How to Apply
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for a non-immigrant visa, follow these steps:
1. Complete the DS-160 Visa Application Form
Using a computer with a printer, complete and submit the online DS-160 visa application form here (https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/), and print the confirmation page with the bar code to bring to your visa interview. Each traveler must complete a DS-160 form.
2. Register in the U.S. Visa Information Service Web Site
Register online here (http://uruguay.usvisa-info.com). Each traveler must register.
3. Pay the Visa Application Fee
You can pay online using an international Visa or MasterCard credit card, or you can download and print a payment slip and pay the visa application fee at any Abitab location. You must bring this payment slip with you to Abitab. Each applicant must have their own separate slip. Applicants will receive a receipt.
4. Schedule your Appointment for a Visa Interview
Schedule an appointment for a visa interview online here. If you pay by credit card, you can schedule your interview immediately after paying. If you pay at Abitab, you must wait one business day after you have paid your visa fee before scheduling the appointment by returning to the registration site (http://uruguay.usvisa-info.com) and entering your PIN or by calling (598) 2707-6507 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Uruguayan and U.S. holidays.
Applicants currently in the United States, as well as family members and associates, may reach the call center at 703-439-2333, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time.
Please Note: Some applicants may qualify for a waiver of the Visa Interview. Visit our Non-Immigrant Visa Drop Box Application Program page to see if you qualify.
- 5. Select a DHL location to pick up your Passport
6. Attend to your Visa Interview
Bring the required documentation to your visa interview, including:
- The payment receipt from Abitab
- The DS-160 confirmation page with bar code
- Your personal documents showing labor and economic ties to Uruguay (details below)
Documents required for the interview:
- Valid passport and any other passports you may have. The Consular Section recommends that every parent who has children included in their own passport apply for an individual passport and visa for each family member.
- Identity card (or another proof of identity with a photograph).
- Visa payment receipt from Abitab. The visa processing fee is non-refundable.
- One photograph size 5x5 cm, taken within the last six months, in color, facing forward, with a white background. Face the camera directly and expose your ears. The face should be completely visible, without hair covering it, and the forehead should be completely visible. The face should cover 50% of the photograph space. If you wear glasses, please remove them. Your head must be uncovered. Babies must have their eyes opened. The photo should be crisp with good contrast.
- Marriage Certificate and spouse's ID if you are married.
- Birth certificate of your minor child/children or marriage book with your child/children registered in it.
Examples of documents that may be helpful to demonstrate your economic solvency and ties to your country of residency (original documents are required):
- Letter of Employment: include your salary, length of service, job title, and recent pay stubs.
- If you have a Business: bring your BPS and DGI payment receipts and other registration documents (planilla de trabajo) etc.
- If you are a landowner: BPS payment receipts and DICOSE statements.
- If you are a University Student: bring your registration payment receipt, updated transcripts, letters of acceptance, etc.
- Property Titles: leases, property titles, car registration
- Bank Account Statements: transaction statements and balances.
- Credit Card Statements
- Retirement receipts and/or Pension: if you are retired and/or receive a pension.
Please note that the interviewing Consular Officer may not need to see these documents; nevertheless, you should have them available.
7. Pick up your Passport with Visa
The Consular Officer will tell you if your visa has been approved or not at the end of your interview. If approved, your passport will be retained to place the visa inside. Passports with visas are normally delivered within three business days to DHL. If the visa is approved, you will receive an email notifying you when you can pick up your passport at the DHL location you selected.
Applicants may pick up their passports at one of the following DHL locations:
- Carrasco: Av. De las Americas 7777 bis / Monday to Friday from 9 am to 7 pm.
- Ciudad Vieja: Zabala 1377 esq. Rincon / Monday to Friday from 9 am to 7 pm.
- Tres Cruces: Shopping Tres Cruces, nivel terminal, LB9 / Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 11 pm.
- Montevideo Shopping: Paseo de servicios L 8 /Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 10 pm.
- Punta del Este: Av. Gorlero y Calle 21, Edif. “El Monarca” L 005 / Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
There is no charge to pick up your passport at DHL. We are not able to offer home delivery of passports at this time.
Please be advised that an invitation letter sent by a relative or friend in the United States is not sufficient to grant a visa. Each visa applicant must qualify on their own merits.
Applicants under the age of 14 or over the age of 80
Applicants under the age of 14 or over the age of 80 do not have to physically appear at the visa interview. Parents may conduct interviews on behalf of their children. We recommend not bringing small children to the visa interview. If you come to the interview on behalf of a child under 14, we ask that you bring your marriage book or the birth certificate of the child, as well as your passport or other photo identification (in addition to your cedula). A family member may conduct the interview on behalf of an elderly person age 80 or over.