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Argentina citizenship is the quickest naturalization in the world, and also comes with brilliant benefits for you and your children. We’ll look at how to get Argentina citizenship by marriage, descent, birth, and naturalization. We’ll also cover how to get an excellent Argentina passport.

How To Get Argentine Citizenship And Nationality

Argentina Citizenship By Birth Or Birthright

There are three categories of Argentine citizens. While the rights of a citizen and passport holder are the same, this status can impact how you pass Argentine nationality to your children. It will also impact the application process. We’ll explore all this in detail below.

The three categories of Argentine national are:

  • Born. Anyone born in Argentina falls into this category. They are automatically Argentine nationals.

The next two categories are for those born outside of Argentina.

  • Option. This category is for those children who are born overseas to an Argentine-born parent and who have taken up the option of nationality.
  • Naturalized. This category is for anyone who has completed the naturalization process to become an Argentine citizen.

Born On Las Islas Malvinas (also known as the Falkland Islands)

If you are born in Las Islas Malvinas (known as the Falkland Islands in the UK), you can claim Argentina nationality. The Government of Argentina and the UK dispute the ownership of this territory. For this reason, if you are born there, you could also claim British nationality.

Argentina Citizenship By Descent Or Option

Argentine nationality law also applies Jus Sanguinis (the right of blood) in many cases. These are only used by people born outside of Argentina.

Your right to nationality by descent will depend on the way your parent got their Argentine nationality.

Children of Argentine-born parents

If one of your parents was born in Argentina, you have the right to Argentine nationality by option.

Your application can be made either at:

  • An Argentine embassy or consulate.
  • The civil registry office (Registro Civil) in Argentina.

Children of Argentine citizens by option

If your parents are citizens by option (your grandparent was born in Argentina), you are very likely to qualify.

  • Your application must be made to a judge in the Argentine Federal court, and a lawyer must represent you. Our Argentine partner has a 100% success record with these applications. Applications can take up to eight months to process.

Children of Argentine citizens by naturalization

If your parents are citizens by naturalization, then you may be eligible. However, these applications have mixed results, and not all are successful. If you fall into this category, it is best to speak to a qualified immigration lawyer to assess your case. Other pathways may be easier to follow.

  • Again, your application must be made to a judge in the Argentine Federal court, and a lawyer must represent you.

For all three categories, there is no age limit on applying. Adults and children alike are eligible. For minors, their parents will need to apply.

Argentina Citizenship Through Marriage

If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for Argentine nationality in Argentina. The standard two-year waiting period is waived. This rule includes same-sex marriages, which the law has recognized since 2010.

Argentina Citizenship As A Parent Of A Child Born In Argentina

If your child is born in Argentina, then you can apply for Argentine nationality in Argentina. As with marriage to an Argentine, the normal two-year waiting period is waived.

Argentina Citizenship By Naturalization

After just two years, you can apply to become a full citizen of Argentina. This is the fastest standard naturalization qualifying period in the world.

You can apply to become an Argentina citizen if you:

  • Are over 18 years old.
  • Have legally lived in Argentina for two years.

There are no language requirements, exams, or tests. This makes Argentina one of the fastest and easiest places in the world to get citizenship.

There are many Argentina Visas and Residency Permits available to you. Live in Argentina for two years under any of these visas and permits, and you are eligible to apply. Check out the link to find one that suits you for your two-year qualification. Be aware that for some countries, getting a qualifying visa or permit may be difficult; the article has more details.

And, although the qualifying time is quick and easy, the application can take some time. The entire process could take up to eighteen months before your passport is issued. For this reason, your application must be 100% complete and correct to prevent unnecessary delays.

The Argentinian government can also deny your application for naturalization. However, a good lawyer will be able to assess your issues and help you ensure your application has the best chance of success.

Three issues that are viewed seriously by the Federal court when assessing applications are:

  • Your income and assets are shown to come from crime.
  • The Argentinian police or international organizations (like INTERPOL) are investigating you for a serious crime.
  • You have been convicted of a serious crime. Crimes over 10 years old or that do not have an equivalent penalty in Argentina seldom stop the court from granting your application.

Argentina Citizenship By Investment

Argentina does not have a direct Citizenship by Investment program. But, it does have a Residency by Investment program, which you can use as a pathway to an Argentina passport.

There is a gap between the published minimum investment and the reality of what the Immigration Agency will accept.

The legislation is for an investment of at least ARS1,500,000 (USD $20,000) into a local business. In reality, our Argentina Immigration partner has had a different experience. Any investment under USD $50,000 into a productive business is unlikely to succeed.

The immigration agency also looks for a higher level of application from citizens of countries on this list. Some factors that could help a successful application from these countries are:

  • High-net-worth individuals (HNWI) (assets in excess of USD $1,000,000) can be fast-tracked.
  • Being a leader in your field and having a track record of success.
  • Expanding a successful business into Argentina. Recent success for our local partner has included:
    • An Indian laboratory that opened offices in Buenos Aires
    • A Filipino software development company that hired Argentine professionals.

