A record number of Argentines are applying to stay in neighboring Uruguay

2022-05-12 0 By

A total of 12,489 Argentines applied for Uruguayan residency last year, 84 percent of the total number of applications received by the neighboring foreign ministry and a record 44 percent increase from 2020.The figures were revealed by Uruguay’s foreign ministry and published by the Uruguayan newspaper El Pais.In an area between Highway 104 and The Eguzquiza road in Manantiales, a 20-minute drive from the city of Punta del Este,Porto Madero Uruguay was born here.In 2021, Uruguay received 14,926 applications for residence in its country.That number is far higher than the 10,376 at the peak of the epidemic in 2020.In 2019, 11,082;In 2018, 10,861;In 2017, 9,206;In 2016, there were 8,650;In 2015, there were 8,560.Last August alone, 1,473 Argentines applied for Uruguayan residency, followed by 1,461 in September.Last January, there were 97, the lowest number.However, in January 2022, 862 Argentinian citizens (1,261 in total) applied for immigration to Uruguay.Argentines made up the largest number of applications for Uruguayan residency last year.Venezuela is a distant second with 848, followed by Brazil with 453.Argentina regained the position it had lost to Venezuelans and Cubans since 2017.Among the Argentines who immigrated to Uruguay were entrepreneurs and famous entertainers.Some of the more famous include Marcos Galperin, founder and CEO of Mercado Libre;Famous artist Susana Gimenez, journalist Oscar Gonzalez Oro, producers Gustavo Yankelevich and Monica Gonzaga, etc.How do Argentines apply for residence in Uruguay?According to the Uruguayan government’s website, Argentines who want to live in Uruguay can submit three different application procedures to the National Immigration Office of the Interior Ministry for a fee of 557 Uruguayan pesos.The amount is equivalent to 1,373 Argentine pesos.The “temporary stay” is for those who want to stay in Uruguay for at least 180 years and for up to two years, and the stay can be extended.Meanwhile, “permanent residence” is for those who intend to move permanently to live across the River Plata.Finally, “temporary residence of citizens of MERCOSUR Countries” is for citizens of countries belonging to or associated with MERCOsur, such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Suriname and Guyana.The application procedure applies to those intending to settle temporarily for a maximum period of two years.