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Correa signs Ecuador’s new immigration law on visit with European migrants

President Rafael Correa signed Ecuador’s new immigration law during his weekly Enlace Ciudadano broadcast from Barcelona, ​​Spain. Correa is in Europe visiting Ecuadorians living in Spain and Italy.

Correa meets with Ecuadorians in Barecelona.

At the signing, Correa said that the country supported Ecuadorians, no matter where they live. “You are always welcome to return home but we are with you no matter where you chose to live,” he said. “The law supports the rights not just of Ecuadorians, but of all citizens of the world.”

The revision of the immigration law, the first in more than 40 years, covers 2,204,000 Ecuadorians who live abroad, 70,000 Ecuadorians who have recently returned to Ecuador from abroad, and 70,000 foreigners living in the country, including about 10,000 refugees.

The law, which expands services and protections for Ecuadorians living overseas, will go into effect after it is recorded in the national registry of laws, later this week.

Included in the law are provisions that make it easier for foreigners to visit and obtain visas in Ecuador. One of the biggest changes is an extension of time visitors are allowed to stay in Ecuador. The new law allows a 180 days stay based on passport entry, including a 90-day extension.

The new law offers eight types of visas for foreigners, including temporary and permanent residency, humanitarian, tourist, temporary resident, diplomatic, emergency service, and special tourist. The new temporary residency visa is good for two years and can be renewed once.

Among new services the law provides Ecuadorians living abroad are financial assistance with education and the right to join the country’s social security program.

The new law maintains Ecuador’s policy of not requiring special entry visas from foreign travelers with the exception of those from Cuba, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, and Senegal.

The new law has been praised by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who has calls it an example for world.

  • Can you clarify? Does the new law say 180 days plus you can buy a 90 day extension? Total 270 days?

    • KeithB

      90 days with the option for 90 day extension. Total of 180 days. Now you can only stay in the country for 90 days a year on the passport stamp.

  • Danny

    I have several comments regarding this article. First, it fails to mention when this law takes effect. Did it go into effect upon the President’s signature? Second, the new law does not automatically extend a Tourist Visa to 180. It states that a 90 day Tourist Visa can be extended to 180 days upon filing for and paying for the extension. Previously, the extension was for 9 months. Third, the new law is not good for Expats who are seeking a Permanent Residency Visa. The law requires you to first apply for and receive a two year Temporary Visa. The documents for this visa are same as for a Permanent Residency Visa. The worst part of this two tier visa process is that during the two year Temporary Visa, if you return to your home country, when you file for your Permanent Visa, you have to provide and new State criminal report and FBI report. This does not, however, apply if you travel to any other country in the world. I guess it’s ok to commit a crime, just not in you home county. In my opinion, this new law may hurt, rather than encourage Expats to move here permanently. Expats spend ten’s of millions of dollars in Ecuador every year and the Visa process should be made easier, not more difficult. I know many of you out there will say that it is far easier in Ecuador, than gaining permanent residency in the US, especially now with Trump’s new ban, but that isn’t the issue.

    • Lars

      Regarding “Trumps new ban”, this is exactly what the United States should have done a long time ago. The U.S. must take aggressive steps to stop radical Islamic terrorism cold in its tracks. Kudos to President Trump for having the foresight, wisdom and strength to take this important step!
      Now, lets hurry up and get the wall built. Lets also make an effort to remove all ILLEGAL immigrants from the U.S. as soon as possible.

      • Bernie

        Please post this in a more appropriate thread. Your comment is way off topic.

      • Joan D.

        AGREED.On Point.

      • hans

        i hope he has the courage to battle the NRA too…the main source of American bloodshed

        Case in point:

        Refugees: our two year vetting process is too lax

        Gun Right: a three day waiting period is too onerous

        Muslims: a registry is a good idea

        Gun Rights: a registry is unconstitutional

        Hense, the objection towards the refugees is not about safety..PERIOD.

