UPDATE (August 1, 2012): The Civil Registry in the last few days resolved to change the requirements to obtain cedulas (Ecuadorian identification cards) and for renewing cedulas. They also resolved that it will be possible in the following weeks to do this procedure in Cuenca. The following documents will be required: To Obtain Cedula for the First Time:
Certificate of Cedula and “empadronamiento” (registration), issued by the Direccion General de Extranjeria del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio e Integracion (General Direction of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Relations, Commercial and Integration).
Birth Certificate legalized or apostilled (for countries part of the Hague Treaty) and duly translated into Spanish; this is needed to verify the name of the applicant’s parents and nationality.
Original and copy of passport and current visa;
Proof of payment of fee
To Justify Academic Instruction on Cedula: Document that certifies the level of instruction i.e. diploma or certificate of studies; if the document was issued in a foreign territory, the person shall present an original or notarized copy in Ecuador, legalized by the Ecuadorian consulate or apostilled apostilled (for countries part of the Hague Treaty) and duly translated into Spanish;
To Justify Address: Copy of utility bill (water, electric or telephone).
To Determine Marital Status:
If married: Marriage Certificate; legalized or apostilled (for countries part of the Hague Treaty) and duly translated into Spanish;
If a Widow or Widower: Death Certificate of spouse; legalized or apostilled (for countries part of the Hague Treaty) and duly translated into Spanish.
If Divorced: Document that certifies divorce issued by the competent authority; legalized or apostilled (for countries part of the Hague Treaty) and duly translated into Spanish;
To Renew Cedula: The same requirements listed above with the exception of birth certificate. This is not required to renew the cedula.
This is in response to the many requests we have received in regard to the registration and “empadronamiento” of visas.
If you obtained a residency visa or a temporary visa (except 12-X) and have not obtained a censo card due to the lack of censo paper or the recent decision to eliminate the necessity of acenso, the new requirement is that your visa must be registered (it is called in Spanish “empadronamiento”).
At this time you can process residency visas in the Cuenca office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zone 6 in the Astudillo Building (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores zona 6). The requirements remain the same.
Idrovo & Velastegui’s services are not just limited to the visa process, but even more importantly we provide an entire legal assessment before initiating the application. We instruct our clients about the requirements they need to obtain in their home country, how to legalize the documents, timing, and instructions to the client to avoid any possible future problems, verifying each detail of the process, which our vast experience in this field enables us to do having more than nine years in the business to relocate foreigners, real estate law and clearing customs.
Knowing all the minor details of the process and the specific situation of each client assures them they are able to complete their plans, including the successful submission of the applications and future processes they include to guarantee the visa, the transference of a visa and the renewal of certificates of deposits, etc. etc.
Once the residency is approved it will be stamped on your passport. Then you need to complete the “empradronamiento”; you need to make a color copy of the front page of your passport with your personal information and the resident’s visa stamp. You will need to fill out a form. Next they will print a page called “orden de cedula” which is the document to be taken to Quito or Guayaquil to obtain a Cedula (ID card for Ecuador).
Obtaining a Cedula process can be very tedious, however we include this service using our experienced assistant in Quito to obtain the cedula and accomplishing this in just one trip
A foreigner that has received a consulate visa abroad must register it within 30 days after entering the country. This requirement is stated on the application that the applicant signed in the Consulate. One must submit the following:
the visa certificate granted at the consulate,
the petition of registration,
form with personal information,
form called “datos para solicitud de orden de cedula” ,
the report of entries from Immigration (Movimiento Migratorio),
color copy of the main passport page where the personal information is,
along with a color copy of the visa stamp
one color picture of the applicant
And register the visa with the General Direction of Foreign Affairs in Quito, Guayaquil or Cuenca (la Dirección General de Extranjería). They will stamp a seal with the amount of days allowed in the country.
After registering the visa you must complete your “empadronamiento” in the same office. To do this you must present:
A color copy of the front page of your passport and the visa page;
A copy the page showing its registration;
Fill out a form;
For our clients that have obtained their residency visas and have their cedula, you do not need to do the “empadronamiento”.
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