This post, with updated legal requirements for Ecuadorian visas for permanent residency, has been contributed by Grace Velastegui, Attorney at Law. Along with her husband Nelson, Grace runs Idrovo & Velastegui – a Cuenca Law Office.
Update (July 3, 2015): “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has changed the rule again regarding Police Reports for residency application. For countries with federal governments, a residency applicant must obtain both a national report and a state or provincial report.”
Update (May 21, 2015): “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that two criminal background checks are no longer required. They will accept an FBI report.”
For residency application, for applicants from countries with a federal government, they must provide two types of criminal background checks. One from the State or Province and the other from the National or Federal entity. Both reports must be apostille, if the country is part of the Hague Treaty. If it is not part of the treaty they need to be legalized at an Ecuadorian Consulate.
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