Following meetings with national officials in Quito, Azuay Prefect Yaku Pérez announced Tuesday that all immigration functions for Azuay Province citizens and residents will return to Cuenca. Most immigration functions were relocated to Azogues, in neighboring Cañar Province, in 2015.
“We have a population of more than 800,000 in Cuenca and Azuay and it makes no sense for the migration office to be located in another province,” Pérez says. “Thousands of our residents travel internationally every year and they deserve the convenience of having the functions they require close by.”
Ecuador’s Vice Minister of Human Mobility, Santiago Chávez and Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry Raúl Abad agreed with Pérez and said the move would take place as soon as possible but did not provide a date.
When the foreign ministry closed Cuenca’s immigration office on Calle Alfonso Cordero, relocating it to Azogues, officials said the move was intended to save money and consolidate immigration functions at the regional data center in Cañar Province.