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Moving to Uruguay

Uruguay is located in southeastern South America and contains about 3.5 million inhabitants. Its capital is Montevideo, and it is one of the most economically advanced economies in Latin America. It is on the Atlantic Ocean, and it is considered to be one of the least corrupt South American locations. The population is mostly European or mixed descent. It was the first Latin American country to legalize same sex civil unions, in 2007. Its official language is Spanish, and its government is a presidential republic.


Work Visa

Foreigners are allowed to work in Uruguay if they have a permanent resident visa or a temporary visa. Your work permit lasts as long as your employment contract. You are allowed to work in Uruguay during the time your application is being processed.

You can enter on a temporary visa and then change it to a resident visa if you have not overstayed your initial temporary time. You must apply with your company to the Immigration authorities in Uruguay.

You are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Valid passport which has the tourist visa
  2. Legalized certificate that shows you are working in Uruguay
  3. Description of your position, salary and duties on company letterhead
  4. Proof of your company’s inscription with Uruguayan social security and tax departments
  5. Health certificates
  6. Police records
  7. Passport photos
  8. Labor contract duly executed

You may be required to submit further documents depending on your family status and your country of origin.

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Student Visa

Many foreign nationals are allowed to stay and study in Uruguay for the course of 90 days without a visa.

However, if you do need a visa, you must submit the following documents at the National Office of Migration in Montevideo, Department of the Minister of Interior, once you are in Uruguay:

  1. Police records from home country
  2. Valid passport
  3. Health card
  4. Acceptance from school and details about the duration of your studies

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Click here for information on studying abroad in Uruguay.

Moving Pets

To move your cat or dog to Uruguay, you must have it vaccinated against rabies. Dogs must be vaccinated against Praziquantel. You are required to present a health certificate with information about your pet’s breed, birth date, size, gender and any markings. Dogs have to also be treated against tapeworm. There may be other requirements, depending on your country of origin.

Other Information

Click here for a general description on the history of Uruguay.

Click here for a map of Uruguay.

Click here for information on real estate in Uruguay.


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