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VISAS, RESIDENCES &

CITIZENSHIP

Check if you come from a country which requires visa here:

IF YOU NEED A VISA

Regardless the length of the stay

IF NO VISA IS REQUIRED

You should process your residence.

TIP: Visa and Residency Fast Track

 

This is a specific procedure available to facilitate and speed up the access to visas (work, business and family reunification) and residences, for people who are related to an export company based in Uruguay.

This mechanism was developed as part of the Talent Attraction Plan, implemented by Uruguay XXI, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

More information here | Contact: residencias@uruguayxxi.gub.uy  

HOW IS THE VISA GRANTED?

Uruguayan Consulates abroad are in charge of receiving visa applications and inform about the requirements that you must complete in order to request it.

The authorization of the visa is granted by the National Migration Office and usually takes at least 20 working days since the application. Once the consulate receives written authorization, it is in a position to issue the visa, stamping it in the passport of the titular person.

 

All persons applying for a visa must present a contact person in Uruguay or hotel confirmation. In both cases, complete details of this person or hotel, telephone and address must be provided. 

 

What does it cost?  Only if the visa is granted, USD 42.


Where to apply? Uruguayan Diplomatic Representation authorized in the country where you live, check here.

 

What documentation must be submitted?

The activity that you will carry out in during your stay - tourism, business, work, family reunification, study, congresses, conventions and seminars and humanitarian and emergency-, and the will determine which documentation will be necessary to process the visa and the length of stay.

Tourism Visa

  • Passport in good condition and valid (for at least six months after arrival in Uruguay);

  • photograph in passport size (5 x 5 cm);

  • completed and signed form;

  • return tickets/booking;

  • hotel reservation or other proof of accommodation and income.

* Length of stay: 90 days, renewable for another 90 days, with multiple entries.

 

Business Visa

  • Passport in good condition and valid (for at least six months after arrival in Uruguay);

  • a photograph in passport size (5 x 5 cm);

  • completed and signed form;

  • letterhead note signed by an authorized representative of the host company/organization in Uruguay;

  • letterhead note signed by the representative of the company to which the applicant belongs, indicating the company name, line of business and position of the applicant;

  • hotel reservation;

  • return tickets/booking.

 * Length of stay: 90 days, extendable for 90 more days, with multiple entries.

Working Visa 

  • Passport in good condition and valid (for at least six months after arrival in Uruguay);

  • a photograph in passport size (5 x 5 cm);

  • completed and signed form;​

  • work promise issued by the company in Uruguay.

​ * Length of stay: according to the residence to be requested (Temporary or Permanent). You will have 30 days from the date of entry to manage your residence.

Family Reunification Visa

  • Passport in good condition and valid (for at least six months after arrival in Uruguay);

  • a photograph in passport size (5 x 5 cm);

  • completed and signed form;

  • document issued by the competent authority attesting to the family relationship, apostilled/legalized;

  • if the applicant is under 18 years of age, he/she must have authorization from his/her legal representatives to reside in the country.

*Length of stay: will be the same as the time granted in the permanent residence with whom the applicant is requesting to be reunited. The reunification can be done with a family member with permanent residence already granted or in process.

*In order to apply for residence you will have 30 days from the date of entry.

Visa to attend congresses, conventions and seminars

  • Passport in good condition and valid (for at least six months after arrival in Uruguay);

  • a photograph in passport size (5 x 5 cm);

  • completed and signed form;

  • proof of the public interest nature of the event; 

  • letter of invitation from the event's organization;

  • tickets or reservation for the return trip.

*Length of stay: 90 days, extendable for a further 90 days, and multiple tickets.

Student Visa

  • Passport in good condition and valid (for at least six months after arrival in Uruguay);

  • a photograph in passport size (5 x 5 cm);

  • completed and signed form;

  • letterhead note signed by the institution of origin or proof of enrollment in the institution where you will study, use the scholarship, and carry out the internship;

  • means of living for subsistence and accommodation.

  • if the applicant is a minor, he or she will have to provide proof of parental consent at the consulate.