Your investment proposal or business plan will need to be signed off before the residency by investment permit is issued. Your tax residence status will decide your tax rate and where you pay income tax.

After two years of living in Argentina on this residence permit, you can apply for citizenship.

See our article for other Citizenship by Investment and Residency by Investment programs around the world.

How To Apply For Argentine Citizenship

You can apply for Argentine nationality and a passport from Argentina or another country.

There is a different process depending on your nationality pathway and qualification. Most migration regulation is handled by the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones which is part of the Ministry of the Interior. But they don’t manage the applications.

Depending on your circumstances you’ll need to apply through:

  • An Argentine embassy or consulate.
  • The civil registry office (Registro Civil) in Argentina.
  • The Federal Court in Argentina.

Some documents you may need include:

  • A completed application form
  • Your original birth certificate
  • Current identity documents (passport, DNI or residency card, etc.)
  • Police criminal record certificates
  • Documents specific to your application like:

While citizenship is easy to qualify for, it can be tricky to get. The application process is complex, and requirements can be specific to each case.

There are translation, certification, and residency requirements. Everything needs to be in order for your application to be approved.

If you want to know how you could become a citizen of Argentina, speak to our immigration law partners in Buenos Aires. They can also assist with your application to ensure you get your case approved the first time. Click here to book your consultation.

The Benefits of Argentina Citizenship

The Powerful Argentina Passport

Argentina’s passport offers visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to more than 170 countries and territories. See Appendix 1 for all visa requirements for Argentina passport holders.

These opportunities include a visa waiver for the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), and the SCHENGEN member states. The waiver means you can travel to any member state without a visa.

The EU will roll out the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) visa waiver for Europe. Argentina passport holders will be part of the ETIAS, which has a €7 processing fee and an online application process.

This system will allow Argentine nationals to travel to the EU without a visa for up to 90 days. This visa waiver covers both tourism and business travel.

Undoubtedly this makes the Argentina passport one of the world’s best. Indeed, it was ranked the 19th most powerful passport in a 2020 survey.

Argentina Allows Dual Nationality

Argentina allows you to hold dual and multiple nationalities. You’ll need to check your current nationality allows this as well.

So, an Argentine passport will not mean you have to give up your current nationality or passports.

An interesting fact about Argentina’s nationality is you cannot renounce it. This rule is also an advantage in some cases. Many countries that don’t allow second citizenship allow it for Argentinian nationals. This is because they offer a waiver for exceptional circumstances, including where renouncing is impossible.

Your Passport Comes With MERCOSUR Membership

As an Argentinean citizen, you can live and work anywhere in the MERCOSUR region. This membership means the whole of South America is open to you. The MERCOSUR area includes:

  • Brazil
  • Paraguay
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela (currently under suspension)
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Guyana
  • Peru
  • Surinam

Today you can travel throughout the region with just your Argentinian national identity card. And, there are plans to increase cooperation, making membership even more appealing.

Many Can Pass Argentina Nationality To Their Children

Argentina grants nationality using Jus Sanguinis (the right of blood) in many cases.

This rule means children of Argentina citizens may be eligible for Argentina nationality. And, only one parent needs to qualify to give their children eligibility.

We’ll look at this in detail in the Descent or Option section.

Argentine Citizenship And A Passport Can Be Yours

Argentine nationality has many advantages beyond living and working in this beautiful country. It can also be a gift you pass to your children and a powerful passport to opportunity.

With so many pathways and the world’s shortest naturalization period, it is an excellent option for many people.

Appendix 1

Countries Argentine passport-holders can visit visa-free

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niue
  • North Macedonia
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Norway
  • Norway Svalbard
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saba
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela

Countries Argentine passport-holders can get a visa on arrival

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  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Countries Argentine passport holders can get an eVisa

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  • Angola
  • Ascension
  • Ascension Island
  • Azerbaijan
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • India
  • Lesotho
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Samoa
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • South Sudan
  • Vietnam

Visa or Permit required for Argentine nationals

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  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Bhutan
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Brunei
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Clipperton Island
  • Cuba
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ghana
  • Guam
  • Guinea
  • Iraq
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway Jan Mayen
  • Puerto Rico
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Saint Helena
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tristan da Cunha
  • Turkmenistan
  • US Virgin Islands
  • United States of America (USA)
  • Yemen

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  1. Hello there guys! I’m just wondering that if I have to live for 3 years in total to become an Argentine citizen or live 2 years for PR then live three more years for citizenship. So guys I wanna know the total years to gain the NATIONALITY. Thank you!

    1. Hi. The naturalization period for Argentine citizenship is two years. This means that after two years legally resident in Argentina you can apply for citizenship, nationality and a passport. Once your application is submitted it can take up to 18 months before you receive your passport, but you do not need to be a Permanent Resident to apply for citizenship. Check out the range of Argentina visas and residence permits available to you to qualify.

        1. Hi Husain. There are no age limits on acquiring citizenship. IF you qualify you can apply. Regard, Alastair

  2. Does argentina give the nationality to the new born baby in the land like brazil , ? And which one is better in this case ,!?

