Q&A : How to Obtain a Residence Visa in Ecuador, Based on Buying Property

Q: Dorothy, do you remember any logistics about obtaining your Residents Visa in Ecuador, based on buying land, and working with a lawyer?

A: Okay, some things are coming back to me about the residency VISA. If you are working with lawyers, you will give them the deed to your land, the statement of worth, and the taxes. (The original owner can get them for you.) You can get this to them ahead of time. Make an appointment with them, maybe the day you get to Quito. Thats what I did. Then, before you get here, have all your original documents apostilled. That means you must send your birth certificate, marriage certificate, degrees or whatever else is on their list, sent away to the state or place it originated from. They wil put a gold seal on it, which says that the notary was good and it is a true and original document. It cannot be messed with. Any staples on it cannot be removed.

You come to Ecuador in hand with your passport (they will make two color copies of it), two color passport-sized phtos of you on a white backround, and apostilled original birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), degrees and police reports. They submit an application which they fill out for you. They write a letter in spanish to the government for you. They go with you to the couple of offices to submit your paperwork. They take a picture of you. They translate all your stuff into spanish. They submit all your documents and send you back your passport, stamped with your resident visa stamp. They do this all in one day. You should plan to stay in Quito for another day or two, in case of any hiccups,
Some things might have changed since two years ago, but that’s the gist of how to get a residency visa in Ecuador with a lawyer’s help. Hope this helps!

And from a site I found online:

Requirements for Residency

The requirements to obtain a visa to live as a resident of Ecuador are relatively simple, and the process can be done by anyone if you’ve got a bit of attention to detail.

Alternatively, there are some good attorneys who can do all the paperwork for you for a fee.

All documents submitted for this process must be originals or certified (notarized) copies

 Documents provided by the applicant must be obtained only from the responsible U.S. authorities, and authenticated by the Ecuadorian Consul

 Documents must be legally translated into Spanish if not already in Spanish

You must register your home address with immigration authorities, and report any change of address while living in Ecuador.

All applications for resident visas require the following to be submitted:

 A visa petition addressed to the Director General of Extranjería, signed by the applicant and an attorney

·A completed form ” Solicitud de visa de inmigrante” for the appropriate visa type

Two notarized copies of an up-to-date passport, with the notary attesting to the fact that its status is legally current

 A completed form ” hoja de datos para la cédula” (a data sheet, subsequently used for your identity card)

·Two current passport size photos, in color with white backdrop

·Visa fee of $350.

About the fee: These fees are current as of April 2010.
In addition to the six items above, there are additional submittals required depending on the type of visa you’re asking for.

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Q&A – GMO corn

Q – Hi, Dorothy, I’ve been told to avoid dog food that contains corn. Have you heard anything like this? It may just be American company’s use of a poor source. I don’t know, but had to pass this on for your dog. Peg with Love 287691

A: I hear you. Luckily, Monsanto didn’t reach some of the farms here with his seeds. so they appear to be GMO-free!

Q: So glad for you!

A: Yeah, it’s pretty cool. The places I like will bring their corn seeds out and show you how different they are from the GMO seeds. And they taste so good! And at some point, you decide to not trust, and never buy them, or trust, bless your food, and live as happily as possible. And then there’s Bill Nye, the Science Guy, who led me through my school-teaching years, saying GMO doesn’t necessarily mean bad. So what’re you gonna do? Follow your instincts, I guess, in every situation… Then bless your food and love your doggy!

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Q&A : Grains in Ecuador

Q & A:
Q: Hi Dorothy could you tell me about the different types of flour available in Vilca and what they are used for?

A: Sure: plenty of wheats, oats, corn, platano (plantain) for banana chips and breads, yucca for breads and chips, haba (bean) for breads and pastries, aveja (pea) for soup and breads, chuno (potato) for soups and breads, rye for breads., white rice and a mixed brown rice. There you go! There could be even more but that’s all I know for now


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Q&A from an Old friend/RawFoodist/Melchisidech Priest from the U.S.

Q: Are you still in ecuador? How is it going?

A: Yeah! I live here! Look on my blog at romainecalm.com to see my story and pics!
Q: Very nice…great looking food…you have really been liberated…Baruch Hashem…how are the people there?
A: Sooo kind, and Soooo comforting, helpful. Like angels have been dropped down to me from heaven…no exaggeration.
Q: What is the government there? Are you growing your food?
 A: Yes! I can’t wait ’til I’m 100% living off the land. Have to wait for the nut and seed trees to grow. The govt. is probably the best it’s ever been. People are questioning and protesting the moves of the President sometimes, and its awesome, but not too outrageously dangerous most of the time.

Q: Democracy or?

A: Good question. The president stays indefinitely but traditionally has been”ousted” in a permanent way after a year. Presidente Correa has lasted a long time. He’s been here since 2007. Many people think he’s been one of the better ones; in many ways; though he has a stubborn temper. The leader of the political movement, BAAS, a democrat/socialist, his administration has focused on the implementation of policies viewed as leftist: poverty reduction, and combating the influence of the United States and multinational corporations in Ecuador.He was a key ally for Chavez, whom I personally love, oversaw the introduction of a new constitution, and to date, Correa’s administration has succeeded in reducing the high levels of poverty and unemployment in Ecuador. Very cool. The main tenet seems to be to give every Ecuadorian a chance at a job, over the implementation of technology. (My viewpoint.)
Q:I’m looking for a spot to go if the US turns messy..think it will at some point. Any thoughts? Can Americans buy property there?…any idea on costs?
A: I think it’s wonderful here. Yes, I bought property and Americans are encouraged to buy property or invest with a CD for their Resident Visa. It’s a good way to get your visa. I’ve been looking at houses in this area with a friend of mine. My 1 acre cost $22,000 back 8 years ago. Right now we’ve been looking at 1-2 bedroom houses from around $45,000 – 80,000 average, with furniture, fruit trees on a hectare -2 acres. Though everything seems to be rising, fast.
Q: How’s the weather?
A: This is Paradise. The lowest in winter, which is now…is 50 degrees F. and the highest is like 75.
I gotta go now – trying to prepare lunch for the workers as its their farewell gift. It’s 11 a.m. here . Nice talking with you, M!