Hubby & I went to the new Cuenca visa oficina to get the scoop on getting a permanent visa. For those who may not know, this office is on Ordonez-Lasso, just east of Avenida de los Americas. Big white government building! Can’t miss it, even though we did at first. Walked right past it and then realized, oh, yes, that’s it!
Very nice official lady, speaks ok english and I heard her also speaking ok French ( a lot of “d’accord” when she wasn’t sure if the person understood her) and she gave us a bunch of papers. Still seems to be a lot of paperwork, not all of it outlined nor detailed in the lists of papers that she gave us, but she assured us that we don’t need a lawyer. Now, hubby speaks fluent spanish, so we won’t have a language issue, but, there are details that one might not necessarily know. Such as: all documents must be translated, 2 copies, and they must be translated by an acceptable Ecuadorian official, her suggestion was, someone at the university. How am I to find someone there?
Our biggest question mark is the documents that need to be “apostilled”. She spent a lot of time explaining this need and the treaty and the countries who subscribe to “apostilled” documents to validate their validity, but really, where do these things get apostilled in the U.S.? I was born in one state, hubby was born in another state, we were married in a 3rd state, and we live in a 4th, Texas. Can we collect all our documents and get them apostilled in Texas? She didn’t know the answer to this question, but suggested that we call the embassy in Guayaquil. OK, that doesn’t really help us.
So, we are now understanding why people hire a lawyer to get all this stuff done. It may be worth it to just not have to deal with all the details!
No, hubby says, he can do it. OK. Fine. Since we are going to get residency with a CD deposit of $25,500 ($25,000 for hubby and only a measly $500 for me, as dependent!) in hubby’s name, I will let him figure it all out.
After all, he is going to be retired sooner than me, and he will have oodles of time on his hands between cooking and cleaning and doing laundry (NOT!!) to handle all the paperwork.
Now we just have to figure out how to get a CD in a bank account now while we are here, since the latest that we’ve heard (from an Ecuadorian who seems to know) is that you can’t get a bank account without a cedula. Sort of trying to put the cart before the horse, although the Visa process, for us, requires the Horse part to be able to get the Cart part. I think.
Wish us luck!