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Survey on the integration as a foreigner in Cuenca

Survey on the integration as a foreigner in Cuenca

Dear participants,

My name is Gustav Lehstmann and I am a geography student from Germany at the University of Hamburg. I am currently writing my bachelor thesis on the integration of retirees from the Global North in Cuenca, Ecuador. I came up with this idea because I did a year of voluntary service in Riobamba and visited Cuenca several times.

This survey is about the coexistence between Ecuadorian and foreign society in Cuenca. Its questions address various aspects of everyday life and aim to find out what type of integration is present. The questionnaire includes about 34 questions, varying slightly depending on your selected answers. Accordingly, the editing time is about 5-10 min.

In the context of my thesis, I chose this medium to survey people both because of the pandemic and moreover because I think that most foreigners are very well connected online.

The information obtained as a result of this survey will be treated confidentially and anonymously and used exclusively for the purpose of the Bachelor thesis. In order for the survey to be carried out successfully, it is important that the questionnaire is answered in complete form.

Thank you for participating!

Survey link: https://www.limesurvey.uni-hamburg.de/index.php/755591?lang=en

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Estate Planning Matters in Ecuador – End of Life Planning, Wills & Power of Attorney (POA) Documents

As no one can ever know what the future will bring (especially in the time of Covid-19), assuring your family, heirs and/or spouse a reliable transition with regards to your estate, self and worldly effects has never been more important than it is now. Email Attorney Sara Chaca at sara@ecuadorvisas.com as per any/all of the above referenced documentary matters for the benefit of those whom you care about most in this world.

To that end, here as follows are three separate articles that Attorney Sara Chaca wrote and published on “Cuenca High Life” which have collectively been viewed thousands of times by Expats, concerning the pertinent topics of Ecuadorian Wills, Estate Planning & Powers of Attorney, respectively, which shall collectively give you a good understanding of the general process and requirements to oversee all such important matters here in Ecuador with respect to any monies and property you bring to, buy and earn/receive in Ecuador, including to guarantee the carrying out of your personal desires of what shall occur around the time of and following your passing (i.e. Living Will & Cremation vs. Burial), plus any applicable Power of Attorney issues per you and your assets and/or medical situations during your …

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Need or want a FREE Attorney introduction/referral to a trustworthy English-speaking Health Insurance Broker?

As a 100% courtesy provided to any and all Expats and Foreigners alike, Attorney Sara Chaca happily makes FREE introductions/referrals to the very best English speaking Ecuadorian Health Insurance Brokers, so that you remain in compliance at all times while living in Ecuador, and will be glad to in any case provide that such FREE information to you upon your sending her an email requesting so at sara@ecuadorvisas.com for your/your family’s own protective benefit. Email her today for free answers to your questions, or schedule a complimentary in office consultation with her. Remember, Attorney Sara is here to help you get the most out of your life in Ecuador. Plus, see Attorney Sara’s “CuencaHighLife” published article on this specific theme here!: https://cuencahighlife.com/ecuadorian-health-insurance-matters-for-expats/

 

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com

Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

 

Phone: 099-296-2065

 

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony that shows directly above it the words “Ecuador Visas”)

 

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Planning to Open a Small Business or Company in Ecuador?

Wow, that’s a big and exciting step, as this country loves Entrepreneurs! Let Attorney Sara Chaca show you how to set up your Ecuadorian Business or Company in the correct way, so that your future success in Ecuador starts off on the right foot!! Email her today for free answers to your questions, or schedule a complimentary in office consultation with her. Remember, Attorney Sara is here to help you get the most out of your life in Ecuador. Plus, see Attorney Sara’s “CuencaHighLife” published article on this specific theme here!: https://cuencahighlife.com/opening-a-small-business-in-ecuador/

 

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com

Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

 

Phone: 099-296-2065

 

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony that shows directly above it the words “Ecuador Visas”)

 

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Planning and/or want to become a Citizen of Ecuador?

 

The defined (and finer) benefits of Ecuadorian Citizenship & Naturalization (i.e. receiving an Ecuadorian Passport) are shown in the following:

 

– You NEVER need to again have to prove/reprove your Residency Visa qualification under any circumstances.

– You NEVER need to again have to buy/maintain proof of health insurance in Ecuador under any circumstances.

– You can ALWAYS travel WITHOUT a Visa for up to 180 days to ANY other country in South America on just your Ecuadorian Cédula as a Citizen of Ecuador.

– For those having an Investor Visa linked Bank Certificate of Deposit OR Real Estate Property, they can then freely liquidate or sell that without any issues whatsoever.

– You still ABSOLUTELY continue to KEEP your original country’s Citizenship and Passport as well as DON’T pay taxes to the Ecuadorian Government on your foreign derived/received income (i.e. from the US, Canada or any other countries for that matter).

