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  1. Background: Marriage Date: July 28, 2017 Me (age 29): F1 (2011) -> OPT (2013) -> H-1B (2014 - Austin, TX) -> H-1B - employer changed (2015 - Santa Clara, CA) -> H-1B (location amendment - 2017 - Austin, TX) - Active (Expires - 02/2020) Wife - USC Both of us live in Austin, TX and do not have any other dependents Planning to file - Marriage based AOS (end of Jan 2018) - HERE - Also, planning to provide I-693 after initial package is sent - possibly closer to I've attempted to contact many Civil Surgeons within the Austin area based on the Find-A-Doctor link. Many of these have quoted me costs starting with $200 (at least for initial consultation) - $800 (crazy), depending on the vaccinations required. Additionally, almost every doctor/facility I have contacted, accept health insurance from all the major providers. However, they refuse test either of these under the Insurance - stating that "Immigration Physical" is not covered under Insurance. I managed to do some research, as many of you possibly have already done. See below for links and information: https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/HTML/PolicyManual-Volume8-PartB-Chapter9.html https://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/exams/ti/civil/vaccination-civil-technical-instructions.html For I-693, I assume that getting tested for Tuberculosis, Syphilis and Gonorrhea is MANDATORY? Besides these, the form also lists the vaccinations mentioned in the links above (listed in the table below). Based on the table at the cdc link, looking at the age appropriateness - I think I am in the green zone except for the one's highlighted below: Is my understanding correct? Note: I was vaccinated as a toddler for B.C.G (possible cause for the TB Skin test coming in as +ve - however, when I came to the US for school in Fall 2011, they did the skin test and found it -ve), DTP, MMR, OBV (polio). I also received the Meningococcal vaccine since it was a requirement for my University (have records). I am positive I have not received vaccination for Rotavirus, Hib, Hep A, Hep B. Will the civil surgeon still have me get vaccinated for these? For Td and Varicella (I have never had chicken pox in my childhood), if I get administered in India - have an upcoming trip, for both these vaccines, can any of you fellow VJers - please comment on what documentation is acceptable with the Civil Surgeon in order to transcribe and use that information to record in the I-693 form? @Aviinashh @Leo7777 @geowrian @sebastianshaw
  2. Hi there, Anyone have experience with the I-693 form and DS3025 (proof of vaccination) adjusting status from K1 visa? Trying to gather everything in Korea before heading back to the USA. We've called the facility where the medical was done and they said they don't give out the DS3025, BUT I've read online that's something we need to give the doctor in the US to have the I-693 form filled out correctly and avoid any discrepancy about vacc records. I've also read that if AOS is pursued within the year of the original medical done for the K-1 visa...an additional medical isn't required. So...my question is, later if we weren't returned any vaccination record (DS3025) what will happen? Redo vaccines and pay again? Is this something the doctor will be able to pull up on their side and verify? Am I missing something? It doesn't make sense that we wouldn't be given something back that is necessary for the continuation of the process. Thanks
  3. Greetings everyone, just received great news that our interview has been scheduled for next month, and currently working through the pre-interview checklist. I understand the instructions for the health check, but I'm struggling to find any information on the cost of vaccinations for an impending US immigrant. If there are any fellow journeymen/women who have any knowledge of vaccination fees in Vietnam, either in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, I'd be grateful if you could share your experience!
  4. So I was born in South Africa and had most of the required vaccinations done there. At 17 I moved to New Zealand. Somewhere along the line my record got lost. Now I've been to my Dr with the vaccination list for US to do the titre test as I need a form to take to the lab,but it doesn't seem to test for them? How do O go about everything? This is an image of what my Dr can send to the lab to request immunity of.
  5. These questions are about medical examination at the IOM Migration Health Unit in Kyiv, Ukraine. Will they accept vaccination chart photocopy, or does it have to be an original with “wet” seal? Will they consider fluorography results recently done by another clinic in Ukraine? Is it wise/easy/possible to schedule the medical appointment the day before consulate interview? What is your recommendation on timing? Any other Kyiv/Ukraine specific tips? Thank you.
