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Positive experience: Medical with Dr Ian Zatzman in Vaughan, Ontario

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Just had my medical today and I have to say I was very happy with my experience. If you are in the Ontario region and need a medical Dr. Ian Zatzman and his staff are great. It is very easy to get to, 5 minutes from the 407, and although parking is tight, it is free and the medical building is new and very clean. The appointment was for my son of 10 and I.
Dr Zatzman's staff is very friendly and quickly retrieved all the documents from us as listed on his website (which lists everything you need to know from vaccines and price of the appointment to the layout of the building where to get x-ray and blood work done). Paid the $150 for my son and $240 for myself. We were seen right at our scheduled 10am appointment time. Dr. Zatzman is very friendly and has a very nice disposition, had we not been moving I would have asked if he was accepting new patients. He went though our vaccines, which were all up to date, eye test, height, weight and medical history, gave me forms for blood work and chest x-ray for me (Ethan didn't require either because being under the age of 15) and back to the main floor of the Medical Building. Just off the elevator was the imaging unit, so we went there first. I walked in, the place was empty, gave my passport, the requisition from Dr. Zatzman and $50 for the x-ray. They called me in right away, and I was done in 2 minutes. Off to the lab for blood work which is also on the main floor. Walked in, again not too busy. Gave them the requisition and paid $7.50. They called my number and in 2 minutes done again. Total time from walking into the building ... 1 hour!!! Dr. Zatzman's office will call me in a week to pick up the package. You can have it delivered if you choose, but my interview in Montreal is coming sooner than I would get it by snail mail.

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This appears to be the medical for the I-693 at the AOS stage, so this thread is moved from the K-1 Process forum to the AOS/Family-Based main forum. Upon confirmation, it can be merged into the "Civil Surgeons Who Won't Rip You Off" thread.

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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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Medical in Canada.


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Thread moved from AOS/Family-Based forum to the Embassy/Consulate forum, because topic involves the pre-interview medical examination.


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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I booked it a month in advance. As soon as you have your interview date, book the appt. Also, they are very nice to work with so if I'm sure they would accommodate you based on when your interview is. Don't forget you need 5-7 days after the appointment to get the sealed package so don't cut it too close.

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I booked it a month in advance. As soon as you have your interview date, book the appt. Also, they are very nice to work with so if I'm sure they would accommodate you based on when your interview is. Don't forget you need 5-7 days after the appointment to get the sealed package so don't cut it too close.

Thanks for sharing your experience!! I was just wondering how long it actually took for your results to be ready? I have my appointment booked for May 13 and I have to leave for Montreal on the 21. It's a tight turnaround but I wasn't given a lot of notice on my interview so it was their first available. Needless to say I'm panicking, and will be until I get the results. Do you think they will be accommodating??

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