So many questions and so many things to say since this adventure started, but I'll try to be specific in the explanation of our situation and about the questions and the doubts we have.
Over a year ago I started a relationship with my actual husband. He is U.S citizen and I'm from Venezuela.
We tried to find ways to spend time together before even thinking about to get married, but the insecurity and the instability of my country made impossible the idea of him coming here to visit me. We also thought I could go to the states, I've never had the idea of going to USA, so never tried to get a visa, few weeks after we were planning everything for me to get it, the U.S embassy in Caracas closed the new applications for tourist visa (May, 2016).
We even decided to get a student visa for me, so in that way we could see how we work together, and why not, also a chance for me to learn English... waited till September to have the interview at the Embassy and I just got a denial.
After all that, we both realized we really wanted to be together forever, and not anymore looking for being together "just for some time", and that's how our wedding project started.
We knew getting married in Venezuela wasn't going to be possible, as I mentioned at the beginning, the insecurity in here is totally insane, keeping him in a low profile was going to be very hard. Another problem is how difficult is to find food and basic products in here, but I think my biggest fear was he having troubles at the airport after he arrives in, because of the irrational and crazy attitude that Venezuelan government and authorities hold against Americans and foreigners in general.
We didn't have other choice that get married in a different country, and thanks to the help of a lawyer in Costa Rica, we decided to have our wedding in that country on December 2016.
Despite of not having our family and friends there, everything was great.
In January our amazing trip ended and each one returned to their countries.
We should receive our marriage certificate in 1-2 weeks.
After this long explanation, I'll like to ask for some help in this forum, mainly because we are not sure yet which visa we should go for (CR-1 or K-3).
Right now the most important questions we have are:
1. If we decide to go for a K-3 visa, then I'll have to travel to Costa Rica for the interview at the U.S Embassy in that country, and it will be that embassy the one that will handle our case?.
As far as I know, with the CR-1 it doesn't matter where was issued the marriage certificate and all the process will be handled by the U.S embassy in Venezuela.
1.1 if my K-3 is handled by U.S Embassy in Costa Rica, it means the medical examination will take place there?...Or I could take the medical examination in Caracas and then have only the interview in Costa Rica?.
2. I know U.S embassy in Venezuela is having troubles for issuing visas, making very slow the process of schedule the interview. I don't want to debate about the causes of this, but more important is to know if the process of a K-3 (handled in a different country) will be faster than a CR-1.
I apologize again for the long story
And thanks in advance to all for the help