Argentina has joined a growing list of nations attempting to entice remote workers by introducing a temporary visa aimed at digital nomads.
The government expects that the new visa will assist bring in a growth in economy by luring foreigners interested in working temporarily in Argentina, according to Interior Minister Wado de Pedro.
According to Florencia Carignano, the national director for migration, digital nomads have a larger purchasing power and spend an average of $3,000 per month, which is double what a conventional tourist would spend.
“We want to attract people who after the pandemic changed their mentality and now prioritize their freedom, want to visit new places and enjoy life in a different way. The pandemic accelerated a trend that was already happening. We know there are around 40 million people around the world who are digital nomads,” Carignano said.Florencia Carignano, National Director for Migration
The new visa will be valid for six months and may be renewed once, whereas a conventional tourist visa allows for a maximum stay of three months. It will also provide a number of perks, including savings on flights with Argentina’s state-owned airline, Aerolneas Argentinas.
Applicants must be nationals of countries that do not require a tourist visa to enter Argentina. Applicants must provide a resume as well as a document proving their employment history with at least one company.
Hundreds of governments throughout the world, including some Caribbean islands, have established schemes to entice digital workers, partly to compensate for the tourism shortage caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We were waiting for this decision by the government as it will undoubtedly have an impact on the city. We are an ideal destination for digital nomads because of the quality and cost of living. Buenos Aires has consolidated its global reputation as a the leading city in the region to live, study and work.”Fernando Straface, International Relations Secretary, Buenos Aires
By 2023, Argentina is expected to see a whopping 22000 digital nomads.
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