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Hello Everyone -

I am starting the process of applying for a K-1 Visa. My fiancé is Ecuadorian and I am currently a medical student in Phoenix, AZ. I'd like to have my I-129 filed by the end of this month. Do you all have any main suggestions for me as we start this process or any good resources that you would recommend? I am sure I will have lots of specific questions as the time goes on. Also, Is it reasonable to put together all of the information needed for the I-129 in 2 weeks? I am studying/busy for about 10 hours every day and can commit about 5 hours a week to the process. Let me know what you think!

Thank you so much for your help!

Sincerely,

Jenni

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Welcome to the forum.


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

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Use the guides at the top of the page here on VJ. They will get you through. Ask all the questions. Follow the guide to the letter and you should have no problems.


 

 

Service Center : California Service Center on 2014-03-17Consulate : London, United KingdomI-129F Sent : 2014-03-10I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-14I-129F NOA2 : 2014-04-07NVC Received :4/21/2014NVC Left :4/23/2014Consulate Received :2014-04-29Packet 3 Received :2014-05-01Packet 3 Sent :2014-05-01Medical Complete: 2014-05-07Packet 4 Received :2014-5-31Interview Date :2014-06-06Visa Issued: 2014-06-10Visa Package Received: 2014-06-13Arrival at POE Seattle: 2014-6-13

Married 07/07/2014

AOS Timeline
AOS package mailed 08/08/2014 (Chicago Lockbox)
NOA date 8/13/2014
Biometrics done 09/14/2014
INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 10/31/2014
Approval e-mail 10/31/2014
Card production e-mail 12/27/2011
GREEN CARD ARRIVED 11/08/201

Employment Authorization Document
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-08-04
NOA Date : 2014-08-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-09-04
Approved Date : 2014-09-25
Date Card Received : 2014-10-03

ADVANCED Parole
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance :First
Date Filed : 2014-08-04
NOA Date : 2014-08-13
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2014-10-03


ROC Timeline
ROC package mailed to CSC 10/13/2016
NOA1 date 10/17/2016
Biometrics date 12/8/2016

Interview: None
Card production ordered: 03/27/2018
10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED

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I put together our K1 file in about 2 days. It's more than doable, if you have all documents on hand.
For you, that could mean your fiancee needs to send you copies of her passport, her forms etc, but once you get those, it's easy-breezy. (I was actually vising the US when I put the file together, so we both had our documents, but you should be able to put together the file in 2 weeks.)
Just go to the K1 guide on this website and make sure to check every document listed.


 

 

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Welcome to the forum.

The post just above does not apply to the Guayaquil consulate or to what is necessary to survive the eventual K-1 visa interview there.

In addition to supplying the information that USCIS requires, front-load your I-129F petition with all of the most convincing "evidence of bona fide relationship" that you can collect. USCIS will not care about this, but they'll pass it to the Guayaquil consulate. You should allocate all necessary funds NOW to be on the consular premises when that interview ultimately takes place, and let nothing stop you from being present.

If you have little "face time" with your fiance, hold off on filing the I-129F petition until you have another quality visit.

Edited to add: Things have apparently gotten somewhat better since my contemporaries and I got hosed, but read and heed this thread:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/110313-us-consulate-in-guayaquil-ecuador/

Edited by TBoneTX

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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Welcome to the forum.

The post just above does not apply to the Guayaquil consulate or to what is necessary to survive the eventual K-1 visa interview there.

In addition to the information that USCIS requires, front-load your I-129F petition with all of the most convincing "evidence of bona fide relationship" that you can collect. USCIS will not care about this, but they'll pass it to the Guayaquil consulate. You should allocate all necessary funds NOW to be on the consular premises when that interview ultimately takes place, and let nothing stop you from being present.

Edited to add: Things have apparently gotten somewhat better since my contemporaries and I got hosed, but read and heed this thread:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/110313-us-consulate-in-guayaquil-ecuador/

^^^

What he said. :thumbs: He has direct experience with the Guayaquil consulate.


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

> Almost 2 years of our lives involved with the USCIS/DOS "shuffle" & worth every second of it ! <

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca

_______________________

:idea: Read more, post less.... Google can be your friend ! :idea:

Prior apologies if I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

Keep your timeline current: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/

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Hello Everyone -

I am starting the process of applying for a K-1 Visa. My fiancé is Ecuadorian and I am currently a medical student in Phoenix, AZ. I'd like to have my I-129 filed by the end of this month. Do you all have any main suggestions for me as we start this process or any good resources that you would recommend? I am sure I will have lots of specific questions as the time goes on. Also, Is it reasonable to put together all of the information needed for the I-129 in 2 weeks? I am studying/busy for about 10 hours every day and can commit about 5 hours a week to the process. Let me know what you think!