FYI too, as follows see Attorney Sara Chaca’s article about applying for Ecuadorian Citizenship & Naturalization (again getting an Ecuadorian Passport), along with all of the requirements and the like stated therein, which as you can see is published on “Cuenca High Life” and has already …

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Mediation, Arbitration, Court Cases, Oh My!

You’ve got no choice now, as or if that little issue has now become a big one. In that case, you’re going to Mediation/Arbitration, or even Court to settle this one.

It doesn’t matter which legal venue, as just you need to make sure that the best lawyer in the room is that of your own! You need Attorney Sara Chaca. Plus, see BOTH of Attorney Sara’s “CuencaHighLife” published articles on this specific theme and directly associated legal matters right here!: https://cuencahighlife.com/ecuador-legal-cases-ecuadorian-court-matters-case-filings-appeals-and-the-like/  AND  https://cuencahighlife.com/ecuadorian-mediation-and-alternative-dispute-resolution-in-ecuador/

Email Sara today for free answers to your questions. Or schedule a complimentary phone consult or office visit. Remember, Attorney Sara Chaca is here to help you get the most out of your life in Ecuador.

 

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com

Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

 

Phone: 099-296-2065

 

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony that shows directly above it the words “Ecuador Visas”)

 

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Social distancing shouldn’t and won’t stop your Legal, Realty & Visa matters from proceeding forward!

 

Meet or speak anew with Attorney Sara Chaca via “Video Call” on WhatsApp or Zoom today, utilizing whichever above referenced Video Call service you prefer!

Simply send an email to sara@ecuadorvisas.com so as to schedule your COMPLIMENTARY Video Call with Ecuador’s most published Attorney for Expat matters (www.ecuadorvisas.com & https://cuencahighlife.com/author/sarachaca/), with respect to your own specific Legal, Realty and/or Visa scenario at hand!!

 

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com

Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

 

Phone: 099-296-2065

 

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony that shows directly above it the words “Ecuador Visas”)

 

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Converting Temporary Residency to Permanent Residency – Attorney Sara Chaca is here with your Visa answers!

As so many Expats are near to turning 2 years old on their Temporary Residency Visas, the time is now close (in fact it’s already arrived for many) so as to necessarily convert from Temporary Residency to Permanent Residency.

Attorney Sara Chaca of “Ecuador Visas” is here to assist you in converting your Temporary Residency to Permanent Residency on time and without issues (as well as in ordering any required  documents/apostilles/legalizations from your country[ies] of origin if also needed/desired) before you get too near the expiration of your Temporary Residency Visa and forfeit/lose your opportunity to apply for/convert to Permanent Residency – note that one can/will alternatively need to renew their Temporary Residency Visa for an additional 2 year period IF they fail to properly apply for their Permanent Residency Visa at the correct time and/or without the correct documents.  FYI, see Attorney Sara Chaca’s following article on “Cuenca High Life” that explains this extremely important Expat-centric theme (read by thousands of Expats to date): https://cuencahighlife.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-ecuadors-new-immigration-law/

Simply call or send an email to schedule a complimentary consult with Attorney Sara Chaca, so as to examine, review and plan based on your specific Temporary Residency Visa’s own unique circumstances/expiration date, today!!

 

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Are you confused by Ecuadorian Real Estate purchase or sale requirements?

Buying and selling real estate in Ecuador is very different than the processes you’re used to in North America or Europe. You need to know your rights and the requirements that you’ll have to deal with. “Ecuador Visas”, headed by Attorney Sara Chaca, works in the real estate law arena every single day. We have to, because we’re the law firm that all of our Visa clients come to and also refer their friends to when they’re buying or selling property anywhere in Ecuador. Contact Attorney Sara Chaca today for free answers to your questions. Or schedule a complimentary phone consult or office visit with her. See her “CuencaHighLife” published article on Ecuadorian Real Estate Closings here, and note that there’s NO such thing as Ecuadorian Title Insurance!: https://cuencahighlife.com/buying-property-in-ecuador-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

 

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com

Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

 

Phone: 099-296-2065

 

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony that shows directly above it the words “Ecuador Visas”)

 

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Having Water or Property Right issues?

You’re not alone, as it’s easy to overlook Water & Property Rights in Ecuador when you’re buying your dream home here. At your Real Estate Closing, you may have been confused with the process, but were just so excited to sign all the documents because you couldn’t wait to get your keys! And you assumed that everyone else was looking out for your best interests..Well now, Attorney Sara Chaca will, and remember that it’s never too late to set things right!! Email Sara today for free answers to your questions. Or schedule a complimentary phone consult or office visit with her. Plus, see Attorney Sara’s “CuencaHighLife” published article on this specific theme here!: https://cuencahighlife.com/buying-property-in-ecuador-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com

Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

 

Phone: 099-296-2065

 

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony that shows directly above it the words “Ecuador Visas”)

 

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Does your Ecuadorian Child/Spouse need US Residency/US Citizenship?

