Argentina Country Profile

Passport
For more details visit Argentina Passport Ranking
  • Passport Grade
    B+
  • Passport Ranking
    52/198
  • Passport Score
    150.3/198
  • Visa-free Countries
    146
  • Visa-required Countries
    52
  • Access to the World's GDP
    45%
  • Access to the World's Surface Area
    51%
  • Access to the World's Population
    42%
  • Access to the Unesco Sites
    76%
Citizenship and Naturalization
Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
  • Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
    Yes
    Unrestricted: Any child born in the country automatically becomes a citizen.
Naturalization - Standard Conditions
  • Minimum residency period
    2 years
  • Physical presence requirement
    At least 6 months a year
  • Language test
    No
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
    No
  • Can minor children naturalize?
    No, a child must turn 18 to naturalize
  • Can naturalized parents pass citizenship to a child born abroad?
    No
  • Can you lose naturalization due to prolonged absence/ naturalization elsewhere?
    Yes / Yes
Naturalization - Your Spouse is a Citizen
  • Living IN the country: Residency/marriage requirement
    6 months / 6 months
    The law states you can apply immediately after marriage. In practice, it's best to wait at least 6 months.
  • Living ABROAD: Marriage requirement
    Not allowed
  • Language test
    No
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
    No
Naturalization - Other Beneficial Provisions
  • Your child is a citizen
    6 months
    Oficially, may apply immediately if you have a common child with an Argentinean citizen or have a child born in Argentina (jus soli). In practice, it's best to wait at least 6 months.
  • Citizens of specific countries
    No provisions
"–": The provision has not been analysed.
Taxation
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Taxation Type
    Residence-based
A tax resident of a country with a RESIDENCE-BASED tax system pays taxes on their WORLDWIDE income. However, if you lose tax residency status there (e.g., by moving out), the country will generally stop taxing you.

New residents can avoid taxation of non-Argentinean income for 5 years by signing a work contract with a local company (among some other requirements).
Argentina is part of the Mercosur, allowing its citizens to obtain residency in any other Mercosur country using a simplified procedure.
Schiff Sovereign's Take on Argentina
About 150 years ago, Argentina was one of the primary destinations for European emigration, alongside the US. 

Genetically speaking, Argentina ranks as the most “European” country in South America, followed by Uruguay, which is much smaller. More than 60% of Argentines trace their ancestry to Italy.

Historically, Argentina also boasted one of the richest economies in the world.

Today, those days are sadly gone, thanks to the populist socialist political forces that have dominated the country’s politics for decades.

Present-day Argentina is very corrupt, and it’s a terrible place to do business. 

Yet, Argentina remains surprisingly livable. Many Sovereign Man team members living in Chile loved visiting Argentina to enjoy steaks with a bottle of Malbec. (Argentina is a true paradise for carnivores and wine-lovers.)

Also, the continuous devaluation of the Argentine peso versus major world currencies makes this country amazingly cheap to live in, offering what is likely the best quality-of-life-to-price ratio in the Americas if you’re earning in dollars. 

This fact attracts scores of digital nomads to Argentine shores. It’s also a good place for families with kids, as long as you stay in the safer, expat-laden areas.

Buenos Aires is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, with lots to see and do. It is also often called the Paris of South America, thanks to some of the beautiful (but now rather run-down) architecture.

On the downside, rising crime in Buenos Aires is a factor you cannot ignore.

Argentina, however, is not only about Buenos Aires. It’s a massive country, full of varying topography, and it’s incredibly beautiful. Wide-open spaces in the Patagonian Pampas and the scenic beauty of northern Argentinian wine country attract people from all over the world.

Argentina can be very interesting as a place to obtain second citizenship; you can become eligible for naturalization after just two years of residency there. That's the fastest such timeline in the world.

And during that time, you won’t even necessarily have to pay a fortune in taxes. A tax law provision allows new residents to avoid taxation on worldwide income for five years under certain circumstances.

We also argue that Argentina is an excellent place to have your baby, as your naturalization timeline in this case becomes even faster.
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Service Providers available in Argentina
  • Immigration (residency, citizenship)
  • Tax advice (attorneys and/or accountants)
  • Corporate services (company formation, etc.)
  • Real Estate (agents, lawyers)
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Argentina Overview
  • Region
    North and South America
  • Capital City
    Buenos Aires
  • Largest City
    Buenos Aires
  • Currency
    Argentine peso
  • Languages
    Spanish, Italian, etc.
  • Population
    47.3 million (31st)
  • Life Expectancy
    78.3 years (73rd)
  • GDP (Nominal)
    $630.7 billion (24th)
  • GDP/Capita
    $13,326 (74th)
Useful Data
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Cost of Living
    Dirt-cheap (1/7)
  • Climate
    Very comfortable (1/5)
  • Safety
    Average (4/7)
  • Pollution
    Average (3/5)
  • English Proficiency
    Moderate (3/5)

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Second Residency

Argentina Rentista Visa 2023: A closer look at this updated residency program

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