Uruguay Visa and Residency Information

uruguay visa and residency informationUruguay 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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