CJPinEcuador's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Cassandra
Beneficiary's Name: JP
VJ Member: CJPinEcuador
Country: Ecuador

Last Updated: 2023-02-05
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Immigration Checklist for Cassandra & JP:

USCIS I-129F Petition:      
Dept of State K1 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Guayaquil, Ecuador
I-129F Sent : 2021-04-17
I-129F NOA1 : 2021-04-20
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2022-06-27
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2022-10-05
NVC Left : 2022-10-25
Consulate Received : 2022-11-01
Packet 3 Received : 2022-11-02
Packet 3 Sent : 2022-11-06
Packet 4 Received : 2022-11-07
Interview Date : 2022-12-01
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2022-12-14
US Entry : 2023-01-19
Marriage : 2023-02-10
Comments : 12/25/21-submitted 1st inquiry to USCIS
01/05/22-USCIS non-answer response “We recognize your interest in the final adjudication of your pending petition and are aware of the difficulties caused by any delay in processing. We regret we are not able to give you a timeframe for when we will review your case”
9/10/22-NVC email: not received
9/14/22-Arrived at NVC
9/16/22-NVC email: recently received, no case # yet
9/29/22-Congressional inquiry response with confirmed received date
9/30/22-NVC email: received, no case # yet
10/20/22-Case # received
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 433 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 590 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Houston
POE Date : 2023-01-19
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Extremely pleasant experience. Officer at the first counter was given passport and yellow envelope. She asked about the visa type and an escort was called to take him to secondary inspection. At secondary, the officer was funny and easy to talk to and asked him about his previous entries, previous residency status, final address destination, and cracked a few jokes and gave advise about the AP processing for travel. Total time: exiting the plane and waiting in line was 1 hour and talking to the first officer and secondary took 15 more minutes. After that, he collected his bags and rechecked them for his next flight.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 2, 2022
Embassy Review : Overall very pleasant and timely experience! Very well organized and short waiting times. I was unable to attend and he went on his own. Just be sure to have all your documents ready and organized in a way that is quick for you to locate them!

Still doing a 2 day interview. This is what my fiance reported to me about the 2 days.

Day 1: Arrived early, took awhile to get in as many others showed up without the needed documents and slowed down the line. No one was particularly pleasant, but it all went smoothly. Asked to give various civil documents and proof of our continued relationship. Was given a pamphlet to take and look over, told what time to be back the next day for the interview, and given a complete copy of our original application to "look over". He was only asked who petitioned him and if he had a daughter. Neither the I-134 nor any financial documents were requested. Took about an hour.

Day 2: Arrived early and waited about 45 minutes for his interview once inside. Got a bit nervous as he watched a LOT of people get denied/not approved on the spot for tourist and resident visas before his turn as you can hear and see all the interviews taking place. Interview was very conversational and lasted less than 5 minutes. Interviewer (Andrew) was quite nice and very polite. Interview started in Spanish and switched to English after he asked my fiance were I live now in the US and my fiance responded with the name of my city and state in an American accent (he is also a native English speaker). After that the last few questions were in English before he said Welcome! and approved my fiance. The status in CEAC changed to Approved about an hour after his interview was over!

Questions asked (though all asked conversationally):
Who is petitioning you?
Where did you meet?
I saw in your file you met on Tinder?
Was she living here?
Why did she live here?
How did all that happen? (Explained why I lived there 8 years before we met)
Where did she move after she lived in Ecuador?
(Switched to English after this question and interviewer seemed to relax quite a bit and smiled/had a pleasant face for the rest of the questions)
Are you going to get married there? I hear it's nice. (Meaning the city he just mentioned I live in)
Did you propose to her?
Do you have plans for the wedding?
And: Welcome!

Never asked to see our I-134 or any financial documents. Did not ask for anything additional on Day 2. Gave back papers given on day 1 and a white/blue paper saying he was approved and info on passport delivery.
Rating : Good

Timeline Comments: 8

blank avatar Lokoecu on 2022-10-27 said:
OMG guys this is insane, 4 months from NOA2 to NVC case#. I heard that the consulate in Guayaquil is not too delayed processing these from my attorney. Let's see how the rest of the process goes. Please keep posting in your timeline. Best of luck to you both!!
RamiZest on 2022-11-14 said:
Hello. Did you schedule your own interview?
CJPinEcuador on 2022-11-14 said:
Yes, at our embassy you schedule your own interview and medical exam. The earliest available was the week we scheduled ours for.
SaraClaire11 on 2022-12-01 said:
Good luck today! I would love to hear your review of the experience as we will be hopefully be there in a few months. Thanks!
SaraClaire11 on 2022-12-14 said:
Exactly 2 weeks from interview to visa in hand, love to see it! Best of luck to you both!
blank avatar Eddieg15 on 2023-01-10 said:
Hi! My fiance is also from Ecuador and I'm currently seeing conflicting information on the process. I emailed NVC and got my case number, but do I need to wait for a mailed letter? And will the embassy in Ecuador contact me or my fiance regarding the interview appointment? Did you have to file DS-160? Sorry for all the questions!
CJPinEcuador on 2023-01-10 said:
We have a WhatsApp group for Ecuador that is super helpful! Send me your phone number if you’d like me to add you. You should fill out the DS-160 when you are In-Transit. Once they have it and the application it will change to Ready in CEAC tracker and you can pay the fee and choose your appointment date plus make the medical appointment. I had two emails from the embassy. One was the instruction letter and the other was to let me know after they had the DS-160 that we could choose our appointment date. Someone had already shared the letter with me beforehand though so I had the instructions and we had already collected our documents. You don’t need to wait for them to contact you before you schedule anything as long as you go in transit.
blank avatar Eddieg15 on 2023-02-05 said:
Hi, sorry just seeing this response! Yes please add me to the Whatsapp group, that would he extremely helpful. My number is 929-264-4224
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