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Immigrant Visas
 


In general, to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative(s), U.S. lawful permanent resident, or by a prospective employer, and be the beneficiary of an approved petition.  Therefore, the first step is filing a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the United States. 

After the immigrant petition is approved by USCIS, it is forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC).  The NVC handles processing of documents, fees and appointment scheduling.

The NVC will only send cases to the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil with a current priority date.  A Consular Officer will interview the beneficiary on the scheduled appointment date to ensure that they qualify for resident status prior the issuance of the immigrant visa.  To check if your priority date is current, please review the monthly visa bulletin or contact the National Visa Center.

For a more detailed explanation on the immigrant visa process visit our Step by Step Process section. 

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Effective February 1, 2013 all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a US$165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States.  Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee.  

Failure to pay the fee prior to travel will result in a delay of issuance of the applicant's Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card") until the fee is paid. The below USCIS website has more details on this fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions: http://www.uscis.gov/forms/uscis-immigrant-fee

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FRAUD WARNING: VISA LOTTERY

  • Ecuador does not currently participate in the Diversity Visa Program (DV), commonly referred to as the Visa Lottery.