Work Visa


Feb 3, 2009
I am a foreign correspondent in Brazil (married to a Brazilian). We are planning on moving to BA in the near future and I was wondering about work visa. I have permanent residency in Brazil, will this be of any use to me when I move to Argentina or should I just apply for a journalist visa. If the second option is best, has anybody applied for journalist visa and how difficult is it to get, where can I get more information etc.? As a Brazilian, what does my wife need to get (in terms of documents) for us to live in Argentina? We plan on staying at least a few years.

For a Brazilian to live and work in Argentina is as difficult and complicated as for a US to live and work in Canada or viceversa, though is not impossible.
I guess that to start with you need to have a formal employer.
Hi Bitty, thanks for the reply, but I have no idea about the U.S. /Canada situation as I am Irish. Being Irish it is easy for me to live and work anywhere in the E.U. I assumed it would be the same for Mercosul members.
It's actually pretty easy for a native Canadian to work in the United States and (I think, not certain) not much more difficult the other way around.
I was also under the impression that mercosur nationals had quite an easy process for immigration. However, I've had a hell of a time finding any information online.

Check out the site for migraciones. Personally I find it totally confusing, but you might have better luck.

Click on Información de Interés
then on - Guía para Migrantes del MERCOSUR y Estados Asociados.

It tells you the steps to take but doesn't really outline the criteria for acceptance. I imagine it's just a given that you will be accepted(?). Good luck.
Hello my friend, see here how easy it is for canadian citizens to work in the US, in a next mail

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2. Introduction: Canada to U.S. Transfers

Irrespective of whether the transfer to the U.S.A. is short term or permanent, the issues are often complex --- and solutions not quick or easy.
Having said that, this page shows you how you can plan to make transfers effective, cost-efficient and with least hassle to you (the employer), and for the transferee.
As in any major project, good planning --- in advance --- is the key.
Sorry! I was writing ... in my next mail I will translate a sample of the requirements for MERCOSUR workers to get a permit to perform in Argentina legally , not to talk about europeans and north americans!!!
Bitty Cabrera said:
Hello my friend, see here how easy it is for canadian citizens to work in the US, in a next mail . . . .
I suspect that this is the work of one of my less reputable brothers at the bar, trying to gin up "business". A native-born Canadian will not find gaining permission to work in the United States difficult, though the process has become more complex since passage of the Patriot Act and its progeny; naturalized Canadians will find the process more daunting, though many a Moslem or East Indian still chooses to go through Canada rather than attempt the greater difficulty of entering the United States directly for work.

Again, I know little of the reverse route and almost nothing of entering Argentina in search of employment. Thanks for those postings, "Bitty".