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Argentina Baby Child Birth Citizenship Born Argentina Tourism Visa Child +1 (617) 610-2156



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Acquisition of Argentine Citizenship by a Child Born Abroad

Birth Abroad to Two Argentine Citizen Parents in Wedlock

To begin with, a child born abroad to two Argentine citizen parents acquires Argentine citizenship at birth provided that one of the parents had a residence in Argentina or one of its outlying possessions prior to the child’s birth. Also, the child is considered to be born in wedlock for the purposes of citizenship acquisition when the genetic and/or gestational parents are legally married to each other at the time of the child’s birth and both parents are the legal parents of the child under local law at the time and place of birth.

Birth Abroad to One Citizen and One Alien Parent in Wedlock

Actually, a child born abroad to one Argentine citizen parent and one alien parent acquires Argentina citizenship at birth provided the Argentine citizen parent was physically present in Argentina or one of its outlying possessions for the time period required by the law applicable at the time of the child’s birth. Then, the Argentine citizen parent must be the genetic or the gestational parent and the legal parent of the child under local law at the time and place of the child’s birth to transmit Argentine citizenship.

Birth Abroad Out-of-Wedlock to an Argentine Citizen Father

As a matter of fact, a person born abroad out-of-wedlock to an Argentine citizen father may acquire Argentine citizenship provided:

  1. A blood relationship between the person and the father is established by clear and convincing evidence;
  2. The father had the nationality of Argentina at the time of the person’s birth;
  3. He was physically present in Argentina or its outlying possessions prior to the child’s birth
  4. Unless deceased, the has agreed in writing to provide financial support for the person until the person reaches the age of 18 years, and
  5. While the person is under the age of 18 years —
  • the person is legitimated under the law of his/her residence or domicile,
  • the father acknowledges paternity of the person in writing under oath, or
  • the paternity of the person is established by adjudication of a competent court.

Birth Abroad Out-of-Wedlock to an Argentine Citizen Father.

Additionally, a child born out-of-wedlock to an Argentine citizen father may acquire Argentine citizenship if the Argentine citizen father, prior to the child’s birth, had been physically present in Argentina or one of its outlying possessions.



Birth Abroad Out-of-Wedlock to an Argentine Citizen Mother:

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Argentina Baby Child Birth Citizenship Born Argentina Tourism Visa Child +1 (617) 610-2156

A person born abroad out-of-wedlock to an Argentine citizen mother may acquireArgentine citizenship if the mother was an Argentine citizen at the time of the person’s birth and if the mother was physically present in Argentina or one of its outlying possessions for a continuous period of one year prior to the person’s birth. Likewise, the Argentine citizen mother must be the genetic or the gestational mother and the legal parent of the child under the local law at the time and place of the child’s birth to transmit Argentine citizenship.


Birth tourism: the best countries that give citizenship by birth

Birth tourism is simple: have a child in a country that provides benefits to all children born there and gives your child the passport you could never have. In many cases, parents of such children enjoy a faster naturalization timeline, as well.

Similarly, the process of “jus soli” is generally available to anyone who has a child on the territory of a birth tourism country, even if they are a temporary resident or (as is often bemoaned in the United States) an illegal alien. However, the only people whose children don’t qualify for instant citizenship are diplomats.

Next, here is the full list of the best countries in which to give birth when seeking birth tourism options, excluding countries where a ban on the practice is currently underway.

1. Argentina
2. Belize
3. Bolivia
4. Brazil
5. Canada
6. Costa Rica
7. Dominica
8. Ecuador
9. El Salvador
10. Fiji
11. Grenada
12. Guatemala
13. Guyana
14. Honduras
15. Jamaica
16. Mexico
17. Nicaragua
18. Pakistan
19. Panama
20. Paraguay
21. Peru
22. St. Kitts and Nevis
23. St. Lucia
24. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
25. Trinidad and Tobago
26. Tuvalu
27. United States
28. Uruguay
29. Venezuela


How to become Argentinean

 Argentina – Visas & Permits

Argentinean citizenship can only be applied for after a number of years. To become an Argentinean citizen, you generally have to be a resident in Argentina for 2 years and fulfill certain conditions.

