As Argentina’s Peronist government introduces “one-off” wealth tax, Uruguay’s timing could not have been better.
Argentina’s Rentista and Pensionado visas grant renewable one-year residence permits to individuals who can demonstrate sufficient independent, externally sourced income to support themselves in Argentina.
Though the minimum income is officially ARS30,000 (about US$300) a month, immigration authorities in practice expect applicants to demonstrate an income in excess of US$2,000, typically from a pension, rental income, dividends, or similar recurring and independent revenues.
Curiously, because permanent residency and citizenship are governed by separate legislation in Argentina, the time to become eligible for naturalization is actually shorter (2 years) than for obtaining PR (3).
|Program Type||Independent Means Visa|
|Time to citizenship||2 years|
|Time to permanent residency||3 years|
|Minimum investment||None. Proof of income required|
|Physical presence requirement||None at residency stage (See Path to Citizenship)|
|Application processing time||2-3 months|
|Citizenship grants visa-free travel to||170 destinations, including Schengen countries|
|Contribution types available||No contribution required|
General program requirements
Both the Rentista and Pensionado residence permits are initially temporary with a one-year validity, renewable annually for up to three years. You may not work for an Argentine company on the visa but you may work as a freelancer taking on international work or open your own business in Argentina.
The officially stipulated monthly income necessary to qualify is ARS 30,000 (about US$300) per month from a guaranteed source. In practice, however, applications are not likely to be approved unless applicants can demonstrate an independent income of at least US$2,000 a month.
The applicant may includes a spouse and children under 25 years of age.
– $250 application fee
– $600 immigration fee
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Programs that offer citizenship within months in exchange for investments or donations, with minor/no physical presence requirements.
Programs that offer citizenship in exchange for investments following a 1-2 year period, with minor/no physical presence requirements.
Programs that offer residence permits within months in exchange for passive investments, with limited physical presence requirements.
Andorra Residence Without Lucrative Activity
Anguilla Permanent Residency Program
Australia BIIP Investor Streams
Bahamas Economic Permanent Residence
Brazil Investor Visa (VIPER)
Cayman Islands Investor Visa
Costa Rica Investor Visa
Curaçao Investor Permit Program
Cyprus Golden Visa
Greece Golden Visa
Guernsey Investor & Entrepreneur Residency
Ireland Immigrant Investor Program
Italy Investor Visa
Latvia Investor Visa
Luxembourg Investor Visa
Malaysia M2H Visa
Malta Permanent Residence Program
Mauritius Permanent Residency Program
Monaco Carte de Séjour
Netherlands Investor Visa
New Zealand Investor Visa
Nicaragua Investor Permanent Residency Program
Panama Qualified Investor Visa
Philippines Special Investor Residence Permit
Portugal Golden Visa
South Korea Investor Visa
Spain Golden Visa
Thailand Elite Residence Program
UK Investor Visa (discontinued)
United States EB-5
Programs that offer residence permits within months to those who can demonstrate income or personal wealth above a certain level, usually requiring that the holder not take up employment locally.
Argentina Rentista and Pensionado Residency
Greece FIP Visa
Indonesia Retirement Visa (KITAS)
Italy Elective Residency Visa
Jersey High Value Residency
Mexico Legal Residency Visa
Nicaragua Pensionado and Rentista Visas
Panama Rentista Retirado Visa
Paraguay Permanent Residency Program
Portugal D7 Visa
Spain Non-Lucrative Visa
Uruguay Independent Means Visa
Programs that offer residence permits within months to those who physically relocate to start and/or run a business. Startup and entrepreneur visas fall under this category.
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