  6. Hi there, My wife was pregnant when we submitted her I485 in June 2017. So her doctor indicated on her I-693 Vaccination Supplement that she can't take MMR and Varicella due to pregnancy. And since June when we submitted the initial 485 package , we have not received any RFEs. She did her fingerprint in June. And we are waiting for interview notice. Now my wife has delivered the baby and she went back to her doctor and got Vaccination shots for MMR and Varicella. And we were told the Vaccination form has changed and they transferred her details to the new version of the form, and gave us another sealed envelope which indicates she has done ALL the required vaccination. So my question is that: should we proactively send the updated I-693 Vaccination form to USCIS without RFE, or wait for RFE or giving it to the interview officer during the interview? Thanks. Tom
  7. Vaccination.record of child lost?

    Hello While shifting we misplaced the vaccination record for my son. He is 10yr old and has had vaccination until 5yrs. Is there any other way to.show his vaccinations recorD? Anyone with similar experience please advise. Thanks
  8. Hi all, We are preparing to submit concurrent filing of I-130 and I-485. And while finalizing documents, we realized that our i-693 vaccination record (on the copy) has an issue -- it is missing a check mark on the very first row for DT / DTaP / DTP (it should've been marked Not Age Appropriate). The record does show completed mark with date for Tdap, and also the results section is marked on "Application may be eligible for blanket waivers". In theory it may be ok but we are worried since 1) the instruction says "Please make sure to mark every row" 2) we've seen a case of RFE due to missing a check mark here. Could anyone please share thoughts if we should re-do it with Civil Surgeon or if it is general practice to miss the mark for DTaP? Thank you!
  9. I have just come back from my GP, and picked up my vaccination records. However... they just have my childhood vaccinations for MMR, Polio, Tetanus etc (I know the tetanus has expired by now!) and the boosters I had when I was 4. I had my TB jab at school, as the majority of us UK bunch will have done, but there isn't a record of it on my GP's system. I assume because it was done through the school? I have the scar, and I'm sure the Knightsbridge doctor will be aware of the fact that it's standard school procedure to do the vaccinations, but has anyone here run into that problem? Or solved that problem??
  10. Hi All, We are in the process of filing my AOS and I have read in the VJ guide: "If you are a K-1, K-2, K-3 or K-4 visa holder the I-693 instructions state that you are not required to have another medical examination as long as your Form I-485 is filed within one year of your overseas medical examination. If you are missing any shots from your overseas medical a I-693 vaccination transcription is required to be completed by seeing a Civil Surgeon to have certain portions of the I-693 completed and have the Civil Surgeon certify the form (sealing the original in an envelope and giving you a copy)." I didn't have my MMR shot at the time of my medical but I got it done at a Boot's pharmacy just before leaving the UK and brought the confirmation and updated vaccination records from my doctor's office with me. Can someone tell me what I need to do with these and at one point I supply them in the AOS process? Do I still need to see a 'Civil Surgeon'? Many Thanks, Dan
  11. Hello: I am currently undergoing medical tests for I 693 form. I have had pleural effusion 10 years ago and due to which doctors in India suspected/tested me for TB. Due to pleural effusion, my chest x-ray even today shows a scar that gives the impression to anyone looking at it for the first time, as if I have active TB. However, I was treated for latent TB 10 years ago with 6 months of treatment under DOTS strategy in India. Also in US they checked for my sputum and culture in 2015 and concluded that there is no active TB MY question is, for I 693 how would this be considered by civil surgeon. Since they gave me skin test and the skin test result in positive. Any advice ? Would this impact negatively in my GC filing process ? Has anyone gone through similar situation ? Please advise
  12. Today my fiancee just finished her medical exam in HCMC, Vietnam. We both read that she only needed to schedule an appointment for the exam but not for the vaccination shots. But after the exam she tried to go to the place to get the vaccinations and she was told she has to schedule that for a later date (earliest is a week later). The trouble is she doesn't live in HCMC and now she has to stay there or buy more plane tickets to leave and come back for the vaccinations next week Has anyone else had to schedule an appointment for vaccinations? Is there a place that offers same day vaccinations that is approved by the US Consulate?
  13. I just got the letter where they are scheduling my interview appointment in a month from now. But my lawyer is driving me crazy! She just can't explain things well, and I don't know how to ask her any more. She tells me to make a trip right away to the U.S. in order to get the necessary vaccines so when I get to the interview I'll be ready and they won't have to vaccinate me. But! On the other hand I have friends and other people telling me not to apply any vaccine since they could not even take them as valid in the interview and I could get vaccinated again that day (double expenses, double pain). I no longer know what to do, I had understood that in the same week before the interview I could carry out the process of the fingerprints scan and medical examination. Can anyone please orientate me about this? Especially those who have been through this recently. Thanks in advance PS: As additional info, my lawyer says "if you come to the US right now, I'll give you the address of a clinic where they'll charge you about $30 bucks for all the neccessary vaccines, but if you wait until the interview day they'll charge you $60 bucks for every vaccine". That's like... a lot of difference Don't you think?
