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We just received a very disappointing letter from USCIS regarding our AOS from a K1 visa and could really use some VJ expertise. To give you some background on our timeline, Adrian’s K1 visa was issued Feb 26, 2014, he entered the USA on April 29, 2014, we were married on May 27, 2014, and we filed Adrian’s AOS I-485 (plus I-765 EAD and I-131 AP) on June 6, 2014; the USCIS notice date was June 13, 2014. EAD and AP were issued with no unusual delay.

We received the Notice of Potential Interview Waiver Case on Feb 25, 2015. Due to the increasingly long wait, we scheduled an InfoPass appointment on April 16, 2015 (the results were that we should “continue to be patient”.)

So the letter we received today, (dated June 26, 2015) says that the results of Adrian’s “medical examination have exceeded the one year validity period and are now expired. You must submit the results of a new medical examination by an authorized USCIS civil surgeon completed on Form I-693. The results must be contained in the original sealed envelope.” (Adrian’s original medical examination at Knightsbridge Doctors in London was Dec 10, 2013).

I am under the impression that as long as the medical examination was valid at the time of our AOS submission that we have met our requirements. Are we really responsible for having to get a new medical, considering it took USCIS thirteen months to advise us of this??

Is there any way to push back on this – contact our congressman, senator, or some other suggested path? If we have to do the medical, we will, but we cannot understand how this can be considered “normal” procedure – what if USCIS takes another 13 months to look at our file again? We are so frustrated about this!

Second question:

The second requirement in the June 26th letter is that the USCIS “cannot determine the bona-fide intent of the marital relationship” and we need to submit evidence of such, pre- and post-marital. To my knowledge, this was not requested nor required in the AOS submission guidelines, and I also was under the impression that the original I-129F petition provided and established the evidence of our relationship – we presented substantial documentation at that time. To our knowledge, Adrian is not from a “high fraud” country, the UK. I can post the entire text from the letter of what the USCIS is requesting as far as evidence, but some is redundant to the I-129F, some is not. Again, we will submit the info they request if needed, but is this a normal request? Should we provide the same info from the I-129F, or must the evidence be new?

We have to submit all documentation by Sept 21, 2015, so we need to be timely in whatever we do.

Thank you everyone for reading and I hope you have some suggestions for us as we are really distressed by this- we were hoping that we would have completed the AOS hurdle by now…

Rob and Adrian

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We just received a very disappointing letter from USCIS regarding our AOS from a K1 visa and could really use some VJ expertise. To give you some background on our timeline, Adrian’s K1 visa was issued Feb 26, 2014, he entered the USA on April 29, 2014, we were married on May 27, 2014, and we filed Adrian’s AOS I-485 (plus I-765 EAD and I-131 AP) on June 6, 2014; the USCIS notice date was June 13, 2014. EAD and AP were issued with no unusual delay.

We received the Notice of Potential Interview Waiver Case on Feb 25, 2015. Due to the increasingly long wait, we scheduled an InfoPass appointment on April 16, 2015 (the results were that we should “continue to be patient”.)

So the letter we received today, (dated June 26, 2015) says that the results of Adrian’s “medical examination have exceeded the one year validity period and are now expired. You must submit the results of a new medical examination by an authorized USCIS civil surgeon completed on Form I-693. The results must be contained in the original sealed envelope.” (Adrian’s original medical examination at Knightsbridge Doctors in London was Dec 10, 2013).

I am under the impression that as long as the medical examination was valid at the time of our AOS submission that we have met our requirements. Are we really responsible for having to get a new medical, considering it took USCIS thirteen months to advise us of this??

Some say it's 1 year since the medical was done so pre-Feb 2014 for you

And some say it's 1 year since the medical was submitted to USCIS so June 2014 for you

Either way, you've exceeded the 1 year expiry so you will have to re-submit your medical, and no there isn't anyone you can talk to to avoid this unfortunately. We all know that it's only valid from 1 year; either the date it was conducted, or submitted.


