Tag Archive | "Ecuadorian Consulate"

Ecuador Tourist Visa


Here is a reminder that regulations for Ecuador tourist visa enforcement have changed.

Last week I spoke before almost 400 delegates at International Living’s Ultimate Event in Quito.

Ecuador-visas

We looked at many ways to earn..from exporting flowers… to…

Ecuador-visas

creating unique handbags… like these leather bags in Cotacachi.

Ecuador-visas

Ecuador is a beautiful country with many wonderful income earning and export opportunities.

However conducting business in Ecuador requires time and this requires knowing the visa regulations.

An excerpt from a recent password protected Ecuador Living update shows new enforcement procedures on Ecuador visas.

In the past, visitors could stay for 90 days on a tourist visa and then expect to stay on 90 days more if they left Ecuador for even one day.

The immigration authorities were very lax about this visa and the normal procedure if you wanted to stay longer was to give another 90 days.  This meant you could use a tourist visa to stay in Ecuador up to 180 days a year.

Or you could do as Merri and I did for years… come in for five or six weeks… leave… come back for five or six weeks etc. Each time they gave 90 more days.

NO MORE!

A new type visa has been made easier to stay 180 days BUT the relaxation over the tourist visa has been withdrawn.

Readers discovered this in a very harsh way when leaving Ecuador after spending the Christmas holiday at their condo in Cuenca. This reader had been in and out of Ecuador three previous times in 2009 attending to renovations and furnishing the condo.  No one stay was longer than 30 days.  The between times on visits was a matter of months.  On the fourth trip the total time for 2009 was 104 days. None of those stays was for more then 30 days.

At Quito Airport the reader was prevented from leaving the country and was told by the Immigration official at the exit booth, that the maximum annual stay could be no more than 90 days.

The reader had to pay a fine of $200.

Even worse was told not to return to Ecuador for nine months and that to be allowed back would require a special visa from the Ecuadorian Consulate in the US.

The immigration attorney whom we introduce to our readers explained:

“Usually non Ecuadorians have been able to stay in Ecuador as a tourist for 90 days. After they used these first 90 days, they used to get 90 days more as a tourist if they requested an extension at an immigration office prior of expiry of the first 90 days.

“Several months ago immigration changed its policy. Now instead of renewing a tourist visa for 90 days they grant a 180 day Commercial Acts Visa.

“In a way this new procedure makes it more convenient (though more expensive) to stay for longer periods.

“If a non Ecuadorian wants to stay in Ecuador in any one year for more than 90 days with a tourist visa, they can still apply to the immigration authorities for an extension.  If they leave Ecuador in their first stay of the year before reaching 90 days, BUT anticipate returning in that same year, and that return stay will take them beyond 90 days total in that year, before leaving, they should petition the immigration authorities either prior to leaving the first time, or before returning to Ecuador via a local consulate office near their overseas home (USA, Canada, England, etc).

“These changes in immigration policy are actually changes in strictness of enforcement of the procedures, not the procedures themselves.

“The easiest approach though is for those wishing to stay more than 90 days a year in Ecuador to go to an Ecuador consul and apply for the Commercial Acts Visa, good 180 days travel in a calendar year.  This allows a total of 180 days stay in Ecuador without any extension beyond the 90 day maximum under a tourist visa.

“The fee for the Commercial Act Visa is $230 per person.  Given the growing restrictions and/or increased enforcement on the tourist visa and extensions beyond 90 days, this is a good  option for those who want to maximize their time in Ecuador but who do not with to apply for a full resident visa.”

I have sent5 this reminder because the Commercial Acts Visa provides a period of time.. NOT… a number of days… to be in Ecuador. There is an detailed explanation and more important immigration points to observe in two password protected updates sent to our Ecuador Living subscribers.  Learn how to subscribe here.

You are now updated. Immigration procedures have changed so be sure to plan ahead and make sure your visas are in order if you plan to stay in Ecuador for more than 90 days.

Gary

Join Merri and me March 11-14  for Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Fl.

March 15    Travel to Quito

March 16 Travel Quito Cotacachi

March 17-18  North Andes, Imbabura & Cotacachi Real Estate Tour

March 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour

March 21  Travel Cotacachi to Manta

March 22-23   Manta & Mid Coast Real Estate Tour

March 24 Travel Manta to Cuenca

March 25-26 Cuenca Real Estate Tour

March 27  Travel Cuenca to Salinas

Mar. 28-29   Salinas & South Coast Real Estate Tour

The Ecuador airfare war makes it cheaper to get to Ecuador than ever before… and there is still time to enjoy great Ecuador tour savings.You enjoy discounts by attending multiple seminars and tours. Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple

Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more

Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more

Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more

Six Pack… 6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099 Save $795 single or $1,395 on a couple or more

Even Better.  Greater Savings. Our 2010 International Club membership allows you and a guest to attend as many of the 51 courses and tours we’ll sponsor and conduct in 2010  (fees would be $40,947 for all these courses individually) is only $3,500.