    1. Hi Mahmoud. Both Argentina and Brazil have birthright citizenship. This means that almost all children born there automatically become citizens at birth, regardless of the nationality of their parents. There is no real difference between the two countries for this specific pathway to citizenhsip.

        1. Hi Oscar. Yes, if they are living in Argentina the parents of a child born in Argentina can apply for citizenship. There is no waiting period required before submitting the application.

    2. Hi I want to know the residency requirements under Rentista visa to qualify for Permanent residency and citizenship at a later stage? How many days in a year should a holder of Rentista visa stay in Argentina? Or, can a Rentista visa holder stay for a month and go back to his home country and again pay a visit next year?

      1. Hi Gautam. Yes, the Argentina Rentista visa does qualify you for both citizenship (after two years) and permanent residency (after three years). YOu should be legally resident in Argentina to renew the visa, but exactly how you manage that residency is up to you. Our Argentina partner will be able to discuss the best way to ensure you meet the requirements. All the best with your move, Alastair

  3. Hi. I’m interested in the concept of “legal resident” in the law of Argentina. I may be wrong, but I read somewhere that in Argentina there can be no “illegal residents” according to the declared values ​​of the Constitution. Is it possible a case when a person without the necessary documents (for example, stayed in Argentina after 90 days allowed for tourists, or when entering the country illegally, etc.), but after living for more than 2 years will be given the opportunity to obtain citizenship? I think this could be an interesting legal conflict. I would be grateful for the answer.

    1. Argentina has a wide range of visas and residency permits, check out this article for details. YOu can definitely be classified as living illegally in Argentina is you do not have a qualifying residency permit or visa. HAppily, Argentina’s immigration service will usually constructively engage with quality immigration professionals to resolve issues. Our Argentina Immigration legal partner has an excellent track record on helping people with residency and citizenship from a range of backgrounds and personal circumstances.

  4. My child is an Argentina citizen by birth, we lived there for 2 years 3 months and moved back to our home country. Can we as parents apply for citizenship now ? And what would be the cost of paperwork.

    1. Hi Fahad. You need to be living in Argentina to apply for citizenship as a parent of an Argentine citizen. There is no waiting period and so you could, in theory, apply the day you land in Argentina. For a detailed review of your personal circumstances, we suggest booking an appointment with our Argentina immigrational law expert partners here.

      1. Thanks a Ton Alastair, how much time to get the DNI and citizenship once I land. Also getting citizenship mean getting the Argentine passport ? What would be the cost of the application and your offices service cost.

        1. Hi Fahad. The time to complete your requests will depend on your preparations, personal circumstances, and processing times. Your citizenship could take up to 18 months to be processed. Once you are granted citizenship, you can apply for an Argentine passport. You’ll need to speak directly to our immigration partner to get an exact quote on fees for your requirements.

          1. Thanks Alastair, I had applied for a new DNI (based on my daughters birth and work permit) but then left the country and came back to India. The issue is, I was unable to collect the DNI and its been more than a year now. So, do we need to start the process of citizenship again, spend 18 months in the country and then apply for the passport. Or can staying for 18 months be skipped. Basis which, I am happy to speak to your advisor.

          2. Hi Fahad. As your circumstances are very specific I am not able to give you a firm answer. You’ll need to discuss with a qualified Argentina immigration lawyer to decide on the best way to proceed.

  5. I’m Guyanese by birth but live in the United States and is also a citizen. Does Argentina give citizenship to Guyanese or i’ll have to live there for 2 years as recommended?

    1. Hi Deborrah. As a MERCOSUR associate member citizen, you have the right to live and work in Argentina. You will need to spend the two-year qualification period before applying for Argentina citizenship by naturalization.

  6. Hi
    I am a Nigerian citizen me and my wife are expecting our second baby and we made a decision to have our baby in Argentina so he/she can become an Argentina citizen by birth please what are the requirements and approximate as well as guidelines to follow Moroever what visa do we have to hold as parents to travel to Argentina

      1. Hi Alastair. Love your article and your info is gold! 😀

        May I ask you, if a child is born in Argentina while both parents are in the country as tourists, can we apply for citizenship immediately, or do we have to get a PR status first then apply?

        Thanks so much!

        1. Hi Kel. If your child is born in Argentina, they are an Argentine citizen. This means you can immediately start the process of becoming an Argentine citizen, there is no need for PR. All the best, Alastair

  7. Hello sir… I’m from india… How can I apply for business visa to Argentina… What is the minimum investment of business visa .if I stay in Argentina with business visa at two years after can I apply for a citizenship.

    1. Hi Pradeep. Indian citizens (and citizens of a range of other countries) must meet a higher investment level than that of other countries. This is from the Investment Visa section of our Argentina Visa and Residency permits article.

