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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 March 30, 2015 with:
Ismael raises an interesting point, I have never heard of opening a US denominated bank account in Argentina where for example you send $50,000 and receive in Argentina $50,000 US and can withdraw US dollars. I have wired many hundreds of thousands from the USA to Argentina, Bank Nacional, to build my Argentine vineyards and when notified that my US money had arrived my balance at Bank Nacional was always in pesos and at the "official rate". I would love to know how to send US dollars and receive US dollars ...///
ismael replied on March 30, 2015 with:
For purposes like buying real state, you can open a USD-denominated bank account in Argentina and transfer directly to it. It is the simplest and fastest option for this case, you just need to be sure to provide all the required documentation regarding the transfer to the bank prior to the actual transfer to avoid any delays. I have had a decent experience using Banco Hipotecario, and have been told BBVA and Santander Rio are good options, but never had a chance to try.
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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 on March 29, 2015 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 on March 29, 2015 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 on March 27, 2015 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 on March 26, 2015 with:
still looking for an immigration attorney. any thoughts?
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todikaios 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.
todikaios replied on March 17, 2015 with:
Thanks Saint John. It was easy. I went to the local comisaria, gave my lodging information, paid only 10 pesos and the next day the policeman came and saw I was really there, and gave me my certificate with barely a word-. I went to a fotocopier and made lots of copies of everyything asnd then off to the local AFIP office which was almost empty. I was number 3 in liine. After about 5 minutes I was called up, I asked for a Form 663, and expected to go home and fill it out and come bacvk, but, no....the clerk took two copies of the 663, put a piece of carbon paper between the two, gave me the set and guided me very politely to help me fill itAftrards he took my certificate and a copy of my passport photo page, entered in all the info to a computer terminal and secured my CDI number which he wrote on the duplicate Form 663 which he gave to me and said ädios!¨ I was in the AFIP office less than 15 minutes and walked out with lots of copies of my documents, and my newly issued CDI! Wow! Now to find a bank that will accept my CDI and allow me to open a savings account, and apply for a credit card. Any ideas, anyone?
MPujol replied on March 14, 2015 with:
You will be required to fill out and submit to the financial institution 2 forms to comply with FATCA. I don't remember exactly which ones they are but I think one is a W4, nothing serious and the should be able to give them to you. Also you might want to read through the following link just to see where you stand.
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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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