05-25-2017: Sent I-751 Lifting Conditions package (5 Pounds!) to VSC
06-02-2017: Check cashed

06-05-2017: Received NOA/Extension letter dated 05-30

06-07-2018: Green card produced (ROC Approved)

For my full timeline of K1, AOS and ROC click here!
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Sweetswinks,

I'm confused by your answer... Adrian's medical was conducted on Dec 10, 2013 - therefore it should be valid through Dec 9, 2014 at earliest; we submitted our AOS on June 6, 2014, well before the 1 year expiry. In light of this, any other thoughts?

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Sweetswinks,

I'm confused by your answer... Adrian's medical was conducted on Dec 10, 2013 - therefore it should be valid through Dec 9, 2014 at earliest; we submitted our AOS on June 6, 2014, well before the 1 year expiry. In light of this, any other thoughts?

You submitted the medical June 2014 and it's now July 2015 - 13 months later, your 1 year is up! You're not guaranteed to be approved within 1 year of AOS submission, and if it goes past the date of your medical, you must get a new one. It's not too hard to understand.

Depending on who you ask, the medical is only valid 1 year from when it was done OR when it was submitted and that would mean either his medial expired Dec 10, 2014 or June 6, 2015... either way it's expired and you need a new one.

EDIT:

"USCIS Issues New Policy on Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

Starting June 1, 2014, USCIS will limit the validity period for all Forms I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, to one year from the date of submission to USCIS. Applicants must also submit Form I-693 to USCIS within one year of the immigration medical examination. USCIS will also provide additional ways to submit Form I-693. As outlined in policy alert PA-2014-005, this updated policy applies to any Form I-693 supporting a benefit application that USCIS adjudicates on or after June 1, 2014.

USCIS will hold an engagement on June 12, 2014 to address questions about the new policy and provide guidance on filing Form I-693. We have also updated the Form I-693 Web page on our website.

For more information, please visit our website at www.uscis.gov."

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05-25-2017: Sent I-751 Lifting Conditions package (5 Pounds!) to VSC
06-02-2017: Check cashed

06-05-2017: Received NOA/Extension letter dated 05-30

06-07-2018: Green card produced (ROC Approved)

For my full timeline of K1, AOS and ROC click here!
:time:--> http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/

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Thank you for the link to the USCIS policy update - I was not aware of the update as the policy was only 5 days old on the date we submitted our I-485 application. That was helpful.

I don't know why you feel the need to diminish fellow VJ members with unnecessary comments like "It's not too hard to understand". The reason I was confused by your first response was a) that you used incorrect dates, "pre-feb" vs Dec 10, 2013 and b) you didn't actually post the relevant information - the link to the new USCIS policy - until your second response.

Regardless, the prevailing intent of my question is whether anyone on this site has had any success in challenging the USCIS when the medical exam expiration is clearly not the fault of the applicant. While the USCIS rarely acknowledges fault in most matters, it is not unheard of, and they have been known to concede in some instances where they were at fault. The documented USCIS' goal for I-485 completion is 5 months. In our case, it has taken them 13 months... not to complete the case, but to begin the process of looking at the basic contents of the file, (i.e. the medical exam). To hold me financially responsible for their inefficiency and delay is what I find "hard to understand".

Thank you again for the link to the updated policy.

If anyone has had a similar situation - an expired medical that resulted from an excessive delay in I-485 processing, I'd be interested to hear how the situation resolved. Did you just deal with paying for a new medical? Did you contact USCIS and if so, what was the resolution? Thank you for taking the time to read this!

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Thank you for the link to the USCIS policy update - I was not aware of the update as the policy was only 5 days old on the date we submitted our I-485 application. That was helpful.

I don't know why you feel the need to diminish fellow VJ members with unnecessary comments like "It's not too hard to understand". The reason I was confused by your first response was a) that you used incorrect dates, "pre-feb" vs Dec 10, 2013 and b) you didn't actually post the relevant information - the link to the new USCIS policy - until your second response.

Regardless, the prevailing intent of my question is whether anyone on this site has had any success in challenging the USCIS when the medical exam expiration is clearly not the fault of the applicant. While the USCIS rarely acknowledges fault in most matters, it is not unheard of, and they have been known to concede in some instances where they were at fault. The documented USCIS' goal for I-485 completion is 5 months. In our case, it has taken them 13 months... not to complete the case, but to begin the process of looking at the basic contents of the file, (i.e. the medical exam). To hold me financially responsible for their inefficiency and delay is what I find "hard to understand".