      High-net-worth individual (HNWI) (assets in excess of USD1,000,000) are favoured.
      Being a leader in your field and having a track record of success.
      Expanding a successful business into Argentina. These mid-sized enterprises can access visas for their employees as well. Successes for our local partner have included:
      An Indian laboratory that opened offices in Buenos Aires.
      An Indian telco expanding into South America.
      A Filipino software development company that hired Argentine professionals.

  8. Hello. I have viewed your site and found it useful. Is it possible to change tourist visa to work visa in Argentina and live there until the permanent residency requirements fulfilled?

  9. Hi Sir, Nice to meet you. I’m glad to visited this blog. Thanks for your share your information here sir. I really looking for move to Argentine sir. I’m Rajesh from India. I’m an Indian. I just 22 years old sir and I graduated Bachelor degree from Psychology. I would like to know which is best and easy way to get Argentine citizens by naturalization sir?. I have two options sir because I haven’t any idea and plan than these two option.
    1. I’m planning to study Spanish language and then study postgraduate degrees. So in this pathway may I possible to get Argentine citizenship after two years through student visa live and study in Argentine sir? if yes, what are the requirements for Argentine citizenship after two years through student visa live and study in Argentine?
    2. if I supposed married a Indian too. if my wife give birth in Argentine while holding Tourist Visa to visiting Argentine, may we possible to get Argentine citizenship? if yes, should we live in Argentine for two years in order to get Argentine citizenship?

    I would like to know that what is minimum investment order to get Residency by Investment program? what if I supposed to be bankrupt? what type of business we can start invest sir?

    Finally, I would like to know that, you said Same-sex (Gay) marriages are legal since 2009. so is this possible way to get Argentine citizenship?

    1. Hi Rajesh

      1) TO be eligible you must apply for, and be accepted into an approved course of study. Once you have applied, and been accepted, and paid for your approved studies you’ll be eligible. The student visa can be a pathway to citizenship.
      2) Any child born in Argentina is eligible for Argentinian citizenship. And, their parents are eligible for Argentine citizenship as well if they are legally living in Argentina.
      3) For the investor visa you’ll need to have a minimum of USD 50,000 to invest in a business. If you are a high-net-worth individual or have an existing business then there is more flexibility in this area.
      4) Any genuine, legal marriage to an Argentine national makes you eligible for Argentine nationality. This includes same-sex marriage. Like most countries, Argentina may want to see evidence of a valid prior relationship.

  10. Hello,
    I am curious is there anyway for me to get Argentine citizenship? My grandparents were born there and my mother got her citizenship after I was born.
    In theory could I land in Argentina and then apply for citizenship by decent or would I have live their for two years and then apply through naturalisation?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Mark. Your case is a little complex. Your grand-parents are Argentine by birth, and your mother Argentine by option. This means your application needs to be submitted to the Argentine Federal court, not the immigration department. The good news is that our Argentina legal partner has an excellent track record with these situations. Alternatively, you can live in Argentina and qualify to apply for citizenship by naturalization after two years.

      1. Thank you very much for the information! Another question… For my cousin, his father has yet to apply for Argentine citizenship, but if he did he would be Argentine by option. Does my uncle (his father) need to receive Argentine citizenship by option before my cousin can apply? And is there any waiting period before he could apply?

        Thanks Alastair!

    2. Hello sir. Thanks for a good site.
      Im us citizen. I have a Argentina gf and we live outside the Argentina.
      If we go back to Argentina, and marry there.. Can I immediately apply for citizenship (get a pssport) or after marry we need to live 2 years in Argentina?

  11. Hi
    I am considering application for citizenship. I married a fellow who was born in Argentina in the 70’s but it did not work out. Technically I am still married since we did not divorce & but I use my maiden name here in Canada

    What would be the easiest route to citizenship under these circumstances?

  12. If I get married to my Argentine girlfriend in Argentina as a tourist, Can I apply immediately for citizenship?

    1. Yes, if you are married to an Argentine national and are living in Argentina you can apply for citizenship.

  13. Hello. I just wanna to ask…How many years needs to take for getting Argentine passport? Is 2+3, actually 5 or i can get passport immediately after living in Argentina for 2 years?

    1. You can apply for Argentine citizenship after two years of living in Argentina. The citizenship application approval and issuing of the passport can up to an additional 18-months after that time.

  14. Thanks for your great website. For the two years of living in Argentina to apply for citizenship, is there a maximum amount of time in those 2 years one can leave (say to visit our home country) or is there no flexibility on staying in Argentina? I have been seeing conflicting information online on this.

    Thanks for your reply.

    1. Hi. The guideline is that you are legally resident in Argentina. Exactly what that means is open to some interpretation, and verification is not forensic in every case! I’d suggest chatting to our Argentina immigration law partner to understand how your plans would impact a citizenship applicaioton.

  15. Hi,
    My father was born in Argentina and I would like to become a citizen, is there an application online that I can fill out, not sure how it works now with COVID. I am in Miami and the consulate isn’t taking appointments for non-urgent matters.

