Ecuador: Proposed Immigration Reforms Under Legislative Review

Expat Academy Ecuador: Proposed Immigration Reforms Under Legislative Review

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior of Ecuador proposed a law that would introduce the following key changes:

  • Create a new Acts of Commerce Visa for foreign nationals seeking to conduct business and technical activities in Ecuador, among other activities, for up to 180 days;
  • Eliminate travel restrictions for temporary residents in Ecuador;
  • Create stricter eligibility rules and travel restrictions for permanent residents; and
  • Replace the UNASUR Temporary Visa for Countries of South America with a visa that provides more access to South American non-UNASUR nationals.

The proposed law is in the preliminary stages of discussion and could take the National Assembly six months or more to approve.

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