Thank you again for the link to the updated policy.

If anyone has had a similar situation - an expired medical that resulted from an excessive delay in I-485 processing, I'd be interested to hear how the situation resolved. Did you just deal with paying for a new medical? Did you contact USCIS and if so, what was the resolution? Thank you for taking the time to read this!

Hi Tab2Tab, the new guidance that was issued in June 2014 regarding medicals is terribly unfair given the USCIS backlog of work. There are loads and loads of examples in the main NPIW thread of people having to have the medical re-done at their own expense. There appears to be no way around it and I don't know of anyone that has successfully challenged it. USCIS can just do what they want and do. Not everyone that should have to redo their medical do have to. It seems to be down to whether the Immigration Officer knows about tjhe revised policy and whether they can be bothered to implement it. Thankfully the person adjudicating our case didn't ask for a new medical - they must have been having a good day or just wanted to clear the file off their desk.

I know that this really sucks for you but you're just going to have to suck it up and get the medical re-done.

#USCISyoustillsuck


Spoiler

 

K1

15 November 2013: Sent I-129F Package 

21 November 2013: NOA1 

20 December 2013: NOA2

23 January 2014: Medical (London)

11 April 2014: Interview - Approved!

29 April 2014: POE Chicago

20 June 2014: Married in DC

AOS

7 July 2014: Mailed AOSEAD & AP forms via USPS

10 July 2014:USPS shows package delivered to lockbox

14 July 2014: NOA1 Text & E-Mails (x3) received at 23:52hrs (Received Date: 07/11/2014)

14 July 2014: Cheque cashed & I-485 transferred to Nebraska Service Centre

18 July 2014: NOA1 hardcopy received (x3)

22 July 2014: Biometrics Letter rec'd (Appointment 07/31/2014)

23 July 2014: Early Biometrics walk-in at Cincinnati office successful!

05 September 2014: EAD & AP approved! (texts rec'd 16:45hrs)

11 September 2014: EAD/AP card mailed

12 September 2014: EAD/AP card in hand (delivered 9:54am)

18 October 2014: Potential interview waiver letter rec'd (Dated: 10/15/2014)

19 May 2015: I-485 approved! (No interview) Welcome letter mailed!

23 May 2015: I-797 (NOA2) Welcome notice received

27 May 2015: Green card received

 

ROC

ROC filing window opens 18 February 2017

16 February 2017: ROC packet mailed to CSC

18 February 2017: USPS Tracking - Ready for collection from PO Box

21 February 2017: Delivered at 11:28am. Signed for By: J.Siplivy

23 February 2017: Cheque cashed

25 February 2017: NOA1 received dated 02/21/2017

03 March 2017: Received biometrics appointment letter dated 25th February 2017. Appointment on 16 March 2017.

16 March 2017: Biometrics completed

08 March 2018: Case (allegedly) transferred to the National Benefits Center (presumably for a combo interview)

N-400

18 February 2018: N-400 Application submitted online

21 February 2018: NOA1 Rreceived

23 February 2018: Biometrics appointment letter received. Appointment 13 March 2018. 

27 April 2018: Interview notice received. Interview Date: June 5, 2018. Request to reschedule sent as out of the country at that time.

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Derwood, many thanks for your answer. As annoying as it is to have to do the medical again, my urge to rebel against the system is subsiding and we've gone ahead and gotten the appointment set up. I'm learning this thing is not over until it's over. Thanks for the hashtag as well; I'll refrain from commending you on it until we have the green card in hand... I'm not taking any chances. Best to you and your loved one on your visa journey!

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Derwood, many thanks for your answer. As annoying as it is to have to do the medical again, my urge to rebel against the system is subsiding and we've gone ahead and gotten the appointment set up. I'm learning this thing is not over until it's over. Thanks for the hashtag as well; I'll refrain from commending you on it until we have the green card in hand... I'm not taking any chances. Best to you and your loved one on your visa journey!

No way around it I believe. You could probably give your congressperson or the President an earful though (if they cared to listen to you) but that probably won't change anything at the USCIS in terms of policy. Hopefully you can find a CS that won't break the bank.

