Specific visa inquiries in response to COVID-19.

Current Visa Services

  • Quito
    • Nonimmigrant Visas:
      Interview Waiver Program cases, F, M, J, C1/D, E, H, L, O, P, R, U, and T or medical emergency B1/B2s visa applications for Ecuadorian citizens or legal permanent resident in Ecuador
  • Guayaquil
    • Nonimmigrant Visas:
      Medical emergency B1/B2s visa applications for Ecuadorian citizens or legal permanent resident in Ecuador.
    • Immigrant Visas:
      All Immigrant Visa Categories.

If you qualify under any of these categories, please follow the instructions on https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ec/niv to schedule your appointment

Neither Quito nor Guayaquil are processing routine or new B1/B2 tourist visa applications

 

Waiving the In-Person Interview Requirement

Pursuant to Section 222(h)(1)(C)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and with concurrence of the Department of Homeland Security, the Secretary of State has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification.  Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 12 months were eligible for an interview waiver.  The Secretary has temporarily extended the expiration period to 48 months. This policy is in effect until December 31, 2021.  Taking these measures will allow consular adjudicators to continue processing nonimmigrant visa applications while limiting the number of applicants who must appear at a consular section, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other applicants and Mission staff.

While we aim to process cases as soon as practicable, currently interview waiver program cases are taking up to six months to process.  If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ec/niv/information/faqs to request an emergency appointment.  If you require further assistance please refer to the “Help” section at the bottom of the previous mentioned website.

 

MRV Fees

The U.S. Mission to Ecuador understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment.  We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible.  In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee.  Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html.  For general information about visas, please visit our Visa section on this website.

 

Resumption of Limited, Routine Immigrant Visa Processing

U.S Consulate General Guayaquil has increased the range of immigrant visa services available and resumed routine immigrant visa interviews.  Among immigrant visa applications, we will prioritize emergency cases and then Immediate Relative family members of U.S. citizens (IR-1, IR-2, CR-1, CR-2, IR-5) including intercountry adoptions (IH-3, IR-3), fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens (K-1, K-2), and certain Special Immigrant Visa applications according to the Department of State’s priority order.

As we increase the range of our immigrant services available, we’ll be processing cases in the order that the National Visa Center (NVC) determined the case to be “documentarily qualified.”  When a case becomes documentarily qualified, the NVC sends an email to notify you that it is complete and pending scheduling at the Consulate, so please review your past emails from the NVC to determine what date your case became documentarily qualified.  You may also check your CEAC account to find this date.