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As the interview will be at the famous Guayaquil consulate, I am going to be attending it along with my fiance. We just got our NOA2, and I'd like to be able to have things move as quickly as possible...

In respect to flight dates, I am wondering as to the leave/return dates. Ideally I'd get there 2-3 weeks before the interview/medical stuff, and return as early as possible after the interview.

I'm assuming (My NOA2 was July 10) that it will be in GYE at the beginning of August, and that an interview will happen somewhere around late august, and assuming the interview is OK, we can return mid-September.

Of course there's a chance that things can slow down, but I'm trying to aim for the correct dates so that I don't have to pay change/cancellation fees.

The 'Consulate Information' page for GYE seems a bit outdated. If http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/wait-times.html/?post=Guayaquilis to be believed, the wait time for an interview is very short.

Is my timeline too optimistic? Judging by the time tables for K1 visas in Ecuador in VJ, it seems to hover between 2-3 months between the NOA2 and the actual interview, but I'm unsure if that's because of the visa process itself, or because of applicants' time constraints (we both have very flexible schedules..)

(Sorry if this is under the wrong forum)


 
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AOS

10/23/2015: File for AOS, AP and EAD

10/31/2015: NOA1 for AOS, AP and EAD

11/16/2015: Biometrics Appointment Letter received
11/25/2015: Biometrics Appointment
12/16/2015: e-mail about Interview scheduled for 2/10/2016
12/18/2015: Physical Interview Appointment in mail

01/25/2016: EAD & AP cards received in mail

02/10/2016: Interview @ local USCIS

02/11/2016: Approval

02/17/2016: GC received!

09/27/2017: Moved to FL

ROC

01/27/2018: Filed I751

02/05/2018: NOA1 received, GC extended for 1 year

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why 2-3 wks before the medical + interview? i would think 1 week before could be sufficient. pay extra for a changeable ticket so you won't have to stress about the return date. in my humble opinion.


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The 2-3 weeks ahead (rather than 1 week) is mainly out of personal preference than anything absolutely required (also, I tend to get pretty sick with the flu for the first 1-2 weeks of each visit..)

Obviously I'm anxious to see her again (and would go sooner, but I don't want to get myself in the mess of having to get an extended visa for Ecuador, since I've already stayed 47 out of my 90 yearly limit already).

I'm mainly trying to figure out how to plan a timetable for this so I don't go too early (and end up having to get an extended Ecuadorean visa) nor do I go too late (and end up being rushed/sick/etc. by the interview). But maybe if the wait times are indeed just a matter of days, I can just time my trip based on my NVC process and schedule the interview together once I get there..

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AOS

10/23/2015: File for AOS, AP and EAD

10/31/2015: NOA1 for AOS, AP and EAD

11/16/2015: Biometrics Appointment Letter received
11/25/2015: Biometrics Appointment
12/16/2015: e-mail about Interview scheduled for 2/10/2016
12/18/2015: Physical Interview Appointment in mail

01/25/2016: EAD & AP cards received in mail

02/10/2016: Interview @ local USCIS

02/11/2016: Approval

02/17/2016: GC received!

09/27/2017: Moved to FL

ROC

01/27/2018: Filed I751

02/05/2018: NOA1 received, GC extended for 1 year

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You might want to check the timelines of folks whom GYQ has approved within the last several months, to see how long it took their visas to be in hand. My unscientific impression is that they're slow to print and ship visas. Assuming no 221g or AP status, you can ask them if you can pick up the visa at the consulate when it's ready, rather than having to wait for DHL or whatever service would otherwise send it.

Consulates worldwide are currently digging out from their visa-printing backlog, caused by the security breach not long ago. Things should be back to normal relatively soon.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Seems that AA doesn't offer 'flexible' tickets for their international offerings, and that changing a flight between US and south america is $300. I'll see if I can hunt down some of our recent Ecuador folks and ask how long it took to schedule medical, interview, etc.


 
Spoiler

AOS

10/23/2015: File for AOS, AP and EAD

10/31/2015: NOA1 for AOS, AP and EAD

11/16/2015: Biometrics Appointment Letter received
11/25/2015: Biometrics Appointment
12/16/2015: e-mail about Interview scheduled for 2/10/2016
12/18/2015: Physical Interview Appointment in mail

01/25/2016: EAD & AP cards received in mail

02/10/2016: Interview @ local USCIS

02/11/2016: Approval

02/17/2016: GC received!

09/27/2017: Moved to FL

ROC

01/27/2018: Filed I751

02/05/2018: NOA1 received, GC extended for 1 year

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Hi! Congratulations on the noa2! :D

I'm responding here since you sent me the link and this can help others like us who are reading this :) remember you can always message us and ask any questions since we've recently finished! I can't promise to be able to answer, but we're always willing to help! Have you seen my post on post noa2 steps so you guys are ready?? It's in my signature. :)

My personal opinion, though? Don't book your flight or make any plans without knowing. Otherwise you may be in for disappointment. I know thats probably not what you want to hear, but take it from me. We JUST finished our k1 process (literally we're getting married today lol), as you know, and spent hundreds of dollars (a good $250 fee for each change) changing our ticket.. And we had insurance on it. I know this is a typical answer that you've heard before, but you can absolutely 100% never ever be sure. Others around us got their interviews and visas right before us, and even the consulate gave us dates. Yet it took us more time. But trust me when I tell you that you cannot ever rely on the timelines or 'estimates' of others. I know you would like to in order to prepare, but this process is awful for planning in advance. It's nearly impossible to know. We definitely did not think we would hit July without the visa. At all. But things happen. We had someone tell us it would take 2 weeks. VJ said on average 2 weeks for an interview. They had nothing open for at least a month. We called literally every single day of that month to get a cancelation, since the consulate said they usually have at least one. They had none! Then we were told we could get it the same day or a few days later. We got it almost 4 weeks after the interview. Granted, there was a technical issue for a while, but it was fixed shortly after our interview. It didn't take some others as long as it took us. but ecuador is STILL clearing the backlog because we were part of the backlog, and it took them weeks to clear ours.