Not 100% sure, but once you're done with the I129F process that's it. A new case worker isn't going to look back and review old history. You're starting over fresh in a new department. Send in whatever they request... give 'em a headache sorting through all the evidence. ;)

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K-1 - AOS & ROC Timeline  - Immigration and the Health Exchange Price of Love in the UK Thinking of Returning to UK?

 

First met: 12/31/04 - Engaged: 9/24/09
Filed I-129F: 10/4/14 - Packet received: 10/7/14
NOA 1 email + ARN assigned: 10/10/14 (hard copy 10/17/14)
Touched on website (fixed?): 12/9/14 - Poked USCIS: 4/1/15
NOA 2 email: 5/4/15 (hard copy 5/11/15)
Sent to NVC: 5/8/15 - NVC received + #'s assigned: 5/15/15 (estimated)
NVC sent: 5/19/15 - London received/ready: 5/26/15
Packet 3: 5/28/15 - Medical: 6/16/15
Poked London 7/1/15 - Packet 4: 7/2/15
Interview: 7/30/15 - Approved!
AP + Issued 8/3/15 - Visa in hand (depot): 8/6/15
POE: 8/27/15

Wedding: 9/30/15

Filed I-485, I-131, I-765: 11/7/15

Packet received: 11/9/15

NOA 1 txt/email: 11/15/15 - NOA 1 hardcopy: 11/19/15

Bio: 12/9/15

EAD + AP approved: 1/25/16 - EAD received: 2/1/16

RFE for USCIS inability to read vax instructions: 5/21/16 (no e-notification & not sent from local office!)

RFE response sent: 6/7/16 - RFE response received 6/9/16

AOS approved/card in production: 6/13/16  

NOA 2 hardcopy + card sent 6/17/16

Green Card received: 6/18/16

USCIS 120 day reminder notice: 2/22/18

Filed I-751: 5/2/18 - Packet received: 5/4/18

NOA 1:  5/29/18 (12 mo) 8/13/18 (18 mo)  - Bio: 6/27/18

 

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Thanks for the helpful feedback Yuna! I figured they had access to our original I-129F but that would be too efficient wouldn't it? :) Been working on the response during the day today, and I've used a good amount of stuff from the I-129F as well as some new documentation they want - joint bank accts, insurance in both our names, utilities, etc. I'll be sure to give them plenty! Thanks again and best wishes to you.

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Because AOS is taking long time, I've seen few posters being asked to submit a new medical recently.

Yes, this is upsetting because its nor cheap or convenient. They should let the medical be valid

at the time of the submission and not punish folks for their long processing time.

My wife's medical was done in July/2014, so it's coming up for expiration in couple of weeks,

and we also received potential interview waiver letter with projected processing date of

Sept/2015...so at this point, we'll probably receive new medical exam also in Sept,

and of course because of that it will delay the processing again by weeks or months.

If they are going to send us new medical exam in Sept, they might as well let us know

that now, so that we can get that done and submitted to not further delay the processing.

While we are thankful to the immigration offering, we definitely have pockets of inefficient rules and

processing in this journey.


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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This is utterly ridiculous. And we thought the wait for I-129F NOA2 was long.


ROC Timeline!

Service Center : California Service Center

NOA1 : 2017-09-01

Biometrics : 2017-09-28

 

AOS Timeline!

Marriage : 2015-01-10

AOS/EAD/AP NOA1 : 2015-01-20

Biometrics : 2015-02-17

EAD/AP Approved : 2015-03-17

EAD/AP Card Received : 2015-03-27

NPIW : 2015-06-11

AOS Approved : 2015-11-24

GC Received : 2015-12-01

 

K-1 Visa Timeline!

Service Center : Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate : Frankfurt, Germany

I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-11

I-129F NOA2 : 2014-08-12

Consulate Received : 2014-09-15

Interview Date : 2014-11-13

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : 2014-11-15

US Entry : 2014-12-31

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Yes Duality, it seems a bit ridiculous that the medical exam that we have paid for is invalidated by the USCIS failing to meet its own published objectives. We are paying them more than $1000 to process our applications (above and beyond our taxes), and they are unable to, at minimum, review the time-sensitive portion of the application within a 12 month period?

