This is the Visa 9-1, Foreign Pension Checklist I was given by Cuenca Immigration on Monday (10/13/2014).
1. Written Request signed by the applicant, addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2. Visa Application Form: With an original color passport size photo with white background, the same as is posted on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration.
3. Notarized (in Cuenca) color copy of the passport, which needs to be valid for at least six months. Notarized copy of your current regular visa at the time the person starts the process and a notarized copy of the registry of the visa
4. Updated criminal record, certificate issued in the foreign country or the country where the person has lived for the last five years, duly apostilled (s) in the case of the countries that belong to the Hague Convention or legalized (s) at the Consulate of Ecuador in the country where this document was issued (in the case of those countries that do not belong to the Hague Convention)
5, Updated Migratory Movement Certificate issued by the immigration police. (Valid through 30 days)
6. Document issued by the institution that pays or provides retirement pension or permanent income that comes from a foreign country, duly apostilled (in the case of those countries that belong to the Hauge Convention) at the country of origin or authenticated by the Ecuador Counsul (in the case of those countries that did not sign this international treaty), in the country where this document was issued. The amount should be not less than $800 (eight hundred dollars) of the United States of America as a monthly rent to the recipient, and will increase by $100 (one hundred dollars) extra per month for each family member that depends on the immigrant.
7. Certificate issued and legalized by the Ecuadorian Foreign Service Officer, in the country of origin, determining the perception of such pension or permanent income.
8. Any document in a foreign language must be translated to Spanish and must have the recognition of the translator’s signature before a notary public. When the translation has been done in a foreign country, it must be apostilled or legalized by the Ecuadorian consulate in the country of origin. The translation must also come to the Ecuadorian consulate in the country of origin in Ecuador.
Important: Article 22 of the “Ley de Extranjeria” – the officials that are part of the Ecuadorian Foreign Service and the Department of the General Direction of Immigration, will have full powers to require any verification of the statements set out in applications for visas and other immigration documents to ensure and investigate the occurrence of any of the causes of exclusion provided the Migration Act.
Note: When you submit the documents, they should be submitted according to the established sequence as it is in the requirements page.
Visa Validity: Indefinite
Taxes: Visa application: $30 Visa: $320
The process is personal
Update (5/22/2015): Cuenca Immigration is once again requiring a FBI Background Check and a state background check (if coming from the U.S.), you will need both. Use the last state you’ve lived in, or are living in for this purpose (only one state report is needed/required)
Update 9/20/2015 – The requirement for an Ecuadorian Consulate to certify retirement income is no longer in force if coming from the U.S.A.
For countries under the Hague Treaty you can submit an apostilled social security letter or letter from retirement fund. For countries not under the Hague Treaty the retirement letter must be legalized by an Ecuadorian Consulate in your country.
Update: Effective 1/1/2016 the new fee schedule for residency visas is as follows, application fee $50, visa fee $500