Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Ecuador Citizenship

Ecuadoran Citizenship

The Cuenca Chamber of Commerce ( hosted a presentation discussing how to become a citizen of Ecuador. This allows you to obtain an Ecuadoran passport. Dual citizenships are allowed in Ecuador and the US.

We may begin the process three years after receiving our Cedula. 

Application must be completed in Quito and the final step of being photographed and getting citizenship papers must also be done in Quito. The process may take 6-7 months.  Total cost is round $1,000, including $200 application fee, $500 naturalization letter, about $250 in notary fees, plus miscellaneous fees.

There are ten paperwork requirements:
1.       Birth Certificate obtained in US and apostatized. Canadians are not subject to apostile requirement by treaty. All other documents may be obtained in Ecuador!
2.       Notarized passport
3.       Notarized Cedula with proof of underlying requirements. Jubilado requires last six months of bank statements showing Social Security deposits.
4.       SRI Certificate (no taxes owed)
5.       Index card issued by Civil Registry
6.       City Hall certificate (no taxes owed)
7.       IESS(social security)  Certificate (no taxes owed)
8.       Ecuador criminal record
9.       “Migratory Movement”  record of international travel based on passport records
10.   Four passport photos with white background.

No tests are required. Only paperwork is required for the process. (Continue learning Spanish-it’s good for you!)

Sorta gives you warm international feeling of freedom, doesn’t it?