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Kristian Knowles
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Username: Krisknowles

Post Number: 3
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 8:58 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I am married to an Argentine lady. We married in the UK 12 years ago. About a year ago we decided to live here in Posadas, Misiones with family. I applied for permanent residency and for my DNI as a spouse of an argentine national through the local immigraion office. I was given and 'Residencia Precaria' by them on the 10 Jan 2011.

Here we are more than 10 months later and I still dont have anything else. I have renewed this document 3 times now. We have complained to the local office, and to Buenos Aires to no avail.

I found an advisory service on-line and they suggested it would normally take only 1-2 months. They said I should demand to know the reason for the hold up. The immigration people are not forthcoming with thier answer to this. Yesterday the local office said it could take up to 5 years for it to come through. I don't think that is right for a spouse of an argentine national?

I don't think I am able to officially work, or open a bank account or buy a property without my permanent residency and DNI. If I can't work, how do they expect me to live here and support the family without money for up to 5 years? If I have to go back to the UK, that would put an unnecessary strain on the marriage and I would miss seeing our son grow up. I want to open an office here and bring business into Argentina - it just seems crazy all of this!

Have any of you experience or advice that you could share?

I am thinking of going down a legal route to force them to declare whatever the issue is. But I don't know which law to quote? The advisory people said that because I started the process outside of BA that they can't help me. So I am stuck.

Sorry to unload my story of woe, but I can't be the only person who has gone through this?

Hope you can find the time to help.


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Sean Maddox
Senior Member
Username: Welcometomendoza

Post Number: 487
Registered: 7-2007

Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:07 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Kris,

It has been historically typical that getting your Residency/DNI booklet from the "interior" can take 8 to 18 months..despite improvements, etc...5 years is a total lie by that person who told you. Yes the BA headquarters handles the process, hence so long.

You can work by getting a CUIL from ANSES based on your "Precaria"
You can open a bank account and buy property with a simple CDI provided by your friendly neighborhood AFIP office.

When you buy property, make sure you "bring the money" in via officially approved channels and methods that Central Bank has approved, and get the seller to declare the real sale value of the property with the local "Registro de Propiedades" so you don't have tax problems later.

Welcome to Argentina:-)

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Username: Arial

Post Number: 363
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2011 - 12:36 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Kris, my heart goes out to you because I know how frustrating it can be. I was delayed a year getting my permanent residency because my immigration attorney didn't mention to me that if I was out of the country more than 30 days, they would not give me permanent.

I think things work better if you have representation, although it is expensive and an expense a lot of people want to avoid. In my case, I have permanent status now, and except for the lost year because of lack of knowledge, I didn't have nearly the problems I hear from other people.

I did easily open a bank account before I had even applied for residency. It is as Sean says (unless it has changed). So don't worry. I think you'll be able to make it all work.

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