If you join the International Club, the entrance fee for 2010 is $3,500.  Your attendance fees at all courses will be waived. You and a guest of you choice can attend courses worth $40,947.You can calculate the savings as our schedule of all 2010 courses here.
International Club 2010 Membership $3,500 Enroll here

International Club Three Monthly Payments of $1,190

Our Spring 2010 schedule starts:

Apr. 12-15   Ecuador Export Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 20-21  Coastal Mid Coast Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 23-24  Quito & Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

The multi tour discounts remain effective for the April tours.

Ecuador Visa Changes


Ecuador tourist visa enforcement has changed.

The excerpt below from our Ecuador Living Visa Update shows something important  about Ecuador visas that you should know.

Ecuador-real-estate

Ecuador is a beautiful country and offers many benefits… such as excellent low cost housing.  Here are delegates on one of our real estate tours looking at real estate in Imbabura.

In the past… visitors could stay for 90 days on a tourist visa.  Then they could renew the tourist visa with a one day exit. This meant that tourist visas allowed stays in Ecuador up to 180 days a year.

No more.

A new type visa has been made longer stays easier but the relaxation of tourist visa enforcement has been withdrawn at the same time.

One reader discovered this in a very harsh way when leaving Ecuador after spending the Christmas holiday at their condo in Euador. This reader had been in and out of Ecuador three previous times in 2009 attending to renovations and furnishing the condo.  No one stay was longer than 30 days.  The between times on visits was a matter of months.  On the fourth trip the total time for 2009 was 104 days. None of those stays was for more then 30 days.

At Quito airport the reader was prevented from leaving the country and was told by the immigration official at the exit booth, that the maximum annual stay could be no more than 90 days.

The reader had to pay a fine of $200.

Even worse was told not to return to Ecuador for nine months and that to be allowed back would require a special visa from a Ecuadorian consulate in the US.

One of the immigration attorneys we introduce to our readers explained:

Usually non Ecuadorians have been able to stay in Ecuador as a tourist for 90 days. After they used these first 90 days, they used to get 90 days more as a tourist if they requested an extension at an immigration office prior of expiry of the first 90 days.

Several months ago immigration changed its policy. Now instead of renewing a tourist visa for 90 days they grant a 180 day Commercial Acts Visa.

In a way this new procedure makes it more convenient (though more expensive) to stay for longer periods

If a non Ecuadorian wants to stay in Ecuador in any one year for more than 90 days with a tourist visa, they can still apply to the immigration authorities for an extension.  If they leave Ecuador in their first stay of the year before reaching 90 days, BUT anticipate returning in that same year, and that return stay will take them beyond 90 days total in that year, before leaving, they should petition the immigration authorities either prior to leaving the first time, or before returning to Ecuador via a local consulate office near our overseas home (USA, Canada, England etc).

These changes in immigration policy are actually changes in strictness of enforcement of the procedures, not the procedures themselves.

The easiest approach though is for those wishing to stay more than 90 days a year in Ecuador to go to an Ecuador consul and apply for the Commercial Acts Visa, good 180 days travel in a calendar year.  This allows a total of 180 days stay in Ecuador without any extension beyond the 90 day maximum under a tourist visa.

The fee for the Commercial Act Visa is $230 per person.  Given the growing restrictions and/or increased enforcement on the tourist visa and extensions beyond 90 days, this is a good  option for those who want to maximize their time in Ecuador but who do not with to apply for a full resident visa.

There are some other immigration points to observe. These are outlined along with an explanation from our immigration attorney on how to use Ecuador visas now.   You can obtained the Ecuador Visa Update as an Ecuador Living subscriber.  See details here.

Make sure that your visas are in order and that you understand all the procedures if you plan to stay in Ecuador for more than 90 days in a year.

Gary

Join Merri and me plus nine other speakers and contacts this February  at a seminar that shares ways to invest, do business and live in Ecuador or globally February 11-14  at Quantum Wealth -International Investing & Business Made EZ, Mt. Dora, Fl.

You can also come on with us to Ecuador.

February 15-16 Travel to Quito and tour Quito

February 17     Travel Quito to Manta

February 18-19  Manta & Mid Coast Real Estate Tour

February 20 Travel Manta to Cotacachi

February 21-22 North Andes, Imbabura & Cotacachi Real Estate Tour

February 23-24  Quito & Mindo Real Estate Tour

February 25 Travel Quito Cuenca

February 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Or join us in March 2010

March 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Fl.

