Immigration and Visa Information Buenos Aires
Expats arriving to Buenos Aires from any part of the world can expect the same civic services available at any metropolitan area in Western Europe or the United States.
This includes an efficient and easy to use public transportation system, free healthcare for anyone (regardless of immigration or tourist status) and free higher education at the undergraduate level. Expect to pay a high price for some goods such as clothing and electronics, which are much more expensive in Argentina. If you don’t need many luxuries you can live quite inexpensively. If you want to enjoy some of the comforts of home, which includes pricey imported items — such as Apple products, peanut butter and brand name shoes, your life in Argentina will cost considerably more.
There is a high demand for native English teachers in the city for those who are qualified with a TEFL certificate or with teaching experience. This is a great option for those who do not speak Spanish yet. People who are able to speak fluent Spanish will have a much higher chance of gaining employment while living in Argentina, providing they are prepared to work for relatively low salaries compared to that they can earn in western countries. There are many expats living in Argentina that are able to find work teaching English as a foreign language and there are always jobs available for native English speakers. Jobs can also be regularly found within the tourist industry, if you are fluent in Spanish as well.
Don’t panic if you don’t have a work visa. Unofficially, most jobs you’ll find as a foreigner (teaching English, for example) don’t require work visas. In fact, forget about work visas completely unless a potential employer asks about your status. If having a visa becomes absolutely necessary for a dream job, hopefully the employer will sponsor you as either a freelance contributor or will help you obtain a full-time visa. Furthermore you have the option of getting a Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI), which allows expats to work in Buenos Aires on equal footing with any other Argentine, but unless employed as an expat by an international company, expats should expect a serious reduction in wages.
For those who decide they want to stay in Buenos Aires as a ¨perma-tourist¨ have the option of taking the ferry ride over to Uruguay, usually Colonia in order to get a new entrance stamp every three months. There also is the option to renew your visa online every three months for about 300 pesos. Many people have used these means to stay in the country for years, but sometimes you will get questioned for having multiple stamps on your passport. Furthermore if you accidentally overstay your visa, you won’t be in too much trouble, you just have to pay a fine. Although we don’t advice you to overstay your visa, you won’t catch too much slack if you do.