We continually receive inquiries about Ecuador Residency Visas. We share our experience as best we can, but with the continually changing landscape in this subject area, it is often hard to follow.
The following post is by Kirsten, one of the people who went on our last Intro to Ecuador Tour, and is now planning her transition to this beautiful country. She does a great job of sharing her experience.
WARNING: Kirsten’s experience may not be your experience, so don’t get too wrapped up in the details. They tend to change. But use her dialog as as a guide for the kinds of things you may need to do, or at least be aware of.
KIRSTEN WRITES–We just about have all our paper work together for our Ecuador Tourist Visa. (just need to get the Spanish translations of all the documents notarized) . Now we just need a few more green backs! Needless to say we lost quite a bit with the crises!
So far I have gotten the following papers together for Grace (our attorney from Cuenca) and the Ecuador Embassy. Everything you send out needs a self-addressed envelope included with postage prepaid. If I sent something to be apostilled I also included a photo copy of our passports for identity. Money for the state could be in a check form, while money for the embassy for the Ecuador Tourist Visa had to be in a Post Office money order.
To get finger print cards call the FBI at this number 304-625-5590 and ask for the cards to be sent to your address and then go to your local police station to get fingerprinted. Documents for the most part are to be apostilled in the state that they were issued. For example, I had to send our marriage certificate back to Florida for the apostille.
All documents must be notarized before being apostilled. FYI an Apostile is an international recognized stamp meaning that your document is the original or legal copy. In other words it is a international recognized Notarization of a legal document.
To get a 6 month tourist visa you must apply at the Embassy. You must have a 6 month visa to apply for an Ecuador residency visa. They want $200 for a visa (each), $30 for application (each), and $40 (one time) for the letter they write (in Spanish) stating that you have enough money per month income.
So for two people it will cost a total of $500. To get the required info for a Visa 12-IX (6 months)go to www.ecuador.org and pull up the Servicios Consulares in Spanish (no english yet). (Another good website is sponsored by the national police. Click here There is an English link)
The other costs are for Apostilles which vary from state to state($15.00 to $40.00 each), Notarization $5 to $20 each, police statements $10 to $30, translations $20 to $40 each document, and postage. I usually registered everything.
Here is a list of all the documents for the Embassy and Attorney Grace that you need to get your Ecuador Residency Visa and Ecuador Tourist Visa:
Each document has to be notarized, then translated and notarized to state that the translation is from the original document, then apostilled.
Spanish letter stating you have enough monthly income from Embassy
Certificado de Visacion – from Embassy
Solicitud De Visa – from Embassy
Police Criminal Record Check for each person – state police does this (local police can do it too)
Finger Prints for each
Health letter from doctor stating you are free of AIDS & any other
Communicable Diseases for each of you – you get a blood test – needs
to be a formal letter with doc’s stamp and signature
Document showing your monthly income (or available resources)
Round trip ticket for the Embassy – send photo copy
2 passport photos for Embassy for each of you and 4 for Grace
Due to bureaucratic ineptitude it took us a long time to get everything done. For example they did not tell us we needed documents to be notarized before they could get apostilled! FBI forget to send cards! Etc. etc., you get the drift. In the end it has taken us about 2 and a half months to get it all done, but we are well on our way to getting our Ecuador Residency Visa.
Hope this helps. Mind you I have not sent the stuff (photo copies of everything)
to Grace yet. Who knows what she will still need? The residency visa application process will only take place when we go to Ecuador.