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Uruguay Work Visas & Permits

When preparing for an expansion into Uruguay, as in any country, many businesses will need to bring in employees from abroad to help with the expansion. To do so, every worker will need permission to work by obtaining a Uruguay work visa.

Uruguay’s visa system can be difficult to navigate, and both employers and their employees will need to follow Uruguay’s strict immigration laws as well as the local language. Failure to follow the rules carefully can result in rejections and delays.

At Horizons, our foreign expansion team offers a wide selection of Uruguayan work visa services, immigration support, and outsourcing, giving your company everything needed to expand into Uruguay with the help of the top global talent.

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Requirements for Uruguay work visas

Different Uruguay work visas carry slightly different requirements. However, there are some general basic requirements that the vast majority of applicants will need to fulfill:

  • Valid passport
  • Job offer from an Uruguay-based employer
  • Application fees and proof that they have been paid
  • Application forms
  • Passport-sized photos

Different types of Uruguay work visas

There are various types of visas for Uruguay, all of which serve a different purpose. Some of the most commonly used are:

  • Tourist visas
  • Business visas
  • Study visas
  • Work visas
  • Humanitarian and emergency visas

Of these options, foreign workers are most likely to need the standard work visa. These visas enable foreigners to enter Uruguay with the purpose of working. However, they are only valid for one month (30 days) and your employees will also need a residency visa to stay and work in the country long-term.

How to get a work visa for Uruguay

The first thing your prospective employee should do when applying for an Uruguayan work visa is to contact their local Uruguayan embassy/consulate to arrange an interview and submit all the necessary documents when requested.

The application will be processed by the authorities, who may take a month or more to come to a decision. Once the visa has been approved, your employee can travel to Uruguay. In Uruguay, they can apply for residency, which should be done as a priority as the standard work visa is only valid for one month.

Other considerations

As the waiting times can vary from a few days to several weeks, it is always important for you and your employees to start the process well in advance to avoid delays.

How can Horizons help with your Uruguayan work visas?

At Horizons, we support businesses of all kinds through their expansion into Uruguay, and we are experts in obtaining work visas for Uruguay. Our Uruguay work visa specialists offer reliable advice and tailored outsourcing services to support you through Uruguay’s complicated immigration process quickly and efficiently. We can help to ensure that you and your employees are compliant with Uruguay’s regulations, save you time, and provide answers to any questions you may have about the procedures.

We also offer a wide range of outsourcing services covering recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, and more to help your company get up and running in Uruguay as efficiently as possible, even if you don’t have a registered subsidiary in the country.