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Immigrant Visas

Representatives from the U.S. Consulate General will host a town hall meeting explaining how to petition family members (spouses, children, parents and siblings) for legal residence in the United States. 

Place:          Consulate General of the United States
                    Calle Santa Ana y Av. Jose Rodriguez Bonín
                    Sector San Eduardo
                    Guayaquil, Ecuador

Date:           Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Time:           3:00 PM

Cost:            FREE

Duration:     1 hour

Please register at you will need to send your complete name, date of birth, identification number and e-mail address. Please send the same information for each person accompanying you. We will confirm your registration by e-mail.

Deadline to register: August 4, 2014


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.  For information on this step, visit the USCIS website.

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 during their scheduled appointment 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

Please note that no assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance.  A consular officer can make a decision regarding your visa application only after your formal application and all documents have been reviewed, and you have been personally interviewed by a consular officer.  Do not make any travel arrangements to move to the United States, dispose of property or give up your job until a visa has been issued to you and you have received your passport via DHL.


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:

How to schedule an appointment

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