Montevideo attorney, Mark Teuten, has informed us that the Uruguayan Immigration Office is now applying a criteria of "intent to reside permanently" to all applicants. To that effect, they are examining people's immigration records and if they note that a person has come into Uruguay, filed for residency, and then immediately left and not come back, then the application will be rejected.
To avoid an application being rejected therefore it is necessary to keep coming back into the country on a very regular basis whilst the application is pending. Even in this case, though it is not a guarantee that an application will be accepted.
The bottom line seems to be that the Immigration Office may well only grant residency for people who are really living here for the majority of the time.
If you have questions on how this applies to your circumstances, please contact:
Juncal 1408, Oficina 702
CP 11000 Montevideo - Uruguay
Tel: + (598 2) 9088638
Fax: + (598 2) 9088640
Uruguay residency procedures
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