Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How an Expat became a Permanent Resident of Argentina

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After nearly a year in Argentina, my spouse has finally become a legal resident. Processing the paperwork was the easy part. Getting all the paperwork, legalizing it, and translating it was a major hassle.
We had never heard of an apostille until we moved to Argentina, and by that point it was too late. We were faced with two options. We could either pay a company in the United States an insane amount of money to apostille my spouse’s documents or we could return to the States, get all our paperwork in order, and return to Argentina once the task was complete. Unfortunately, we only had enough money to send one of us back and my spouse volunteered to go.

Watching him leave on his own was heart wrenching, but this isn’t the first time we’ve had to part ways in order to go on a life changing quest. It’s been a recurring theme in our twelve year relationship, but the funny thing is that the pain and anxiety from the separation never lessens.

This trip worked out well for him though. Not only was he able to get all the paperwork notarized and apostilled, but he was able to spend some quality time with his family and properly say goodbye to them.

After two months, which included the first Christmas and New Year’s that we hadn’t spent with each other ever, he returned to Cordoba with the paperwork and two pieces of luggage full of items we had left behind the first time we left the States to move to Argentina.
Shortly after his return, we began translating and legalizing the apostilled documents here in Cordoba. After everything was complete, we got our immigration appointment. A month later we presented all of my spouse’s paperwork.

I’m happy to report that three weeks later, we received his DNI card (the equivalent of a social security card in the U.S.) in the mail. He is now a permanent resident of Argentina and with this residency he can have a better future.