Getting an employee number and opening a bank account

To work in Argentina, you'll need to open a bank account and obtain an ID number called a CUIL. Here's how.

Your CUIL

CUIL stands for Código Único de Identificación Laboral - a unique identification number that all employees need in order to work legally in Argentina. To obtain one, you should follow the instructions below:

1. When you arrive at the airport, make sure show your work and holiday ("Vacaciones y Trabajo") visa at the immigration control. This will ensure that you receive the correct entry stamp in your passport and enter the country with temporary residence status. This is crucial, because if the immigration officers do not see your visa, they may think you are arriving as a tourist and register your entry incorrectly.

2. Once in the city, you should go to an ANSES (Administración Nacional de la Seguridad Social) office. ANSES is the public body that authorises new CUILs. You should take with you:

a. Your passport containing your visa and your entry stamp.
b. A photocopy of your passport and a photocopy of your visa.

3. We suggest going to the ANSES office at Avenida Córdoba number 1118 (the location's marked on the work and travel map), although the map also shows other offices that you can go to. Remember that if you meet all the requirements, you cannot be denied a CUIL. You can download documents to support you. If in any doubt, you can find more information on the ANSES website, or you can contact us at turismojoven@buenosaires.gob.ar

4. After obtaining a CUIL, we recommend making a photocopy of the documentation and keeping the original in a safe place.

Free bank account for temporary residents

To receive money from abroad, and to receive your salary from work, you'll need a local bank account. Banco Ciudad de Buenos Aires will give you a free savings account, known as a caja de ahorros. To open an account, you should take your passport to Banco Ciudad branch number 52, located just steps from the Plaza de Mayo  (Av. Presidente Roque Saenz Peña 541) and ask for a caja de ahorros gratuita.