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Argentina – National Immigration Office Extends Residency Deadlines

Argentina – Nat'l Immi Ofe Extends Residency Deadlines

The Argentinean National Immigration office has extended some deadlines for individuals with expiring transitory and temporary residencies in Argentina, and also for companies needing to renew their inscription at the National Immigration office.

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The Argentine National Immigration office announced on 18 March, Provision N° 1714/2020 to provide guidance to individuals who need to extend their transitory and temporary residencies in Argentina, and also to companies that need to renew their registration at the National Immigration office.1

This new provision aims to protect the Argentine population and control and prevent the further spread of COVID-19. (For prior coverage, see GMS Flash Alert 2020-131 (30 March 2020).) 

WHY THIS MATTERS

The new actions provide supplemental support to foreign individuals who need to extend their transitory or temporary residencies.    

These actions provide significant relief for individuals whose residence status in Argentina will soon expire and who cannot go personally to the National Immigration office, which remains closed until 12 April.

This will have considerable impact on how foreign individuals manage themselves under a worldwide scenario requiring vastly different procedures.

These changes will also require employers to re-consider their personnel and work arrangements due to the new situation. 

Context

The rapid worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has underpinned the National Immigration office’s decisions, with the aim of bringing some certainty to individuals who need to extend their stay in Argentina, while also taking actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic. 

New Provision

Provision 1714/2020 contains the following measures to bring some relief to individuals residing in Argentina:

  1. Extending the validity of the individual’s residence status granted under Article 23 (temporary residence) and Article 24 (transitory residences) of Law 25.871 for thirty (30) days from their normal expiration date;
  2. Extending the validity of the Residence Precaria (3-month interim residence certificate while application for temporary or permanent residence is being processed) granted in the framework of Article 20 (residence applications);
  3. Extending the validity of the registration of the local company at the National Immigration office for thirty (30) days as of the expiry date (as of 17 March 2020);
  4. Suspending the deadlines for compliance with any notice or summons emanating from ongoing proceedings for thirty (30) days as of 17 March 2020.

KPMG NOTE

The National Immigration office closure period might be extended if the Argentine government decides to move forward with another 15-day-period extension of the existing mandatory quarantine after 12 April.

Any individuals impacted by the new rules may wish to consult with their global mobility advisers and immigration legal counsel as soon as possible for advice on next steps.

The KPMG International member firm in Argentina is tracking these matters closely.  We will endeavor to keep readers of GMS Flash Alert posted on any important developments as and when they occur.

FOOTNOTE

1  For Provision N° 1714/2020 and other COVID-19 announcements in Spanish, see the National Immigration Office’s website

* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services or legal services.  However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.   

 

The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Argentina.

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