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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ecuador
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I know this is a bit early, but of course I am obsessing because I want time to go by faster, so I am thinking about this now.

My fiance and I did not really have a formal engagement, it was more of a discussion of how our relationship would progress. We had discussed becoming engaged before I left Ecuador in December, but at first we just applied for a visitor visa and got rejected. The day after his failed interview, he asked me to marry him! Of course, this was partially because we wanted to be together, and we knew he would not get approved for the visitor visa. It does not change the fact that we want to spend our lives together.

That being said, I do not know what to say about the timeline of our engagement at the interview? Should we say we got engaged while I was in Ecuador? Or should we say it was after I left? I am just worried that they will say that this is a fraud because we applied for the Fiance visa after he got rejected from the visitor visa.

Anyone have any advice? The embassy will be in Guayaquil. Also, how important is it for me to be there for the interview - I am a teacher, and I believe that it might be the first couple weeks of school - a HORRIBLE time to be absent.

Thanks for your help!!

Caitlin (Catalina cuando estoy en Ecuador je je)

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I know this is a bit early, but of course I am obsessing because I want time to go by faster, so I am thinking about this now.

My fiance and I did not really have a formal engagement, it was more of a discussion of how our relationship would progress. We had discussed becoming engaged before I left Ecuador in December, but at first we just applied for a visitor visa and got rejected. The day after his failed interview, he asked me to marry him! Of course, this was partially because we wanted to be together, and we knew he would not get approved for the visitor visa. It does not change the fact that we want to spend our lives together.

That being said, I do not know what to say about the timeline of our engagement at the interview? Should we say we got engaged while I was in Ecuador? Or should we say it was after I left? I am just worried that they will say that this is a fraud because we applied for the Fiance visa after he got rejected from the visitor visa.

Anyone have any advice? The embassy will be in Guayaquil. Also, how important is it for me to be there for the interview - I am a teacher, and I believe that it might be the first couple weeks of school - a HORRIBLE time to be absent.

Thanks for your help!!

Caitlin (Catalina cuando estoy en Ecuador je je)

Caitlin,

I think that however you decide to tell your story, you better make sure that you and your fiance are on the same page. In other words, if during interview they ask each of you separately, "when did you become engaged?" you want to make sure you are providing the same answer. So, talk about it and decide the version (and timeframe) of your engagement story. I honestly think that, in reality, most couples discuss the idea of being together and marriage before the couple actually agree on it as a fact, or before the standard media depiction of man-geting-in-one-knee-while-offering-a-diamond-ring sort of thing.

I have read that the Guayaquil consulate is difficult and that fiance(e)s must attend the interview. Yes, it is quite inconvenient, but realize that you will have to be there in order for your fiance to get any kind of fighting chance.

Best wishes! (F)


August 23, 2010 - I-129 F package sent via USPS priority mail with delivery confirmation.

August 30, 2010 - Per Department of Homeland Security (DHS) e-mail, petition received and routed to California Service Center for processing. Check cashed. I-797C Notice of Action by mail (NOA 1) - Received date 08/25/2010. Notice date 08/27/2010.

After 150 days of imposed anxious patience...

January 24, 2011 - Per USCIS website, petition approved and notice mailed.

January 31, 2011 - Approval receipt notice (NOA 2) received by mail. Called NVC, given Santo Domingo case number, and informed that petition was sent same day to consulate.

Called Visa Specialist at the Department of State every day for a case update. Informed of interview date on February, 16 2011. Informed that packet was mailed to fiance on February, 15 2011.

February 21, 2011 - Fiance has not yet received packet. Called 1-877-804-5402 (Visa Information Center of the United States Embassy) to request a duplicate packet in person pick-up at the US consulate in Santo Domingo. Packet can be picked-up by fiance on 02/28.

March 1, 2011 - Medical exam completed at Consultorios de Visa in Santo Domingo.

March 9, 2011 at 6 AM - Interview, approved!

March 18, 2011 - POE together. JFK and O'Hare airports. Legal wedding: May 16, 2011.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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C.,

The poster's advice above is wise.

An entire thread, in the U.S. Embassy & Consulate forum, lays things out: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/110313-us-consulate-in-guayaquil-ecuador/

Please read the whole thing, paying attention to the WORST happenings. Do the same for the "Embassy Reviews" (atop every VJ page) for Guayaquil.

Without enough evidence yet to call it a pattern, some beneficiaries in GYQ are being granted visas without the spouse/fiance(e) present. However, read the thread and the reviews.

All the best, si man. We're here for you.


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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My husband and I did not have a formal engagement either, and they didn't even asked about it at the interview. He had also applied and was denied for a tourist visa the year before we applied for the K-1 visa. There were no questions asked about that either. I did attend the interview with him and feel that it is a good experience and way to support your fiance. They primarily interviewed him, but they did ask me a few questions as well. Being a teacher as well, I know it is difficult to get time away during the school year. Could you consider a few days of unpaid leave? Family sick leave? If you can't get your interview for the summer, I would speak with your administrators in the school or in the district to see how they can help you swing getting away for a few days without penalty. I think it would be worth it. If he is denied simply because you aren't at the interview, it is that much longer that you will have to wait to be together. Good luck in your process!

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Thanks for the advice. And I will make sure that we have the same story. Realistically, they may not even ask about that, but I should have something ready anyway.

I have decided I will go down to the interview regardless - it's not worth the risk - I'll just have to make it for a very short time and take the time off.

Thanks for the advice!!

Fingers crossed and holding my breath..

Caitlin

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Good decision, C. Stay in close touch with us, si man! :)


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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