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your recent email re getting residency in 4 hours
My wife and I are planning to return to Cuenca in August this year from Ohio and successfully apply for permanent residency down there. I found your recent posting on getting visas in four hours most encouraging. We are seeking retirement visas.
Would you answer a few quick questions on the topic of documents required please? Some of the issues I raise below are very specific to my personal situation which might mean that you may think you can’t answer them. Please answer them anyway, if you are willing – I only want your opinion.
Please insert your answers into the appropriate places below.
Document types required for EPR (Ecuador Permanent Residency)
1. Birth certificate
a. May not be necessary BUT if they are necessary, once apostilled, they have no time limit.
2. Marriage certificate
a. Only one may be needed if the husband and wife apply together (?) and once apostilled, lasts for only 3 months, from the date they were apostilled.
3. Ohio Police/FBI criminal background check
a. A report from Ohio must be apostilled by the Ohio Secretary of State / an FBI report must be apostilled by the Federal Secretary of State’s department in Washington DC.
b. They only last for 3 months from the date they are apostilled.
4. Proof of income (POI)
a. Showing you have at least $800 as an independent person – OR – as part of a married couple, one part can be a dependent of the other – in which case only $900/month is required, from one of the parties.
b. These POIs last for the year in which they are presented in support of an application for an EPR – this may mean that they actually last for 12 months, else absurd results such as lasting for only for one month if an application is made in December?
5. Certificate from the Ecuador consulate in your home country certifying the source of pension document
a. My pension (my money) is sourced in Australia but my home country (where I am currently a resident) is now the USA. I have just ordered and paid for a proof of income (POI) statement from Australia. It has been notarized and will be apostilled this week (by the Australian equivalent of the US Federal government’s State department) and sent to me here in Ohio, where I have lived for the past four years.
b. Do you think it would be acceptable to the Ecuadorian government for me to send that notarized and apostilled POI document to the Embassy of Ecuador in Washington D.C. for a request to ‘certify’ that POI document? If not I will have to post it back to Australia to get the certificate from the Embassy of Ecuador there.
Also, all documents need to be translated, in Ecuador, into Spanish (could this be done by Google translate?). Then the translations need to be notarized and submitted with the applications for the EPR.
Finally, I quote from your email regarding getting visas in four hours: ‘All the above documents need to be apostilled by the Secretary of State in the State they are issued, and the proof of pension needs to be certified by the nearest Ecuador Consulate before coming.’ How was it possible to do this by ‘pounding the pavement in Manta, Ecuador’?
Many thanks in anticipation of your reply.
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