FAQ #50 – What VISAS Allow Me to WORK In Ecuador?

If you’re planning a move to Ecuador and you aren’t retired yet, you may be wondering which visas allow you to work in Ecuador. You’re legally allowed to work in Ecuador as an employee or independent contractor under ALL visa types, EXCEPT the tourist visa, student visa and volunteer visa.

However, keep in mind that the job market is not great in Ecuador, and the pandemic has made it even worse. Minimum wage in Ecuador is $400 per month (as of June 2021), which is what most employees earn. Even educated and skilled workers can expect to earn less than $800 per month.

Additionally, you’ll need to speak fluent Spanish since English is not widely spoken in Ecuador. And you’ll be competing with other unemployed Ecuadorians and Venezuelans who may be just as educated and skilled as you, but speak Spanish natively.

If you would like to discuss your visa options with Maite, please submit our Visa Agent referral form and we’ll send an immediate email introduction.

If you need to earn income in order to live in Ecuador, we recommend working online for a company or clients in your home country. Check out How to Work Remotely as a Digital Nomad or Digital Expat (from ANYWHERE in the world) for more on this topic.

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