In most cases, you have to fulfill most or all of the following conditions:

  • Be older than 18 years of age
  • Uninterrupted residence of at least 2 years in Argentina, documented at the Dirección de Migraciones
  • Birth certificate legalized by the Argentinean consulate in your country of origin
  • Copy of your DNI and passport
  • Certificate of domicile
  • Proof of sufficient funds and/or an employment contract
  • If you have Argentinean children, a copy of the birth certificate and a certificate of the Immigration office

Double Nationality

Argentina has an agreement with the following countries to recognize double nationality:bChile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Italy, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

Getting and Applying for Permanent Residency in Argentina

After battling with piles of paperwork, one expat lives to tell the tale of dealing with ‘tramites’ in Argentina

I am currently working on obtaining permanent residency in Argentina, which seems to be an endless stream of tramites, fingerprints, background checks and standing in line. Tramites, which means paperwork and which is required to accomplish anything important in Argentina, is something I have learned to despise while living in this South American nation.
In the USA we know a bit about paperwork, and most of us have come to terms with the fact that it’s sometimes necessary to stand in line to get what you need. However, Argentines have taken the idea to a whole new level.
Paperwork for permanent residency in ArgentinaWhen it comes to tramites, it can feel like there is no end in sight. Even when you’ve submitted your seemingly final document, you are likely not actually done.  When the government says you need “these five things”, you actually need 11 things. Sometimes you only find out after waiting for your tramites to be processed that you need more documents. Furthermore, often only upon inquiring about the status of your paperwork are you notified that your application cannot be processed because you must turn in more paperwork.

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Another fascinating, if not frustrating, aspect regarding tramites is that few government agencies actually know what any of the other agencies do. When you ask about your next step, they will almost always tell you, with unwavering certainty, that you need to go to ‘such and such’ government office to get a ‘stamp’, and then to the bank to pay to a fee.
Something most expats will likely find bizarre is that in order to pay these government agency fees, it isn’t just a matter of writing a personal check or paying with your debit card online. In some cases you will need to navigate to a specific website, decipher which ‘coupons’ apply to your situation, print them off and go to the national bank to pay them.
Further complicating matters is the fact that in my experience, many times government agencies give you directives that are completely wrong. As an expat, I tend to follow every instruction like a sheep to the slaughter, which leads to a lot of wasted time and a lot of frustration. On the other hand, though, Argentines are accustomed to such shenanigans and seem to have a built-in filter for heeding government employee advice with a grain of salt. Thus, it’s helpful to get a local to help you navigate the system.
Making it more difficult is the fact that government agencies either close early or close during siesta. Consequently, getting everything, or even half of your errands done, in one day is impossible.
Thus, expats planning to apply for their permanent residency, or accomplish anything that demands tramites in Argentina need to realize that processes like these take days, weeks, months and even years.  It’s just a matter of jumping through all of the ridiculous hoops and navigating public employees who are never in a hurry and are many times ill-informed.

The process of applying for permanent residency

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Argentina Baby Child Birth Citizenship Born Argentina Tourism Visa Child +1 (617) 610-2156

The process of obtaining permanent residency in Argentina is not as simple as one would hope.
It can take months or even years to fully complete the task. The first step is to educate yourself in regards to your eligibility and the documents you will need.
Once you have decided the best route to take in order to become a resident, you will need to bring all of the documents that you have collected to an immigration office for submission. If you have completed the application process properly, they will issue a document to you which bestows you certain rights while they decide whether or not to grant your residency request.
You will be asked to renew this document every six months until your request is either granted or denied. During this time you are allowed to stay and work in the country.
It’s possible that you may receive your permanent residency in a few months, but it isn’t likely. However, the wait will likely be several months, if not a few years.