 

*Length of stay: will be determined according to the course duration.
*In order to apply for a residence permit, the applicant will have 30 days from the date of entry.

 

Emergency and humanitarian visa:

The applicant must provide evidence of the circumstances (such as medical treatment, attendance at a court hearing, death or health status of a family member or friend or other) justifying the request to travel to the country on this kind of visa.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A RESIDENCE?

 

IF YOU COME FROM:

 

For more information, in Spanish, please visit: https://www.gub.uy/tramites/residencia-legal.


PROVISIONAL IDENTITY SHEET


The Provisional Identity Sheet allows the applicant to have a stay permission for a period of up to 180 days, if the trip purpose is studying, working and/or religious.  It is issued only once and cannot be renewed.

Any foreign documentation submitted must be duly apostilled or legalized (according to Law No. 15.441) and translated into Spanish by a Uruguayan public translator, except for those issued in Brazil.

Once the activity motivating the request is accredited, a certificate is issued in order to process the Provisional Identity Sheet with the National Civil Identification Office, which shall be submitted in case of registration with the relevant Social Security agencies (Banco de Previsión Social) and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

Associated Costs:

  • Cost of the certificate: 55.71 UI.

 

What documentation is required?

  • ​Identity card which the applicant uses to enter the country (original and copy);

  • letterhead of the institution or company that accredits the activity that motivates the application and its finalization date;

  • notarial certification that proves the complete data of the institution or company;

  • a valid vaccination schedule, issued by an institution authorized by the Ministry of Public Health of Uruguay, with tetanus and measles vaccinations being mandatory (more details on the location of vaccinations here).

 

Where to apply?

  • Online, by creating a user in the gub.uy site, check here. 

  • National Migration Service offices, check here.

Once the procedure is completed, the applicant goes to the National Directorate of Civil Identification to obtain the Provisional Identity Sheet.​

TEMPORARY RESIDENCE

In case the applicant wants to stay in Uruguay for a period longer than 180 days but less than 2 years (being possible to renew for two additional years), the temporary residence can be requested.  If the applicant does not speak Spanish, it is necessary to attend the interview with an interpreter.
Any foreign document submitted must be apostilled or legalized if the country of origin of the applicant is NOT part of the Hague Convention (according to Law No. 15,441). In addition, documents must be translated into Spanish by an Uruguayan public translator, except for those issued in Brazil.

If the applicant is from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador or Peru, you can apply for Mercosur Temporary Residence, with some benefits in the documentation to be presented.

Associated fees:

  • Residence application 557,30 UI.

  • Migratory certificate 55,70 UI to obtain an identity card once it is granted.

  • Once the procedure has been initiated, and until the moment the residence is conceded, the applicant must pay a re-entry permit fee of 225.60 UI each time she/he leaves the country.

 

What documentation will applicants from non-Mercosur countries need to submit?​

  • An ID photo;

  • complete application form with personal data;

  • ID: photocopy and original of the identity card used when entering the country or registration certificate issued by the corresponding Consulate in Uruguay;

  • exact date of entry to the country:

  • vaccination schedule, issued in Uruguay (more details on the location of vaccinations here);

  • valid health card issued by public or private health service providers authorized by the Ministry of Public Health;

  • criminal record: certificate of judicial, criminal or police record at the national level of the country of origin and of the countries where the applicant has lived for the last 5 years (translated into Spanish if applicable);

  • proof of the purpose of the application, specifying the activity to be carried out and the deadline;

    • WORKERS: letterhead note issued by the employer specifying the job to be performed and the period of employment, indicating the salary per month, if applicable, or the method of maintenance, together with the registration statement from the BPS or the payroll or the receipt of the salary or the notarial or accounting certificate proving all the data of the company.

    • STUDENTS: an official certificate from the educational institution - in the case of a private institute it will be accompanied by a notary certification of the existence of the institute, and its comptroller. In addition, the student must provide proof of his or her means of subsistence, which must be sufficient to maintain him or her. In the case of not possessing own means, the means of a direct relative can be presented, together with the necessary certificates to prove the liaison.

