Regulations to the Human Mobility Act was signed by President Lenin Moreno


On August 3rd, President Lenin Moreno signed presidential decree No. 111 which includes the Regulation of the Human Mobility Act (Ley Orgánica de Movilidad Humana). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador will exercise the stewardship of visas and human mobility, while the stewardship of migratory controls is under the Ministry of the Interior of Ecuador.


The Regulation of the Human Mobility Act is made up of 3 books.

Book No. 1 People in Human Mobility

Book No. 2 Travel documents

Book No. 3 Migratory controls


In total this codification of the law is composed of 146 articles, 5 general provisions and 9 transitory provisions, which all together will regulate the application of the Human Mobility Act (Ley Orgánica de Movilidad Humana (LOMH)), published on Official register on February 6th, 2017.


Among the most important provisions of the Human Mobility Act we find in this regulation the following:



TYPES OF MIGRATORY CATEGORIES AND CONDITIONS


In Article 18 of the Human Mobility Act (RLOMH, for its initials in Spanish) it is established that there are migratory conditions and categories.


There are only two general migratory statuses in Ecuador, and under these two general statuses there are additional subcategories as listed below:




To check the types of residency visas in Ecuador check this link



REGULARIZATION OF FOREIGNERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR MIGRATORY STATUS


The regulation establishes the foreigner’s responsibility to regularize their migratory status in Ecuador, per article 15 of the Regulation of the Human Mobility Act, which indicates that in the event that a foreigner has lost their migratory status due to termination (at the end of the validity of their visa) or due to cancellation (when by an administrative resolution the foreigner has been declared as no longer complying with the facts that motivated the issuance of the visa, has changed their migratory status, or if the foreigner is carrying out activities not authorized under their migratory status). Article 68 of the Human Mobility Act details this concepts precisely.


Foreigners in the situation described above will have 30 days to file a new application to regularize their migratory status and their length of staying in Ecuador.



CEDULA (ID CARD) FOR FOREIGNERS:


Article 44 of the Human Mobility Act makes it clear that once a foreigner obtains migratory status as a resident, they may be granted an Ecuadorian cédula. This is ratified by Article 17 of the Human Mobility Act, which clarifies that cédulas for people with temporary residence visas will be emitted only with a period of validity equal to the time of the visa. For people who already have temporary residence visas and do not yet have cédulas,