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Hi everyone,

I know you will respect the request for anonymity here as I am posting for a VJ friend who is concerned about her medical history. She is the beneficiary of a K1 and is concerned about how her history of depression will affect her medical approval to enter as a K1. I know there have been some here who have openly posted about their experiences with depression and their medical approval. Can you either share again here, so she can read the responses, or send me a pm and with your permission, I will forward the responses, anonymously, along to her?

She has given me permission to post this from her pm to me:

"I was hospitalized for depression and left 3 days later, my mood attributed to stress. I made an appointment with a counsellor independent of the hospital, who prescribed me medicine (Prozac). A year later I was taken off the medication and continue counselling off-and-on (as situations arise) without any further problems with depression or anxiety. I've been off medication for 6 months at this point."

Thanks for your kindness and sensitivity.

Jen


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4-26-06 I-129F mailed

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10-16-06 Flt to US, POE Detroit

11-5-06 Married

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I think the only reason someone is denied a visa due to mental illness is if they are so mentally ill that they are a harm to themselves or others or to society. I think if she takes her medical records to the interview and if the CO has any questions about this incident, she can explain that is was just for a stressful period in her life and that is all. That she does not have a history of prolonged mental illness, suicidal tendencies, or serious mental illness, such as schizophrinia. Many people in the world today take antidepressants to help them through stressful times in their lives as well for clinical depression. They also live fulfilling normal lives, so I think she should have no problem at all if this is the only condition she has ever had.

Just a note, I don't base this on being a beneficiary in this position, I am just someone who has to take medication on a daily basis for Bipolar disorder and I can sympathize with her, I lead a completely normal life, work, am independent, just as anyone else would be. That is why I wanted to post.

~Stacey

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1/12/06 Mail I-129f express mail

1/13/06 TSC rec'd

1/23/06 NOA1 from CSC

1/27/06 - Check cleared

7/10/06 - NOA2

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8/14/06- NVC sent petition to Consulate

8/17/06 - Korean Consulate rec'd Petition

8/23/06 - rec'd packet 3 from Consulate

8/25/06 - sent packet 3 back to Consulate

8/27/06 - got confirmation email from Consulate, they rec'd packet three

8/27/06 - requested interview date via Consulate internet site.

9/1/06 - Checked internet site for interveiw date, it was there

9/25/06 - Interview date - APPROVED

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1/6/07 - leaving for USA

1/20/07 - Wedding Date

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3/13/07 - AOS package rec'd at Chicago Lockbox

3/20/07 - Rec'd Social Security Card

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3/24/07 - NOA1 Rec'd for AOS and EAD

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4/02/07 - "touched"

4/20/07 - had biometrics appt.

4/21/07 - rec'd letter stating case was transferred to CSC

5/22/07 - rec'd Case Pending at CSC email

6/25/07 - EAD card production ordered

7/7/07 - EAD "touched"

7/7/07 - AOS "touched"

8-6-07 - Rec'd EAD Card in the Mail

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Thanks for your honesty, Stacey. There's so much more information out there about this these days... and people who decide to take action and feel better should feel empowered. Posts like yours help make that happen.

*hugs*

Jen


8-30-05 Met David at a restaurant in Germany

3-28-06 David 'officially' proposed

4-26-06 I-129F mailed

9-25-06 Interview: APPROVED!

10-16-06 Flt to US, POE Detroit

11-5-06 Married

7-2-07 Green card received

9-12-08 Filed for divorce

12-5-08 Court hearing - divorce final

A great marriage is not when the "perfect couple" comes together.

It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.

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From what I've read on other posts, is it possible for her to get a letter from her doctor outlining her diagnosis/treatment/prognosis to take to the medical with her? It seems that this was required once a history was discovered to assist in finalizing the visa approval. I would think if she gets a satisfactory letter from her own doctor there shouldn't be any issues, especially from the rough draft you outlined of the situation.

Best wishes (F)


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From what I've read on other posts, is it possible for her to get a letter from her doctor outlining her diagnosis/treatment/prognosis to take to the medical with her? It seems that this was required once a history was discovered to assist in finalizing the visa approval. I would think if she gets a satisfactory letter from her own doctor there shouldn't be any issues, especially from the rough draft you outlined of the situation.

Best wishes (F)

I would not consider rough draft..but anxiety due to external situation, in addition, she was taking care of it very wisely, and very intelligent/courageous, she is now out of the medication: this is not rough, it's back to normal or learning how to take care better of her stress. And it's not an "illness", it's mental health; important to underline.