Never has there been a better time to obtain US Residency/US Citizenship, as doing so will give your Ecuadorian loved ones (and you) freedom of movement and the ability to work in both Ecuador and the US, plus so many other benefits (not the least of which are Visa free visits to most countries around the world). As they’re your entire life in Ecuador, you can at this time do for them what you know in the reverse they would gladly do for you.

And now that we have 2 (not just 1) Florida Administrative Office locations, we’re able to comprehensively and expertly assist your Ecuadorian Child/Spouse with applying for US Residency/US Citizenship – a free consultation is only an email or phone call away. Just contact Attorney Sara Chaca via email at sara@ecuadorvisas.com or call her office at 099-296-2065, so as to schedule yours today and discuss the future for your Ecuadorian Child/Spouse ahead!

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com
Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

Phone: 099-296-2065

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony that shows directly above it the words “Ecuador Visas”)

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Need to get a US/Canadian Document “Notarized” in Cuenca?

We work each day with the best Ecuadorian Notaries in Cuenca and are able to get ANY type US/Canadian Document Notarized for you (including if necessary an “Ecuadorian Apostille” of the Document), without you needing to visit the US Consulate in Guayaquil or the Canadian Embassy in Quito. We can also have it done so on your behalf in Cuenca for ANY other country’s Document purposes too. Simply send an email right away to sara@ecuadorvisas.com and we’ll make it happen today!

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com
Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

Phone: 099-296-2065

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony that shows directly above it the words “Ecuador Visas”)

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Wish to get a Driver’s License in Ecuador?

 

Attorney Sara Chaca is here to help you comply with, navigate and obtain the specific documents, processes as well as other requirements necessary so as for you to be able to apply for and receive your Ecuadorian Driver’s License for driving cars and/or motorcycles in Ecuador (some Expats desire both types of Ecuador Driver Licenses at that!).  See Attorney Sara Chaca’s article published on “Cuenca High Life” regarding this specific theme, which as you can see by the number of views in the top right hand corner of it, has already been read by your fellow Expats the much better part of a thousand times: https://cuencahighlife.com/getting-a-drivers-license-in-ecuador-how-do-i-do-it/

 

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com

Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

 

Phone: 099-296-2065

 

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony that shows directly above it the words “Ecuador Visas”)

 

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Wondering how to wire funds overseas?

Almost every expatriate has to wire funds to Ecuador at some point. Some even need to wire funds back to their country of origin. Need or want a seasoned legal professional to take care of or do that for you?

Ask Attorney Sara Chaca. She deals with this question all the time. Email Sara today for free answers to your questions. Or schedule a complimentary phone consult or office visit.

Remember, Attorney Sara Chaca is here to help you get the most out of your life in Ecuador.

 

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com

Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

 

Phone: 099-296-2065

 

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony that shows directly above it the words “Ecuador Visas”)

 

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“Help, I Got Defrauded In Ecuador & Lost My Shirt..”

Unfortunately, it happens..Having the absolutely best of intentions, an unsuspecting foreigner while living in (or even just while visiting) our otherwise inviting and welcoming country of Ecuador, trusts in the wrong person (whether that person is/was a fellow foreigner or rather a national) and in effect the foreigner loses their shirt on an arrangement, deal, promise or signed/sealed agreement (often even fully notarized contract at that). In such a nefarious occurrence or situation, the question becomes a multi-faceted one of “who, what, when, where, why, how and if” is a foreigner to do, investigate and/or speak with, so as to avenge their already incurred or at least potential loss, in best attempting to not get stuck (or unstuck) from being “Up a River Without a Paddle” (mind the pun)?

The following article written by Attorney Sara Chaca that has been published on Cuenca High Life will examine the options that any foreigner has in Ecuador if/when faced with such a quandary, so as to clarify and shine light on the ways as well as the pros and cons of the most common (and legal) ways of prosecuting such an act/action committed against any foreigner’s interests in Ecuador: https://cuencahighlife.com/help-i-got-defrauded-in-ecuador-lost-my-shirt/

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Need a “Power of Attorney“ to handle medical issues, a property sale or financial matters?

