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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ecuador
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We just received the email notice of our NOA2, and I have some questions about the next steps. Do we need to wait for any notice or paper or case number for my fiance to go get his medical exam? As basically all of our communication and many documents are in Spanish, do we need to translate them for the interview since it is in Ecuador? If these answers are already posted, please direct me to the information. Thanks so much, and a big thanks to all those who have contributed information to this website. It was very helpful in filing the I-129F.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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You don't need to translate any documents or communications that are in Spanish. You do (if you haven't already) need to read the Embassy Reviews for Guayaquil (see link atop this page), paying particular attention to the worst of the accounts; and you should read the entire thread "US Consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador" thread in the Embassy/Consulate forum.

Plan now to attend the first interview with your SO, or his visa will be refused.


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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ecuador
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We just received the email notice of our NOA2, and I have some questions about the next steps. Do we need to wait for any notice or paper or case number for my fiance to go get his medical exam? As basically all of our communication and many documents are in Spanish, do we need to translate them for the interview since it is in Ecuador? If these answers are already posted, please direct me to the information. Thanks so much, and a big thanks to all those who have contributed information to this website. It was very helpful in filing the I-129F.

Congratulations on getting your NOA2 so fast! (We are still waiting since Dec.) I think you can schedule the medical now and get the police report. The packet 3 is non-existent, but packet 4 is downloadable from the Guayaquil website so you can start filling out documents. You HAVE to have your US citizen fiance attend the interview, and you HAVE to have extra evidence above and beyond what they ask for, especially extra pictures, digital, with dates and names of locations. You can send in your required to be returned packet 4 forms to Guayaquil after your name and case number appears on their website caseload. After a few days of them receiving that, you can begin calling for an appt., but don´t be surprised if you are told to wait XXX weeks and call back a few times before they make the interview appt. T-bone is right, all of this is covered in the Embassy page. Good luck to you both.


12/2006 Met while Ivan was in the US on a Turist Visa

12/15/09 I-129F Sent to California

12/21/2009 NOA1

5/11/10 K-1 Approved by CSC :)

6/9/2010 Traveling with my boys to spend a month in Ecuador

6/30/2010 Consulates list of "cases ready to interview"

7/5/2010 "call back in 8 wks and THEN we will set interview date"

July 2010 Three MORE calls-"now I can't book end of August, that's too far ahead to put on the calendar".

August 2010 Last-minute decision by two of Ivan's boys that they want the K2, two more weeks of drafting and Notorizing new legal custody agreements

8/12/10 A FIFTH PIN and call-- "call back just ahead".

8/16/10 A SIXTH PIN and call-- "we can book you for in two days, but if you want next Monday the 23rd or Tuesday the 24th, then call back later THIS WEEK, and we will book you for MONDAY MORNING". frustrated letter by me to Consulate email

8/17/10 Call from US Consulate Guayaquil, man profusely apologizing, books us for 24th.

8/24/10 K1 interview--denied--told he has a lifetime ban. Sad, sad, very sad day.

Currently investigating options on marriage...then 1.5 years of more wait.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ecuador
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Esperanza, I appreciate your response. We've been working hard on the all the docs and stuff required for the interview. We went to the medical exam yesterday in Guayaquil, and it went well. No problems. It looks like we will have to call a couple of times to make the appt. because my fiance already tried and was told to wait 8 weeks! So I plan to call and will nag them until we get an appt. Otherwise, we are just making mailing arrangements with my mom to receive documentation from the states. Best wishes with your NOA2!

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It looks like we will have to call a couple of times to make the appt. because my fiance already tried and was told to wait 8 weeks! So I plan to call and will nag them until we get an appt.
Those appointment-setter chicas get commissions for how many times they can get people to call back for the $12 PIN. If you get the runaround again, cut the chica short, demand her name, & demand to speak with her supervisor.

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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ecuador
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Hello all my ecuadorian fellows. Quick question i have the electronic version of the packet 4 It does not stay that I have to send any documents to them. It just says that I have to call for an appointment. Do I bring all the documents to the interview or do I send them in to the consular in Guayaquil. Please input your experiences. Thank you,


2010-05-15 I-129F Application sent to CSC

2010-05-17 I-129F Application received by VSC

2010-05-19 I-129F Application Forwarded to Dallas Lockbox

2010-05-25 Check cashed

2010-05-25 NOA1 Receipt

2010-07-07 NOA2 Received email that our I-129F application was approved

2010-07-14 NOA2 hard copy received, Petition sent to NVC

2010-07-12 NVC sent Petition sent to embassy

2010-07-15 Called NVC and got case number

2010-07-14 Petition received at Ecuador Embassy

2010-XX-XX Packet 4 letter of instructions from the Ecuadorian Embassy

2010-07-30 Medical appointment scheduled

2010-08-10 Passed medical

2010-09-13 Appointment for visa at Guayaquil Consulate

2011-01-04 Travel to the United States and get married

2011-01-16 Got Married

2011-03-19 Submitted AOS application

2011-04-05 Received RFE

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[Do I bring all the documents to the interview or do I send them in to the consular in Guayaquil?]

Take everything with you to the interview in Guayaquil. You don't send anything to them ahead of time. And be sure to have everything because they collected all of the documents that we brought to the interview. Good luck!

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