Uruguay Visa and Residency Information
Uruguay also offers a number of residency visas. Final approval of residency can take over a year…but this doesn’t really matter, since you get your ID card at the beginning of the process, and with it comes all the rights you’ll have as a resident.
As a resident, you can import your household effects duty-free.
Here’s a simplified version of the steps:
- Submit a letter of intent to Immigration, and obtain approval
- Obtain your police background check
- Get a simple medical exam
- Provide evidence of your financial means of support
- Turn it all in with a copy of your passport
- Obtain your temporary cédula (ID card)
- Receive final approval, and obtain your permanent cédula
And here are the most common visa types:
Rentista Visa: As of this writing, there is no specific amount of income required but it must be sufficient to support you and your dependants. An income of $1,500 per month will suffice for a single applicant.
Employees: You must present a work contract, or a work commitment from your employer in Uruguay. They will also ask for notarized data about the company, your salary, and your term of employment.
Foreign Retiree Visa under Law 16.340: This law has received a lot of publicity over the years, because it entitles the retiree to a passport (without the normal wait time) and the importation of a vehicle, in addition to the duty-free importation of household effects that you’d have with the rentista visa. But restrictions apply…so contact an attorney for assistance.
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