Uruguayan nationality law is mostly based on the principle of Jus soli. Its rules are written in the Uruguayan Constitution in Section III, Chapter I. Dual Citizenship is legal under Uruguayan law.
Types of citizenship 
There are two types of citizens: naturales and legal.
Natural citizens 
- Any person born in Uruguay acquires Uruguayan citizenship at birth. The only exception applies to children of persons in the service of a foreign government (like foreign diplomats).
- Any natural child of a Uruguayan citizen is a natural citizen of Uruguay, wherever its birthplace is.
Legal citizens 
A legal citizen is someone who obtained the citizenship after birth. In this case a language examination is necessary in order to make sure the person knows Spanish. One can obtain the Uruguayan citizenship in 3 different ways:
- After investing a large sum of money in Uruguay or bringing an important contribution to science, art, or industry of Uruguay and after 3 years of residence in the country.
- Being the spouse of a Uruguayan citizen gives the right to residence in Uruguay and after 5 years of residence its possible to apply for citizenship.
- By favor of the General Assembly of Uruguay, to people who have made remarkable services or excellent merits.
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