I am seeking assistance in finding the proper way to go about trying to get permanent residency, or work authorization here in Argentina. My story is a bit complicated, but I will try my best to explain...
-I have US and Uruguayan dual citizenship, with permanent residency status currently in the US.
-In October 2004 I arrived in CÃƒÂ³rdoba, Argentina with a tourist visa (Uruguayan cedula presented for entry). I travelled to Uruguay twice, renewing my tourist visa with no issues (simply using cedula).
-In March 2005 I obtained a 5-year renewable student visa for Argentina (I have the visa in my Uruguayan passport and am recognized as a Uruguayan citizen here). I am a registered student at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (Masters degree). In March 2006, I renewed the visa for another year (must be renewed again in March 2007).
Having layed out the basic facts, I now get to some important issues I need to take care of. When I got my student visa at the Argentine Consulate in Montevideo, they told me that I CAN work legally while I have the student visa, after I get my DNI (and then request a CUIL number). Well, I applied for the DNI at the Registro Civil in CÃƒÂ³rdoba in April 2005, and they told me it would be ready to pick up in 6-7 months. Well, it has been just over a year and still no DNI (they keep telling me to stop by "next week"). I've been told that without the DNI, I cannot get the CUIL, and without that, I simply cannot work legally here.
To make matters even more complicated, I HAVE obtained a job doing internet marketing for an Italian firm. The money will be deposited into my US bank account. They say I will need monotribustista status in Argentina, which again, I cannot obtain without the CUIL. Nonetheless, we have worked things out for payment in the meantime, provided that I will get monotribustista status within the next few months.
Problem is.... I have recently decided that I do not want to continue with my Masters program. BUT, I understand that if I do that, I won't be able to renew my student visa, thus cancelling my legal work status and temporary residency status here in Argentina.
Is the ANY way I can stay and work here legally under some other kind of visa? Doesn't that fact that I have citizenship from a fellow MERCOSUR country make it easier to live and work here? I have also been told that after 2 years of temporary residency here, I can apply for permanent residency - is this true?
Thank you so much