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Itchy Parts

I’m getting itchy feet!

My tentative departure date from Flagstaff, AZ, to Cuenca, Ecuador, is July 4.

At the moment, I’m waiting for all the parts of the puzzle to click together. These mostly involve the various bureaucratic hoops I need to jump through in order to get more than that standard, and automatic, 90-day tourist visa.

I’m aiming for a 180-day retiree visa, which will be renewable (in Ecuador) for two year-long visa and then status as a resident alien. I don’t know if I’ll be staying in Ecuador that long, but it seems best to start out seeking the most time possible.

So far, this has involved:

  • Getting a report from the Flagstaff Police Department of my virginal legal record. (It’s nice to be a virgin again).
  • A report from Social Security of my monthly benefits. The minimum amount, for Ecuador, is $800/month. I’ve got that.
  • A report from my bank showing at least a $1,000 balance. This is a rarity, but sister Nancy and I are making that happen.
  • All of the above must be notarized.

Then …….

All of this needs to be apostilled. Well, this is a new word for me (and I have a 14,000-word vocabulary, according to a test I took). Luckily, a representative of the Ecuadorean consulate in Phoenix told me that apostillization (sounds painful) would be performed by the offices of the Secretary of State of Arizona (the same guy who questioned Obama’s citizenship, I hear). So, I went to that website to find out what THAT entails. It seems just another hoop, notarization atop notarization.

Therefore, on July 18, Nancy and I will journey down the mountain from Flagstaff to Phoenix (at this time of year, otherwise known as HELL). I’ll go first to the Secretary of State, then to the Ecuadorian consulate.

The visa I’m seeking is the 12-IX, which is for 180 days. Once in Ecuador, I’ll apply for the 9-1, which will make me a permanent resident of Ecuador. We’ll see …

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  1. Ken
    June 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    It’s looking less likely that we’ll try to spend an extended time in Ecuador. Too much good stuff happening here, I guess. On the other hand, it is quite likely that we’ll come down for a visit, once you’re settled! One question on dates in your blog. Are you targeting July 4th or August 4th departure? Ken

  2. June 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Hey, Frank! Sounds exciting, especially the time travel! Not sure how you’re leaving for Cuenca on July 4, and also leaving from Flagstaff to Phoenix on July 18, but… 😉

  3. July 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Sounds as if your research is thorough, and your arrival in Cuenca will be a positive experience! I’m not sure how I missed this post earlier, but I’ll blame the crazy week of preparing for the opening in Portoviejo. Thanks for your comment on “Sin Fronteras.” Z

  4. Ann
    July 21, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Aw C’mon Frank… Phoenix is only slightly less hell-like during the other months of the year. Great place to visit, glad I didn’t live there for long…

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