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Immigration support for hiring expats in Uruguay via a PEO

If your business objectives are related to hiring expatriate personnel in Uruguay, there are some things you need to consider. Among them are:

  1. the peculiarities of immigration procedure in the country
  2. documents required to get a work permit
  3. in-country employment and payroll for foreign citizens after visa has been issued.

Given the fact that expats are often sent abroad for short-term projects, many companies often opt for no entity hiring. This means companies look for simpler, more cost-effective options versus onboarding and paying expats through their own local subsidiaries

For companies hiring and paying expats overseas and particularly in Uruguay, a global PEO with work permit support as part of the service might be a viable alternative to incorporation in the country. A PEO service company will walk you and your expats through every step of immigration procedure in Uruguay. After the work permit or visa have been received, a PEO provider would officially onboard and payroll your expats in a foreign country on your behalf.

Acumen International has been hiring and payrolling our clients’ expatriates in Uruguay both short- and long-term. If you need to legally hire and pay the expatriates in Uruguay, we can help you. Regardless of business objectives and timelines, Acumen International can arrange end-to-end work permit support for hiring your expats in full legal compliance with local labor legislation after the permit documents have been issued.

Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution is designed for:

  1. employer companies like yourself that want to relocate the selected expats to Uruguay
  2. individuals that have an employer that is ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country
  3. the service is mainly used by companies hiring highly skilled personnel that they send abroad to fill some top positions in Uruguay.

Note: Having a single provider that would sponsor a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs expats in Uruguay, minimizes risks of visa rejection. In addition, it takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, Acumen International can provide extra benefits in addition to work permit received for further employment of expats in Uruguay. This includes medical insurance, housing, office rent, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, etc.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Companies which are looking forward to employing foreign professional employees in Uruguay may consider applying for either one of these permits, subject to the intended duration of work:

  1. Provisional Identity Card
  2. Temporary Residence
  3. Permanent Residence

Types of employment pass in Uruguay and estimated time for work permit issuance

CategoryDescriptionMajor stepsTime frame
Provisional Identity SheetFor local hires who will live and work in Uruguay for no longer than 6 months.
Temporary or permanent residence is required to stay longer than 6 months
1. “Hoja Provisoria de Identidad” Application
2. Visitor Visa Application
3. “Hoja Provisoria de Identidad” Approval
4. Entry to Uruguay
5. Foreign ID Card Application (optional)
6. Foreign ID Card Collection (optional)
1 to 2 months until entry to Uruguay, and a further 1 month to 2 weeks before the entire process is completed
Temporary ResidenceFor local hires who intend to live and work in Uruguay for a period of 6 months to 2 years.

2 years renewal is permitted.

1. Visitor Visa Application
2. Entry to Uruguay
3. Temporary Residence Application
4. Temporary Residence Approval
5. Temporary ID Card Application
1 to 2 months until entry to Uruguay, and a further 2 to 5 months before the entire process is completed
Permanent ResidenceFor applicants who will be employed in Uruguay (not than self-employed/retirees) for 2 or more years1. Visitor Visa Application
2. Entry to Uruguay
3. Permanent Residence Application
4. Provisional ID Card Application and Collection
5. Permanent Residence Approval
6. Definitive ID Card Application
1 to 2 months until entry to Uruguay, and a further 12 months before the entire process is completed

Documents for work permit in Uruguay, main applicant

CategoryName
Provisional Identity SheetOne clear copy of Valid Passport
One clear copy of return or onward flight booking, itinerary or airline ticket
One original of visa application form
One original of visa application fee
One clear copy of proof of temporary accommodation
One original of passport valid for six months minimum
legalized and translated copy of birth certificate
Temporary Residence1 Passport Photograph 3.5cm x 4.5cm – One original
Flight itinerary – One clear copy
Visa Payment Fee – One original
Valid Passport – One original
Visa Application Form – One original
Evidence of Accommodation – One clear copy
Tetanus vaccination – One original
Police Clearance Certificates – One legalized original
Entry Card – One original
Birth Certificates – One legalized and translated original
Valid Passport – One original
POA from Applicants – One original
Residence Permit Fee – One original
ID Card Fee – One original
Re-Entry Permit Fee – One original
Permanent ResidencePassport valid for six months minimum – One original
Flight itinerary – One clear copy
Visa Payment Fee – One original
1 Passport Photograph 3.5cmx4.5cm (Principal) – One original
Visa Application Form – One original
Evidence of Accommodation – One clear copy
Valid Passport – One original
Tetanus vaccination – One original
1 Passport Photograph 3.5cm x 4.5cm – One original
Police Clearance Certificates – One legalized original
Entry Card – One original
Birth Certificates – One legalized and translated original
Valid Passport – Zero copies; one original
POA from Applicants – One original
Residence Permit Fee – One original
ID Card Fee – One original
Re-Entry Permit Fee – One original

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Uruguay without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Call us for more information about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Uruguay.

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