      • If the means of living come from abroad, provide a notary certificate indicating the amount of money received, the place where it is sent and the relationship with the sender. The aforementioned documentation may be presented as an original or as a notarial testimony by exhibition or simple photocopy authenticated by a Notary Public; (in these last two cases the original documents are not required). In case the documentation is presented in original and a copy, it will be added to the application and its authenticity will be certified by the acting official.

      • This type of residence is conceded for up to one year, extendable for equal periods, not exceeding two years of the total career.

    • RELIGIOUS: applicants affiliated with churches, orders or congregations recognized in the country, who come to develop activities of their own worship, teaching or assisting. They must present a certificate issued by the congregation or church to which they belong on letterhead, which establishes the activities to be carried out, the duration of their mission and evidence of financial coverage. This will be accompanied by a notary certificate attesting to the legal status and other data of the congregation. 

 

If the applicant is under 18 years of age:

  • no criminal record will be requested; 

  • express authorization from the parents will be required to settle in Uruguay. In case it is not given in person, if it comes from abroad through a power of attorney, it must be previously notarized by an Uruguayan notary.

Where to apply?

  • Schedule, through the website www.tramites.gub.uy, and attend to the appointment at the offices of the National Directorate of Immigration, check here.

  • You can also apply through the diplomatic representation of Uruguay accredited in the country of origin, check here.

MERCOSUR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE

 

What documentation is required to be submitted by applicants from Mercosur and associated countries?

  • An ID photo;

  • an identity card: photocopies and original of the identity card used to arrive to the country or a certificate of registration issued by the corresponding Consulate in Uruguay;

  • the exact date of entry to the country;

  • current vaccination schedule, issued in Uruguay (more details on the location of vaccination centres here);

  • valid health card: issued by public or private health service providers, authorized by the Ministry of Public Health;

  • criminal record: certificate of judicial, criminal or police record at the national level of the country of origin and of the countries where the applicant has lived for the last 5 years (translated into Spanish if applicable);

  • birth certificate and verification of civil status of the person when applicable (original and copy), and/or Certificate of Nationalization or Naturalization, if applicable.  

 

If the applicant is under 18 years old:

  • no criminal record will be requested;

  • express authorization from the parents will be required to settle in Uruguay. In case it is not given in person, if it comes from abroad through a power of attorney, it must be previously notarized by an Uruguayan notary.

Where to apply?

  • Schedule, through the website www.tramites.gub.uy, and attend to the appointment at the offices of the National Directorate of Immigration, check here.

  • You can also apply through the diplomatic representation of Uruguay accredited in the country of origin, check here.

PERMANENT RESIDENCE 


This type of residence allows, as a foreign citizen, to reside permanently in Uruguay. If the applicant does not speak Spanish, an interpreter must assist and assist during the interview.

All foreign documents submitted must be apostilled or legalized (Law No. 15,441) and translated into Spanish by a Uruguayan public translator, with the exception of those issued by Brazil.

If you are a national of Mercosur member or associated countries or have Uruguayan relatives (parents, siblings, spouses and common-law partners recognized by the courts), you can apply through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Law 19254).

 

Associated costs:

  • Application fee for residence 557.30 UI.

  • Migratory certificate 55.70 UI to obtain an identity card once it is granted.

  • Once the procedure is initiated and until the moment that the residence is conceded, a re-entry fee of 225.60 UI will be charged each time the person leaves the country.

 

What documentation will applicants from non-Mercosur countries need to submit?​

  • An ID photo;

  • ID: photocopy and original of the identity card used when entering the country or registration certificate issued by the corresponding Consulate in Uruguay;

  • exact date of entry to the country:

  • vaccination schedule, issued in Uruguay (more details on the location of vaccinations here);

  • valid health card issued by public or private health service providers authorized by the Ministry of Public Health;

  • criminal record: certificate of judicial, criminal or police record at the national level of the country of origin and of the countries where the applicant has lived for the last 5 years (translated into Spanish if applicable);

  • birth certificate and/or verification of the civil status of the person when applicable, and/or Certificate of Nationalization or Naturalization, if applicable (submit copy and original);  

  • proof of livelihood, through documentation that corresponds according to the activity (employee of a legal entity, employee of a natural person, independent worker, entrepreneur or shareholder, pensioner abroad or retired in Uruguay). 