  16. Hello Alastair, my domestic partner is US national, we lived together in the US for many years and are now in Argentina since a few years ago, leaving/re-entering the country every 30 days now. In Feb2020 we re-entered Argentina for the last time due to the COVID situation (after that date we would not be able to do it again until the country opens its borders again). Meaning: he is in not completely legal nor illegal now in Argentina, but not by his choice. Could this period count as legal stay and thus complete the 2 years required to request his Argentine citizenship? And what would be the way to do it? Thanks

  17. I have a question, I am a US citizen, and have permeant residency through marriage we lived in AR for 6 years, but have been back in the states for 3 years. Can I apply for citizenship from the embassy in NY, USA. Before moving back?

    1. Argentina citizenship by marriage or naturalization both need to be applied for in Argentina. There are cases where a lawyer can apply on your behalf with a power of attorney. However, you’ll need to talk with an Argentina immigration lawyer to see if this path is open to you. You can book a consultation with the Where Can I Live partner here.

  18. Hi,
    I have a question please,
    My father was born in Argentina and acquired its nationality a long time ago, but he died before he gave me the nationality ….. So my question is if I have his identity papers such as a passport and personal identity, am I still able to apply for Argentine citizenship?

    1. Yes, as your father was born in Argentina you are eligible for Argentina citizenship by option even though he has passed away. You should speak to an Argentina immigration lawyer to ensure that you have the correct evidence for your application. You’ll need documents including your father’s birth certificate. Regards, Alastair

  19. Hi Alastair,

    My husband and I are a married gay couple with a legally adopted son living in the United States. My husband was born in Argentina and maintains dual Argentine/US citizenship. How would we go about getting our son and myself dual citizenship to Argentina? Thank you

    1. Hi Richard. As your husband was born in Argentina, your son qualifies for Argentinian citizenship by option. He can apply for this citizenship in the US or Argentina. Argentina citizenship by marriage is only available to those living in Argentina. However, there is no waiting period before you can apply, so you could move to Argentina and immediately apply. Our Argentinian immigration law partner will be able to advise you on the easiest pathway for both you and your son. All the best, Alastair

  20. Hi Alastair,

    Pls I would like you to throw some light that If our third child born in Argentina so he is eligible for citizenship naturally, does that mean that we as a parent of Argentine child can also apply citizenship immediately without waiting period, if yes, so how about his siblings, we have another two minor child with us, would they too be able to apply citizenship immediately being a siblings of Argentine born child?

    Thank you in advance

    1. Hi Rash. You can immediately apply for nationality on the birth of your child in Argentina. However, the application can take up to eighteen months to process before you receive your passport. You need to chat with our immigration partners to decide on the best timings for the parents and other minor children to submit their applications – there is no provision for citizenship through a sibling. Regards, Alastair

  21. Hi it’s Navpreet marrying a argentina citizens will gets me instant citizenship . How much time it take to get a passport of argentina after marriage .

    1. Hi Navpreet. You can apply immediately, but the full process can take up to eighteen months before you have your passport. Regards, Alastair

  22. Hi there! My husband is a U.S.A citizen and we want to get him Argentinian citizenship. Does he have to live in Argentina? Can we start the process from the U.S?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Maria. In general, you need to be in Argentina to apply for citizenship by naturalization. There are some steps where a local lawyer can assist through power of attorney. A consultation with our partner will be the best way to find out how to get the process started. Regards, Alastair

  23. Hi Alastair,

    Thank you for sharing the information with us!
    Your website is very informative and the information is well organized.

    I’m an Iranian national who is living and working in the UAE. I came across your website on the Internet and found useful information about Argentina citizenship and of course other countries.

    As per your website, Argentina citizenship by naturalization takes 2 years’ time plus 18 months to receive your passport after applying for it. This made me to think of two routes for obtaining Argentina citizenship; by studying (student visa) or by investment. But there are few questions that are not clear to me and I would appreciate if you could you kindly help me with the answer to them.

    1- I have read on other immigration adviser website that even though it is advertised that Argentina citizenship program by naturalization takes 2 years’ time but in reality it takes 3 years to obtain PR and 2 years to obtain citizenship. As of May 2021 how true this information is?

    2- I there any restriction for Iranian national in regards to citizenship by investment.

    3- In regards to the citizenship by investment, the $50,000 mentioned capital must be invested in the existing business or can be invested in a new business?

    4- Is there any citizenship program by real estate investment in Argentina? If yes, how much must be the investment?

    5- In your website you have mentioned “The student visa CAN be a pathway to citizenship”. As per my limited knowledge almost all countries do not consider residency time during studies as a living requirement which is needed for citizenship by naturalization. Under what circumstances Argentina accepts residency time during studies as a living time for citizenship by naturalization?

    Thanks & Regards,

    1. Hi Hossein. I hope these answers help.

      1) After two years of legal living in Argentina you can apply for citizenship by naturalization. The reference to PR is a common mistake – you can ignore any site that messes this up.
      2) There is no official restriction, and Iranian citizens are free to apply. However, the Argentinian immigration service can be difficult with applications from certain countries (Iran included.) Please see our section on the Artgentina investment visa here.
      3) Either a new or existing business.
      4) No, there is no property investment option that gives a pathway to Argentinian citizenship.
      5) The Argentina student visa qualifies. If you study for two years in Argentina, you can apply for naturalization.