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29 Aug 06 - USCIS cashes check

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01 Sept 06 - NOA1 recvd by Mail

09 Sept 06 - 2ND TOUCH (a Saturday)

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Note: were told the long delay due to huge backlog and internal changes in VT

NVC :

04-June-07 - NVC generates DS-3032 & AOS bill

12-June-07 - AOS Bill payment sent/ alien receives DS-3032 form (by mail, dated 4th June)

13-June-07 - Alien sends back completed DS-3032 (by mail)/ rcvd 19th of June approx.

To mid July-07 - I-864 form sent completed and IV fee bill

19-July-07 NVC rcv I-864 form; mail signature rcvd.

22-Aug-07 Ds-230 with documents sent to NVC.

20-Sep - 07 Alien sends NVC Missing document. NVC receives it the 25th.

05-Oct - 07 NVC completed.

16-Jan - 08 Interview, 3 questions asked, visa approved same day, received 1week later approx.

Note: delay due to internal delay, missing document (not rfe) and self procrastination of understanding some abstract terms. C Post not at all reliable (delivery duration, delivery with signature (did not deliver personnaly), and delivery of interview letter rcvd after the interview).

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During the medical they check for things like cuts etc... things that indicate a person will harm themself.

That's a thread that enriches our imagination lol She's out of medication Bunny! :yes:


CR-1, VT- Canada

I-130:

25 Aug 06 - Sent I-130 (a Friday)

28 Aug 06 - NOA1 & Certif. receipt returned ( a Monday) Day 1

29 Aug 06 - USCIS cashes check

30 Aug 06 - check cleared & 1ST TOUCH.

01 Sept 06 - NOA1 recvd by Mail

09 Sept 06 - 2ND TOUCH (a Saturday)

09 Mai 07 - NOA2 (2 e-mails)

Note: were told the long delay due to huge backlog and internal changes in VT

NVC :

04-June-07 - NVC generates DS-3032 & AOS bill

12-June-07 - AOS Bill payment sent/ alien receives DS-3032 form (by mail, dated 4th June)

13-June-07 - Alien sends back completed DS-3032 (by mail)/ rcvd 19th of June approx.

To mid July-07 - I-864 form sent completed and IV fee bill

19-July-07 NVC rcv I-864 form; mail signature rcvd.

22-Aug-07 Ds-230 with documents sent to NVC.

20-Sep - 07 Alien sends NVC Missing document. NVC receives it the 25th.

05-Oct - 07 NVC completed.

16-Jan - 08 Interview, 3 questions asked, visa approved same day, received 1week later approx.

Note: delay due to internal delay, missing document (not rfe) and self procrastination of understanding some abstract terms. C Post not at all reliable (delivery duration, delivery with signature (did not deliver personnaly), and delivery of interview letter rcvd after the interview).

In USA:

01-03-08 POE Entry in USA

...-03-08 2 Welcome in America letters and green card received.

"What I know is that I know nothing"

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Jen, I'd add that she might think about beyond the visa.

The first while here in the US can be a challenge.


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Jen, I'd add that she might think about beyond the visa.

The first while here in the US can be a challenge.

The penny dropped for me yesterday about that. I did not realise it would be so long untill I was able to work, I think this will make things considerably harder. I have made huge progress during my own depression, I hope being at home won't drop me into a self pitying cycle!


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As other posters had mentioned if your friend can have doctor write up how she is now off of medical treatment and is showing that she is working hard then this should not be an issue - my opinion.

with that said I think something for your friend to think about and realize:

Being in the US for the first time is a big life changing factor and my wife did experience a little depression or sadness at times being away from Brazil, family and friends, so I can see how it could be an issue for someone who has depression once she gets past the interview and here in the States.

Good luck and best wishes to your friend and you.


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Jen-

Tigretigre had posted her own experiences about it in the UK forum. Perhaps search there. It boils down to a GP writing a letter & saying that the patient will not harm themselves or others.

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Thanks everyone. Your responses have helped.

Jen


8-30-05 Met David at a restaurant in Germany

3-28-06 David 'officially' proposed

4-26-06 I-129F mailed

9-25-06 Interview: APPROVED!

10-16-06 Flt to US, POE Detroit

11-5-06 Married

7-2-07 Green card received

9-12-08 Filed for divorce

12-5-08 Court hearing - divorce final

A great marriage is not when the "perfect couple" comes together.

It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.

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