Uruguay offers a number of residence visas. Final approval of residence 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
  • Provide evidence of your financial means of support
  • Turn it all in with a copy of your passport, birth certificate, and marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Obtain your temporary cédula(ID card)
  • Get a simple medical exam
  • Submit a proof of address (a hotel address will suffice)
  • Receive final approval, and obtain your permanent cédula

And here are the most common visa types:

Rentista Visa

There is no specific amount of income required to qualify for this visa, but it must be sufficient to support you and your dependants. An income of $1,500 per month will suffice for a single applicant.


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.

Business People or Investors with a Uruguayan Company

You’ll need to present a notarized declaration giving certain data about the type of business you’re doing and the financial structure you’re using, as well as your income.

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.