  14. I have mixed responses to the question: Do you have documentation to establish that you have received vaccinations in accordance with U.S. law? Yes No My spouse had some immunizations but do not have a record of it. Should we say Yes to this question because we will have all the vaccination requirement completed by the interview time per medical examination form that the embassy gives to my spouse? Or should we say No b/c we currently don't have any proof and then explain that we will have the vaccination requirement completed by the time of the interview. Thank you.
  15. My fiance will be going for his medical next month for K-1 visa in India. I was wondering if somebody could point me to the medical requirements for the adjustment of status (AOS) as he wants to have everything done in India (he dislikes medical situations and would rather get it done at once). He does not have any vaccination records as his mom moved constantly and was a single mother, so we know he will need the full regime done. Any information is helpful! Thank You!
  16. Hey everyone, I have a question about the Vaccination Documentation Worksheet that's supposed to be included in the I-485 Adjustment of Status application package. Back when I had my K-1 medical exam done, the panel physician gave me a sealed envelope with my exam documentation in it. I turned in the envelope at my POE upon moving to the U.S. to get married, and I never got it back. I did also receive a copy of the Vaccination Documentation Worksheet that the doctor filled out at the time, but it's not sealed and doesn't look very "official" either (my passport-style photo was on top of the worksheet and it was also included in the photocopy). So what EXACTLY is the vaccination document we're supposed to include in the I-485 package? I found this passage when doing some research: "Even if a new medical examination is not required, you must still show proof that you complied with the vaccination requirements. If the vaccination record (DS 3025) was not properly completed and included as part of the original overseas medical examination report, you will have to have the Part 7. Vaccination Record completed by a designated civil surgeon. In this case, you must submit Parts 1., 2., 4., and 7. of Form I-693." The photocopy of the vaccination sheet that the panel physician gave me doesn't have any text on it that says "DS 3025". So I don't think that's what it is. Other people have said that if you received a photocopy of the vaccination worksheet from your medical exam, you should have it transcribed onto an I-693 form -- but ONLY the vaccination section AND it needs to be done by a civil surgeon. Then you get the civil surgeon to seal the (partial) I-693 in an envelope, and you can include that in the I-485 package. BUT, the above must be completed before the one-year anniversary of your overseas medical exam; otherwise you need to get a whole new exam done... And I have only two weeks left to spare! What should I do? Should I find a civil surgeon ASAP and get him to fill out the relevant part of the I-693, and include that in my package, sealed in an envelope? Or should I just attach the old photocopy of my Vaccination Documentation Worksheet from the original panel physician that did my medical exam overseas -- and explain that the POE border officer took my medical files, so they must have it somewhere? Will I get a Request for Further Evidence (RFE) if I do the former? Or the latter? And if I do get an RFE, does that then delay the timing of my application being processed, so that I would have to get a whole new medical exam done? Or do they only count from the date they receive your application? (So would I be safe if I sent my package in very soon, regardless of getting an RFE or not?) Aaauughhh, I'm super confused! Would appreciate ANY help whatsoever... P.S. If anyone can post a photo / scan of the vaccination sheet they sent in with their Adjustment of Status package (with identifying info removed), that would be very helpful -- especially if you were approved without getting an RFE! I'd love to see what an "acceptable" one looks like. Thanks!
  17. Hello, I've posted about this AOS medical exam issue for k1 holders earlier as it is very confusing to me for whatever reason even though I read a lot about it on the forum and different websites. So I've done my AOS medical exam in less than a year so I know I don't have to do it again and all I need it to prove I'm up to date on vaccinations therefore I submitted form DS-3025 which I thought was sufficient. However, when I got the interview letter first line of what to bring with us was (a complete medical examination form I-693 and vaccination supplement in a sealed envelope unless already submitted). As soon as I read that I was second guessing my self. Now what? am I supposed to go to a civil surgeon just to fill the I-693 vaccines part at the end or what? It seems like a complete waste of time and money as it seems unnecessary to me as I already have DS-3025 and proof of any further vaccinations from my family doctor. Do I really need to do it? It's just that time and money are both tight and I would rather avoid it but at the same time worried about delaying the process too much because of that or getting denied and not getting a chance to obtain it... I've noticed my DS-3025 kinda only covered the vaccines required for the k1 visa and there was blanket waiver for few others so is it still considered properly filled? I know it might sound like silly questions to some but I'd like some help clearing things up as my interview is 28 days away. Thank you in advance.
