Investor Visa

Many consider Uruguay the “Switzerland of South America” for its free-market, low-tax policies, and its relative wealth and security. 

Investors can obtain permanent residency by spending only 60 days a year in the country if they make an investment in either real estate or in a business that creates new employment. 

While investors receive permanent residency in the country as soon as the application is approved, the processing time for the investor visa is a rather lengthy 12-18 months, investors can remain in Uruguay on a temporary status while awaiting approval.


Program at a glance

Program TypeGolden Visa
Time to citizenship3 years for married couples, 5 for singles
Time to permanent residencyImmediately upon approval
Minimum investment3.5m "Indexed Units" (about US$525,000)
Physical presence requirement60 days per year
Application processing time1-3 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to153 destinations, including Schengen countries
Contribution types availableBusiness Investment, Real Estate

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