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letsmove replied to the thread My Wife Wants To Go Back on the Uruguay forum on July 27, 2015:
animeinme initially posted:
Hello all! I am a US citizen and my wife is a permanent resident with a UY citizenship. We have a 6 month old son who is also a US citizen. We currently live in North Carolina and we both want to move to Uruguay for a better family life for our son. My wife's family and childhood friends are there. My wife has a nursing degree from UDELAR Facultad de Enfermeria with contacts. So it should be fairly easy for her to work. We have a place to stay there in Pocitos MVD rent free. We have savings. We would have a property here in the USA we would be renting for 900-1000USD monthly. So my questions are: With rental income from the states, how easy or difficult will it be transferring money regularly from the states to UY? My wife hasn't lived there in almost 3 years, how is city from a safety standpoint nowadays? And for kids? We want to send our child to the german school in MVD. Colegio Aleman. We've heard this is one of the best schools in the city. Does anyone have experience sending their kids there? Should my wife get a US citizenship before moving back? How easy would it be to for her come back to the states in the future if for some reason we wanted to? I can read and write a little bit of Spanish. I imagine living there I would pick it up fluently in a year or two. What would job options for me be like if necessary? Are there any income options that don't require Spanish?
letsmove replied on July 27, 2015 with:
Another way to get cash from the states is to use your stateside debit/ATM card. Get a BROU account, go into the branch office and present your Debit/ATM card to the teller and ask for the amount you are allowed to debit from your stateside account. Avoids multiple ATM fees.
edykizaki replied on July 27, 2015 with:
I don't have the answer to all your questions but I wanted to address a couple that I have input on... With rental income from the states, how easy or difficult will it be transferring money regularly from the states to UY? -it is easiest to take it out by ATM card, but we experimented with wire transfers too... if your bank lets you do online wire transfers it would be easier but our BofA is stingy with how much you can do online so it ends up costing a lot to do wire transfers. I think if we'd had more time to research it with banks before we left the states it would have been easier to work it out better, because each bank has their own policies about the fees. Some credit cards are good for a cash advance and others charge too much; one of my bankers here said to me it seemed her customers paid less by getting cash advances (then you can just pay it off out of your account in the states) but when I tried it, it seemed to me to cost more. I probably have a more expensive deal with my credit card than she did. So... research on that end for the best deal transferring, check all the charges! My wife hasn't lived there in almost 3 years, how is city from a safety standpoint nowadays? And for kids? It's safe, although Uruguayans feel it's dangerous. But, I have heard there were very few murders ever in the past and there is about one a day here now. Here" being the whole country... this is just something I heard, you would have to research. At the zoo there is a magnificant new park the kids love... this is a country that loves children, as far as I can tell, although the nursery school teacher I teach with is a bit scary with them... We want to send our child to the german school in MVD. Colegio Aleman. We've heard this is one of the best schools in the city. Does anyone have experience sending their kids there? -I have heard it's really good and then someone else said she took her child out because it's not a good school culture now and very status conscious, if you don't drive the right car people are cool to you... I don't have any personal experience. About the citizen thing, I'm pretty naive about the politics compared to some of my friends, but there seem to be many advantages to NOT being a US citizen, as well as the advantages to being one. It's a choice but you should understand the implications. I don't know if it would affect her banking choices since the IRS requires paperwork, but perhaps if she has the Uruguay citizenship she can just avoid all that. If your wife would like, PM me and I'll put her in touch with my Spanish teacher who's a Uruguayan married to a US citizen and just back after 13 years in Los Angeles. She might have great advice about that, is very well connected, and lives in Pocitos too.
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kimbo47 replied to the thread Opening an account at the BROU on the Uruguay forum on July 26, 2015:
Allwewantispeace initially posted:
Hello everyone, My brother and I are looking for a chacra in the Minas area, outside of town with land and a humble house. Please message me if you can refer me to a property which is less than 150.000 dollars. Meanwhile we are trying to open an account at the BROU. Can someone please confirm if a translated birth certificate is required? I have proof of income, W9, cash, passport and an invoice proving my permanent address in the states. Is the a formal list of requirements somewhere? Are more documents required? Thanks.
kimbo47 replied on July 26, 2015 with:
Thanks Morrell for all your specific and useful information. This is great to know. Of course I still need to grasp the latest process that BROU is requiring for non UY residents if at all.
