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Immigration Law Part II -- Temporary Visas

Posted by Connie Pombo on March 18, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Newly Released Human Mobility Act (Immigration Law 2017) is causing a bit of confusion for some folks, so I'm going to try and clarify a few things.

 

In the good old days, we entered Ecuador on a T3 visa, which allowed us to stay 90 days. Actually, we arrived with a 12-IX visa which allowed us six months, but we were able to get permanent residency in three weeks! Imagine that? We were either an immigrant or non-immigrant.

 

Under the new law, you’...

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Human Mobility Act -- Immigration Law 2017

Posted by Connie Pombo on February 15, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The one thing you can be sure of in Ecuador is change and now we have new changes in residency visas. To clarify the many questions that I’ve received, I’ve decided to blog about it. There are still some unknowns about the new act, but I’ll clear those up as I receive news.

 

Back in the day (meaning when we got our permanent residency visas in 2010), we went to the Ecuadorian Consulate in Washington DC and received our 12-IX and three weeks later upon arri...

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Seven Years in Review

Posted by Connie Pombo on February 5, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s hard to believe, but we’re coming up on seven years in Cuenca—almost as much time as we spent in Italy, so naturally it’s a time of reflection (the good and the bad).

 

 

 

The other day a newcomer asked, “What’s changed in the time that you’ve been here?”

 

At first, I didn’t have an immediate response (my mind went blank) and then it all came to me. Here’s a list (by no m...

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Happy New Year!

Posted by Connie Pombo on February 5, 2017 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Right now while I'm writing this blog post, I can hear the fireworks outside in all directions and it's not even New Year's Eve yet! Tomorrow will be spectacular and I hope to capture it in pictures and on video.

 

Unfortunately, last year I forgot to plug in my camera battery, so you can imagine my disappointment when the red light went on while the fireworks were exploding and I got a snippet here and there.

 

The New Year's Eve fireworks are the best I've ...

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The Beginning of the End

Posted by Connie Pombo on October 13, 2016 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s been six years since we made the journey to Cuenca and we’re beginning to see the end in sight. No, we’re not leaving Cuenca, but in May of 2017 we’ll be receiving our Social Security and we’re going to be traveling more (lots more!). We have three trips planned and one of them is going to be Italy, where we lived for six years and where we started our family... (

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The 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake in Ecuador

Posted by Connie Pombo on April 22, 2016 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Last Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 6:58 PM, Mark and I were sitting in our living room when we felt a "trembler"; we get them occasionally and never think twice about them. As California natives, we don't consider them noteworthy. But this one was different -- a lot different! The trembler got more intense and then shook hard as we watched the pictures fall from the shelves and the lamps swing back and forth. The shaking continued for a good minute. We heard children crying in our building an...

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The Best Time to Book Tickets

Posted by Connie Pombo on March 7, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Question: What is the best time to book tickets to Ecuador?

 

Answer: According to recent studies, the best time to book a flight is 50 to 100 days before your scheduled flight. The best day to purchase tickets is on a Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. EST. If you can book your flight on a Tuesday or Wednesday, returning the following Tuesday or Wednesday, you a...

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Cost of Paradise 2014

Posted by Connie Pombo on October 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

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Little Italy in Cuenca

Posted by Connie Pombo on October 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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Paradise Lost!

Posted by Connie Pombo on August 20, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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