Immigration Visas : Professionals
Category 9-V:
Professional Visa

1. Visa petition submitted to the General Director of Immigration, in fact and legally sustained, signed by the applicant and an attorney. The document should include the domicile of the applicant including address, telephone, fax, and personal e-mail - this last one is of the utmost importance, as this is where advices regarding the request will be sent.

2. Fill out and sign the form “Solicitud de visa de imigrante categoría 9-V” (“Immigrant Vista Request Form – Category 9-V”) with a word processor (the form may be obtained at the General Directorate of Immigration.

3. If the degree was obtained in Ecuador:
Original and notarized copy of the diploma, legalized by the competent authorities and registered with the Secretaría Nacional de Educación Superior Ciencia Tecnología e Innovación - SENESCYT.

4. If the degree was obtained abroad:
Original and notarized copy of the diploma, legalized by the Consul of Ecuador in the country of origin and apostilled; the diploma should be registered Secretaría Nacional de Educación Superior Ciencia Tecnología e Innovación - SENESCYT in its original form or a notarized copy.

5. Notarized copy of valid passport with a current visa and a minimum of 30 days before the expiration of the visa in Ecuador.

6. International agreements regarding mutual acknowledgment of academic degrees will be taken into account; please attach a certified copy if this is the case.

7. Two photographs of the applicant (passport size, white background).

8. Fill out the form “Hoja de datos para la cédula” (data for the identification card form) using a word processor. The form may be obtained at the Dirección General de Extranjería (General Directorate of Immigration).

9. If the applicant already has an immigrant visa and is changing to a category 9-III visa, he must justify the migratory quality he has by submitting a notarized copy of the essential documents which support his current visa, a notarized copy of his identification card, census, visa and migratory movement , and an Ecuadorian police record.




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