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Argentina: New Requirement Adopted for Foreigners Seeking Permanent Residence

(Mar. 25, 2019) On March 1, 2019, the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones (National Directorate on Immigration) adopted a measure requiring that foreigners who apply for permanent residence in Argentina prove they have had no criminal record during the ten years prior to their application. The new provision constitutes a seven-year increase over the previous requirement. (Jaime Rosemberg, New Requirements for Foreigners Will Take Effect in March, LA NACIÓN (Mar. 1, 2019) (in Spanish); Dirección Nacional de Migraciones, Disposición 1027/2019 DI-2019-1027-APN-DNM#MI, BOLETIN OFICIAL (official gazette), Mar. 6, 2019, InfoLEG website of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.)

Adopted in response to recent events in which people’s safety was endangered by foreigners, the new requirement is intended to prevent criminals from around the world from establishing residence in the country. (Rosemberg, supra.) The measure, which aims at reversing a more lenient immigration policy in force under previous administrations, will not be retroactive. (Id.)

According to immigration authorities, the provision will be applied in conjunction with other measures, such as the cross-linking of immigration data with Interpol, control of passengers arriving at airports, and deportation of foreigners who commit crimes, with the goal of establishing reciprocity with other countries. (Id.)

The government of Argentina will negotiate reciprocity agreements on immigration with border countries, from which 80% of the foreigners seeking permanent residence in the country arrive. (Id.)