      Good luck with your move, Alastair

  24. If I get married to my Argentinian girlfriend in a tourist visa in Argentina and applied immediately for citizenship and passport, can I still leave the country directly for work purpose without affecting my application? If it might affect my application, what the is maximum allowable time to be outside Argentina, to be in the safe side?

  25. Hi Alastair,

    is Pakistan on the list of countries that has difficulty in getting a Rentista visa and/or naturalization at the end of 2 years of residence in Argentina?

    Also thanks for answering our often repetitive questions 🙂

    1. Hi Tye. Always a pleasure for us to help out. The Argentina immigration service doesn’t overtly say that there are restrictions on countries for long-stay visas. However, it is the experience of our partner that citizens of these countries do have to make a more compelling argument with their application. And, yes, Pakistan is a country that requires a tourist visa to visit Argentina and so a Rentista visa application may be harder to have approved. That is not to say it can’t happen, just that you’ll need to ensure you comfortably meet all the requirements.
      All the best, Alastair

      1. Hi Alastair, thanks for the reply 🙂 is it possible to convert a tourist or student visa to Rentista without leaving Argentina?

        Thanks again ????

        1. Yes, you can apply for a student visa or Rentista visa while in Argentina on a short-stay tourist or visitor visa. Regards, Alastair

  26. I am Argentinian by birth living as a retiree in the Philippines, married to a Filipina woman. My mother who passed away 20 years ago, was an ‘esposa de un argentino’ having an Argentina passport without being an Argentinian citizen. Is this still possible today? Can I apply for an Argentina passport for my wife without her being an Argentinian citizen? Thank you.

    1. Hi Tomas. The ‘esposa de un argentino’ passport is only issued where the person has no other nationality. However, if you and your wife are in Argentina she can immediately apply for Argentinian citizenship without any wait period. Once her citizenship is granted, she can apply for an Argentinian passport. You do not necessarily need to live in Argentina while the application is processed. As a Philippines national she’d be able to hold dual passports. Regards, Alastair

    1. Hi. Your children can inherit Argentinian citizenship from their parents in some cases. You say your husband is Argentinian.

      – If he was born in Argentina then you children can claim Argentinian nationality by option.
      – If he is a Argentinian citizen by option (so his parents were born in Argentina) then probably, but you’ll need to submit your requests to an Argentinian court.
      – If he is an Argentina citizen by naturalization then it is more complicated. While some applications are approved, some are also rejected.

      Regardless, our partner is experienced in all three scenarios and will be able to advise you on the best way to a successful application. You can book a consultation with them here.

      All the best,

  27. My husband and I are in our 50s, and would like to apply for the Retirement Visa. We don’t have a pension, but could we use our bank statements as proof we can support ourselves financially? We have a teenage son, can he be our dependent or would he have to apply separately for a Student Visa? Is there compulsory military service if we are granted citizenship? We intend to settle down in Argentina and apply for citizenship after completing the 2 year residency. Thank you.

    1. Hi Sumin. There are several ways to get residency in Argentina that may be appropriate for you. I’d suggest a consultation with our Argentina immigration law expert (click the link for more information) to find the perfect option. Many Argentina residency options, including the Pensionado and Rentista visas, allow you to include dependent family members on the application. Argentina suspended compulsory military service for citizens in 1995 so new citizens do not have to serve in the military. All the best, Alastair.

  28. I’m a Brazilian citizen by nationalized how long do i need to spend in Argentina to apply for their citizenship tnks

    1. Hi Obinna. The naturalization period for citizenship in Argentina is two years. As a MERCOSUR citizen you can live and work in Argentina. All the best, Alastair

    1. Hi Kamaljit. Yes, if you arrive in Argentina on a short-stay tourist visa and then qualify for a work visa you can apply in Argentina. Regards, Alastair

  29. Hi Alastair,
    Naturalization by decent is possible as I understood. But to what extent would it be possible to go back in history? My great grandma was an Argentinian citizen by birth during the mid of 19th century born to Argentian parents (naturalized after immigrating). She left Argentine and never came back however would relevant documents be hard evidence of decent? And would this help in acquiring the passport?