  18. Vaccination Record

    Hello, I'm wondering whether a particular format is required for the vaccination record for the K-1 medical at Knightsbridge? I got my vaccination history from my GP (and paid £20 for the privilege!) and it is just one sheet of paper, filled in by the nurse, with dates of my vaccinations written in pen beside each vaccination name. It was not signed by the nurse, and didn't even have the surgery name on it until I asked them to stamp it. Will this be adequate for the Knightsbridge GP? Secondly, Im confused about the TDaP requirement. I had mine more than 10 years ago so definitely need it again, but there seems to be a lot of ambiguity about whether the "P" in this vaccination should be polio or pertussis? I can't find anywhere nearby to get a TDaP with Pertussis in it. So, would you recommend waiting to get the TDaP at Knightsbridge so I get the correct one? Or should I get the TDaP (Polio) at my GP or other travel clinic? Another factor is that I might not even be able to get this for free at my GP; they haven't given me a definitive answer about whether or not it is free on the NHS. Thanks for your time.
  19. Hi, just received a vaccination RFE and I’m sending my Congressman the below, hoping he can sort it out. If anyone has experience on this please let me know! I am the sponsoring for my wife to obtain the Green Card thru the Adjustment of Status process. Today I received a Request for Evidence letter for my I-485 (Application to Adjust Status). The letter states that I have submitted form I-693 (Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record), and it is incomplete. As a result, my wife must get a vaccination certification from an USCIS Civil Surgeon and the deadline to submit a response is 12/5/2016; otherwise my application would be denied. The issue is that I have never submitted form I-693 before. In my submission of form I-485 on 6/13/2016, a vaccination record/supplement performed on 11/26/2015 was submitted per form I-485’s instructions. This is section 7, part C where it states “Fiancé(e)s: If you are a K-1 fiancé(e) or K-2 dependent who had a medical examination within the past year as required for the nonimmigrant fiancé(e) visa, you only need to submit a vaccination supplement, not the entire medical report. You may include the vaccination supplement with your Form I-485.” Note that my wife had the medical exam in her home country at the time of K-1 visa with the vaccination supplement included. Therefore, a vaccination record should already be in USCIS file for my case. Is there any way to get this sorted out as soon as possible please? I’d like to know whether or not my wife must go thru the process of getting a vaccination record again and if so, why that is necessary.
  20. Okay I will start by saying our papers were just sent from NVC to Bogota Colombia. Because I like to prepare before, I have found the packet 3/4 online and am preparing all. My fiance lives far from bogota and we are figuring out which way it best to do things. I have read that people do this: day one: blood test, xray day two. medical exam/vaccination day three: fingerprint and later that day pick up medical exam results day four interview. has anyone experienced problems with this method? i.e. not receiving exam results? is it better for her to go the week before and do her blood test, medical exam/ vaccination to have everything ready before? also with the vaccinations ive heard that it is best to make sure you have your vaccines prior to entering USA but most doctors approved by the embassy sway you away from getting them done and even say no if you ask. Any advice on what is the best way to approach this vaccine topic?
  21. Hi, In the family based DS 260 immigration visa application form, a field asks, 'Do you have documentation to establish that you have received vaccinations in accordance with U.S. law?' This is a Yes/ No answer question. If the applicant, his spouse and all his children received vaccinations and have documents in accordance with the law of their native country (say, India), should he answer this question Yes, or No? Thanks for any help.
  22. Hello to all, my my first time here and I have a couple of question please. Maybe someone can explain to me about the process. My fiance have interview this coming Wednesday for K1 visa. She took her medical exam and vaccination few days ago covering all shots including flu shot. She was given a CD, receipt and sheet of yellow paper just show the shots she took signed by the doctor (not DS-3025). They told her the results will be sent to the Embassy. Now my question is this. Is she suppose to get a copy of DS-3025? Also when we do the AOS here, does she still need to see approved doctor and fill out I-693? Please if someone can explain to me the process for AOS I-485 MEDICAL PART only. Thank you guys so much!
  23. I live in Iran and there is no trusted Medical center in my country and my interview will be in Ankara (turkey), read and asked around i have to fill and submit my online DS-160 form first then i can schedule my interview. Saying that i can't go to any medical center for now till i schedule my interview and few days before that i can do my vaccination ... What is the best answer ? 1. Yes ( I will have my vaccination few days before my interview and i will have the paper) but wrong statement at the moment and the date of submitting saying i have documents but the vaccination will be weeks after submitting it 2. No and i explain the reason of not having it yet ? I read in a forum that it is better to be a Yes rather than a NO