Before moving we did a great deal of soul-searching and researching (mostly Joe did a great deal of research on Uruguay while I did the research in getting our documents from the US and we both did the soul-searching) and found blog articles, pictures and much much more on the internet about Uruguay. It was the same process we had done for previous moves and it has worked well for us.
We decided to use a law firm to handle our residency process as we did in the past. We feel more comfortable with someone who knows the ins and outs of the migration laws instead of trying to handle it by ourselves or using a facilitator that only does it part-time. We decided to use the firm Fischer and Schickendantz, and so far it has been an exceptionally good experience. Dr. Juan Federico Fischer was our first contact and he explained the process, the documents needed and what the firm could and would do for us. Then he turned us over to his support staff.
Over a 6 month period we gathered the documents needed from the states, submitted them back to the Secretary of State where each document originated and we waited for them to arrive. It was torture, every one seemed to take longer than normal and we were 2 weeks away from our move date and finally received the last documents we were waiting for. Helping through this process was EcuaAssist in Manta, Ecuador. Adriana Rosado was a dream to work with and took away a great deal of the anxiety we were feeling over this paperwork.
Our first appointments for this process went better than expected. Here in Uruguay you are required to go to a health clinic and receive a Health Card. As part of our check-up we were asked if we had ever had a tetanus shot, well I have but it was over 10 years ago and Joe had never had one, so we both got shots. Because I have had it before I will need to have two more shots one within a month and one after a year. Then we are both good for 10 years. God willing we will live that long.
The photo below is of our attorneys office and the assistant that is working with us on our residency. Magdalene has been a treasure trove of information helping us way beyond her job requirements. Because we are spending time waiting at appointments she gladly shares all her knowledge about the area.
Then we will be off to visit some of the other coast towns north of here. The adventure continues……