Ecuador Professional Visa

Avatar photo

By Joseph Guznay

May 21, 2022

The Professional Visa is a popular option for foreigners to obtain temporary, and eventually permanent, residency. The main distinguishing feature of this visa is that the applicant must have a university degree.

Professional Visa Law

The laws pertaining to the Professional Visa can be found in:

  • Articles 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, and 68 of The Law Of Human Mobility; and
  • Articles 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69,70, and 76 of the Regulations To The Law of Human Mobility Updated as of February 18, 2022 by Presidential Decree of the President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lazo.


This visa permits professionals to live in Ecuador for up to two years as a temporary resident. This can be converted into permanent residency at the end of the 2 year temporary residency so long as the applicant has spent less than 90 days outside of Ecuador during this time.

If the applicant has spent more than 90 days outside of Ecuador during their temporary residency, they can renew the temporary residency visa for another 2 years.


The main requirements when applying for a Professional Visa are:

  1. Professional degree, technical or technologist degree,
  2. Registration of the degree at the competent national authority (SENESCYT)
  3. Provide a background check
  4. Satisfy the basic income requirements


Some of these documents need to be apostilled or legalized. Where the issuing country is a party to the Hague Apostille Convention they will be apostilled. Else, they will need to be legalized if issued in a country that is NOT a party to the Hague Apostille Convention.


In the event that the original document was issued in a language other than Spanish, it must be translated by an authorized professional.

Cedula after Professional Visa Granted

Once your temporary residency visa has been approved, you'll be eligible to apply for a cedula (or national ID card). For this, you'll need to obtain an 'Orden de Cedulacion' and follow the process for obtaining the cedula.

Note, foreigners can only obtain cedulas at the following Registro Civil locations: Cuenca, Quito and Guayaquil.

Need help obtaining your Professional Visa?

We've successfully applied for hundreds of Professional Visas in Ecuador and can help you too. Book your free initial consultation & we're happy to run through your eligibility, documents required & next steps.

Stay updated


Subscribe for Ecuador Legal Updates

Ecuador Flag