ALL U.S. CITIZENS WILL ENTER ARGENTINA AS TOURISTS. You will obtain the tourist visa on site in Argentina. Students in programs that exceed 90 days will also be required to obtain their student visas on site in Argentina. However, please read the information below on documents you may need to bring with you from the U.S. to complete the visa process.
Students who are under 18 years old will not be able to obtain a student visa in Argentina.
For Programs UNDER 90 Days (Intensive Month and Summer programs):
All U.S. citizens will enter the country on a tourist visa, valid for 90 days, which you will obtain upon arrival to the airport in Buenos Aires. You do not need to bring any other documentation with you, however please note that a "reciprocity fee" of USD$160 will be due upon entering the country at the Ezeiza Airport. This payment is good for multiple entries over the lifetime of your passport, and can be paid by U.S. dollars, Argentine pesos, or by credit or debit card.
For Programs OVER 90 Days (Semester and Academic Year programs):
All students who will be in Argentina for over 90 days will enter Argentina as tourists, completing the process described above in order to obtain the tourist visa. Once in Argentina will be required to visit the "Migraciones" department to request a student visa during your first 30 days in Argentina. The ISA resident staff abroad will assist you throughout this process and in obtaining all required documentation on site, however, it will be up to each student to make their student visa appointment. Please note that your host university will not issue you a transcript upon completion of your ISA program unless you provide them with proof of your student visa; therefore it is extremely important that you work with ISA resident staff to complete this mandatory process.
ISA strongly recommends that students bring proof of clear criminal record with them to Buenos Aires. Argentina has unique student visa requirements that may cause confusion at the airport when checking in to your flight to Buenos Aires. To avoid these problems, please bring "Proof of Clear Criminal Record" in your carry-on luggage with you to the airport. To request a criminal record check, contact your local or state police department or Department of Public Safety. This process may take anywhere from 1 hour to 4 weeks to complete, so please plan accordingly. Literally any background check that proves you have no criminal record in your place of current or permanent residence will suffice.
In addition, ISA strongly recommends that students purchase a roundtrip flight to Buenos Aires, instead of a one-way ticket. While ISA does not require this, please note that the airline may require proof of exit out of Argentina in order to board your flight. If you have not purchased a roundtrip flight you may be asked by the airline to purchase a return flight.
To obtain your student visa in Argentina you will need the following:
- A valid passport with the Argentine tourist visa stamp.
- A letter of proof of enrollment from the university. The university will provide this once you have arrived.
- A police certificate showing you have no criminal record in Argentina. You will get this once in the country with the help of ISA staff (approximate cost is $AR 100, payable in local currency).
- Payment for the $AR 600 (~USD160) student visa processing fee, payable in cash only.
For Back-to-Back Semester or Academic Year Programs:
You will complete the semester student visa process twice, at the appropriate time for each semester. Please note that in order to request your second student visa, you will need to leave Argentina while your first student visa is valid, and then return once it has expired. Please keep in close contact with ISA staff in Buenos Aires to ensure that you remain in the country legally and that you do not miss important deadlines related to your student visa. If you will be unable to leave the country between your two semesters, please contact ISA to discuss alternative options. It will be up to you to ensure that you complete this process legally.
Note: Embassy and consulate contact information is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the website of the embassy or consulate to verify information.
In order to find contact information for your specific consulate, please choose the state or region of your permanent residence from the dropdown box below, and click submit to continue.
ISA directors will register students with the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires upon arrival to Argentina.
Hours: Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm