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TomP replied to the thread Getting money into Argentina on the Argentina forum:
canuckincordoba initially posted:
Hi everyone. I've moved from Canada to Cordoba with my Argentine wife and our one year old. We'd like to buy a house. What's the best/ safest way to transfer money into Argentina? If possible, I would prefer getting the 'blue' rate. I've tried Xoom, but I need a US debit card, credit card or a US bank account. All my accounts are Canadian.
TomP replied on April 17, 2015 with:
Santier, Chase is my bank and I have sent more than US$500,000 to Bank Nacion in Argentina so I could build vineyards. Each transfer was paid by Bank Nacion at the "Official" rate when received. As far as using an ATM in Argentina the ATMs will not pay in US Dollars, only pesos.
beachesl replied on April 17, 2015 with:
First, the bank branches here are not really branches, they are separate legal entitites. The fact that you have an acoount or priveledges for your US bank account , it does not mean you have the same priveledges here with the "same" bank. Second, it is the law that dollars cannot be given except for certain citizens or legal residents who have applied for and given a limited priveledge by AFIP, the national tax agency..... If it costs less, it is only because of a policy giving you priveledges from your home bank, like the home bank waiving their normal rights to a service fee for using their card.
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MPujol replied to the thread Securing a Credit Card In Argentina on the Argentina forum:
todikaios initially posted:
I believe it would be helpful for me to have a credit card from a bank in Buenos Aires (Banco Gallicia, etc.). I have several US credit cards but they only offer official exchange rate between dollars and pesos. If I had an Argentine card, I could pay the balance in pesos (in cash) which I would get at the Calle Florida rate for my dollars. So, is there a bank in Buenos Aires that will allow an extranjero to open an account and be issued a credit card. Most banks I have visited require the person to have a DNI or residency documentation (which I don't have since it takes months to receive). I am in Argentina about 6 monhs per year (when it is Spring, Summer and Fall). Thanks for sharing any useful information.
MPujol replied on April 16, 2015 with:
This is how bad information is passed around, when faced with the same dilemma I did a little research on FATCA. It is an international agreement and not just the USA trying to get in expats pockets. Argentina in a bid to get back into the world financial market was required to comply with FATCA. As far as the rush of expats renouncing their US citizenship over this, yes it is true that the rate more than doubled from 2012 to 2013, in 2012 932 people renounced their citizenship and in 2013 that number rose to a whopping 2,999!!!! This is out of an estimated 3 to 7 million expats living outside of the USA. So much for the mad rush. Here is a link to a page on the IRS site explaining some of the FATCA facts.
panamajames replied on April 16, 2015 with:
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act F A T C A ........................................................ ..................................................................requires all global non-US (Foreign) Financial Institutions (FFI's) to search their records for suspected US persons for reporting their assets and identities to the US Treasury.
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panamajames replied to the thread Bicycling Argentina on the Argentina forum:
RussellO initially posted:
Has anyone had this experience? Positive or negative experiences.
panamajames replied most recently with:
We met many people who were bicycling through Argentina, some taking the bus for a bit of a break, but carrying their bikes on board. It is a good way to see the country and stay in shape.........
jesbostonma replied most recently with:
In 2006-2007, my husband and I bicycle-toured from Mendoza to Los Andes, from Pucon to Chiloe via San Martin and Bariloche, down the Carretera Austral from Puerto Chacabuco to El Chalten, and finally from Puerto Natales to Ushuaia. We didn't really do "city biking" and tried to stay on less-traveled roads. But in general we had an overwhelmingly positive experience. Drivers were as courteous as anywhere else. We had mirrors so we could stay away from the close-passers.
