FAQ #84 – Do I NEED to HIRE a VISA AGENT In Ecuador?

A visa agent is someone you hire to help you attain your temporary or permanent visa in Ecuador. While you don’t have to hire a visa agent, and you can go through the application process on your own, we highly recommend working with a recommended professional several reasons.

Ecuador is a Relationship Culture

All aspects of life and business in Ecuador function based on relationships. If you don’t have a relationship with someone, it’s extremely difficult to do business with them.

Visa agents have spent years cultivating relationships with the ministry employees who are responsible for processing your application. Since many of the laws are open to interpretation and the processes have no time limits, you’ll find that government officials are more flexible and expedient when they know and like the person they’re working with.

That means if you have any special circumstances, or you’re in a hurry, your application will be more likely to get an approval more quickly if you’re working with a visa agent.

The Visa Laws Constantly Change

The visa laws in Ecuador have changed at least 4 times in the 5 years since we applied for our temporary residency visa.

In fact, the laws changed right in the middle of our visa application process, which meant we had to request a new application date and gather a bunch of additional documents. Had we not been working with a visa agent, we would not have known or understood the changes, and our application would have been denied when we submitted it without the newly required documentation.

You Need to Be Fluent in Spanish

If you want to apply for a visa without the help of an agent, you need to be fluent in Spanish because we have never met a ministry worker who spoke any English.

You also need to translate the official supporting documents into Spanish. A visa agent in Ecuador can help you translate the documentation and act as a translator at your visa application appointment.

From our experience and from stories we’ve been told, it’s easier and less stressful to pay a visa agent to help you, especially if you’re not fluent in Spanish.

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