If the applicant is under 18 years old:

  • no criminal record will be requested;

  • express authorization from the parents will be required to settle in Uruguay. In case it is not given in person, if it comes from abroad through a power of attorney, it must be previously notarized by an Uruguayan notary.

  • From the age of 4, student status must be proven by presenting the corresponding certificate of study from the educational institution.

Where to apply?

  • Schedule, through the website www.tramites.gub.uy, and attend to the appointment at the offices of the National Directorate of Immigration, check here.

  • You can also apply through the diplomatic representation of Uruguay accredited in the country of origin, check here.

MERCOSUR PERMANENT RESIDENCE

 

This is the administrative process carried out before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by a foreigner who is a national of a member or associate country of Mercosur, or a foreigner who is a relative of Uruguayans and will reside permanently in Uruguay, in order to regularize his or her residence and obtain an Uruguayan identity card in accordance with Law 19.254.

 

Who can apply for the Mercosur permanent residence?

  • Foreign relatives of Uruguayans: Spouses, cohabitants with a Uruguayan court sentence that establishes it, siblings and parents of Uruguayans.

  • Foreigners who are nationals of Mercosur States Parties and Associates: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador; Guyana and Suriname.

 

Associated costs:

  • There are no associated fees.

 

Where to apply?

It can be processed by the Residence Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Uruguay or from the Uruguayan Consulates abroad.

 

What documentation will applicants need to submit?​

Requirements, from Uruguay:

  • Valid identity card in good condition (DNI, cédula, passport).

  • Current criminal record certificate of the country or countries of residence older than 6 months during the last 5 years.

  • Uruguayan vaccination certificate.


For Uruguayan relatives:

  • Valid identity card in good condition (DNI, cédula, passport).

  • Certificates to prove the relationship with the Uruguayan person (in case of a concubine, testimony of the Uruguayan court sentence declaring the concubine).

  • Identity card or passport of the Uruguayan person in good condition.

  • 4. Uruguayan vaccination certificate.

 

Requirements, from abroad:
Same requirements to process it in Uruguay plus a "Certificate of domicile in the country where the process will start", both in the case of the applicant who is a national of a member or associate country of Mercosur and the applicant who is a family member of an Uruguayan person.

SPECIAL BORDER DOCUMENT

This residence allows the applicant to reside, study and/or work in Uruguay, exclusively within the territorial limits of the border localities linked to the Agreement signed by both governments, if he/she is a national of any of the border localities in Brazil such as: Chuí, Santa Vitória do Palmar/balneario do Hermenegildo, Barra do Chuó, Jaguarao, Aceguá, Santana do Livramento, Quaraí and Barra do Quaraí.

The Border Document is valid for 5 years, and can be extended before its expiry.

 

Associated costs:

  • Application for Residence 557.30 UI.

  • Migratory certificate to obtain the identity card 55,70 UI.

What documentation must be submitted?

  • Valid identity card admitted by both parties;

  • proof of address in one of the locations referred to in the Agreement;

  • two recent ID photos, in color, size 3 x 4;

  • criminal record: certificate of judicial, criminal or police record at the national level of the country of origin and of the countries where you have resided for the last 5 years (translated into Spanish if applicable).

If the applicant is under 18 years old:

  • no criminal record will be requested;

  • express authorization from the parents will be required to settle in Uruguay. In case it is not given in person, if it comes from abroad through a power of attorney, it must be previously notarized by an Uruguayan notary.

Where to apply?

The procedure is carried out in person at the Immigration Inspectorates in Chuy, Rivera, Rio Branco, Aceguá, Bella Unión and Artigas.


Costs

It's free, but obtaining some of the required documents can have a cost.
 

LEGAL CITIZENSHIP

The Citizenship Letter is the document that certifies that a person acquires the nationality of another country, for reasons such as prolonged legal residence, marriage or descent, among others.

It is lifelong, meaning that once approved it is effective for an indefinite period, however it can be resigned or lost, in accordance with current regulations.