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elhombresinnombre replied to the thread immigration attorney on the Argentina forum:
juangeyer initially posted:
hi I am living now in BA since sep' 2014. doing the colonia trips. but, I would really like to get a residencia precaria visa so I don't have the worries of leaving every 90 days, or, god forbid, they change some law restricting the multiple 90 day revolving door option. last year, I tried to get a rentista visa by showing my US income. But they kept adding on other documents needed [likeproperty deeds, translated with apostille,,etc,etc. they didn,t seem to care that I already have the funds to live here forever,[I am 60] even without my leaseholdings. So, I thought I would ask if anyone has used an ATTORNEY to go this route [or perhaps another]. they tell me attorneys here are real sharks. thanks so much
elhombresinnombre replied most recently with:
Okay, first off: there is no revolving door "option." It's a loophole and people can and have been refused re-entry - pretty tough if all your personal effects are still in Argentina. You make yourself no more legal by crossing a border every so often than if you simply stayed at home and crossing the border only makes you into a target. Second point, your question. This is an Argentina-wide forum and you've asked a city-scale question. I'd suggest you browse one of the Buenos Aires expats forums where local and personal recommendations are frequently discussed. Disclaimer: I have never used an immigration attorney and have no personal recommendation to make.
juangeyer replied most recently with:
still looking for an immigration attorney. any thoughts?
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Expat Report Culture Shock in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina was published
What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?
Sometimes the ease with which things can be done but also at times the seemingly endless time it takes to get things done. The relaxed attitude to eating meals, the excellent food and the friendliness of many of the people once they realise that you are not silent out of ignorance but because of the struggle with the language. (Continue)
sporto505 commented on the Expat Report Living in Buenos Aires, Argentina
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Vamos Spanish Academy - for Spanish classes, activities and workshops around the city, including city tours, biking tours, wine tasting, cooking classes, and adventure travel around Argentina and South America (Continue)
sporto505 replied most recently with:
what is the traffic like in Buenos Aires? I am currently living outside of San Jose Costa Rica. The traffic here is crazy due mostly to poor planning and inadequate infrastructure. Builders continue to construct high occupancy condos and apartments w/ no obligation to assist in the cost of expanding the roadway. Result is mass traffic jams. Does Buenos Aires have this problem too?
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TomP replied to the thread Shipping a Jeep and personal items from USA to Buenos Aires? on the Argentina forum:
GringitoLoco initially posted:
Hi all, I'm planning a relocation from NJ, USA to Cordoba, Argentina early this year.. I need to ship my 2007 Jeep Rubicon (heavily outfitted) to Buenos Aires and and looking for any advice on shipping. I am getting married to an Argentine in 2015 and was I was advised that because this is an election year it probably wouldn't take too long to get my DNI (but that's besides the point, I'm moving anyway). I also need to bring with me a number of personal items; small electronics, clothes, but most importantly my welder, power tools, and lots of steel hand tools. I am aware of the power and frequency conversions. Does anyone have any tips, recommendations, preferred shippers, etc? I can not chance a shady company doing this, leaving me scrambling for bribe money or stolen items. Thanks all! -JPL
TomP replied most recently with:
Russell makes a very good point. I have heard of stories where the process (getting a vehicle into Argentina) took so long and the fines, bribes etc. so expensive the people who shipped the vehicle said to Customs, "Keep it". The only time I have heard of shipping a vehicle to Argentina by a Foreigner going smoothly is when one of the spouses is ARGENTINE.
RussellO replied most recently with:
Base on my experience 27 years in Latin America you will not have to scrambling for bribe money or stolen items until your things are in the aduana that's where problem begins. The shipper is a private enterprise business and it depends on good service to stay in business where as the government, Well you get the idea. Remember your talent is no better than the local businessman. And that is all the see when it comes to buying a service. Take some clothes and a toothbrush everything else you can acquire there. This is just one mans opnion, I could be wrong.
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MendozaHomes replied to the thread Transfer US dollars to Argentina via Uruguay on the Argentina forum:
iq195 initially posted:
Can anyone recommend a good Bank in Uruguay that works or has Branches with a US Bank? I plan on transferring my money (monthly) to a bank in Uruguay and then bringing the US dollars back into Argentina to exchange on their official black market. Any advise or better suggestions? Thank you for sharing!
MendozaHomes replied most recently with:
I think the best options is transfer your money to bank account a friendo or people, and they pay here in Mendoza or Buenos Aires. Our client transfer for us and we pay in Mendoza or Buenos Aires chash in pesos argentinos. you pay a % or depending we pay 1 usd to 11.5 pesos. For more information, let me know
panamajames replied most recently with:
I love going to Colonia, my favorite place in Uruguay,........
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