  30. Hi alastair
    I am an Indian . I’m thinking of moving to argentina so I can get fast citizenship . My aim is to travel so by getting argentina visa I can travel to more countries without visa.. So before that I have to live two year in argentina.. What are the work options in Argentina.. Describe in detail
    Your blog is preety amazing.. I am thankful if you answer

    1. Hi Victor. NO, you don’t need to live remain in Argentina for the entire time, however, you should be legally and realistically resident in the country. If you intend spending significant periods outside Argentina, I’d suggest a chat to our Argentina Immigration law partner to agree the best strategy for your application. All the best, Alastair

  31. I was born in Argentina in 1972 and I lived there for 6 years. My parents are British and were working there at the time. I used to have Dual Nationality, but I only renewed my British Passport. I have an Argentinian birth certificate. What do I need to do to have Argentinian Citizenship now?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Corina. As you were born in Argentina you are currently an Argentinian citizen. Our immigration law partners will be able to assist you with the paperwork and obtaining an Argentinian passport, if that is your goal. All the best, Alastair

  32. Hi Alastair,
    Me and my wife are planning to get birth our first child in Argentina with a tourist visa so I know from the previous comments that we can apply directly for the citizenship after our child is born and become an Argentinean citizen so my question do we have to continue staying in Argentina after applying for the Citizenship for me and my wife or we can go back to our country till the citizenship is approved then travel to Argentina again to apply for the new passports ?

    1. HI Karim. You should remain in Argentina while the application is processed, however there are ways to manage the application remotely. Our Argentina Immigration Lawyer partner will be able to advise you on the best way to proceed. All the best, Alastair

  33. Hello , dear Alastair
    l am Ali from Iraq . l am 25 years old . l am so interested in coming to Argentina and l looking for two things

    1) studying PHD

    2) can l be eligible. The student visa can be a pathway to citizenship after living for two Years constantly and obtain citizenships

  34. During the two years of residency waiting to apply for Argentine citizenship, how much of the two years of residency must be inside Argentine borders?

    1. Hi Richard. The law states that you should be legally resident in Argentina for the two qualifying years. So, you should at least be tax-resident in the country and aim to spend the majority of your time there. Our immigration partner will be better placed to advise you on the exact limits in your specific case. All the best, Alastair

  35. Dear Alastair
    When we (From South-African) move to Argentina and have stayed for two years and have an Argentinian passport, can my wife’s mother join us by “option” – blood relative choice?


  36. Hi! If I want to get the citizenship by naturalisation, I will have to live there at least for 2 years. Do I have to work, or to give of proof of incomes, or show an amount of money from a bank account?
    Kind regards

  37. Hello Alastair,
    My grandmother was born in Argentina and immigrated to the United States. My mother was born in the US and has no citizenship in Argentina. If she got citizenship by option, would I qualify for citizenship by descent?

    Thank you,

  38. Hi,

    I am interested in relocating to Argentina. As the rule says if one invests more than USD20,000 then they can apply for 2 years residency and later on can apply for citizenship. I need to know:-
    1) what’s is the practical amount to be invested so as to get the application approved successfully.
    2) Can that investment be through buying some real estate property or it has to be some business in partnership with any local ?
    3) If investment in real estate is allowed then what type of property can we buy and till how long we have to hold it until we are granted citizenship?

  39. Hi
    I’m Pakistani citizen and visiting Argentina on tourists visa, we i and my spouse plan a baby born in Argentina..
    Can we get citizen ship on this behalf or only PR. How long its procedure…please reply as soon as possible.

  40. Hi Alastair,
    After acquiring the citizenship and a passport, will there be any living condition for the Argentine residents? How many days must they remain in Argentina? Can they leave the country?
    Thanks a lot!

  41. Both my grandparents on my mother’s side from Argentina, went there in summer as a kid. Would I qualify for this

  42. Hi Alastair!

    I can’t get if dual citizenship is permitted or not in Argentina. In my specific case I have a Russian citizenship, Russia allows dual citizenship. So will Argentina allow dual citizenship for Russian?

    Thanks in advance

  43. Dear Johnson, is it possible to apply for Argentine Intl passport and get same without having to be physically present at Argentina?

  44. Hi Alastair! My now deceased father was born in Argentina and I was born in the USA. I have also been married to an Argentinean for 10+ years and we have three minor children. Would it be faster to apply for Argentine citizenship for myself and the children through my father or wife? I am 54. Thank you.

    1. Hi Gabriel – Both pathways qualify you for citizenship. Our expert Argentina immigration lawyer partner would be best placed to assess the easiest path fo you given your circumstances. All the best, Alastair

  45. Hello Alastair
    I read on your site that if i marry a argentinian citizen i can immediately apply for argentinian citizenship. Must i pass a spanish language test to qualify for argentine citizenship by marriage ? Must i stay in Argentina while my citizenship is processed or can i leave Argentina and come back when my citizenship is approved? If i have to stay do i get a residence permit immediatelly after the wedding ? Must i set foot in Argentina for example once every 5 years to keep my citizenship valid like with mexican citizenship or can i come and leave Argentina whenever i want ?

    1. Hi Kevin.

      1) No language test is required.
      2) In practice, no you do not need to stay in Argentina for the entire process. But, I’d definitely clear this with your immigration lawyer to ensure you don’t jeopardize the application. Having them handle the paperwork on your behalf with make this much easier.
      3) You’ll need a residence permit once you stay for more than 90 days.
      4) There is no residency requirement to maintain citizenship in Argentina.

  46. Hello Alastair
    If i get married to my argentinian girlfriend in Argentina i can apply for Argentinian citizenship by marriage.

