessary. Scientists, specialists, select managers, technicians, and administrative employees are eligible for the 23 E visa. If they fall under one of these categories, your staff may need to apply for a 23 E visa.
Certain South American ex-pats, such as those from Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, do not require any of the following visas. Citizens from MERCOSUR – the South American customs union — should inquire about the MERCOSUR visa at their nearest Argentine mission.
Requirements to obtain Argentina work visas
Before applying for a working visa in Argentina, your staff must meet several standards. They must first get an admission permit, commonly known as a permit of entry. As the employer, keep in mind that this stage must be handled by you, your office in Argentina, or an Argentine immigration lawyer. You can even apply on behalf of your staff for the permit. When it’s ready, it’ll be forwarded to the consulate or submitted to a visa application system.
All candidates who have a foreign labor contract must have it translated into Spanish. After that, it will be signed and certified by the Argentina Chamber of Commerce. Contracts must include information regarding the duration of a candidate’s work, firm data, names of any dependents, and proof of a social security fund. The files should then be sent to the Argentine consulate in the employee’s home country by your company.
Employees must apply for a work visa at the Argentinian consulate in their country of residence once they have received their residence permit. Attending a personal interview with consulate employees and paying all applicable application costs are all part of the application process. Employees will also be required to produce the following documents:
- A current passport
- 3 passport photographs
- A notarized confirmation of an intracompany transfer or an employment contract signed by the employer
- Their certificate of birth
- If applicable, a marriage certificate or divorce decree
- A letter of commendation for exemplary behavior
- An affidavit stating that they do not have a criminal record on the international level
- A certified copy of a degree certificate or other professional credentials.
Other Important Points to Consider
Your personnel must get a Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI) from the National Registry of People in Buenos Aires, commonly known as the Registro Nacional de Identificación y Estado Civil, after arriving in Argentina. Employees must pay a charge even though the application process is quick.
Spouses, parents, and children under the age of 18 should apply for a visa as dependents at the same time as your employee. Finally, employees must apply for a Código nico de Identificación Laboral (CUIL), which is akin to a social security number, with ANSES, generally known as the Argentine social security fund.