If your company is considering an expansion into Argentina, a fundamental part of the process will be bringing along employees from abroad to help with the expansion. For these employees to work in the country, they will need Argentina work visas.
Applying for Argentina work visas can be a complicated task, with various administrative and regulatory hurdles, along with a language barrier. If you don’t follow the proper procedures, you could end up with significant and expensive delays to your expansion.
At Horizons, our foreign expansion specialists provide a comprehensive selection of Argentina work visa solutions, immigration support, and outsourcing to give your organization everything necessary to expand into Argentina with the help of the best global talent.
Basic requirements for Argentina work visas
There are a number of basic requirements for any foreign employee looking to work in Argentina, some of which are the responsibility of the employer and some of which are the responsibility of the employee. Basic requirements include:
- Valid passport
- Application forms
- Birth certificate
- Proof of qualifications/work experience
- Application fees
- Job contract (translated into Spanish)
- Criminal record check
Types of Argentina visas
There are two main categories of work visas for foreign workers coming to Argentina long-term (more than 90 days):
- 23 A: the most commonly used Argentina work visa. This covers the majority of workers and is valid for one year with the option to extend.
- 23 E: a specialized visa for highly qualified workers in fields such as science, technology, and upper management.
How to get an Argentina work visa
Firstly, if your employees are from certain South American countries that are part of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), they may not have the normal visa requirements to work in Argentina. These countries include Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, and others.
Most foreigners will first need a permiso de ingreso (entry permit) to enable them to enter the country. The employer will generally handle this application.
After this, your employee will need a residency permit and a work visa (usually 23 A or 23 E) from their local Argentinian embassy or consulate. For this part of the process, they will generally need to have a face-to-face interview with the immigration officials and present the various documentation. Once this is approved, they are legally allowed to live and work in Argentina.
Once your employees arrive in Argentina, they will also need to register with the authorities and get a document called the Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI). This can be done at the National Registry of People, a government office located in the capital city of Buenos Aires.
Beyond this, every employee will also need to register for and receive a Código Unico de Identificación Laboral (CUIL), a national ID/social security number.
As the various applications can take up to several weeks to complete and be approved, it is important to start the process early.
Employees who wish to bring family members will need to be added to the employee’s visa applications and provide any necessary documents at the same time to avoid any delays.
How can Horizons help?
At Horizons, we help organizations successfully expand to Argentina, and we are experts in the process of obtaining work visas for foreign workers. Our Argentina work visa specialists offer reliable advice and tailored outsourcing services to support you through Argentina’s complex immigration process. We will ensure that you and your valued workforce are in full compliance with Argentina’s immigration and employment regulations, save you time, and provide answers to any questions you may have about the process.
Additionally, we offer extensive outsourcing solutions to cover recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, and more to help your company start trading in Argentina, even if you don’t have a registered subsidiary in the country.