Requirements for permanent residency application

The following individuals are eligible to apply for permanent residency in Argentina:
1. Spouse of an Argentine native or naturalized citizen
2. Parent of a child born in Argentina or a naturalized citizen of less than 18 years of age
3. Child of a native Argentine citizen or naturalized citizen
4. Spouse of a permanent resident
5. Parent of a permanent resident
6. Pensioner
7. Student
8. Entrepreneur/Business Person
9. Financier
10. Owner of Foreign Company
11. Contracted Personnel from a company in Argentina
12. An Immigrant with Capital (investment required)

Documents for permanent residency application

Here are the documents that you MUST provide in order to apply for permanent residency:

  • Your birth certificate from your state of birth, not a hospital copy.  The certificate must be apostilled, and then translated and “stamped” by a college of translators in Argentina.
  • FBI, or the equivalent national body, record check (for applicants 16 years of age or older). Apostilled and submitted within 6 months from the time it was issued. It must be translated in the same manner as the birth certificate. A state or province criminal check will not be accepted.
  • Passport.  Photocopy all pages, including blank pages. If the passport is the “old” type, you must get it translated. Don’t forget to get to bring the actual passport when submitting documents.
  • Argentina criminal record check, called an “Antecedentes Penales”  (for applicants 16 years of age or older). You will need to go to the federal police and get fingerprinted, and then you will need to download some payment coupons from the immigration website. Afterward, take these coupons to the Banco Nacional and pay the corresponding fee. Additionally, send your packet, including the coupons, to the address provided on your forms.
  • If you are filing under ‘family status’ because you are either married to an Argentine or have a child (unmarried and under 18 years of age) who was born in Argentina, you will need the child’s/spouse’s national identity document (DNI) and copies of all pages. Then they may tell you to bring only the copies, but they will likely ask to see the original documents.
  • If you are filing because you have a child born in Argentina, you will need to provide the child’s original birth certificate AND a copy. But, if you are filing because you are married, bring your original marriage certificate and a copy.

Other Requirements

  • Photos. Passport photos will not work because they are too large. A DNI photo is much smaller and requires a slight turn of the head. Find a photoshop in Argentina and have them do the photos for you. Also, ask specifically for DNI photos. They only asked me for one photo, but the website indicates that you should bring two.
  • When you have submitted your paperwork and it appears that it is in order, they will hand you some payment coupons. Take these to the Banco Nacional and pay your 600 ARS fee. Then, bring the coupons back to the office immediately, and give them to the immigration officer.
  • Certificate of domicile or an invoice of any public service with your name. Nevertheless, if you don’t have utilities in your name, the certificate is easily obtained by visiting the police station nearest your residence.
Once all your errands are in order and submitted, you will then receive a CERTIFICADO DE RESIDENCIA PRECARIA.  Thus, with this certificate you have the following rights:
  • Receive payment for work
  • Obtain housing with the document
  • Study
  • Leave and reenter the country with the document.
The CERTIFICADO DE RESIDENCIA PRECARIA is not a DNI, and does not give you the right to receive a DNI. Actually, it simply provides you with the above rights while the government processes your request for permanent residency. The certificate is good for exactly six months. Then, you will need to visit your nearest immigration officer for a renewal. Also, it may be that your local Gendarmaria (military base) has an officer on staff.
Additionally, Argentina immigration has a website where you can attempt to check the status of your errands. However, it appears that they don’t bother using it.

Tips for getting and applying for permanent residency in Argentina

Relax. Put your mind in a completely different place. Things move slower here. Living in Argentina feels like walking in molasses at times. If you lower your expectations and relax, life will be much easier.
Get help. Even if you don’t seek the help of a professional, at least enlist the help of a friend. Also, trying to navigate the system on your own can be a daunting task, especially if you are not completely fluent in Argentine Spanish.
Get ready. If you are missing just one document it can stall your application process. Waiting a few months for a new document to arrive can lead to other documents expiring during that time. But, don’t wait until you are inside Argentina to get documents from your home country. However, by the time you receive them, they may have expired.
Follow through. When you think you have submitted everything and you have nothing to do but wait. Then, make a phone call and ask about the status of your application. However, it’s not uncommon to find out too late that “you” forgot something. Even though they didn’t bother to contact you regarding a missing document, it may because to restart the entire process. Thus, be diligent and don’t leave it to the government workers to notify you for any reason.



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