Current Visa Services
- Immigrant Visas: All Immigrant Visa Categories.
New COVID Vaccine Requirements
Effective October 1, 2021, medical examinations for immigrant and K visa applicants will require full COVID-19 vaccination. Applicants must complete the vaccine series and provide documentation to the panel physician in person before completion of the medical examination. As with all vaccinations, there are specific waivers that cover reasons why an applicant could not receive the required vaccination. For more information about this requirement, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/panel-physicians/covid-19-technical-instructions.html.
Neither Quito nor Guayaquil are processing routine or new B1/B2 tourist visa applications
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.
Transferring Your Case from another country to Ecuador
We are working diligently to resolve our backlog as quickly as possible. As a result, we will not accept requests to transfer cases from other Embassies unless the beneficiary is a resident of Ecuador. Please provide proof of your residency in Ecuador with your transfer request. Note that acceptance of a transfer request does not necessarily mean we will expedite or prioritize your case.
Where to Start: Applying for an Immigrant Visa
Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Ecuador at the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil.
To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program. Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.
Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.
Important Information for All Visa Applicants
Due to a variety of factors, the U.S. Embassy and Consulate are unable to guarantee the issuance of a U.S. visa before a fixed travel date. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa.