Argentina – New Appointment System Creates Appointment Delays and Increased Processing Times

What has changed

On October 29, 2018, the Argentina Immigration Office implemented a new appointment system for in-country (not consular) Residence/Work Visa applications. Currently, the new appointment system is in the early stages of implementation, which has led to system failures and delays to scheduled and prepaid appointments lodged within the previous system.

Presently, the cash payment option for preferential appointments is unavailable, and payment must be made by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express). In order for the Immigration Office to review required application documents, they must now be scanned and uploaded into the new system.

An Argentine Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is now required to apply for a Transitory Work Authorization (ninety [90] day work permit). The Argentine PCC is now included in the application process and is obtained internally (applicants will not have to complete any additional steps). However, since the new system is still at the implementation stage, it may be necessary to apply separately for the Argentine PCC beforehand.

Previously, the Argentine PCC was processed separately, and the old appointment system required application documents and payments to be submitted in-person.

Who is affected

All clients who currently employ foreign nationals in Argentina or planning to send foreign employees to Argentina in the upcoming days/months.

What to expect

Currently, the new appointment system is not recognizing new applications. Emigra Worldwide is presently working with the Argentina Immigration Office on how to proceed on a case-by-case basis.

Emigra Worldwide will monitor developments and keep clients informed about updates relating to the implementation of the new appointment system and the impact on ongoing and upcoming assignments.

Emigra Worldwide strongly recommends applicants use a credit card with sufficient funds available to pay for government fees.

What you need to do

  • Emigra Worldwide can provide an assessment on a case-by-case basis.
  • Employers and Applicants should take into account the undefined processing times which may impact the overall time required to complete the Residence/Work Visa.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.