Thank you so much for your help!

Sincerely,

Jenni

Welcome to the forum!

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Welcome to the forum.

The post just above does not apply to the Guayaquil consulate or to what is necessary to survive the eventual K-1 visa interview there.

In addition to supplying the information that USCIS requires, front-load your I-129F petition with all of the most convincing "evidence of bona fide relationship" that you can collect. USCIS will not care about this, but they'll pass it to the Guayaquil consulate. You should allocate all necessary funds NOW to be on the consular premises when that interview ultimately takes place, and let nothing stop you from being present.

If you have little "face time" with your fiance, hold off on filing the I-129F petition until you have another quality visit.

Edited to add: Things have apparently gotten somewhat better since my contemporaries and I got hosed, but read and heed this thread:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/110313-us-consulate-in-guayaquil-ecuador/

Wow, TBoneTX!

I only read through the first 5 pages of the thread you posted, and I can't believe what you and other people had to go through! I'm sitting here a little bummed that I had my GC interview 2 weeks ago and USCIS still has a hard time locating my file to approve it, but I guess I should just be grateful for the absolutely smooth process we've had so far, and the fact that I'm here with my husband. The rest can wait.

My post definitely doesn't apply. The petition to USCIS itself is easy, but the Guayaquil consulate seems to be a totally different kind of animal.


 

 

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Count your blessings, truly. Guayaquil has apparently gotten better (new leadership), but I still recommend taking no chances.

Consuls can refuse to accept or consider evidence brought to the interview, but they are not allowed to ignore or discount evidence that they know USCIS has seen.

Here's another horror story, from the petitioner who probably got hosed worse than any of the rest of us:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/180306-guayaquil-consulate-administrative-process/

Edited by TBoneTX

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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Here's another horror story, from the petitioner who probably got hosed worse than any of the rest of us:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/180306-guayaquil-consulate-administrative-process/

A fellow PDX-er :)

I hope they had better luck with the rest of their immigration journey here in beautiful Portland.


 

 

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I am very grateful for the fact that I telecommute, but I would still allocate some vacation time around the interview date to be there in person.

Glad to see another ECU filer. Welcome aboard! (was feeling kinda lonely here).

Maybe the GYE consulate has gotten a bit better (also) due to the economy improving there a bit slightly (until like a few months ago)?


 
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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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A fellow PDX-er :)

I hope they had better luck with the rest of their immigration journey here in beautiful Portland.

As far as I know, she and the baby made it, and they've proceeded with their lives.

I am very grateful for the fact that I telecommute, but I would still allocate some vacation time around the interview date to be there in person.

Glad to see another ECU filer. Welcome aboard! (was feeling kinda lonely here).

Maybe the GYE consulate has gotten a bit better (also) due to the economy improving there a bit slightly (until like a few months ago)?

Probably more Ecu filers on here than are obvious. Click on the Ecu flag in your (or my) left sidebar to see if it takes you to the Ecu portal.

The consulate will probably operate independent of domestic economic policies until and unless that egomaniac Correa crashes things so badly that the country becomes "desperately poor" and people resort to fraud to try to get out.


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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Thank you all so much already for your great advice!! I feel confident that with this website I can hopefully figure everything out! Great to hear the Guayaquil Consulate has gotten better. I will try my best to be there for his interview, its just hard with my schedule and being in school. I am guessing he will interview in December if I can file by the end of this month? That is my hope at least!

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I am very grateful for the fact that I telecommute, but I would still allocate some vacation time around the interview date to be there in person.

Glad to see another ECU filer. Welcome aboard! (was feeling kinda lonely here).

Maybe the GYE consulate has gotten a bit better (also) due to the economy improving there a bit slightly (until like a few months ago)?

Hi, I am in the K1 process I had my NOA1 dated May 27th 2016 I guess I will have an answer by the end of July or probably August.

I have a question? I am planning to go to Ecuador the day of the interview to see if I can get in with him. Do you know if that is possible?

and if that was you experience can you tell me how was it..?? by the way my fiance apply for a tourist visa twice and it was denied hope that's not a problem because this is a different type of visa.

Thanks


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A recent post has been split from this thread, moved to the Mexico/Latin/South America regional forum, and given the topic title "Questions about Medical Exams in Ecuador  [split topic]."

 

Old thread is now closed to further comment.


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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