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Option for Argentine citizenship

Updated date: 02/03/2022

Argentine legislation provides that only people born within Argentine territory are Argentine citizens. People born outside the Argentine territory can obtain Argentine citizenship in two ways: option for Argentine citizenship or naturalization.

Only the children of Argentine native citizens born abroad can obtain Argentine citizenship through the option for Argentine citizenship.

The spouses of Argentine citizens and foreigners who have resided uninterruptedly for 2 years in Argentina can obtain Argentine citizenship through naturalization.

Obtaining Argentine citizenship through option for Argentine citizenship or naturalization does not bring about, for Argentine legislation, resignation or loss of any other citizenship.

These instructions relate to the option for Argentine citizenship. If you are looking for information about naturalization, see here.

The option for Argentine citizenship can be made both in Argentina before the Civil Registry or abroad before the Argentine Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over the current place of residence of the applicant.

In any case, the option for Argentine citizenship requires the prior registration of the birth certificate of the applicant at the Argentine Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over his/her place of birth.

- If you plan to make the option for Argentine citizenship in Argentina, remember to make this registration before starting the option procedure in our country. If the applicant was born in Sweden, you can check these instructions to register the birth certificate at this Embassy.

- If you decide to make the option for Argentine citizenship abroad and the applicant resides in Sweden, then the procedure must be conducted through this Embassy. In this case, the following should be noted:

* If the applicant was born in Sweden and currently resides in Sweden, the registration of the birth certificate will be made at the Embassy along with the option for the Argentine citizenship, in the same appointment.

* If the applicant resides in Sweden but was born in another country, before requesting an appointment to opt for Argentine citizenship at this Embassy, ​​he/she must first register the birth certificate at the Argentine Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over the place of birth. If you can't travel to your place of birth, require the assistance of the Argentine Embassy in Sweden by writing to consulares_esuec@mrecic.gov.ar.

After completing the option for Argentine citizenship in the Embassy, ​​an Argentine DNI will be issued for the applicant, which will be sent by post to the Embassy.

If the applicant is under 14 years of age, he/she will be also able to apply for a new Argentine biometric Passport or an Emergency Passport.

If the applicant is over of 14 years of age, he/she will be able to apply for the Argentine passport only after receiving his first Argentine DNI. 

The applicant under 16 years old can only make an option for the Argentine citizenship accompanied by both parents. The applicant over 16 year old can conduct the procedure by him/herself, without the need of consent from an Argentine father or mother.

Fee, not including birth certificate: amount in SEK equivalent to USD 95 at the exchange rate valid on the day of processing. The exact amount in SEK will be informed at the appointment.

Fee, including registration of birth certificate: amount in SEK equivalent to USD 135 at the exchange rate valid on the day of processing. The exact amount in SEK will be informed at the appointment.

Biometric Passport fee, the additional amount in SEK equivalent to USD 185 at the exchange rate valid on the day of processing.

Estimated duration of the consular appointment: maximum 2.30 hours.

Procedure

1° | Request an appointment by email to consulares_esuec@mrecic.gov.ar informing name and surname of the optante (son or daughter of Argentine native citizen born outside Argentina) and -if you wish- preference of days for the appointment.

Attach to the e-mail scanned copy of all required documents in PDF or JPG format, except the photos.

2° | Wait for the appointment assignment by the Embassy, ​​which you will receive by email within 2 business days after the appointment request.

3° | Attend the appointment bringing the required documentation for the procedure. If you are under 18 years old, you must attend the appointment with both of your parents. If any of them already passed away, you must submit documental evidence that he/she is decesead, as explained below.

Required documentation

1 | If the birth took place in Sweden: Birth certificate (personbevis) of the optante issued by local authorities (Skatteverket), signed and stamped by an official of that body and later legalized with apostille by a notary public.

The personbevis must only contain data of the son or daughter born outside Argentina and their parents. This personbevis is identified in Swedish as utrag om folkbokföringsuppgifter.

On the other hand, the personbevis must include as complementary information the mention of the date of birth of the son or daughter ex. Juan Pérez är född June 10, 2002. This must be requested to Skatteverket. The correct term to request addition of this complementary data is manuell komplettering.

If the birth took place in another country: certificate of registration of birth certificate granted by the Argentine Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over the place of birth.

2 | Translation into Spanish of the birth certificate (personbevis), made by an official translator. No apostille is required on the translation.

If you do not know any official Swedish-Spanish translator, you should contact Kammarkollegiet (Translators' Association).

3 | Argentine birth certificate of the Argentine father or mother (one of them is enough if both are Argentine).

4 | If the optante is under 16 years old: DNI of both parents, if both are Argentine, or DNI of the Argentine parent and passport of the non-Argentine parent.

If one of the parents passed away, the optante must submit documental evidence that he/she is deceased. If the death took place in Argentina, the document to be submitted is certified death certificate (partida de defunción certificada). If the death took place in Sweden, the document to be submitted is personbevis legalized with apostille by notary public + Spanish translation of the legalized personbevis. If the death took place at a third country, the document to be submitted is certificado de inscripción of that country's death certificate at the Argentine Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over the place of death.

If the optante is over 16 years old: his/her own identity document or current passport.

5 | If the optante is under 4 years old: 1 color photo, 4 cm x 4 cm, front, top bust, white background, without glasses or hat.

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