Argentina – COVID-19: Residency Deadlines Extended until 17 August
Argentina – Residency Deadlines Extended until 17 Aug.
A new Argentine “Provision” extends the validity of an individual’s residence status granted under Article 23 (temporary residence) and Article 24 (transitory residence) of Law 25.871 for thirty (30) days (until 17 August 2020) and it extends the validity of the Certificado de Residencia Precaria.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus health emergency, the Argentine National Immigration Office (Dirección Nacional de Migraciones) announced on 18 July, Provision N° 2631/2020 (new Provision).1 This Provision extends for another 30 days certain deadlines previously announced in Provision N° 1714/2020,2 that have to do with the automatic extension of transitory and temporary residencies in Argentina. There were also deadlines set for companies with respect to renewals of their registration with the National Immigration Office. (For prior coverage, see GMS Flash Alert 2020-285, 17 June 2020.)
WHY THIS MATTERS
For individuals who may have been concerned about the expiry of their transitory or temporary residency and need to extend their residency, due to the COVID-19 crisis, this new Provision provides further support for them. This should bring significant relief for individuals whose residence status in Argentina will soon expire and who cannot personally go to the National Immigration Office, which has been closed since 20 March 2020.
In light of this new update, foreign individuals should be able to better manage their personal situations concerning their right to stay in Argentina and the different procedures around proper documentation.
These changes may also encourage employers to continue with their current personnel and work arrangements or re-consider those arrangements.
The rapid worldwide spread of the coronavirus has underpinned the National Immigration Office’s decisions, as it adjusts its policies and processes to cope with the ongoing health emergency and help bring some certainty to individuals who need to extend their stay in Argentina.
Provision 2631/2020 (extending of the measures in Provision 1714/2020) contains the following measures:
1. Extending the validity of the individual’s residence status granted under Article 23 (temporary residence) and Article 24 (transitory residence) of Law 25.871 for thirty (30) days (until 17 August 2020);
2. Extending the validity of the ‘’Residence Precaria’’ (Certificado de Residencia Precaria – a three month interim residence certificate while the application for temporary or permanent residence is being processed) granted according to the framework of Article 20 (until 17 August 2020);
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 (until 17 August 2020);
4. Suspending the deadlines for compliance with any notice or summons emanating from ongoing proceedings for thirty (30) days (until 17 August 2020).
The National Immigration Office has been closed since 20 March and the closure period might be extended if Argentina’s government decides to keep moving forward with mandatory lockdowns in the country.
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.
1 For Provision N° 2631/2020 (Disposición 2631/2020) published in the Boletín Oficial (in Spanish) see: https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/detalleAviso/primera/232241/20200718 .
2 For Provision N° 1714/2020 (Disposición 1714/2020) published in Boletin Oficial (in Spanish) see: http://s3.arsat.com.ar/cdn-bo-001/Suple-18-03-2020.pdf .
* 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.
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