Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Back in Quito

We arrived in Quito last night.  The purpose of this trip is to complete our permanent residency visas and to receive our Cedulas.  We surrendered our passports today and paid the fees for our 9-II visas.  We are scheduled to receive our visas on Monday.  Then, we wait forty-eight hours to receive our Cedulas.  Afterwards, we are free to travel again.  We will also be able to vote.  In Ecuador voting is mandatory! There will be some travel restrictions.  During the first two years of residency we can only leave the country for 90-days in a 12-month period.  After two years we will be able to apply for citizenship in Ecuador.  The US will recognize dual citizenship with Ecuador so we are not giving up our US citizenship.  We will then be able to travel using either our US or Ecuador passport, enjoying the benefits of both countries, and yes, paying income tax in both too. So, now we wait.  We are at a beautiful property located on the equator.  Not a bad place to be.  I'm sure we will make several trips to downtown Quito over the next week and a half.


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