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Grace Velastegui, Cuenca Lawyer (Ecuador Legal Team)


Grace Velastegui, Cuenca Lawyer

Grace is a top immigration lawyer in Cuenca, Ecuador. Learn more about Ecuador Legal Team, her Cuenca-based law office. Grace contributes visa requirements and advice here on GringosAbroad.

Grace-VelasteguiOffice Contact Information:

Address: Luis Cordero 6-41 and Presidente Cordova, Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador 010104

  • Phone (from abroad): (593) 7 407-9358
  • Phone (from Ecuador): 407-9358 (if calling from a cell phone, dial 07 and then the number)
  • Cell (from abroad): (593) 996 110 451
  • Cell (from Ecuador): 099-611-0451
  • Magic Jack: 651-621-3652
  • Email:
  • Web site: Ecuador Legal Team


  • Doctorate of Jurisprudence
  • University of Loja and the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador: Superior Diploma of Fourth Level Innovative Teaching Methods
  • University of Cuenca: Diploma of English Proficiency
  • Maria Auxiliardora High School; Graduated with emphasis on Commercial Sciences and Administration; Specialized as Bilingual Secretary
  • Tabb High School: Exchange Student Virginia, United States
  • Abraham Lincoln North American Educational Center: Graduated English Studies

Professional Experience

  • Idrovo & Velastegui Attorneys (2005 to Present) Professional Law practice, specializing in immigration and customs clearance
  • Business Administration, Marketing and International Trade Negotiation (2004 – 2007): English Professor for career training
  • American Technical University (2004 – 2007): Professor of Labor Law for Satellite Courses
  • Simultaneous Interpreter and Translator (2000 – 2003)
  • Spanish Professor; Spanish as a Second Language for Foreigners (1991 – 2000)
  • Abraham Lincoln North American Educational Center: English Language Professor (1991 – 1994)
  • Ferro Ecuatoriana S.A.: Importation Secretary (1991 – 1992)
  • Rootours S.A:  Worked as Tour Guide (1989 – 1999)

Professional References

Mr. Richard N. Boroto, Director
Abraham Lincoln Cultural Center
Telephone: 823-898

Mr. Richard Hedges

Mr. Matthew Hayes

Ms. Nancy Thalmann
287 5490


Spanish: Maternal Language
English: Fluent in both spoken and written

Interested to work with Grace? Contact her here: Ecuador Legal Team

Ecuador Legal Team

Abraham Lincoln Cultural Center
1991-1993, 1997

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9 comments… add one
  • balkar May 29, 2018, 11:25 pm

    Hello sir i wanna come to ecuador with my can i get work permit or pr visa..?

  • Jaclyn Jul 5, 2016, 5:27 pm

    Hi, I need to know if you can get my resident visa upgraded from inicial, so I can get a drivers license. My resident visa was issued March 2016 for 10 years.

    I understand I needed a professional proof of HS graduation as of July 2015, put on my cedula.

    Thanks for your help. Sincerely, Jaclyn

    • Grace Velastegui Aug 10, 2016, 6:58 pm

      Dear Jaclyn,
      You can change your educational level on the cedual by presenting an apostilled high diploma to the civil registry. They will process the new cedula showing your high school ecucation, thus allowing to apply for a driver´s license.

    • MOHAMMAD HASHEM May 5, 2018, 2:11 am


  • Angela Jan 28, 2016, 3:25 pm

    I just need a LIST of documents and exact requirements for becoming a naturalized citizen of Ecuador.
    I have a 9-II Cedula, since Mar 2012.
    For the first 3 yrs in Ecuador, I was out of the country 23 days (more or less).
    I understand knowledge of EC History & EC Geology are required (is there something on-line to study?).
    I understand knowledge of the EC Constitution is required (that is a huge document found on-line – anything in particular I should study?).

  • Thomas A Hoblit Jan 12, 2015, 8:26 pm

    Would a DUI cause a residency visa to be denied?

  • Tina Robertson Dec 26, 2014, 6:14 pm

    Hi Bryan and Dena,

    I just wanted to take time today to say THANK YOU for this reference on Grace and Nelson!!!!!!!!!

    I read about Grace here on your blog as we planned our move from Texas and hired her while we were in the states.

    You know “pulling the trigger” on this was scary because of a reference on line. However from the time she emailed me, her emails were detailed and explicit.

    Having got all of our stuff for our visas here while in Texas (family of 5) was so much easier with her detailed explanations. Matter of fact somebody was in her office the day we arrived in Cuenca and was having problems, but AGAIN it was because they did not follow her email and instead talked to somebody at the consulate and got wrong information.

    After we met with Grace and her husband Nelson in person, they were just as delightful, but especially KNOWLEDGEABLE. I have already heard of some nightmare stories from other “gringos” who did not hire a knowledgeable attorney and it has been quite the nightmare for them.

    You are SO correct, the laws can change on a dime and I am SOOOOO glad we hired them!! After applying for the visas, we got them in 3 weeks.

    We are now waiting on our cedulas and loving our new home here in Cuenca!!! We also homeschool and are loving reading on your blog about all the places to investigate here.

    Thank you again for this WONDERFUL reference about them. It has been such a savings of stress and in the long run money because we had everything in order.

    Have a Great Evening!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. All their assistants and English speaking secretary Rebekah rocks too!

  • Therese Wanklin Nov 23, 2014, 4:53 pm

    Hi . I want to move to Ecuador with my 4 dogs and 1 cat. What do I have to do? How much will this cost? I currently live in Canada and my dogs shots (vacines) are all up to date.

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