Morell replied on July 26, 2015 with:
We recently sent money from our US account to BROU. A couple of years ago we set this up with the US bank. It required quite a bit of paperwork including being given several special code numbers to use when we called to arrange a wire transfer. We use Harris Bank so maybe it is specific to them but it is worth looking into before you leave your home country as there were papers to sign. This recent transfer took a five minute phone call and our money arrived in our BROU account within 48 hours.
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crazyfarmer replied to the thread Converters and Transformers? on the Uruguay forum:
LD initially posted:
Hi from Virginia, We are planning our trip and had a couple of questions about what kind of converter and/or tansformer to bring with us. From what I've read, there are 3 different plugs. However, for each plug, what kind of converter/transformers should we bring? Do I need both--transformer & converter? We will be charging cell phones and tablets. As always, thanks so much for your help. Lori
crazyfarmer replied on July 26, 2015 with:
Phone chargers are inexpensive and plentiful here if you do blow it up.
LD replied on July 26, 2015 with:
Okay, thanks. That was all the information on the thing. Well, we leave for UY today, so it is what it is....thanks so so, much. Lori
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gevo11 replied to the thread move to Uruguay w/o job on the Uruguay forum:
toyjeg86 initially posted:
My family and I (wife and 2 young kids) would like to move to Uruguay this year (from the USA). We have been talking about it for a long time, but now finally are able to (financially). I will have a B.A. German and also a TEFL certificate before we leave, so I plan to teach English until we settle down and my Spanish isn't horrible. However, we will be moving without me (or my wife) having a job. Is this advisable? It's impossible to find English teaching work from abroad so I feel like I have no choice. We will have about $10,000USD in savings when we come as a buffer. Also we would like to move to somewhere besides Montevideo (due to our limited finances). Rocha, Piriapolis, or Salto are on our short-list. Can English teaching work easily be found in these cities. Can I support a family of four from teaching English (and various side jobs from my wife and I)? We have a low standard of living (as far as US standards go) and want to become Uruguayan so to speak. No gated communities, not going out every night, shopping at markets for food, etc. Sorry for writing so much, but I figured I'd get it all out there. Thanks for your help and I hope we can make the move!
gevo11 replied on July 25, 2015 with:
Thank you! All of that helps so much. I looked at those sites and will contact them as our move date approaches. I will try to contact a host from airbnb soon as well. I appreciate the advice and suggestions:-)
wengin replied on July 24, 2015 with:
Hi, I am not sure if you have considered applying to an American Company like Sabre. There are a lot of expats working there. Please go online and check it out. It is a GDS Global Distribution System that works with Airlines and Travel Agents as well as Rail, Cruises etc. It may be an option to start I would think. Another big company that has openings right now is Trafigura, you may check them out. They are both located in Montevideo, in Zona America, close to the Airport but there are other big companies located in the World Trade Center, also in Montevideo, in Puerto de Buceo where you may find options. Hope it helps!
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wengin posted Hi! on the Uruguay forum on July 25, 2015:
Hi to the whole Expats! I know it may be tough to move around without knowing the language. I just want to let you know that I'm native Uruguayan and offer myself with interpretation and help that may be needed. If you'd like, please send me a PM. Thank you!
