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You'll keep your Ecuadorian citizenship if you become a U.S. citizen. And with that you also get the wonderful responsibilities of maintaining a valid Cédula, as you will need to show it whenever you leave Ecuador. Don't know if you can renounce your Ecua citizenship, pretty sure you can, just wouldn't know how to go about it. Might as well keep it, free entrance to Argentina and Brazil. As a U.S. citizen you'll need a visa for Brazil and pay a reciprocity fee for Argentina.

Also, if you're a woman and take your husband's last name, the Registro Civil will not recognize your name change, you will always have your maiden two last names. What we did is go to the Ecua Consulate and have them make a note of her being married to me on the passport. This will also need to be done at the Registro Civil in order to show married status over there in Ecuador.

Pain in the butt, if you ask me. Passport is good enough for me, but if we ever want to live in Ecuador (which is not out of the picture for retirement), we'll most likely have to do it for the Cédula.


Fernando & Michelle

12/05/2011 - Mailed I-129F
12/09/2011 - Received NOA1
12/21/2011 - Last updated by USCIS
04/12/2012 - Approved!
05/08/2012 - NVC received
05/09/2012 - Left NVC
05/14/2012 - Received at Consulate
06/25/2012 - Interview at Consulate, APPROVED!!!!
07/07/2012 - POE at JFK, easy.

09/28/2012 - Mailed I-485
11/09/2012 - Appointment for Biometrics
12/08/2012 - EAD and AP Card arrived in mail. No updates to USCIS website.
07/26/2013 - Approved, no interview.

04/30/2015 - Mailed I-751

06/03/2015 - Appointment for Biometrics

02/29/2016 - Approved, no interview.

03/14/2016 - Received 10-year Card

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You'll keep your Ecuadorian citizenship if you become a U.S. citizen. And with that you also get the wonderful responsibilities of maintaining a valid Cédula, as you will need to show it whenever you leave Ecuador. Don't know if you can renounce your Ecua citizenship, pretty sure you can, just wouldn't know how to go about it. Might as well keep it, free entrance to Argentina and Brazil. As a U.S. citizen you'll need a visa for Brazil and pay a reciprocity fee for Argentina.

Also, if you're a woman and take your husband's last name, the Registro Civil will not recognize your name change, you will always have your maiden two last names. What we did is go to the Ecua Consulate and have them make a note of her being married to me on the passport. This will also need to be done at the Registro Civil in order to show married status over there in Ecuador.

Pain in the butt, if you ask me. Passport is good enough for me, but if we ever want to live in Ecuador (which is not out of the picture for retirement), we'll most likely have to do it for the Cédula.

This is for my wife, she is the Ecuadorian citizen. She doesn't want to renounce her citizenship in Ecuador, unless she absolutly had to for US citizenship.

Is a Cédula an Ecuadorian ID?

Thanks for your reply!

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This is for my wife, she is the Ecuadorian citizen. She doesn't want to renounce her citizenship in Ecuador, unless she absolutly had to for US citizenship.

Is a Cédula an Ecuadorian ID?

Thanks for your reply!

Hey, sorry for the late reply. Yes, the Cédula is the Ecuadorian ID card, the Registro Civíl issues it.

She does not need to renounce her Ecuadorian citizenship in order to become a U.S. citizen.

However, if she were to get certain government jobs, she will have to renounce her Ecuadorian citizenship. This is of course after she becomes a U.S. citizen. Most of those jobs are for law enforcement and other intelligence positions. I know because a Colombian buddy of mine had to renounce his Colombian citizenship in order to work for the Air Marshals.


Fernando & Michelle

12/05/2011 - Mailed I-129F
12/09/2011 - Received NOA1
12/21/2011 - Last updated by USCIS
04/12/2012 - Approved!
05/08/2012 - NVC received
05/09/2012 - Left NVC
05/14/2012 - Received at Consulate
06/25/2012 - Interview at Consulate, APPROVED!!!!
07/07/2012 - POE at JFK, easy.

09/28/2012 - Mailed I-485
11/09/2012 - Appointment for Biometrics
12/08/2012 - EAD and AP Card arrived in mail. No updates to USCIS website.
07/26/2013 - Approved, no interview.

04/30/2015 - Mailed I-751

06/03/2015 - Appointment for Biometrics

02/29/2016 - Approved, no interview.

03/14/2016 - Received 10-year Card

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Hey, sorry for the late reply. Yes, the Cédula is the Ecuadorian ID card, the Registro Civíl issues it.

She does not need to renounce her Ecuadorian citizenship in order to become a U.S. citizen.

However, if she were to get certain government jobs, she will have to renounce her Ecuadorian citizenship. This is of course after she becomes a U.S. citizen. Most of those jobs are for law enforcement and other intelligence positions. I know because a Colombian buddy of mine had to renounce his Colombian citizenship in order to work for the Air Marshals.

Thanks for the information!

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