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Jos
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Username: Jos

Post Number: 22
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 10:18 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have fallen in love with Mendoza and a beautiful family I've met there. I have visited four times (no longer than two weeks).

I would like the opportunity to stay there longer than 90 days, possibly a year or two.

Aside from what I have already read in previous posts regarding traveling to Punta Del Este or Chile (closer to Mendoza) to have my passport restamped and extending my stay, is there any other way to be able to stay for at least a full year or two "legally"?

Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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movingtoargentina.typepad.com
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Username: Sapphos

Post Number: 131
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 6:51 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Jos,
You could try applying for a "rentista" visa if you can prove you have income coming in monthly. It would give you the option to stay longer without doing the tourist visa renewals every time. You would need to prove at least $1000 in monthly income that is verifiable with documentation from your bank, etc. You didn't say where you live, but if you think you qualify then there are consulate offices you can contact in New York, LA, and Miami for more information :-)

If you can't go this route - I would still consider doing the tourist visa.

Laura
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movingtoargentina.typepad.com
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Username: Sapphos

Post Number: 132
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 6:52 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Oh and don't forget to search through the posts since there are lots of great posts with a ton of good information all throughout the forum!
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Jos
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Username: Jos

Post Number: 23
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 11:17 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thank you Laura.

I live in New York. I am not of retirement age yet (I am 40 years old).

I own a home here and have good savings. I would have a place to stay in Argentina and can stretch a dollar with the best of them!

All I want to do is remove myself from New York into a more peaceful environment for a bit.

I called the Argentine Consulate and they suggested a rentista visa. Not sure what that means. I suppose that I can just keep leaving Argentina and having my passport stamped; thus buying me another 90 days each time.

Sounds bizarre. . .I have no relatives in Argentina. Just really good friends that have shown me that life does not have to be so hectic. I just don't want any legal hassles and that is what is making me nervous.

Most of the posts that I have read are very informative but relate to retirees and folks who have Argentine relatives.

I am just a city gal looking a temporary change in environment.

Will this be simple?. . .sigh

Again, thanks for responding.

Jos
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WTMendoza.com
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Username: Welcometomendoza

Post Number: 389
Registered: 7-2007


Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 12:34 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Jos,

Glad to hear yet another person talk about the magic of Mendoza - indeed it is special - there is just something about it, no?

"Rentista" means that the Arg govt is looking for your to provide proof of income resulting from a USA rental you manage and collect on, or enough similar type of automatic monthly income which proves to them you will not become a state liability when living here.

Without talking to you first hand, It sounds like indeed you may be better off renewing your 90 day visa with trips to the border and back, until you tire of this routine, discover more about Mendoza, and then reassess in the future.

In many cases, some people even choose to let that 90 day visa expire and then just pay the small penalty when they actually leave Argentina on their trip.

Where it gets complicated is if you buy property (vehicles, land, apartments etc). There are potential problems there that may haunt you in the future if you do it just on a tourist visa.

I do provide direct consulting about specifically living in Mendoza, feel free to contact me if you wish via Private Message here on Travel Sur

Good Luck and enjoy!

Cheers
Sean
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Jos
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Username: Jos

Post Number: 24
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 - 1:00 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks, Sean!

Mendoza is indeed a beautiful place!

Please see PM.

Jos

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