And then:jp said:My application got rushed through, and I got given a price list for how quickly I could get a DNI. Given that the actual work involved someone accompanying me to migraciones and telling someone to stamp a document, I'm a little dubious on how legit the fast tracking was.
If nothing got done for weeks how could it have been rushed through? Is it possible that your gestor didn't do anything for weeks (as opposed to migraciones)? I can confirm from experience that the "gestors" often appear with stacks of passports (without the presence of their clients) and are given priority over individual foreigners waiting their turn at migraciones (at least at the perogrogas de permanencia).jp said:It was pretty much done on the day, there was a lot of faffing, nothing got done for weeks and then on the day my temporary visa was going to expire we just waltzed to the front of the queue and had everything done there and then.
I'm not saying this can't or doesn't happen, but I have never read a post by someone who actually "claims" to have (directly) paid more than the required fees at migraciones, and I was never asked for any kind of "propina" at migraciones or the regitsro. Perhaps the gestors make these "alleged" payments, but it also might be that they simply pocket the money themselves.jp said:From memory the price list was 1200 for 2 week turnaround, 600 for a month and 300 for 3 months. Failing that you just waited for the system to give you your DNI, which seemed to involve about a year wait. Not sure what happened over the last year though, I think the system changed in terms of what strings can be pulled.
I don't recall any "stories" in this forum that support this. Can any forum members confirm this from their own personal experience?jp said:There's some murky goings on in migraciones, some of it is just greasing the wheels but there's an uglier side to other people's stories.
Thanks, jp. It would still be helpful to know (without revealing any personal details) what constitutes a "horrible" experience at migraciones. Were there threats of deportation...or worse...or requests for large amounts of money? This may be a "public" (not really) forum, but we do have anonymity with our user names (don't we?). Can you at least tell us if the payment for the expedited DNI was made at the registro or to an intermediary (who also then processed you application?)?jp said:To clarify, nothing got done for weeks, and the people handling my case failed to get back to emails or calls. Nothing got done. The day it got done, they took all my documents, marched to the front of the queue and got everything done on the spot. I was then given a number to call for an expedited DNI and a price list listing various payment options to get it done quicker.
As for murky stories, I wasn't referring to anything I've read here. I have a close friend who had a horrible experience, but I'm not going into details on a public forum. Just saying it does happen and people should be mindful that the system is less than squeaky clean or transparent.
Deary me, why overstay your visa at all?selena said:...I'm currently in Buenos Aires on a tourist visa, ... If I overstay my tourist visa for a few months, leave for my own country and apply for a workvisa from there, does anybody know if the having overstayed a tourist visa will affect my changes of getting a work visa? Selena