In 2011 they (bureaucratic system) made all interactions with them "tramite personal", meaning that you have to be present at almost every step in the process.
Hiring lawyers doesn't make sense anymore, although some people still do it. Now it makes sense to hire visa facilitator. He/she is much cheaper and still would help navigating offices and translating, if your Spanish is not sufficient.
We have a 2 bedroom, 1 bath totally remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
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