Your guide for immigrating to Argentina. Options for visas and Argentina citizenship.
Why Immigrate to Argentina?
Move to Argentina for the low cost of living
Move to Argentina for the cuisine
Argentineans often speak English
Move to Argentina for excellent, affordable healthcare
Move to Argentina for the variety
Move to Argentina for the education system
Move to Argentina for the welcome
Retire to Argentina to enjoy these benefits and more
Move to Argentina for the low cost of living.
The cost of living in Argentina varies, like most countries. Obviously, cities like Buenos Aires (population 13 million) have a much higher cost of living than smaller country towns. Having said that a like-for-like comparison with an equivalent life in the United States would be anywhere from 50% to 60% lower. Rental prices can even be as much as 75% lower than the equivalent in the USA. As wages are low, the cost of help, including childcare and domestic workers is very cheap compared to most other countries.
Eating out, alcoholic drinks, public transport, leisure activities, and more will also eat up much less of your precious saving once you move to Argentina.
You can live a much richer lifestyle in Argentina for less.
And what are Expats doing in Argentina? Well, some Expats are working in large multinationals based in Buenos Aires. You will find oil and gas, banking, tourism, and agricultural companies. Others provide services including information technology (IT), marketing, teaching and design. For those that don’t want to work in the Argentinian economy, many run location-independent businesses or have passive income sources. These income sources can be advantageous as having access to a foreign-exchange income from off-shore takes the stress out of the movements of the peso and is a good inflation hedge.
One exception to the low cost is imported goods, including fashion and electrical items.
Move to Argentina for the cuisine.
Empanadas, the best beef BBQ in the world (ask any Argentinian), fresh seafood, and mountain lamb. The fruit and vegetables are locally grown and as a result, are tasty and cheap. Visiting a local market is a great way to shop, both for the quality of the products on offer and the excellent value. Living in Argentina means eating well.
…and Argentinian wine, that is an attraction all its own!
Argentineans often speak English.
Although Spanish is the national language, English has been a mandatory subject at school for some time. As a result, English is becoming more widely spoken. Young people and people in international business and local tourism will all often speak good English. Also, many people will be happy to practice their English with you. Add in a large Expat population, and you’ll find someone who speaks your language.
While you’ll have a much better time if you speak some Spanish, it is not critical to be fluent on arrival. Definitely, in the longer-term Spanish is useful for deepening your friendships and connections in Argentina.
Move to Argentina for excellent, affordable healthcare.
There are both private and public parts to Argentina’s health care system. Importantly, the standard, especially considering costs, is overall excellent. Medical tourism is a big industry taking advantage of the quality and cost of care available.
Many of Argentina’s health professionals (including doctors and specialists) are overseas-trained and deliver world-class service. On offer are all services that you would expect to find in the US or Europe at a fraction of US prices.
Expats in Argentina mostly relay on the private system. Here. good quality insurance can be had for as little as $50 to $60 a month. Getting a health plan is also straight forward compared to the complexities of some other Expat destinations.
Medications and drugs are also much cheaper than in the US. Pharmacies are abundant and mostly staffed by excellent qualified people. Dental care follows the same high-quality, low-cost model.
As an aside, Argentina also has more psychologists per capita than anywhere else in the world. This means mental health care is easily available and reasonably priced. We assume it also leads to a perfectly well-balanced population…
Move to Argentina for the variety.
The cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires is a city that wouldn’t be out of place as a European capital. It is home to 13 million people. It offers a wide range of activities including concerts, theatre, cinemas, parks, fashion, shopping, and sporting facilities (both as a participant and as a spectator.) There are wonderful day-trips and weekends away within easy reach for a battery recharge.
On the other end of the scale is the rustic charms of the islands of the Tigre Delta. Alternatively, if you love open spaces, the Tierra Del Feugo province and the mountains offer an unspoilt paradise. Here you’ll find world-class hiking in summer and winter sports when the snow starts.
There are the beautiful beaches of the South-Atlantic and the temperate wine-growing region of Mendoza. Names like La Pampa, Patagonia, Santa Fe, Aconcagua, and more, A move to Argentina means you have at your disposal the 8th largest country in the world by area with a coastline of almost 5,000km. There is somewhere for everyone who moves to Argentina.
Move to Argentina for the education system.
A move to Argentina doesn’t mean having to compromise on the standard of education for you or your children. The education system is good and is augmented by a wide range of world-class international schools taught in a variety of languages, especially in English. There are also excellent Universities and a solid academic tradition.
And if you want to learn Spanish, the tango, or how to make BBQ they are all on offer too.
Move to Argentina for the welcome.
Argentinians are, on the whole, warm and passionate people. Expat story after Expat story tells of a warm welcome and an open, caring local population. If you love football and can speak some Spanish all the better, you’ll be practically family. Given some of the difficulties Argentina has faced recently, this seems to have got even better. It has led to locals happy to meet people who believe in the future of this beautiful country.
One area where this is not true is the local bureaucracy. Having a good lawyer in your corner to manage your immigration paperwork is essential. Getting your utilities (lights, water, internet, etc.) setup can also be much, much easier with the assistance of a trusted local to help you navigate the complexities.
The options for Argentina residency, Argentina nationality, Argentina citizenship, and Argentina passport all reflect this welcome. We explore them all on the next tabs.