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ARGENTINA - No Express Appointments for Residence Applicants [UPDATED]

Effective immediately, Argentina's National Immigration Office (DNM) has suspended the system of express appointments for applications for temporary residence cards or conversions to permanent residence status.

Who is affected?

This mostly affects Mercosur nationals applying for Temporary Residence or Special Transitory Visas (24H), who should expect significant processing delays. Currently, Mercosur nationals may only be able to obtain regular appointments several months from the appointment request date. This delay is likely to increase due to the suspension of the Express appointments system.

Non-Mercosur nationals may still be able to obtain regular appointments within a few days.

Applicants who had already booked express appointments may not be able to attend these due to the suspension.


As of 15 March 2018, the express appointments system remains suspended, and Mercosur nationals may only be able to obtain regular appointments six months from the appointment request date. However, it is estimated that the express appointment system will return "soon".

Action Items

  • Employers whose employees may be affected are advised to contact their immigration specialist for the latest appointment date estimates.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by CSM and Celano & Asociados.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.