Ecuador has two categories of resident visas: temporary resident visas and permanent resident visas.
As an expat, you usually first apply for a temporary resident visa. After having stayed in Ecuador for 21 continuous months, you may apply for a permanent resident visa.
With a temporary resident visa, you can stay in Ecuador for two years.
|Valid for two years|
|You can renew a temporary resident visa unlimited times|
|There is no time limit on how long you can be outside of Ecuador|
|After staying in Ecuador for 21 continuous months, you may apply for a permanent resident visa|
There are various temporary resident visa types. The most popular visas with their main requirements are:
|Pensioner visa||Pension of at least $400 per month|
|Investor visa||Investment of at least $40,000|
|Professional visa||University degree (a program of a least four years)|
|Rentier visa||Fixed income of at least $400 per month|
Spouses and children can get a dependent visa. When you have a dependent visa, you are covered by the main visa holder (your spouse or one of your parents).
The visas of spouses and children are not canceled if something happens to the main visa holder.
A married couple moves to Ecuador. One of them applies for a pensioner visa. This person is the main visa holder. The spouse applies for a dependent visa. Twelve months after obtaining their visas, the main visa holder gets into an accident and dies. The visa of the spouse is not canceled, which means that the spouse can stay in Ecuador until the expiration of the dependent visa (in this example, twelve months are left).