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Vaccinations & K-1

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Hi all,

We're not at that step yet but I'm confused after reading the Sticky guide on Vancouver & K-1 and want to try to clarify. I've read elsewhere, several times, that the vaccinations are NOT required for K-1 approval but that you have to have them before the AOS once married. The guide here says required and that the Canadian beneficiary should start on vaccines well before the medical exam.

Which is correct? And yes, he will be going through Vancouver.

(Background: We religiously object to vaccines so do not vaccinate. Beneficiary is not yet a member of our religion, so I suspect he will be willing to get them rather than potentially have a waiver/exemption attempt hold things up. BUT we all would prefer that he do them here in the U.S. prior to AOS, if that is an option, rather than while still in Canada.)

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As far as I am concerned you're not required vaccinatation for K1 visa but you're going to need it for AOS. So I'm assuming he'd has to get them done when he is in the states before AOS but that's probably going to cost a lot of $$.


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As far as I am concerned you're not required vaccinatation for K1 visa but you're going to need it for AOS. So I'm assuming he'd has to get them done when he is in the states before AOS but that's probably going to cost a lot of $$.

I checked. Cost would be $73 for MMR & TDAP. Flu vax would add $40 if it's during flu season. So that's not a deterrent to waiting.

Just want to be certain that it's not one of those "not required, in theory" but mandatory in practice kind of things. :)

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I think it's specific to Canada, but as far as I know, Canadian consulates want the vaccines done before any approval (K1 or IR/CR...). Should be close to free to get them in most provinces, so that's shouldn't a problem if he wants to get that done. Also, if he grew up in Canada, he might have gotten the right vaccines already. (As an aside, I have never seen a religious exemption waiver being accepted - might happen, just never seen it)

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He can start with his GP, see which vaccines he had done already. Then contact the clinic where he'll have his medical?

Worst comes to worst, he goes to the interview and as to submit proof of getting the vaccines before they approve him (why not get the vaccines now then - if he is ok to get them, I am not sure why he would not just get them and not risk delays).

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... (why not get the vaccines now then - if he is ok to get them, I am not sure why he would not just get them and not risk delays).

Briefly, in our religion certain things (including vaccines) require a lengthy (6-8 wk) purification ritual before one can participate in sacrament and/or high holy celebrations. Marriage is both. While he's not a member of our religion now, it's still an issue for us. If he must receive vaccines, it would be less of an issue after the marriage-- especially in light of the 90 day K-1 period for the wedding versus the necessary purification period (which must be overseen by an elder, so usually can't be done "long distance").

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They are required in Canada will not even get your medical back until you get the vaccine. I was missing on shot for my youngest at the time, they would not release the medical till I faxed them proof he got it.

Did your fiance get any vaccines when he was younger? If so he most likely has them all depending his age may only need a Tdap and he can go to his own doctor and get it at no cost.


Plus your religion is not his atm and it doesn't stop him from getting vaccines so they will not give a waiver.


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You may want to do a search here on VJ about refusing vaccinations due to religious reasons. I recall 1 person years ago on here that tried to do that, and was taking a long time. I think they just gave in and got the vaccinations since it was taking so long...but that was awhile back..With all these Measles outbreaks, Polio making a comeback........may be changing the Govt tune on giving waivers, but thats just my 2 cents,lol


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4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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