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  • Non-Immigrant Visas

    Non-Immigrant Visas

    • I am an American Citizen. I have a relative/friend who is applying for a tourist/business visa to travel to the U.S. I would like to inquire about his/her visa application/provide more information, etc.

      Unfortunately, the American Citizen Services Unit does not process visas and cannot assist visa applicants nor American Citizens who wish to inquire about visa applications on behalf of others. For questions and more information regarding non-immigrant visas please see our website: http://argentina.usembassy.gov/nonimmigrant_visas.html
  • Immigrant Visas

    Immigrant Visas

    • I am an American Citizen. I have a relative/fiancé/friend who is applying for an immigrant visa to immigrate to the U.S. I would like to inquire about his/her case status/provide more information, etc.

      Unfortunately, the American Citizen Services Unit does not process immigrant visas and cannot assist immigrant visa applicants nor American Citizens who wish to inquire about immigrant visa applications on behalf of others. For questions and more information regarding immigrant visas please see our website: http://argentina.usembassy.gov/immigrant_visas.html
  • Argentine Entry Requirements (Reciprocity Fee)

    Argentine Entry Requirements (Reciprocity Fee)

  • U.S. Entry Requirements (Customs, Immigration)

    U.S. Entry Requirements (Customs, Immigration)

    • I have a passport expiring in X months, can I still enter the U.S. within that amount of time?

      Generally, a traveler with a valid U.S. passport should be able to enter the U.S. with said passport.  For more information regarding U.S. immigration and customs procedures, please direct your questions to Customs and Border Protection at http://www.CBP.gov.

      My child was issued a passport when she was only a baby. Can she enter the U.S. even though she is older now and looks different than her passport photo?  Do I need to bring a birth certificate, baby photos, etc.?

      Generally, a traveler with a valid U.S. passport should be able to enter the U.S. with said passport.  For more information regarding U.S. immigration and customs procedures, please direct your questions to Customs and Border Protection at http://www.CBP.gov.

      Please note that the documentation mentioned should be provided when renewing the passport for your child, but this is a separate process from entry into the United States.

      What can I bring into the United States?

      For more information regarding customs regulations, please direct your questions to Customs and Border Protection at http://www.CBP.gov.

  • Cancel ACS Appointment

    Cancel ACS Appointment

    • What do I do if I need to change my appointment time/date?

      For all appointment alterations, if you made note of your password after submitting an appointment request on our online appointment system, you can log back on and request alterations if needed.  Otherwise, please email BuenosAires-ACS@state.gov for assistance.
  • U.S. Passports

    U.S. Passports

    • My passport was stolen.  What do I do?

      If you have had a passport stolen and have immediate travel plans, the American Citizen Services unit may be able to issue you an emergency passport.  You will need to bring a copy of the police report and your airline tickets.  You must complete and bring form DS-11 to the Embassy.  To avoid delays at the Embassy, please visit http://argentina.usembassy.gov/passports/lost.html for a complete list of requirements.

      Appointments are encouraged but not required in the case of a stolen passport with immediate travel plans.  You may stop by the Embassy on any working day from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.  To make an appointment, which will result in a shorter wait time, please click here.

      I need a renewal for my passport.  What do I do?

      Appointments are required for all non-emergency services.  To renew your passport, you must make an appointment.  Requirements for passports differ depending on your circumstances.  To avoid delays at the Embassy, please visit http://argentina.usembassy.gov/passports/apply.html for a complete list of requirements.

      Click here to make an appointment.

      My passport is expired.  What do I do?

      If you require a replacement for an expired passport, you must make an appointment.  Requirements for passports differ depending on your circumstances.  To avoid delays at the Embassy, please visit http://argentina.usembassy.gov/passports/apply.html for a complete list of requirements.

      Click here to make an appointment.

      My passport is lost.  What do I do?

      If you have lost your passport, the American Citizen Services unit may be able to issue you an emergency passport.  You will need to bring a copy of the police report and your airline tickets (for emergency passports only).  You must complete and bring form DS-11 to the Embassy.  To avoid delays at the Embassy, please visit http://argentina.usembassy.gov/passports/lost.html for a complete list of requirements.

      Click here to make an appointment.

       

  • Transmitting U.S. Citizenship (Consular Report of Birth Abroad)

    Transmitting U.S. Citizenship (Consular Report of Birth Abroad)

    • How can my child born abroad become a U.S. citizen?

      The laws for determining if you can transmit citizenship to your children are complex.  
       1) Click here to review applicable legal requirements. 
       2) If you feel you may be able to transmit citizenship, e-mail BuenosAires-ACS@state.gov to make an appointment at the Embassy to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  Appointments are required.
       3) In advance of your appointment, please view our CRBA Guide and CRBA checklist, which provide step-by-step instructions and useful guidance. 
       4) All details, including the checklist and guide, can be found at http://argentina.usembassy.gov/crba.html.  Please note: If you come unprepared, without the correct forms filled out and other required items, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment, as a failure to prepare results in hours of delays.   

      What is the age limit for applying for a CRBA for my child?

      The birth of a child born abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) should be reported as soon as possible, but the maximum age for a child to receive a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is 18 years. 

      How much physical presence do I need in the United States?

      The answer to this question depends on the circumstances for you and your child.  Basic guidelines can be found here: Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship by a Child Born Abroad.

      What is physical presence?

      Physical presence is the amount of time you were actually in the United States.  If you leave the United States for even one day, the time outside the United States does not count toward your physical presence for purposes of transmitting citizenship to your children.  However, certain periods of employment abroad in the U.S. Armed Forces or working for the U.S. Government or certain International Organizations may count toward your physical presence. 

      How do I prove I was physically present?

