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Hello Everyone, USC about to get married in Ecuador to my Ecuadorian Citizen wife. I have been living and working here for the past 3 years, and I (obviously) am not anxious to leave my soon-to-be wife here in Ecuador and return to the States without her. The conundrum - How to file all of the paperwork needed (i-130, ir1-cr1, etc...) from abroad. I have read of some people here on VJ sending packets of paperwork to relatives in the States to be forwarded on from within the States...but that seems a bit underhanded, perhaps? I am extremely paranoid about crossing my Ts and dotting my Is...I don't want to give anyone in my beloved gov't an opportunity to say "ah-HA!"

What to do? is there anything explicit about NON-DCF (which doesn't appear to be an option in Ecuador?) for situations where both beneficiary and USC are living abroad?

Thanks, ya'll!

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***Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.***

**Moderator hat off**

There is nothing underhanded about sending a package to relatives in the US for them to forward on to USCIS. You can also send packages to the USCIS Chicago yourself.

The US Consulate in Guayaquil where your wife will interview has a reputation of being one of the harder ones. Pay close attention to the reviews and members who have dealt with that Consulate in the past (i.e. learn from their experiences).


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We're currently living overseas and sent the I-130 package to my parents to add the check and then mail on. Had no problems at all.

Edited by katze101

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Service Center: CSC

Marriage: 2011/09/24

Baby girl: 2012/12/31

I-130 Sent: 2015/04/08 - USC filing from abroad

NOA 1: 2015/04/10

NOA 2: 2015/05/20 - 40 days!!

NVC Received: 2015/06/05

Case number assigned: 2015/06/17

Submitted DS-261: 2015/07/05

Paid AOS fee: 2015/07/10

Paid IV fee: 2015/07/27

Submitted via email AOS and IV packets: 2015/07/27

Checklist: 2015/08/05 - for DS-260 was having website difficulties and didn't realise they would review our case in 11 days.

Submitted DS-260: 2015/08/07

Supervisor Review: 2015/09/14 - 38 days after submitted DS-260 and still waiting

Checklist/Email from Supervisor?: 2015/09/18 - for missing police certificate, even though we were suppose to submit directly to the Australian consulate. Emailed them as requested stating that info and called stating that info was told to wait another 30 days for them to respond?!?!?!?! :ranting: At least now I'm in direct email communication with a someone.

Case Complete!! - 2015/09/22 - 110 days

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