Ecuador: Professional Visa (Remote Work)

Remote workers and their family can move permanently to Ecuador with a Professional Visa, with the right to work and start a business.



If you earn just $400 per month working online (and you have a degree), you qualify for Ecuador’s Professional Visa. With this visa, you can travel in and out of Ecuador as much as you want, you can work locally in Ecuador, and you have a path to permanent residency and citizenship. This visa’s accessibility and flexibility make Ecuador one of the world’s best places to start your journey as a digital nomad.

With year-round tropical weather, beautiful nature from the coast to the rainforest and mountains, well-developed infrastructure, UNESCO recognized historical sites, and a low cost of living, Ecuador is an ideal long-term home. Its location also makes it a perfect base to explore Central and South America. 

Direct flights connect Ecuador to North America and Europe, and Ecuador is in a convenient time zone for communication with the U.S.A. 

Internet Speed

Fixed broadband: 32.33 Mbps download/27.97 Mbps upload

Mobile: 25.98 Mbps download/10.79 Mbps upload

Cost of living

No. 89 globally 


$400 per month remote income (proven for last 6 months)


$1,500 bank deposit

Undergraduate or graduate degree from a university approved by Senescyt 


Application Process

Apply at your local Ecuadorean embassy or consulate. You can also apply from inside Ecuador.

You may be able to make an online appointment here. 

This visa takes 3+ months to process.

Documents Required

Many documents should be apostilled or legalized in the 6 months before you apply. It is much easier to gather these documents in your home country than after you arrive in Ecuador.

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