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Consular section no longer accepts $100 bills

In order to reduce the risk of accepting counterfeit bills, the Consular Section of the American Consulate General in Guayaquil no longer accepts $100 bills.


US-Visit is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program that enhances the U.S.'s entry and exit tracking system. It enables the United States to effectively verify the identity of incoming visitors and confirm compliance with visa and immigration policies. For more information about the US-VISIT program please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.

Study in the United States

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce the formal launch of EDUCATIONUSA a new website devoted to the promotion of U.S. higher education. The internet address of the new website is  The objective of the new website is to provide information about studying in the United States to prospective students living in other nations that will help them be successful in their quest for further education.

A part from link to accredited colleges and universities in the United States, the new website also provides information about visas, including a link to DESTINATIONUSA the DHS/DOS site designed to explain student visas.

At prospective student can quickly and easily find an advising center located in the country in which they reside. They will also find answers to questions about admission and financial aid, among other topics, and even a search engine to help find the institutions that can best meet their needs.

F, J, and M Visas

To all recipients of an F, M, or J visitor visa:
Please be aware that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security prohibits holders of F, M, or J non-immigrant visas from being admitted into the United States more than thirty days before the beginning of their program start date. The program start date is indicated on Form I-20 (for F or M visas) or Form DS-2019 (for J visas). Please remember this when making travel plans to the United States.  For SEVIS information please click here.

Notice from the Consular Section

  • The U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil is not reducing or closing consular services, despite persistent rumors to the contrary – in fact, our consular services continue to expand to meet growing demand.  Due to the high demand for tourist/business visas, appointment wait times at the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil have consistently been one month.  We are actively taking steps to meet this increased demand, including increasing the number of interviewing officers.  However, for the time being, we remind customers that all applicants, regardless of where they live, who are applying for tourist/business visas may also apply at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, where current wait times for tourist/business visas at the U.S. Embassy in Quito are under one week.
    Nonimmigrant visa applicants can find appointment wait times for Quito and Guayaquil here. U.S. citizens must schedule appointments for passport services, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services through the Embassy’s and Consulate’s respective webpages.