Monday, December 21, 2009


    One thing you will find once you arrive in Uruguay, is that paperwork is almost a habit. It is, sometimes, frustrating but it's part of the culture so you will just have to play along and hope for the best.

    The following is the necessary paperwork to be able to obtain the Residence Permit to live in Uruguay as a foreigner. Once this is finished you will be given a Cedula de Identidad, the official ID Uruguayan document.

    The fist step is to obtain an appointment to begin the procedure at the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones in Misiones 1513, Monday through Friday from 9.15 AM to 2.30 PM. For this it is necessary to present the document that was used to enter the country (Passport or other ID). 

    Once you have been given an appointment you will need the following:

a) A passport photograph.

b) Proof of income:
If you will be working in a Uruguayan company (could be the Uruguayan office of an international company): a certificate signed by a Notary Public certifying the existence of the Uruguayan company, Legal name, validity, legal period of the society, legal address in the country, registration before the BPS and DGI, people authorized to sign on behalf of the company, position, salary or average income in the case of directors. Local Notaries know how to prepare this document.
If you will be working on your own or will live on own income (retirement, etc.), proof of income (at least  u$s 500 per month) certified by a local Notary Public.

c) Health Certificate issued for legal residency. To obtain it it is necessary to have an updated tetanus vaccine certificate. The Health Certificate can be issued by the authorized private health institution and the cost is about U$ 1.500 (u$s 80) per person. The Certificate must state "APTO PARA RADICACION O RESIDENCIA LEGAL EN EL PAIS".

d) Exact date of entry to the country presenting the entrance card.

e) Criminal Record certificate issued by the Federal Police institution (FBI or similar) and authenticated by the Uruguayan Consulate in you country of origin (the consulate located closest to your town) and then by  the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This document can also be obtained from the Interpol office in Montevideo.
If before coming to Uruguay you have been living for more than 5 years in a different country (not your own) them you must present 2 Certificates, one issuee by this country and another one from you country of origin.

f)  Identity Document that was used to enter the country (passport or ID in the case of Mercosur countries) and a photocopy.

g) In case the spouse is also requesting the residency, then it is necessary to present the Marriage Certificate authenticated by the Uruguayan Consulate in you country of origin (the consulate located closest to your town) and then by the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a photocopy.

h) Birth Certificate authenticated by the Uruguayan Consulate in you country of origin and then by the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and photocopies, of those who are requesting the residency, and of any Minor Children there might be. This document has to be presented in the Dirección Nacional de Registro Civil (Uruguay 933) where you will be given a Uruguayan legal Birth Certificate.

    All documents written in English (or any other language) must be translated into Spanish, signed and stamped by a Certified Public Translator. If you do not speak Spanish then you will have to be accompanied by an interpreter.

    This explanation covers most of the alternatives. For more specific information you can contact me directly.


MIke said...

Awesome blog! I followed you here from another Uruguay forum.

Do you still work at Sabre?

Nova said...

I thought as an Argentine, you can live and work in Uruguay (and vice versa) as both Argentina and Uruguay are MERCOSUR countries. NO???

Alejandro del Pino said...

Hi Nova:
Thank you for your message.
Yes, as an Argentine citizen you can live and work in Uruguay. The thing is that a part of your salary, or your income if you work on your own, will be retained by the government for Social Security (BPS). This includes medical insurance and retirement. To be able to receive these benefits you need to have a Uruguayan Cedula de Identidad (ID). To obtain the Cedula you need to apply for residence. If you don´t mind "losing" this money, then it is not necessary to obtain the residence.
Hope this is clear, but please get back to me at for any further clarification.
Kind regards,

Zohir Hossain Molla said...

Thanks for your help to us.I'm a Bangladeshi by Nationality.I'm interested to get residence permition in Uruguay.perhaps,Uruguayan Embassy/Consulate is not available in our Country.I've Passport,Financial backup.Please Suggest me ,How to I will proceed ?
Shortly I will contact you through your e-mail address OR you can for your kind response.
With Thanks,

Maestro Pascal said...


There is a complete catalogue (in spanish) of all tramitations:

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Alejandro,

It is a very well written blog on the actual process of how to apply for Uruguay Residence Permit.

I am sure this article will help a great number of people those who are looking for immigrating to Uruguay.

Kind regards,

Khondkar Ishtiaque Hossain

Anonymous said...

Same issue am moroccan nd there is no embassy or counsel here plz i need help

A Friend Away From Home

I too am a foreigner. I have the advantage of coming from a country that is just round the corner. But I spent most of my childhood and adolescence as a foreigner, so I understand very well what it like is to be away from home. We could say that I became an expert in creating a home away from home. In times when there was no Internet and no cell phones, one had to get used pretty fast to life in new, far away places. And it was at those moments when one learned to really appreciate a friendly face, a soothing voice and a warm handshake. One felt that even living in a different culture and hearing a different language, one could find, and one always did find, a friend to make one feel a little less lost and lonely. Uruguay is very similar to Argentina, so it took no effort for me to feel at home here. Specially when the reason that brought me here is a lovely Uruguayan lady. We´ll get into that later on. But it really amazed me to find such a large quantity of foreigners, mostly from countries that are not so close at hand, living in this beautiful country. I have had the opportunity of meeting some of them. And I thought: "wow, even if the weather is great, it must not be so easy living far away from countries like Canada, USA, Switzerland, India or France. But I have been there so I can understand the feeling. And then I thought, what can I do to help them feel less far away? Could I find a way of becoming their friend away from home? I would really like to. I know Uruguay and the Uruguayan culture very well. I speak some of their languages. I understand them. Yes, I think that might work. I´ll try to help them and become their friend. And that is what I want to do. I am here to help you, to understand you and to try to make your stay in this great country as pleasant as possible.
Just ask, we´ll see what we can do.