March 15    Travel to Quito

March 16 Travel Quito Cotacachi

March 17-18  North Andes, Imbabura & Cotacachi Real Estate Tour

March 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour

March 21  Travel Cotacachi to Manta

March 22-23   Manta & Mid Coast Real Estate Tour

March 24 Travel Manta to Cuenca

March 25-26 Cuenca Real Estate Tour

March 27  Travel Cuenca to Salinas

Mar. 28-29   Salinas & South Coast Real Estate Tour

The Ecuador airfare war makes it cheaper to get to Ecuador than ever before… and there is still time to enjoy great Ecuador tour savings.

You enjoy discounts by attending multiple seminars and tours. Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.

Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple

Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more

Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more

Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more

Six Pack… 6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099 Save $795 single or $1,395 on a couple or more

Even Better.  Greater Savings. Our 2010 International Club membership allows you and a guest to attend as many of the 51 courses and tours we’ll sponsor and conduct in 2010  (fees would be $40,947 for all these courses individually) is only $3,500.

If you join the International Club, the entrance fee for 2010 is $3,500.  Your attendance fees at all courses will be waived. You and a guest of you choice can attend courses worth $40,947.You can calculate the savings as our schedule of all 2010 courses here.
International Club 2010 Membership $3,500 Enroll here

International Club Three Monthly Payments of $1,190

Our Spring 2010 schedule starts:

Apr. 12-15   Ecuador Export Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 20-21  Coastal Mid Coast Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 23-24  Quito & Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

The multi tour discounts remain effective for the April tours.

Ecuador Legal Checklist


Ecuador Legal Checklist

A recent message about Ecuador Legal scams started when I received this note from a subscriber.

“Gary, When I read your newsletter today, I was hoping you would say something about the cost of a visa.  Unfortunately, there are people who are promising newcomers a resident’s visa for $7000.  I’ve never heard of anyone paying more than $2000 for a resident’s visa, no matter which lawyer they used.

The reader went on to say that one  couple discovered this scam and tried to back out of the contract.  This elderly couple was threatened by a lawsuit.

I did not have all the facts so was not able to know if this was a pure scam… or just really unfair pricing or if more than just a visa was offered, but $7,000 seemed awfully high if all that was provided was just a resident visa.  I immediately wrote to the three attorneys who advise us in Ecuador to check on the price.

I am happy to say that this problem was resolved.  The person offering this service is no longer in Cotacachi.

I asked Ecuador attorney Roberto Moreno, about this and he wrote:   Gary,  Yes, $7000 is absolutely out of range. Depending on the visa we charge from US$900 to US$1200.  Also, it is important to inform the readers that some lawyers will just obtain visas with few requirements, especially in Guayaquil.  The risk is that the visa could be removed later on. We prefer now to obtained all the visas for our clients at the immigration office in Quito.

cotacachi-green

Gary Scott and immigration attorney, Roberto Moreno, at Meson.

Learn more about Roberto and his firm here.

To help our Ecuador Living subscribers better understand Ecuador laws, Roberto shared an Ecuador legal checklist. Here are excerpts from this list:

LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS TO LIVE AND INVEST IN ECUADOR
By Roberto Moreno

DIFFERENT TYPES OF VISAS

Non- Immigrant:
*    to stay for an specific amount of time
*    most common: Commercial Acts visa good for up to six months.

Immigrant (indefinite time):
*    retired
*    investment in Property
*    investment in Certificate of Deposit

*With an immigrant visa you can apply for citizenship after you have lived in Ecuador for three years.

NON IMMIGRANT VISA : COMMERCIAL ACTS VISA
Requirements:
*    passport valid for at least six months
*    visa application
*    personal information form
*    bank statement
*    government fee:  US$230.00 plus US$80 for each dependent

MOST COMMON IMMIGRANT VISAS

RETIREMENT

INCOME OF AT LEAST US $800 PER MONTH FOR PRINCIPAL AND US $100 FOR EACH DEPENDANT
*    passport valid for at least six months.
*    application for visa and form of personal information.
*    official document of support of the retirement pension or permanent income apostille or legalized at an Ecuadorian Consulate
*    certificate issued by the Ecuadorian Consul verifying the income

INVESTOR IN LAND PROPERTY FINAL DEED OF PURCHASE OF A PROPERTY MINIMUM US$25,000 and $500 for each dependent
*     application for Visa and form of Personal Information
*     deed of purchase registered before the Register of the Property
*    actualized encumbrance certificate from the Registry of Property

INVESTOR IN CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSTI MINIMUM US$25,000 for one year and $500 for each dependent
*     visa application  and  Personal Information form
*     time deposit with a term of 365 days minimum
*     To get a Title, Policy or Certificate of Deposit:
– your passport (original and copy)
– bank account in Ecuador
– a letter from your lawyer certifying that it will be used to get the visa