We’ve all probably used a Power of Attorney at least once in our lives. Maybe to buy or sell real estate..No big deal, right? But how do you get one set up in Ecuador, especially for important matters (like those referenced in the title above) that may need to be handled during your absence from Ecuador?? Attorney Sara Chaca regularly assists her clients with this exact concern. See her “CuencaHighLife” published article on Ecuadorian Powers of Attorney here!: https://cuencahighlife.com/power-of-attorney-documents-in-ecuador-best-reasons-uses-of-them-plus-how-how-not-to-do-so/

Email Sara today for free answers to your questions. Or schedule a complimentary office visit or phone consult. Remember, Attorney Sara Chaca is here to help you get the most out of your life in Ecuador.

 

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com

Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

 

Phone: 099-296-2065

 

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony that shows directly above it the words “Ecuador Visas”)

 

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Need Legal Contracts for apartment/house rentals, construction, employees, housekeepers or anything else?

Contract law in Ecuador is quite different than what you are used to. And every situation is different. Just because your last landlord was a gem, doesn’t mean that your next one will be nearly as fair with you. Even though you treat your employees like family, it won’t matter if they drag you into court one day. Be prepared and get your rock-solid contract drawn up now, so that you won’t have any problems later. See Attorney Sara’s “CuencaHighLife” published article on this specific theme here!: https://cuencahighlife.com/ecuadorian-construction-contracts-hiring-employees-vs-independent-contractors-in-ecuador/

Email Sara today for free answers to your questions. Or schedule a complimentary phone consult or office visit.

Remember, Attorney Sara Chaca is here to help you get the most out of your life in Ecuador.

 

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com

Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

 

Phone: 099-296-2065

 

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony that shows directly above it the words “Ecuador Visas”)

 

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Need or want a FREE Attorney introduction/referral to a trustworthy English-speaking Rentals/Real Estate Agent?

As a 100% courtesy provided to any and all Expats and Foreigners alike, Attorney Sara Chaca happily makes FREE introductions/referrals to the very best English speaking Ecuadorian Rentals/Real Estate Agents, so that you get high quality assistance in locating your dream Rental or Realty abode at economical prices, and of course she will be glad to in any case provide that such FREE information to you upon your sending her an email requesting same at sara@ecuadorvisas.com for your/your family’s own desirable living accommodations in Cuenca and/or in any other part of Ecuador. Email her today for free answers to your questions about Rentals/Real Estate as well (i.e. so as to create or review/modify your Ecuadorian Rental Contract, plus also in expertly handling any Ecuador Real Estate Closing), including to schedule a complimentary in office consultation or phone call with her.

 

Remember, Attorney Sara is here to help you get the most out of your life in Ecuador.  Plus, see Attorney Sara’s 3 separate “CuencaHighLife” published articles on these specific themes here: https://cuencahighlife.com/ecuador-rental-laws-banking-utilities/   AND   https://cuencahighlife.com/buying-property-in-ecuador-heres-what-you-need-to-know/ AND https://cuencahighlife.com/ecuadorian-construction-contracts-hiring-employees-vs-independent-contractors-in-ecuador/

 

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com

Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

 

Phone: 099-296-2065

 

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Ready to register a self-made product or import/export commercial products to or from Ecuador?

Attorney Sara Chaca and her on staff licensed Engineer (whose specialty is with importing/exporting edible & food related products to and from Ecuador) is here to help you comply with, navigate and obtain the specific documents, processes as well as other requirements necessary so as for you to be able to apply for and receive registration approval for your product (of any type) in Ecuador and sell to/from anywhere else in the world. See Attorney Sara Chaca’s article published on “Cuenca High Life” regarding this specific theme, which as you can see by the number of views in the top right hand corner of it, has already been read by your fellow Expats the much better part of a thousand times: https://cuencahighlife.com/importing-commercial-products-and-registering-exports-in-ecuador/

 

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com

Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

 

Phone: 099-296-2065

 

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony that shows directly above it the words “Ecuador Visas”)

 

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Need to renew your Certificate of Deposit? Or change the bank you have it in??

You used your Bank CD to get your Residency Visa, or maybe even for some other purpose. Many expats do, and for varying reasons as you might imagine. But now it’s time to renew it or undo it, and you’re not sure if you want to, or how to do so at that, including whether you have to get your Visa backed by something else or cancelled before you do (all kinds of variables to think about in any situation)!

That’s okay though, as Attorney Sara Chaca knows how to protect your investment and your Residency status, plus the details and know-how with respect to the necessary timing and way to do so without getting caught up in bureaucracy or problems as a result of any such failure to get it done on time or in the right way.

Email Sara today for free answers to your questions. Or schedule a complimentary office visit or phone consult with her. Remember, Attorney Sara Chaca is here to help you get the most out of your life in Ecuador.

Website: www.ecuadorvisas.com

Email: sara@ecuadorvisas.com

 

Phone: 099-296-2065

 

Physical Address: Calle Larga 6-16 & Hermano Miguel (2 story office building with balcony …

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