Uruguay Basics – 1 of a new series

Plaza Fabini, Centro, Montevideo
Plaza Fabini, Centro, Montevideo ©2011 Mark Mercer

Starting a new series of posts here at Uruguay Expat Life, with just the basics. We get lots of questions in our email, social media. and other channels. Much of it keeps coming back to some of the same questions. Our several years of posts have touched on most of the regular questions, but have been in the context of larger stories, anecdotes, photo essays, commentary on news articles, or other topics.

 

 

 

Let’s start with some real basics. These will get admittedly simplified answers, but are some of our top questions we get directly, or see others asking on Uruguay-related sites.

Basic questions about moving to Uruguay:

  1. Can I visit Uruguay?
  2. Can I move to Uruguay?
  3. How much money do you need to have to move to Uruguay?
  4. What do I have to do to move to Uruguay?
  5. Can I bring my household items to Uruguay?
  6. Will my <fill in the blank> work in Uruguay?
  7. Can I bring my car to Uruguay?
  8. Can I bring my pet to Uruguay?
  9. Can I use my credit/debit cards in Uruguay?
  10. Can I get a bank account in Uruguay?

Each of those is worth a “basics” or a longer, full, post, by themselves. Many of them Lisa and I have addressed in existing posts, so please search via your favorite search engine, or the handy on-site search widget at the top of every page. Also look for our posts at our social networks, which have handy widgets on the sidebar to help you get to them. But let’s take a quick shot at each.

Answers to basic questions about moving to Uruguay:

Continue reading Uruguay Basics – 1 of a new series

DIY Residency Part 2

Time for an update on what’s happened since June

But first, for those so-called experts in the various online Expat Forums who keep telling us “you’re doing it wrong” because we did things in a different order than them, and got our “llegadas” the day we walked into Migraciones without yet the INTERPOL, Health, or formal financial documentation:

Mark's Uruguayan Cédula
Mark’s Uruguay “Cédula de Identidad Nacional”

Yes it’s “Provisional” and I (as well as Lisa Marie) have the status of “Residente en Trámite” – a Resident in Processing. But this, friends, is what they would call back in the USA a “Green Card”.

I also love how the Uruguay cédula has an image of South America, with Uruguay’s location circled, because otherwise nobody knows where we are.

 

So here’s what we did to get our cédulas: Continue reading DIY Residency Part 2

DIY Residency Part 1

I’m overdue on this update – we have started the official residency processing. Lisamaria and I are doing this as much as possible “do-it-yourself” – both to save money, and because that’s the kind of people we are. At least in travel. Not so much on home repair, jejejeje.

Two weeks ago we made a day-trip into Montevideo, to visit the Dirreción Nacional de Migraciones – the National Directorate of Immigration. Quite friendly and helpful office. Purpose: to deliver our “Carta del Soliciud para Cambio de Categoria” – our letter of request for Change of Category, from Tourist, to Resident.

certificates of arrival as residents in processing

Said letter which I wrote myself, by the way, primarily in Spanish as the original language rather than translated. Simple language and phrasing, explaining as required why we wanted to become residents, how we could afford it, where we lived, and the bare facts (passport numbers, dates of birth, etc.)

Obviously we had done a lot of research ahead of time, and had chatted with cyberspace and local expat friends. However, we did not hire any kind of “expeditor”, of which there are many, nor an immigration lawyer. We had arranged a tradeout of editing-for-translation with one of Lisa’s clients. Because what would be a “Mark & Lisa have an adventure” experience without something going wrong, they had a conflict and couldn’t make it.  So we were on our own with my long-ago junior high, high school, college, and once-in-a-while self-studied español and Lisa’s 9  months in Uruguay osmosis-spanish for this first visit.

Result: Continue reading DIY Residency Part 1