What are the Government Fees for Permanent Residency Visa?


Here at EcuaAssist, we get a lot of questions! And we want to make sure you have those answers in an easy to access place. We will be starting a FAQ series. The purpose of this series is to simplify and present the most important information of immigration law for those who do not speak Spanish or those that find the immigration system difficult to navigate.

Despite many attempts by the government to make the immigration system efficient and user friendly, it has not quite met that goal. By providing our readers with clear and concise information, we hope that all foreigners are able to understand the most up to date immigration rules. Bureaucracy can turn the dream of living in Ecuador into a nightmare the moment people apply for a visa. At EcuaAssist, we strongly believe that the bureaucracy of immigration should not impede or deter anyone from the dream that is living in this beautiful country. Although public policies across countries are becoming more restrictive daily, we believe that every person is a universal citizen and should be able to choose where they would like to live.

What are the Government Fees for Permanent Residency Visa?

Everyone wants to know about the money! There are four steps you will complete and pay for in order to receive your permanent residency. All amounts listed below are based on the official table of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

1. Application: $50: This will be paid upon your first visit to the Ministry when you submit all the requisites for them to review, and hopefully approve. Paying this amount does not guarantee that your file will be approved.

2. Visa: $500: You will get a notification of approval giving you a date to go pick up your visa at the Ministry. Congratulations!

3. Cedula Order: $10: Once you receive your visa, you are able to order your new cedula! This is also completed at the ministry, and yes- it is necessary. Click on the following link as to why you must renew the cedula link.

4. Cédula Issuance: $15: Your cedula is ready, go ahead and pick it up!

If you are over 65 years old, the process is the same but you will receive a senior citizen discount of

50%. This means, the prices for you will be the following:

a. Application: $25

b. Visa: $250

c. Cedula Order: $5

d. Cedula Issuance: $15 (no discount here!)

The EcuaAssist Team

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