Costs

  • It is free, but obtaining some of the required documents may have a cost.

Who can apply for it?

  • Foreign men and women of good behavior:

    • with family constituted in Uruguay, who possess some capital in turn or property in the country or professing some science, art or industry, have three years of habitual residence in Uruguay, or

    • without family constituted in the Republic, who have any of the qualities of the previous paragraph and five years of habitual residence in the Republic, or

    • who obtain special grace from the General Assembly for outstanding services or relevant merits.

  • In all cases they must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Foreigners who have a language other than Spanish must understand and express themselves in Spanish, otherwise the procedure will not be followed.

What documentation is required to be submitted?

 

  • Verifying nationality, by presenting documentation issued by the Civil Status Registry, for having been born in Uruguay or having been registered in the "Foreigners Book" if outside our country, or an apostilled document from the country of origin, or a visa as appropriate:  

    • birth, Marriage or Birth Certificate of a son or a daughter; or

    • other document from the country of origin, such as a passport or identity card, stating the nationality of the applicant.

  • Accredited entry to the country, by one of the following options:

    • certificate of Residence and Certificate of Migratory Movements issued by the National Directorate of Immigration (they can be requested online here); or

    • certificate of Residence issued by the Residence Sector of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, granted by the Citizen's Assistance Center - MRREE.

 

  • Check "habitual" residence, that means that departures from the country cannot exceed 6 months in a row.

  • Livelihoods or establishment, as appropriate:

    • Certificates "Consultation of Activities per Person" and "Work History" issued by the Social Security Bank.

    • Certificate of Retirement or Pension issued by the Social Welfare Bank.

    • Certificate of "Single-Person Company" issued by the Social Welfare Bank.

    • Certificate issued by the University Professionals' Fund, by the Notary's Fund or by the Bank's Retirement and Pension Fund. In these cases, as they are private institutions, these documents must be verified in signature and content by a Notary Public.

    • Certificate issued by the Military Fund or the Police Fund, as appropriate.

    • Title of ownership of a property. It only serves as proof of "means of subsistence" if some income is received from renting it.

    • Marriage or cohabitation, being in charge of its maintenance.

  • Witnesses, over 25 years of age and know the person with sufficient time (3 years if with a constituted family or 5 years if no family in Uruguay). The following cannot belong to the person in charge: family members; employees or employers; military; active police or electoral officials.

  • Purpose of your stay in the country, if applicable

    • Students, as applicable:

      • Certificate of studies and schooling of Secondary or Tertiary Education. If the Teaching Institutes are private, the documents to be presented must be verified in signature and content by a Notary Public.

      • Proof of "livelihood" (income) of one of the parents which will be accompanied by a note of support which will be made in the Office.

    • Medical certifications.

      • Medical history from which the number of times you attended for your care arises according to the period that needs to be demonstrated, not being able to mediate between one date and the other a period greater than six months.

    • People who practice as religious:

      • Certificate from the religious congregation to which they belong stating that they perform functions in the same, on a regular and uninterrupted basis, the date from which they perform that function and that the maintenance is in charge of the congregation. 

    • Athletes

      • Certificate of the Club to which it belongs, signed by the authority responsible for it, establishing the dates of the sporting activity.

      • Certificate from the Federation in which the activity of the manager is stated.

 

  • The documentation issued by private institutions must be verified in signature and content by a Notary Public.

    • IN SIGNATURE: Must certify that the signature on the document presented is authentic, established in his presence by a person authorized for that purpose.

    • IN CONTENT: He must establish that he has seen the files, archives or records kept by the institution and that the data in the document presented arise from them.

 

All foreign documents submitted must be apostilled or legalized (according to Law No. 15,441) and translated into Spanish by an Uruguayan public translator, except for those issued in Brazil.

 

Where to apply?

 

  • In Montevideo, an appointment must be schedule here and then go in person to the Legal Citizenship Section of the Electoral Court. 

  • In the rest of the country, the procedure must be initiated in the Departmental Electoral Offices and in the department of Canelones, as well as in the Permanent Delegate Registration Offices of Pando, Las Piedras and Ciudad de la Costa.