    • KeithB

      The article says the law goes into effect this week, “after it is recorded in the national registry of laws”.

      Overall it’s a big improvement over the old law. Being able to stay in the country 180 days a year just by showing your passport will bring in more part-time expats. Yes, you have to make a second trip for the second 90 day extension stamp but there’s no paperwork.

      In some cases there will be a little more work for applicants, like with the temp. and full-time residency, but it makes sense from an administrative standpoint. The govt. has its own interests to protect.

      As someone else pointed out earlier, there are still a lot of details to work out.

  • Danny


    Trump’s ban was only used in my comments for illustration purposes only and was not the issue of my post. My comments were not directed towards Trump or his policies, but rather the new Immigration law in Ecuador

    • Joan D.

      Let Lars be. It’s All good READ , You and Bernie Way too Anal Retentive. Who Cares !!! As Bad as StillWatch. Jesus Christ ! I’ve had it with Your Type .!!! Nasty Men. Guys like you have a Mean Streak, Very Unbecoming . ,Always some darn thing WRONG and Always the 1 to Point it out. His has been best READ .

      • Richard

        My comments and that of Bernie’s were not mean spirited or rude. By the way, didn’t you respond earlier in support of Bernie’s comment? It is your comment that is mean spirited and rude.

      • Tommy H.

        Joan- “Stillwatching” is Ken Merena, who is also “William Baker,” and 4-5 other names he uses. 2/21/48 DOB. Hit the “block” button on people like him. SW only attended grad school to escape the Vietnam draft.

        • La Colombiana

          Tommy H is also John G. who is really John Gabarini who claims to be a doctor, but who in fact has no formal education at all. See the link For what it’s worth, the word on the street is that there is a Colombian contract out on him and they know where he lives outside of Cuenca. Colombians are patient with these things.

          • StillWatching

            At least spell his name right. He is John Garbarini and I know 2 Venezuelans that are also looking for him. Shouldn’t be hard to find. He’s a popular guy.

            • Elenor

              Popular? Your nuts. This guy is despised everywhere. Just go to Inca Bar, Joes Secret Garden or Cafe Sansebas and see what people there say about him.

              • StillWatching

                Elanor, I was being facetious. The guy is a dolt. I know that.

          • Joan D.

            Thi SIS Exactly Why I Had a Thing for Mafia Don’s in My 20′ s, 1. Knew how to Treat A Woman , 2 . Got the Damn Job Done !!! ” Yakuza , Italian, Greek, Jew. Out of All The Guys here Lars and The Columbian !!!

    • Phillip

      Speaking of Pres. Trump, he has been horribly criticized by the far left for his courageous effort to protect his country from terrorists that were unheard of when “immigrants settled America.” However, I note in this article that no less than 11 other countries have been excluded from Ecuador’s President’s new immigration law rather then Pres. Trump’s 7 countries known for terrorism against the world.

      • littlesand

        Unheard of…Try to tell that to the Native American Indians who were driven off their lands by our ancestors, think we have a long history of terrorists coming to America including your relatives!

  • Danny


    I stand corrected with regards of the commencement date that the law takes effect. Thank you for correcting me. However, I believe you are mistaken with regards to the Tourist Visa. The new law is a step backwards. Currently you can enter on your passport for 90 days and then file for a 6 month extension. The new law limits the extension to only 90 days. Paperwork was required previously for an extension and will be required under the new law as well. Where did you get the information the under the new law, just a passport is required for the extension? Further, the President apparently did not make any changes to the law, so it will go into effect as written.

  • wrikar

    Any changes to the Professional Visa?

  • Richard L’Amore

    I don’t see the part where Ecuador residents will be allowed to be out of the country for more than 90 days during the 1st two years. Anybody hear anything about that?

  • Sam

    This article mentions what it “includes” but fails to mention what it “is” in it’s totality. Why bother?

    • Isaac Sens

      why do you careeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee