Consulado General y Centro de Promoción Argentina de la República Argentina en New York Estados Unidos de América

Student Visas

On August 18, 2006, a NEW REGULATION concerning student visas was enforced. “Disposición 20.699/2006” of the Argentine Immigration Authority (Dirección Nacional de Migraciones), sets out different requirements according to the nationality of the prospective student, length of studies and nature of the course.

 

Citizens of MERCOSUR States: Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Colombia

- Short-term studies (up to 90 days): can enter and remain in Argentina as “tourists”.
- Longer-term studies (more than 90 days): can enter as “tourists”, but must bring their passport or valid ID and proof of clear criminal record, to adjust their immigration status while in Argentina.
Within 30 days of enrollment, applicants must submit to the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones the following documents:
(1) Official letter of admission/enrollment from recognized school/educational institution in Argentina.
(2) Passport or other valid ID.
(3) A clear criminal record certificate from each country/city the applicant has resided in during the last 3 years (for applicants who are 16 years of age or older only):  must be authenticated by the HAGUE APOSTILLE, or authenticated by the Argentine consulate abroad or by the foreign consulate in Argentina (*).
(4) A clear criminal record certificate issued by the Argentine Federal Police Department or the “Registro Nacional de Reincidencia” (to be requested once in Argentina).
(5) Parental consent to travel and to live as well as designating a legal guardian in Argentina (for applicants who are minors in their country of origin only): must be legalized with the Hague Convention “Apostille”, or authenticated by the Argentine consulate abroad (*).
(6) Immigration fee.
IMPORTANT: The above-mentioned information is for orientative purposes only. Requirements may vary according to the applicant’s citizenship, length of studies and nature of the course. It is the responsibility of the Argentine host school/educational institution to provide prospective students with detailed information regarding the visa requirements of their specific situation and to assist them in adjusting their status upon arrival in Argentina. To avoid inconveniences, travelers are strongly advised to contact the Argentine school/educational institution well before making any travel plans.

 
Citizens of the United States and other tourist-visa exempt countries (excluding participants in cultural exchange programs or internships)

- Short-term studies (up to 90 days): can enter and remain in Argentina as “tourists”.
- Longer-term studies (more than 90 days): can enter as “tourists”, but must bring their passport and proof of clear criminal record, to adjust their immigration status while in Argentina.
Within 30 days of enrollment, applicants must submit to the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones the following documents:
(1) Official letter of admission/enrollment from recognized school/educational institution in Argentina.
(2) Student exchange program certified by the organizing educational institution in Argentina (if applicable)
(3) Valid passport
(4) A clear criminal record certificate from each country/city the applicant has resided in during the last 5 years (for applicants who are 16 years of age or older only; other exceptions may apply): must be legalized with the Hague Convention “Apostille”, or authenticated by the Argentine consulate abroad
(5) A clear criminal record certificate issued by the Argentine Federal Police Department or the “Registro Nacional de Reincidencia” (to be requested once in Argentina).
(6) Parental consent to travel and to live as well as designating a legal guardian in Argentina (for applicants who are minors in their country of origin only): must be legalized with the Hague Convention “Apostille”, or authenticated by the Argentine consulate abroad.
(7) Birth certificate (for applicants enrolled in a course of studies aiming at obtaining a high school or a university degree only): must be legalized with the Hague Convention “Apostille”, or authenticated by the Argentine consulate abroad .
(8) Immigration fee (if applicable).
IMPORTANT: The above information is for orientative purposes only. Requirements may vary according to the applicant’s citizenship, length of studies and nature of the course. It is the responsibility of the Argentine host school/educational institution to provide prospective students with detailed information regarding the visa requirements of their specific situation and to assist them in adjusting their status upon arrival in Argentina. To avoid inconveniences, travelers are strongly advised to contact the Argentine school/educational institution well before making any travel plans.

 
Citizens of tourist-visa non-exempt countries; as well as all participants in cultural exchange programs or internships regardless of their citizenship (excluding citizens of MERCOSUR States)

Prior to submitting the visa application to the Consulate, the school/educational institution in Argentina must seek approval from the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones. Migraciones will then inform the Consulate directly. The Consulate cannot provide assistance in this process other than confirming whether the immigration’s clearance has arrived. Applicants should follow up with the school.
Once entry clearance is received, in order to obtain the visa, the applicant must produce:
(1) Passport: must be valid for the length of studies and have at least one completely free page for the visa.
(2) A completed application form: all questions must be answered. Download form
(3) 3 recent passport style photographs.
(4) A clear criminal record certificate from each country/city the applicant has resided in during the last 5 years (for applicants who are 16 years of age or older only; other exceptions may apply) (*).
(5) Parental consent to travel and to live as well as designating a legal guardian in Argentina (for applicants who are minors in their country of origin only): must be signed by both parents and notarized, and the notary public’s signature certified by the county clerk (*). Download form
(6) Birth certificate (for applicants enrolled in a course of studies aiming at obtaining a high school or a university degree only): must include the parents names (ask for “long form” when applying for the birth certificate). Only certificates issued by a governmental authority are acceptable (*).
(7) Evidence of funds to cover all expenses while in Argentina (e.g. bank statement) and documentation of accommodation arrangements.
(8) Evidence of sufficient knowledge of the Spanish language to pursue the intended studies in Argentina (except for applicants enrolled in Spanish language courses).
(9) Visa fee: U$S 50 (free for U.S. nationals) Fees shall be paid with separate money orders (make them payable to the “Argentine Consulate in New York”). We do not accept cash or checks.
(10) All visa applicants without exception must present themselves in person for an interview with a consular officer. Anticipate that the visa interview will be conducted in Spanish (except for applicants enrolled in Spanish language courses).

(*) Criminal record certificates, parental consent and birth certificate must be authenticated by the HAGUE APOSTILLE (Where can I get an apostille?). Should the country where documents originate not follow the Hague Convention, the applicant will have to send the documents to the Argentine consulate in that country for authentication. Check the contact information of all Argentine consulates in the world. All documents must be translated into Spanish by a recognized translator or translation agency, and be accompanied by a “certificate of accuracy” (a signed statement by the translator that the attached translation into Spanish is true and correct).
IMPORTANT: The above information is for orientative purposes only. Requirements vary according to the applicant’s citizenship, length of studies and nature of the course. Travelers are strongly advised to contact the Consulate well before making any travel plans to avoid inconveniences.
Argentine immigration rules prohibit changes of visa status from “tourist visa” to “student visa” while in Argentina or at an Argentine consulate in a neighboring countries (like Uruguay or Chile). Tourist visa visitors wishing to study in Argentina must leave Argentina and return to their country of habitual residence to obtain a student visa.

Prospective students must apply at the Argentine Consulate in their place of habitual residence. Applicants currently studying in the United States may apply at our offices if their school is in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine. Other Argentine consulates in the United States.


 
 
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