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Legal Regulations

This post, with updated legal requirements for Ecuadorian visas for permanent residency, has been contributed by Nelson Idrovo, Attorney at Law. Along with his wife Grace Velastegui, Nelson runs Idrovo & Velastegui – a Cuenca Law Office. Ecuador Citizenship Requirements: Update For permanent residents of Ecuador thinking of applying for naturalization after 3 years of residency, as [...]

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.  [...]

How do I choose good travel insurance? This is a question we get asked all the time. Which provider is best? How can I get coverage as a resident of Ecuador? Who covers Ecuador? In this post, you’ll learn about the best travel insurance for travelers and expats traveling abroad. Update (November 4, 2019): After [...]

Many expats moving to Ecuador use property purchase for the basis for their residency visas. As with most things, there are some specifics to keep in mind. The rules and nuances of real estate in Ecuador are likely very different from your home country. In this video interview, Grace Velastegui, an immigration lawyer in Cuenca Ecuador, discusses [...]

With six types of residency visas in Ecuador, there are no shortages of options. You can get a visa based on investment, your degree or your pension, among other options. But what are the benefits of getting a permanent visa in Ecuador? Benefits of Ecuador’s Residency Visa Extend your stay indefinitely Have all the rights [...]

So Dena has her Ecuadorian drivers license. And she didn’t have to take a week long course, like I did to get my Ecuadorian license. More than a year ago, we heard about a new program by the ANT (Agencia Nacional de Tránsito), the national transit authority in Ecuador. Instead of taking a course, the [...]

Update (February 11, 2017): The law has since changed. See the most recent rules and how they will affect incoming expats. Moving to Ecuador means that you must decide on which permanent residency visa you are going to use. There are six options for permanent visas in Ecuador. In this video interview, Grace Velastegui, an immigration [...]

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