Today I was seen by the consular affairs official at the Argentine consulate in Miami regarding my wish to apply for the Pensioner's Visa. He was most professional and interested in helping me. He informs me of important changes.
The application process may nolonger be initiated by the applicant from outside Argentina. One must either go there on a tourist visa and then apply OR have a resident third party in Argentina begin the application. I've scoured the migraciones.gov.ar web site and their embassy's site in D.C. but was not able to find any mention of this new policy. The change is very recent according the the consulate here and maybe they haven't had time to update the sites.
For U.S. citizens the criminal background check is now required from the FBI; not the state in which one resides. The FBI informs me that this takes three months.
I'm ready to up stakes soon so if you have any info it would be of help