Special thanks to Dana Cameron (Ecuador Expats on FB for this information)
as of this date April 28, 2013 this information is current
I’m a visa facilitator. This is what you need to apply for a pension visa:
1. Letter in Spanish requesting the visa.
2. Completed application form.
3. 2 passport style photos.
4. Letter stating your monthly benefit, whether this is Social Security or pension from other entity. You must have this translated, notarized, and sent to an Ecuadorian Conulate in your home country for certification.
5. Police background check less than 90 days old at time of application. Translated into Spanish, apostiiiled. Translation must be apostilled or notarized here.
6. Movimiento Migratorios. Document obtained from immigration police here which details your entries and exits from the country.
7. Color copy of the picture page of your passport, notarized here.
8. Color copy of your current visa from your passport, notarized.
9. Copy of the entry stamp into the country, notarized.
10. If on the 12-IX visa, obtained outside of Ecuador, then a notarized copy of the registration stamp from the passport.
11. If married and one person is filing as a dependent, an apostilled, translated copy of the marriage certificate.
For the cedula:
1. Certificate from the visa office permitting you to apply for the cedula.
2. Notarized copy of the new visa from your passport.
3. Notarized copy of the picture page of your passport.
4. Birth certificate, apostilled, preferably showing parents birthplaces (if not you will have to make a notarized affidavit swearing to this) Birth cert. must be translated with translation apostilled or notarized here.
5. Proof of marital status: ie. divorce certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate if widowed, all apostilled, translated. If never married, an apostilled, translated certificate from home, or you can swear out an affidavit in front of an Ecuadorian notary.
personal note: Canadian Birth certificates must got the EC Council in Canada to be legalized before you present it here in Ecuador. Canada is not part of the recognized apostille process.