Current Immigrant Visa Processing Information

Current Immigrant Visa Services Available at the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil


  • All Immigrant Visa Categories are being proccessed.

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.

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.

For information about Non-Immigrant visas (tourist, B1/B2 or other categories), please visit our Non-Immigrant Visa page.

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).  Visit learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program. Follow the link to “Immigrate”.

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.