GENERAL DOCUMENTS FOR ANY KIND OF IMMIGRANT VISAS:
*    passport valid for at least six months
*     visa application
*     personal information form
*     5 photos (2×2)
*    Marriage License (wife or husband – dependent) / Apostilled or Legalized at an Ecuadorian Consulate
*    Birth Certificate (for children – dependent) / Apostilled or Legalized at an Ecuadorian Consulate
*     government fee: $350 (titleholder)  $350  (each dependent)

OTHER IMMIGRANT VISAS:
*    GENERAL MANAGER
*     AGENTS
*     UNDEFINED LABOUR CONTRACT
*     RELIGIOUS
*     PROFESSIONALS
*     DEPENDENTS

IMPORTANT NOTE: All official documents coming from abroad should be legalized by APOSTILLE.

BANK ACCOUNTS
Open a bank account locally:
*    prolonged stay
*    if you plan to invest in the future

Requirements:
*    will vary from bank to bank
*    open your bank account with your passport  and  a letter from a law firm

Restrictions:
*    no restrictions to transfer money
*    large amounts (banks will request a licit source form)

DO YOU LIKE A PROPERTY? GO FOR IT!
*    no need of special visa
*    don’t miss a good opportunity
*    to rent be sure of all details  (rental price includes utilities?)

THE IMPORTANCE OF TITLE INVESTIGATION
*    be sure to get the necessary investigation of the property before you take your decision,
*    review previous ownership title before the corresponding authorities.
*    you can get  Title Insurance. (First American Title Insurance provides this alternative)

STEPS TO PURCHASE A PROPERTY
Define:
*    one document purchase (only one deed)
*    a promissory or general deed (first to secure the purchase and  later to finalize the final deed).
*    in your name
*    in the name of a company

Expenses:
*     municipal taxes
*     public notary fees
*     registry of  property

*if you plan to use the property as an investment to obtained your VISA you will need the final deed of purchase.

TAXES AND SENIOR BENEFITS IN ECUADOR
Income tax rate:
*    individuals:  5% -35%
*    companies: 25%

VAT:
*    12%
*income coming from abroad is not object of withhold

Other legal requirements covered in the entire Ecuador legal checklist include:

* SENIOR BENEFITS including exoneration of all type of municipal taxes, income and vehicle  taxes.

* GENERAL PROCEDURE TO SET UP HOUSEHOLDS

* IMPORTING VEHICLES WITH HOUSEHOLD GOODS

* PET REQUIREMENTS

* HEALTH INSURANCE, SOCIAL SECURITY AND PRIVATE INSURANCE SOCIAL SECURITY

* PRIVATE INSURANCE

You receive full access to the entire Ecuador legal checklist plus an internet Ecuador legal address to answer any questions as an Ecuador Living subscriber. Learn how to subscribe here.

Gary

Join us in Ecuador or Florida or Both. See the best Ecuador property for you.  Find the best real estate offers.  Know more of Ecuador. To help you experience a bigger adventure in this wonderful nation, to broaden your horizons, to expand your awareness of all Ecuador offers, we are providing deep discounts in 2010 for those who sign up for multiple tours.

Join us at our upcoming courses and tours.

December 6-8 Blaine Watson’s  Beyond Logic & Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Join us in 2010. See our winter Ecuador real estate tours below.

Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour $499 Couple  $749

Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour   $499 Couple $749
Jan. 21-22     Coastal Real Estate Tour $499 Couple $749
Jan. 23-24    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $749
Jan. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $749

Enjoy extra savings with our special early bird fees (if you enroll in November 2009)

Join us in February or March.

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999

Feb. 15-16   Travel to and visit Quito
Feb  17         Travel to Manta
Feb. 18-19   Coastal Real Estate Tour   $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Feb. 20        Travel to Cotacachi
Feb. 21-22   Imbabura Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Feb. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.

Mar. 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Florida $749 Couple $999

Mar. 15-16    Travel to Quito and Andes
Mar. 17-18     Imbabura Real Estate Tour   $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Mar. 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour      $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour        $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour        $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.

Enjoy extra savings with our special early bird fees (if you enroll in November 2009)

2 seminar courses & tours $949 Couple  $1,399

3 seminar courses & tours   $1199 Couple  $1,749

4 seminar courses & tours   $1,399 Couple $2,149

5 seminar courses & tours  $1,599 Couple $2,499

6 seminars courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,999

(Be sure to show in the comments section which courses and tours you are attending)

International Club attend up to 52 courses and tours in 2010 free.

See our entire 2010 seminar and tour schedule here