Our English-speaking staff is here to answer any questions or concerns you have about moving to Ecuador. Since 2010, we have helped ex-pats from around the world who are happy they made the decision. Ecuador is a leading destination for retirees and young people looking for a better way of life.
Valid for two years, the Temporary Visa can be renewed multiple times for all visa types—no restrictions or time limits for traveling in and out of Ecuador. However, to apply for a Permanent Resident Visa, you cannot be out of Ecuador longer than 90 days during the Temporary Resident Visa period of 21 months.
For a Professional Visa, your degree must be registered in Ecuador. The degree registration process takes 8-10 weeks, so allow plenty of time. There is no expiration date once the degree has been registered in your name. Your degree registration will already be in place when you are ready to relocate and apply for a visa.
Valid for two years, the investment required is $45,000, based on Ecuador’s minimum wage. There are NO additional investments needed to add dependents. Such an investment can be fulfilled through a bank Certificate of Deposit (CD) for two years or by investing in Real Estate or shares in a Company.
Ecuador is a colorful and exciting destination and is consistently voted one of the best places for expats to retire. Since 2010, Maité Durán has helped thousands of clients obtain permanent residency worldwide.
You can become a permanent resident of Ecuador by first obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa to reside in Ecuador for up to 2 years. After 21 months, you can begin the process for permanent residency.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility has made great strides to simplify the Visa process, but having proven experts at Gringo Visas who know the complexity of Visa acquisitions and the ever-changing requirements can make your transition a lot easier.
Legal documents need to be apostilled. An apostille is a government certification that makes it legal to use certain documents outside the country where they were issued. This applies to public records, marriage and birth certificates, and diplomas. We can obtain the necessary apostilles for you through our US office.
If you are married or divorced, you must have your marriage license and divorce papers (if applicable) officially registered in Ecuador. Gringo Visas can provide this service and translate your documents from English to Spanish.
Once you receive your Temporary Visa, you must show you have health insurance. You can join the national social security system (IESS) or show proof of private insurance. We can provide you with an established private insurer or help you join IESS.
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We work with professional relocation specialists who have moved expats from around the world to Ecuador for over a decade. You’ll be in good hands.
Once you receive your Permanent Visa, you will have 30 days to get the mandatory cedula, the Ecuadorian national ID card. We prepare the required documents and take you to the Civil Registration office.
Passport Visa Renewal
When your passport expires, we can assist you in transferring your visa to your new passport.
Once you have your Temporary Visa, you can open a bank account in Ecuador. We can help with the necessary paperwork to open a checking, savings account, investment CD, and ATM card.
Tourists and temporary residents are allowed 60 days to drive on a US license upon arrival. After that, you must apply for an Ecuadorian driver’s license. We can assist you in obtaining the required paperwork, prepare you for the written test in Spanish, and take you for the exam.
IVA Tax Refund
Permanent residents 65 and over qualify for a tax refund on certain items purchased in Ecuador. We can enroll you in this program, which means money back in your pocket.
Gringo Visas can work with you to obtain the requirements necessary to become an Ecuadorian Citizen. We also help you prepare for the interview and the test, providing you with the study material in both Spanish and English.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY
“Gringo Visas is the best at helping people get through the maze of becoming a resident here.”
“Many thanks to Maite Duran and associates, Diego, Sole and Adriana for helping me get my Visa! Even with complications, this professional team breezed right through it. I would recommend this fast and efficient service anytime!”
“I had a great experience with Maite’s associate Santiago Silva: responsive, organized and friendly. Highly recommend Gringo Visas.”
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