    Can we leave Argentina after submitting the application and come back to Argentina when my citizenship is approved ? If we have to stay in Argentina while my citizenship is processed will i get a residency permit immediately after our wedding ?

    Is there any spanish language test i must pass in order to qualify for Argentinian citizenship by marriage ?

    Once i get my argentinian citizenship must i visit Argentina for example once every 2 years to keep my citizenship or can i come and go as i want ?

    1. Hi Thomas.
      1) Yes
      2) In practice, yes, but I’d definitely clear this with your immigration lawyer to ensure you don’t jeopardize the application. Having them handle the paperwork on your behalf with make this much easier.
      3) No
      4) There is no residency requirement to maintain citizenship in Argentina.

  47. Hi, I’ve got thee permanent residence and now I’m doing my DNI. My family are Argentinian por options.
    When i get my DNI can I do my passport directly or I have to apply for a citizenship?

  48. Hi Alistair. Thanks for all the useful tips. I’m South African living in Paraguay. Wondering if I can (a) just use my proximity to Argentina do multiple border hops / short stays in order to get the time necessary to apply for citizenship, or whether (b) I’d be better off paying for full 2 years tuition, or (c) a mix of the two to reduce tuition fees?

  49. Hi Alastair,

    Thank you providing this forum to ask specific questions regarding obtaining argentine citizenship.

    I am an argentine citizen currently living in Los Angeles, CA, USA. My boyfriend and I plan on getting married this summer but were wondering if we both have to physically be present in Argentina for him to apply for citizenship, or if this is a process that can be done at an Argentina embassy or consulate here in the US.

    Thanks again!

  50. Hello Alastair,

    My complete family is from Argentina, my son and myself were born in the US. Would my son be able to get a Argentinian passport?
    How do I start the process for this and how long would it be?

    Thank you,

    Dario Storni

    1. Hi Dario – Your Argentina immigration lawyer will be best placed to advise on the most effective way to get your citizenship and how long that process will take. All the best, Alatsair

  51. Is there any way that the 18 months waiting period to receive the citizenship letter and Argentine passport be expedited? If for example, the one applying has been living and working in Argentina for more than 5 years?

  52. I have had a child in argentina; I understand as a parent I am immediately eligible to apply for citizenship.

    How do I go about the process? And reading the comments it seems to suggest that it takes upto 18 months to process the application. Do I have to continue residing in Argentina or can I leave the country?

    1. Hi Rusa – you don’t have to be in Argentina the entire time. You can assign authority to your Argentina Immgiraiotn lawyer to handle some of the processes on your behalf. All the bast, Alastair

  53. Hi Alastair

    Would your lawyers be able to assist with citizenship by birth queries? I am currently pregnant and we are interested in immigrating to Argentina. Can we apply for citizenship as soon as our baby is born? Would our other children be able to apply right away as well?

    Thank you

  54. Hello,
    This information is excellent! Thank you for writing such a detailed post! My husband wants to become a citizen through my nationality. When it comes to translation, is there a specific certification the translator has to have, or can any old translator do it? And when it comes to the police report, should we do that in the USA and get it translated? Or is that done down there?

  55. Hello Alastair

    I live with my Argentinian girlfriend abroad. If i come to Argentina on a tourist Visa and get married to my girlfriend in Argentina and apply for Argentinian Citizenship will i immediately get Permanent Residency in Argentina ?

    Because if i understand it correct it can take up to 18 months to get the Argentinian citizenship. Thank You

  56. Greetings,
    I am from Bangladesh. Want to migrate myself and my family to Argentina. How do i start the migration process?

  57. Hi Alistair. My husband is Argentinean and we live in Argentina currently. I applied for the citizenship by marriage December 2022 at the Federal court. I would like to know what happens in event of a breakup/separation, will my application be affected or can my husband sabotage it in any case? I currently hold a PR as a result of the marriage. Thanks

  58. Hello Alastair

    I live with my Argentinian girlfriend in Belgium. If i get married to my girlfriend in Argentina and apply for Argentinian Citizenship will i immediately get Permanent Residency in Argentina ??

    1. Hi Jules. As the spouse of an Argentinian national, you have the right to live in Argentina and to qualify for citizenship. Our expert immigration partners will be happy to assist with the paperwork. All the best, Alastair

  59. Thank you for this resourceful article. I am got recently married to an Argentinian citizen. We are both living abroad (outside Argentina). Can I obtain the Argentinian citizenship right away, or do we have to live there for 2 years? I read on your article the 2 year is waived. Thank you.

  60. Hello Alastair !

    In order for me to qualify for Argentine Citizenship by marriage must me and my girl also have a child or Children together in Argentina ? Because that is what i have read online .

  61. Hello again Alastair

    If me and my argentine girlfriend enter a CIVIL UNION in Argentina can i apply for Argentine Citizenship immediately without living in Argentina for 2 years ?? Because that is what i have read online .

    1. Hi Felix – yes, civil unions are recognized by Argentina Immigration Services. Our Argentina Immigration lawyer partner will be able to assist with your application. All the best, Alastair

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