Investor Visa

Ecuador’s Investor Visa (Inversionista) provides applicants a three-year path to permanent residency and a four-year path to citizenship.

The program has one of the world’s lowest minimum investment requirements (US$46,000 in 2024), and the applicant can invest in a wide array of asset classes, including real estate. 

Unlike for Ecuador’s income-based visas, those holding an investor visa are not subject to limitations on how many days a year they may spend outside the country. For purposes of obtaining permanent residency or citizenship, however, applicants must spend no less than 185 days a year in Ecuador.


Program at a glance

Program TypeIndependent Means Visa
Time to citizenship4 years
Time to permanent residency2 years
Minimum investment100x minimum wage (about US$ 46,000 in 2024)
Physical presence requirementNone at temporary stage
Application processing time2-3 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to92 destinations
Contribution types availableReal Estate, Business Investment, Bank Deposit

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