FAQ #98 – What About the AMPARO Visa In Ecuador?

If you are married to an Ecuadorian citizen, you can apply for the Ecuador Amparo Visa, which allows you to skip the 2-year temporary residency visa and go directly to a permanent residency visa.

The main requirements are that you need to be legally married to an Ecuadorian citizen and register your marriage with the ministry. You also must reside inside Ecuador for at least 6 months per year for the first 2 years for your visa to remain valid.

After two years of permanent residency, you can then apply for Ecuadorian citizenship. You don’t need to wait 5 years like other types of visas.

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