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Allwewantispeace replied to the thread Uruguay is truly wonderful on the Uruguay forum on July 22, 2015:
Allwewantispeace initially posted:
Hello everyone, This is the beginning of our story about our life changing adventure into Uruguay. My brother Alex and I flew in to Montevideo two weeks ago with hopes of buying a semi self sufficient chacra with house. We found Montevideo to be unthreatening, even in a tough section, after dark, on our first night there. The people were very pleasant, even gracious which was certainly unexpected. We moved on to visit pan de azucar, Maldonado, punta del este, Minas, Duranzo, Tacuarembo, and went all the way to River where we met up with some very cool expats from this forum. You know who you are: Beatles rock! Thank you. We came very close to buying a decent place on the edge of Minas before realizing that it was under three cell phone towers... Ugh. Bad day, but it got better when we stumbled upon our slice of heaven near the town of él Eden on ruta 12. I cannot express how happy we are to have found such a nice little casa. Uruguay is wonderful and we feel confident that we are making the right move to the right country, at the right time and to the right piece of property. The people here are so free, living the good life. It's not inexpensive though. We had to give up 35 acres in Maine with a good sized house near the ocean to afford 12 acres and a small house in the hills. Considering the alternative, we feel we have made the right choice. This forum gave me the information I needed to have confidence enough to come here... I am eternally grateful. Thank you all for your generosity of time. There are a few others who went above and beyond for us, but I hesitate to call them out by name. Focus properties was exceedingly helpful as a guide, interpreter, real estate agent, and even my first marriage counselor. Cheers to you Michael! Thank you so much. What a great experience this has been. We leave for the states this Friday. I will apply for residency this week and try to open my account at the brou. Wish us lots of luck! Thank you all again, even the people I never interacted with. All your comments together paint the most colorful portrait! We hope to see more of you along our journey into Uruguayan living. Thank you, Max and Alex All we want is peace, today and forever.
Allwewantispeace replied on July 22, 2015 with:
My mistake. We have a third of our money remaining. We have zero regrets. We looked at maybe 6 places and this one out shined the others. No regrets. I don't think the house is half as important as the town, the land, the neighbors, the school and distance to fun. In the end we didn't buy what we can here to buy. I think we realized that we don't need 50 hectares, just a large garden and space for some animals. I wanted a remote farm, but after meeting the people, I'm looking forward to joining the Uruguayan society. We have half a dozen ideas for businesses which might work here. Simple things. We like simple. I thing we should all contribute to a new thread discussing business ideas. The goal for me is to make 2000 a month without hurting my soul or working 65 hours a week. I've talked to quite a few people here. Brazilians, Uruguayans, expats and their children. Everyone says that they love it here. I know that my glasses are peach colored and that I may be in for culture shock, but I'm not the typical American and I'm confident that this is good. I'm not sure if my wife of 18 years is going to like it... We will see. Max
Morell replied on July 22, 2015 with:
Glad you found something you like. I am surprised prices have risen that much though. We traded a two bedroom, one bath lakeside home in Nova Scotia for a three bedroom, three bath house in Atlántida with a swimming pool and large casita and BBQ and had half our money left over four years ago. Hope everything goes well.
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carlitos replied to the thread Water problems on the Uruguay forum on July 22, 2015:
Morell initially posted:
From next week, restrictions which were voluntary are being made mandatory. You will not be able to use OSE water for watering gardens, car washing, filling swimming pools, washing sidewalks etc. due to the current drought. At the same time there have been forced evacuations in the north of the country due to flooding.
carlitos replied on July 22, 2015 with:
Ose is the public water provider (water from the tap) and the restrictions will continue until there is enough rain in the South.
Morell replied on July 22, 2015 with:
OSE is the public water system. I imagine it will be until we get some good rain. It has been dry since March and the reservoirs are very low.
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proger1989 replied to the thread Will PTSD cause me problems while immigrate to uruguay? on the Uruguay forum on July 21, 2015:
proger1989 initially posted:
i have the money to immigrate to UY. but i am worried. i saw u need to show a health history document in order to get permit residency. I have PTST, its from my army service, it has become really minor and dosent effect my daily life. im afraid they will cancel my request cus of that . please help me know more about that, thanks.
proger1989 replied on July 21, 2015 with:
thank you so much! its good to know
Morell replied on July 21, 2015 with:
I agree, the health exam isn't really a pass or fail. If there is anything serious I think they would just tell you to go and see a Doctor. The questions and exam are very basic.
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Wanderlustspirit initially posted:
Loved our hardwoods & laminate flooring in our prior home. Would live to hear your experience with wood laminate, vinyl &/or ceramic flooring here in UY. Positives & negatives, please. :)
Wanderlustspirit replied on July 21, 2015 with:
Thanks everyone for your input! :)
afj21 replied on July 18, 2015 with:
Good point. I've been in a few homes in the country and I've noticed that not a single one of them has hardwoods or laminate flooring. I've laid tile in bathrooms before, if done right it's set for a lifetime, it's easy to clean too.
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property in Uruguay17 Hectares in Vistas Del Betel about 15 kms from Pan de Azucar towards Minas. Exclusive chacras with nice views of the mountains.

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