Again, historically it could take a month to get an interview or visa, but for you it could take less. Or it could take more. But do I think you should take the chance and book things without knowing for sure? I don't recommend it. It's up to you, but like I said, take it from us! We knew we had a risk in booking, but we were desperate for dates. We ended up paying for it big time. Listen to the cautions of others here because we only want to help prevent you losing time and money over this!

I could tell you that august would be a reasonable estimate for an interview, but I don't want to steer you wrong if that doesn't happen. The consulate, our lawyers, and other members here gave us estimates that didn't end up happening. We also checked recent ecuamerican couples' timelines. They didn't happen like ours. Check out our timeline to see how long things took for us. That can give you a rough idea!

Good luck to you two and don't hesitate to let us know if you need any help!! :) keep us posted on your progress!

Edited by SantyAndAllie

K-1 Visa

♥ 10/2/14- I-129F form sent
♥ 10/3/14- USCIS received I-129F
♥ 10/7/14- NOA1
4/24/15- NOA2 [6.5 months; 199 days]
♥ 5/11/15- NVC received & case number assigned
5/13/15- NVC left
5/14/15- Consulate received & ready for interview
6/15/15- Interview- APPROVED!!

7/10/15- Visa in hand

7/11/15- POE

7/14/15- Marriage (Civil)

AOS

7/20/15- AOS/EAD/AP sent together

7/23/15- NOA1 for all 3

8/17/15- Biometrics

8/31/15- Expedited AP document (all in one day)

9/22/15- EAD NOA2

9/30/15- Received EAD/AP combo card

11/20/15- AOS NOA2 (no interview)

11/25/15- Green card received! Woohoo!!!

"Can my fiance(e) visit on VWP while awaiting K-1 visa?"
Check out our recent experience coming through JFK on VWP here!

*Fellow Ecuamerican couples: All info you need to know--

Concise post NOA-2 steps, advice, & consulate info here!*

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Allie & Santy

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Ps you can't schedule medical without the interview. See my post in my signature about post noa2 to see "average" times it takes to and from NVC, etc. :) we scheduled our dr appt (Quito) the day before, so that part was fairly quick.


K-1 Visa

♥ 10/2/14- I-129F form sent
♥ 10/3/14- USCIS received I-129F
♥ 10/7/14- NOA1
4/24/15- NOA2 [6.5 months; 199 days]
♥ 5/11/15- NVC received & case number assigned
5/13/15- NVC left
5/14/15- Consulate received & ready for interview
6/15/15- Interview- APPROVED!!

7/10/15- Visa in hand

7/11/15- POE

7/14/15- Marriage (Civil)

AOS

7/20/15- AOS/EAD/AP sent together

7/23/15- NOA1 for all 3

8/17/15- Biometrics

8/31/15- Expedited AP document (all in one day)

9/22/15- EAD NOA2

9/30/15- Received EAD/AP combo card

11/20/15- AOS NOA2 (no interview)

11/25/15- Green card received! Woohoo!!!

"Can my fiance(e) visit on VWP while awaiting K-1 visa?"
Check out our recent experience coming through JFK on VWP here!

*Fellow Ecuamerican couples: All info you need to know--

Concise post NOA-2 steps, advice, & consulate info here!*

al6ryq.png

Allie & Santy

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One more.. TBone mentioned something that others told us.. That we could request pick up to save time. That was a no go. They don't allow it. Someone said to me that they did that recently, but when we asked multiple times, they said no. They only send via dhl. They ship them in big shipments at the end of the day. It's an expedited 24 hr service, so it's usually quick to ship to somewhere far like Quito (that was ours). But it's long to print. Once CEAC said issued, it took them over a week to print ours.


K-1 Visa

♥ 10/2/14- I-129F form sent
♥ 10/3/14- USCIS received I-129F
♥ 10/7/14- NOA1
4/24/15- NOA2 [6.5 months; 199 days]
♥ 5/11/15- NVC received & case number assigned
5/13/15- NVC left
5/14/15- Consulate received & ready for interview
6/15/15- Interview- APPROVED!!

7/10/15- Visa in hand

7/11/15- POE

7/14/15- Marriage (Civil)

AOS

7/20/15- AOS/EAD/AP sent together

7/23/15- NOA1 for all 3

8/17/15- Biometrics

8/31/15- Expedited AP document (all in one day)

9/22/15- EAD NOA2

9/30/15- Received EAD/AP combo card

11/20/15- AOS NOA2 (no interview)

11/25/15- Green card received! Woohoo!!!

"Can my fiance(e) visit on VWP while awaiting K-1 visa?"
Check out our recent experience coming through JFK on VWP here!

*Fellow Ecuamerican couples: All info you need to know--

Concise post NOA-2 steps, advice, & consulate info here!*

al6ryq.png

Allie & Santy

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Bummer about the no-pickup, but good to know.

It would probably be chaos for them to have an extra line of people clamoring to pick up their visas.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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