This information is for students going to Argentina for
Formal Studies (1),
Informal Studies (2),
Student Exchange (3) or
Partial Studies (4)
(Resolution of "Direccion Nacional de Migraciones" 20.699/2006)
A) STUDENTS FROM COUNTRIES THAT ARE MEMBERS OF THE MERCOSUR AND ITS ASSOCIATE STATES: Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia, will enter Argentina without a visa and stay as “tourists” when they pursue studies lasting no more than 90 days. When they pursue studies lasting more than 90 days, they can apply for a visa at this Consulate General (if resident in our jurisdiction) or directly in Argentina at the Direccion Nacional de Migraciones (Migration Office) . To apply for this visa in our Consulate visit the following link.
B) STUDENTS FROM NON-MERCOSUR COUNTRIES:
1. CANADA AND OTHER COUNTRIES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE A TOURIST VISA TO ENTER ARGENTINA: They will enter without a visa and stay as “tourists” when they pursue studies lasting no more than 90 days, they must apply for a student visa, after the educational institution in Argentina requests and entry permit (Permiso de Ingreso) at the “Dirección Nacional de Migraciones” for foreign students.
2- COUNTRIES THAT REQUIRE TOURIST VISA TO ENTER ARGENTINA: The educational institution in Argentina must request at the "Direccion Nacional de Migraciones" an entry permit ("permiso de ingreso") for the foreign student. Once the entry permit is issued, you must apply at the Argentina Consulate for a visa with the following documents:
1. Valid passport for at least of 12 months and a Visa application completed in full . English speaking Applicants must submit the Form (wich is by following the instructions in English (See Form and Instructions), including address and phone numbers.
2. Entry Permit ("Permiso de Ingreso") issued by "Direccion Nacional de Migraciones".
3. Two (2) Photographs 1,5 x 1,5 inches , ¾ right profile, white or light blue background, without glasses, hat or and/or any other sort of face hidden.
4. For people SIXTEEN (16) or over at the time of entering the National Territory, a certificate of lack of criminal records from their country of origin or from the countries where they have lived during the past FIVE (5) years. In Canada you must request the "Certified Criminal Record Check" form the RCMP (please visit the following link), then that certificate must be autenticated by the Department of Authentication of the DFAIT in Ottawa (click here for more information). In addition, this document must be translated into Spanish.
Important: DFAIT has informed to this Consulate General that the RCMP certificate mentioned above must not be authenticated by a notary previously to request the authentication from DFAIT.
5. Accrediting enough financial means for their self-support and accommodation in the National Territory. If accommodation is supplied by third parties, it must be accredited at the NATIONAL IMMIGRATION OFFICE after entering the country.
6. Being aware that they are entering the country only in order to accomplish the studies that motivated the application for residence.
7. Paying the consular fee established in the current regulations. Accompany a money order or certified cheque payable to: "Consulate General of Argentina", per each visa application. Check the consular fees here.
IMPORTANT: Your school or educational institution in Argentina must provide you with the correct information and requirements to obtain your visa.
(1) Formal Studies: A student attending formal studies is understood as every foreigner from a NON-MERCOSUR country who applies for residence in the ARGENTINE REPUBLIC on the basis of being registered as a regular student at a public or private educational institution belonging to the official education system, with the purpose of taking officially recognized secondary, college, university, and postgraduate studies.
(2) Informal Studies: A student attending informal studies is understood as a foreigner from a NON-MERCOSUR country who is registered or is required to enter the National Territory in order to attend a course that is not part of the official education system, even though it is taught at an officially recognized educational institution.
(3) Student Exchange: A member of a student exchange program is understood as every foreigner from a NON-MERCOSUR country who applies for residence on the basis of an international agreement for student exchange between the secondary, college, university, and/or postgraduate educational institution where he/she goes to abroad and a secondary, college, university, and/or postgraduate educational institution officially recognized in the ARGENTINE REPUBLIC, with the purpose of taking partial studies included in the official education system.
(4) Partial Studies: Included in this heading are those foreigners from a NON-MERCOSUR country who are registered or are required to enter the National Territory by an officially recognized educational institution in order to attend one or more courses in a formal undergraduate degree without the intention to graduate from it, or in order to partially attend a course taught at this educational institution.
NOTE: Those who obtain a vacancy in a National University in Argentina (Resolution 1523/90 of the Ministry of Education) through our Embassy in Canada (see below link) to obtain the corresponding visa should follow the procedure mentioned in this link of our website.
Passport holders of these Countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaiyan, Comoro Islands, East Timor, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Lybia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri-Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tadyikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Yemen, must apply for this visa personally at this Consulate General in Toronto, with no less than 30 days from the scheduled date of departure to Argentina. Also, in order to apply for a visa at this Consulate General the applicant should not be in Canada as a tourist. In case the applicant is a tourist in Canada, he must request the visa at the Argentine Consulate having jurisdiction in the place where he has his regular residence.
China passport holders must apply for this visa personally at this Consulate General in Toronto. Also, in order to apply for a visa at this Consulate General the applicant should not be in Canada as a tourist. In case the applicant is a tourist in Canada, he must request the visa at the Argentine Consulate having jurisdiction in the place where he has his regular residence.