The best time to start the visa process for Ecuador is as soon as possible. It can take several months for your temporary residency visa to be processed and approved, so it’s ideal to start before you leave home.
Depending on the type of visa you want, you’ll need to get several different documents from government agencies in the United States (or your home country) and have them apostilled. You may also need to physically go to some offices to get documents notarized. Therefore, it’s much easier to do this while you’re still in the US and close to those offices.
Your state and federal background checks have an expiration date. They must be less than 6 months old when you file your application so wait as long as possible to request those.
If you’re not fluent in Spanish or prefer to avoid the hassle of dealing with a foreign government regarding your legal residency, we recommend working with a visa agent to help you navigate the often confusing, constantly changing process.
If you would like to discuss your visa options with our trusted visa agent in Ecuador, please submit our Visa Agent referral form and we’ll send an immediate email introduction.
For more on this topic, check out our article about Ecuador Temporary Resident Visas.
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