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Traveling Limitations for Ecuadorian Citizenship

The EcuaAssist Team

The next step after becoming a resident of Ecuador is to become a citizen. Not many people do this because of the long process, tests and interviews, all of which are in Spanish. Additionally, many people do not pursue citizenship due to the long list of reasons that one may be rejected for. If one has the intention of pursuing citizenship, they should keep in mind that the process starts right after obtaining permanent residency. 

One of the most common reasons that people are rejected is due to lack of knowledge of the law. In order to become a citizen, an applicant must abide by a traveling restriction to qualify for Ecuadorian citizenship. The restriction is established in Article 123 of the Human Mobility Regulation, explaining that a resident can only travel up to 180 days per year for the first 3 years of permanent residency. This is a very strict regulation. If the applicant has gone over those number of days, they will no longer qualify for the citizenship process because they have interrupted the required continuous residency time. A Ministry clerk will take the time to review and do the math for every single exit and entry shown in the migratory movement.

There are many important requirements that one must follow and obtain to become an Ecuadorian citizen, but following the regulations related to mandated travel time and residency is one that must be considered from day one of permanent residency. 

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