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Argentina – COVID-19: Another Extension for Residency Deadlines

Argentina – Another Extension for Residency Deadlines

Argentina’s National Immigration Office (Dirección Nacional de Migraciones) announced the automatic extension for another 30-day period of certain residency deadlines with the expiry dates now set for 18 November.

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Argentina’s National Immigration Office (Dirección Nacional de Migraciones) announced the automatic extension for another 30-day period of certain residency deadlines previously announced in Provision N° 3126/2020 and 1714/2020.  A new Provision (N° 3323/2020) extends the expiry dates to 18 November.  (For prior coverage, see GMS Flash Alert 2020-404, 21 September 2020.)

WHY THIS MATTERS

The new Provision will help foreign individuals who, due to COVID-19, had not been unable to extend their transitory and temporary residencies personally, in light of the fact that the National Immigration Office has remained closed since 20 March 2020.

The Provision will bring relief and certainty for foreign individuals.  It will help to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on how such individuals manage their personal situations given that their stay in Argentina may be longer than they had originally anticipated. 

The National Immigration Office in Buenos Aires is slightly starting to recommence appointments.

Context

The rapid worldwide spread of the coronavirus has underpinned the National Immigration Office’s decisions (e.g., to remain closed, to gradually recommence certain operations, etc.), as it adjusts its policies and processes considering the evolution of the public health emergency, to help bring some certainty to individuals who have needed to extend their stay in Argentina. 

New Provision

Provision 3126/2020 (extending of the measures in Provision 2916/2020) contains the following measures:

a) 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 (until 18 November 2020);

b) Extending the validity of the “Residence Precaria” (Certificado de Residencia Precaria – a three-month interim residence certificate while an application for temporary or permanent residence is being processed) granted in the framework of Article 20 (residence applications) (until 18 November 2020); 

c) Extending the validity of the registration of the local company at the National Immigration Office for thirty (30) days as of the expiry date (until 18 November 2020);

d) Suspending the deadlines for compliance with any notice or summons emanating from ongoing proceedings for thirty (30) days (until 18 November 2020).

KPMG NOTE

The National Immigration Office closure will continue until Argentina’s government determines that is safe to re-open.

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 development as and when they occur. 

FOOTNOTE

1  See the “Provision 3323/2020” (Disposición 3323/2020) published (in Spanish) in the Boletín Oficial at: https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/detalleAviso/primera/236255/20201019.

* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration 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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