FAQ #52 – Why REGISTER YOUR MARRIAGE In Ecuador?

It’s a good idea to register your marriage in Ecuador if your spouse will be a dependent tied to your temporary residency visa, or if you’re planning to stay long-term.

When you first apply for your visa, you’ll need to supply an apostilled marriage license with your spouse’s application. If you register your marriage at that time, you won’t need to go through the apostille process again when you apply for permanent residency, and your marriage must be registered to apply for citizenship.

Also, if you plan to buy property, open a joint bank account or purchase health insurance, you may be required to supply a copy of your registered marriage license.

The process for registering your marriage in Ecuador takes two to four weeks. Once you have your apostilled marriage license, you’ll need to have it translated to Spanish and then submit it to a civil registry office near you along with the filing fee of $78.

Once your marriage is registered, you can get a copy of the license online or at a civil registry office for $5.


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