Immigration in Ecuador
Within a few hours, the tourist can enjoy a myriad of natural scenes that are difficult to see in other countries and despite the globalization, this country is still one of the most affordable retirement destinations on its side of the world due to the cost of living in Ecuador. If you want to retire in Ecuador and want to live on Social Security, an Investor searching for a place where your money will have more value or an expat executive, Ecuador offers several types of residency categories for you to live, work and play in this unique country.
Immigration in Ecuador
The following are the main visa categories available and the Ecuador visa requirements :
Type of Visa: Pensioner 9-I
Main criteria: To demonstrate a lifetime monthly income of at least US$800.00 and an additional monthly US$100.00 per dependents like spouse and/or children. Such “life” income can be originated on a public employer, private employer and even from annuities derived from private insurance companies.
Type of Visa: Investor 9-II
Most of the Latin American countries are interested in retirees from developed nations and subsequently, they have developed different policies to attract them to their retirement communities. Normally the basic requirement is to be able to demonstrate a lifetime pension for a minimum amount that will assure the receiving country that the applicant will not become a burden for the local society and that the retiree will spend a portion of earned income in the country.
Type of Visa: Professional Visa 9-V
Main criteria: For Individuals that are not pensioners nor investors but who possess a foreign University or College issued Bachelor’s Degree or similar such as Masters, PhD, Medical Doctor, Juris Doctor. In this case, Ecuador expects applicants to become a positive influence in the country among the local future professionals.
- Birth Certificate with Apostille
- Background Check or Police Record with Apostille
- Marriage License with Apostille
- Official Translations of all documents to the local language
Common Ecuador Visa Requirements for Residency
- Application Form
- Passport and its copy
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage License, if applicable
- Background Check from the applicant’s country of residency
- Country of residency information (last 5 years) and issued during the last 180 days of entrance to Ecuador.
- All foreign documents have to be properly legalized
Please feel free to contact our specialized immigration attorneys in Ecuador to discuss your best residency options to move to Ecuador.