Uruguay: Document Legalization Rules Eased for Immigration Applicants
Employers and their foreign workers will now benefit from simplified procedures for the legalization of documents that support visa and work authorization applications.
Beginning October 14, employers and their foreign workers will benefit from simplified procedures for the legalization of public documents that support visa and work authorization applications in Uruguay — including birth and marriage certificates, police records and notarized statements and letters.
Uruguayan authorities will no longer require these documents to be legalized through a consular process. They will accept an apostille, provided that the document originates from a country that is a party to the Hague Convention that abolishes the legalization requirement (commonly known as the Apostille Convention). Currently, 104 countries have joined this convention; only countries that have acceded to the Convention can issue and accept apostilles on public documents.
What This Change Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals
The new policy potentially reduces by weeks the time it takes to prepare immigration applications. Obtaining an apostille involves far fewer steps than the previous legalization process.
Fragomen worked closely with Estudio Bergstein (Uruguay) to prepare this alert. It is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Global Immigration Services or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.