I'm feeling a little more relieved writing this post about working visas than my last post regarding the same subject. I didn't feel quite comfortable thinking about working without a visa. I don't want to work "en negro", but there is hope for me!
In another post of mine I talked about websites I like to stalk; baexpats.com is one of them. The site gives expats living in Buenos Aires a way to connect and share information.
A very kind woman, Katie, saw a post of mine on baexpats.com concerning working visa's and teaching english. She wrote me a very detailed email on how to go about obtaining a work visa and most importantly she gave me hope! It's possible for me to get a working visa! I'm greatly appreciative of her taking the time to write me. I'd like to share a little of what she wrote. (I hope she doesn't mind)
"I entered on a tourist visa. I had been told before entering the country that I could enter on a tourist visa, get a job and switch it to a work visa. Fortunately, that is true."
"...you have to find a job, sign a contract (or a Pre-Contracto), file a bunch of papers, pay 200 pesos and wait."
I'll need to "bring the right papers from the states. They are: Your passport, Your ORIGINAL birth certificate and A letter from the police in your hometown that states whatever criminal record you may have. Be sure to get this document legalized by a notary and then legalized by an apostilary (google it)."Next, I'll have get an Argentine version of a police record (40 pesos) and then I must get all of my documents translated into Spanish.
"Once you have all of that, you can apply for a year long visa (which you can renew later). I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it really isn't that bad. "Lastly she wrote:
"Be sure to check out the Migraciones website (migraciones.gov.ar) and remember that we're from an EXTRA-MERCOSUR country."I hope by posting Katie's response other future expats will find the information useful and give them hope as well!
Thank you Katie for putting my working visa worries at ease.