      It will depend on your situation. There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Some examples of acceptable evidence include school transcripts, pay stubs and other employment records, military records, medical records, and old passports. The more you can provide, the easier it will be for the consular officer to make a decision on the CRBA.  After reviewing your proof, the officer may ask for additional evidence.  Please see our CRBA guide for more information.

      How do I replace or amend a CRBA document?

      We cannot provide this service at the Embassy.  Please visit: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_825.html 

      To schedule an appointment, please e-mail BuenosAires-ACS@state.gov.

       

  • Travel to Other Countries

    Travel to Other Countries

    • I’m an American Citizen, and I’m planning to travel to another country besides Argentina.  Do I need a visa?  Can the U.S. Embassy help me obtain or expedite a visa to travel there?

      Unfortunately, the U.S. Embassy cannot assist individuals with personal travel nor can we assist with applications of visas to other countries. We suggest you contact that country's Embassy or Consulate for any specific visa as they will be in a better position to give you advice on this matter.

      Before your departure, you can also consult http://www.travel.state.gov for your destination-specific visa information.

  • Federal Benefits and Social Security

    Federal Benefits and Social Security

    • I'm an American citizen. How can I apply for my Social Security number?

      I have lost my social security card and I need a replacement. 

      I have a question about my benefits.

      My bank is not accepting deposits of my benefits. How can I arrange the deposit of my benefits?

      For all questions regarding social security or other federal benefits, including the status of your benefits, or how to apply for a card, please contact the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) directly.  The American Citizen Services Unit is unable to assist with issues regarding your benefits.  Please click here to send your inquiry directly to the FBU.  

      Please note that inquiries in person with the FBU require an advance appointment obtained by contacting the unit directly.

  • Taxes

    Taxes

    • I’m a U.S. citizen living in Argentina.  Do I have to file taxes?

      If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the rules for filing income, estate, and gift tax returns and paying estimated tax are generally the same whether you are in the United States or abroad. Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside.  You should consult the IRS website for specific information: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers

      What is the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)?

      My Argentine Bank asked me to sign a form for account holders who are American citizens. What is it about?

      FATCA is a law that requires foreign financial institutions to provide information to the IRS on account holders who are U.S. persons. In order to comply with the law, Argentine financial institutions such as banks can ask American account-holders to submit documentation. Note that FATCA does not change existing requirements for people from the United States to report their foreign assets to the IRS. If you have any questions about the Argentine banking requirements (forms, etc.), please consult your local bank for more information. If you have questions about your responsibilities in relation to FATCA, please refer to the IRS website: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Corporations/FATCA-Information-for-Individuals. You can also contact the Taxpayer Service International Call Center at 001-267-941-1000.

      Will an IRS official visit the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires?

      Due to budget constraints, there are currently no plans for a visit by IRS officials.

  • Green Cards

    Green Cards

    • I am a green card holder, and I took a trip outside the country for many months.  Can I get back into the U.S.?

      I have lost, damaged, or had my green card stolen.  What should I do?

      My green card is expired.  What should I do?

      I am a green card holder and did not intend to be outside the country as long as I was.  What can I do?

      The American Citizen Services Unit is unable to assist with green card issues.  For all questions regarding green cards, please visit the Immigrant Visa section: http://argentina.usembassy.gov/immigrant_visas.html or contact the Immigration Visa Unit directly at: BuenosAires-IV@state.gov.

  • Name Change/Error in Passport

    Name Change/Error in Passport

    • I would like to change the name in my passport.  How do I start this process?

      You must request an appointment for all services below, and provide proof of the name change, such as an original or certified court order, or in the case of changes due to a change in marital status, you should present an original marriage certificate, divorce certificate, or spouse’s death certificate.                       

      If your most recent passport was issued less than one year ago, you may complete form DS-5504, and the passport fees are waived.  If your passport was issued more than one year ago, you must pay the passport fees and complete form DS-11 or DS-82, depending on your circumstances, to receive a new passport.  Please bring all other required documents, which can be found here, to your appointment.

      An error was made in my recently issued passport, what do I do?

      If a printing or spelling error was made in your passport, please request an appointment and complete form DS-5504.  The passport fees are waived for errors committed by the Embassy, but the validity of the replacement passport will depend upon when the original passport was issued.  This process will be explained during your appointment.

  • Certified Copy of Consular Report of Birth Abroad

    Certified Copy of Consular Report of Birth Abroad

    • I would like to request a certified copy of my (child's) CRBA.  Is this possible?

      I need to amend my (child's) CRBA.  How can I do this? 

      The Embassy cannot provide certified copies or replacements of a CRBA, nor can we amend a CRBA.  For these requests, you must contact the State Department in the United States.  Please visit their website for instructions. 

  • Amend/Replace Documents Issued in U.S. (Birth Certificate, Driver's License, etc.)

    Amend/Replace Documents Issued in U.S. (Birth Certificate, Driver's License, etc.)

    • How can I correct/amend/replace my (child’s) birth certificate that was issued in the state of Florida (or another state)? 

      How do I replace my marriage/divorce certificate issued in the state of New York (or another state)?

      The Federal Government, and therefore the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, does not maintain records of any document issued by individual state governments.  Such records are filed permanently with the state in which it was issued, including birth and death certificates, and marriage and divorce certificates.

      For directions on how to apply for a certified copy of any of the certificates, please visit the following website and look for the state where your document was issued: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm.

      My driver’s license/identification card from California (or another state) is expired. How can I renew it?

      Driver’s licenses are only issued by the motor vehicle agency in the state where you lived. You will need to contact the motor vehicle agency in the state where your driver’s license was issued for further directions on how to renew your license. State identification cards are also issued by individual states. 

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