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Visa advice needed

Hello, I am hoping you guys can help me out with a few questions. I have been to Ecuador 2 times in the last 12 months for a total of about 80 days in Ecuador. My first trip was from the beginning of Oct., 2015 until mid-Dec., 2015. My second trip was for about 2 weeks in the beginning of April. I plan to return this Dec and stay as long as possible as I have a girlfriend and an apartment in Cuenca.

My first question is, when I return in Dec. will I have a new 70 days roughly or will I only have about 10 days I am allowed in the country? I plan on applying for a 6-month visa extension as soon as I arrive. Roughly, what are my chances of getting the visa extension? Also I plan on applying for residency, however, I have a very minor criminal record in my home country (possession of a small amount of marijuana in 2006) is that something that I may be denied residency for? Please reply at your earliest convenience.

Thanks,

J