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If anyone has had a similar situation - an expired medical that resulted from an excessive delay in I-485 processing, I'd be interested to hear how the situation resolved. Did you just deal with paying for a new medical? Did you contact USCIS and if so, what was the resolution? Thank you for taking the time to read this!

We are part of the NPIW thread, and there are a LOT of us who're having to redo our medicals. Here's our timeline: Medical done in Dublin, May 14, 2014. AOS submitted August 2, 2014. RFE sent out for a new medical: June 15, 2015! Just a month after our year was up! GRRRRRRR!! The soonest we could schedule new medical appts (We have 2 to REpay for: K1 and K2) is tomorrow and Thursday. Our submissions are due to the Tampa office September 22. So, in the meantime, I sent out a letter to our IO asking for clarification of what they actually want because in their own forms it says that a K1 medical is valid for a year after submission. We debated about this over in the NPIW forum. I printed and highlighted the areas where their request for a new medical is unnecessary. I asked them what they want, specifically, because they contradicted themselves in the RFE, stating they need a full medical redone, and they also need pages 1 and 5 only (the personal info page and the TB test results). I have, of course, heard nothing back. I fantasize that they will just send out the Welcome letter with an apology for not knowing how to do their own damn jobs efficiently or in a timely manner. But the reality is that we will redo both medicals, send them out, and wait longer. What's our alternative? To not do what they ask?? I'm becoming bitter, and I'm the USC!! I can only imagine what my husband is dealing with in his head. to reiterate what Derwood says: #USCISyoustillsuck!


K1 Visa timeline:

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

02/01/2014 - mailed our petition

07/25/2014 - Johan arrives in Los Angeles! 

*See updated timeline for specific dates.*

AOS timeline:~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

08/02/2014 - AOS, EAD, AP applications mailed. 

11/17/2014 - K2 gets an interview waiver letter in the mail (dated November 12th) (K1 has never gotten this letter)

08/24/2015 - Green cards are FINALLY in hand after nearly 13 months of waiting. 

ROC timeline: ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

05/01/2017 - ROC application sent 

05/02/2017 - CSC receives our package

05/03/2017 - Official NOA1 date

05/10/2017 - MO cashed at our bank

05/12/2017 - NOA 1 is in the mailbox.

05/20/2017 - Biometrics letter in hand

05/31/2017 - biometrics appt (Oxnard, CA)

06/19/2018 - ROC still pending with no news but that wonky glitch back in February, so we went ahead and filed for citizenship

N-400 timeline: ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

06/19/2018 - N-400 application filed online

06/20/2018 - NOA1 received online for Naturalization application

06/25/2018 - Biometrics notification online (PDF Document)

07/12/2018 - Biometrics appt (Oxnard, CA)

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You submitted the medical June 2014 and it's now July 2015 - 13 months later, your 1 year is up! You're not guaranteed to be approved within 1 year of AOS submission, and if it goes past the date of your medical, you must get a new one. It's not too hard to understand.

Depending on who you ask, the medical is only valid 1 year from when it was done OR when it was submitted and that would mean either his medial expired Dec 10, 2014 or June 6, 2015... either way it's expired and you need a new one.

EDIT:

"USCIS Issues New Policy on Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

Starting June 1, 2014, USCIS will limit the validity period for all Forms I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, to one year from the date of submission to USCIS. Applicants must also submit Form I-693 to USCIS within one year of the immigration medical examination. USCIS will also provide additional ways to submit Form I-693. As outlined in policy alert PA-2014-005, this updated policy applies to any Form I-693 supporting a benefit application that USCIS adjudicates on or after June 1, 2014.

USCIS will hold an engagement on June 12, 2014 to address questions about the new policy and provide guidance on filing Form I-693. We have also updated the Form I-693 Web page on our website.

For more information, please visit our website at www.uscis.gov."

Thank you for the link to the USCIS policy update - I was not aware of the update as the policy was only 5 days old on the date we submitted our I-485 application. That was helpful.

I don't know why you feel the need to diminish fellow VJ members with unnecessary comments like "It's not too hard to understand". The reason I was confused by your first response was a) that you used incorrect dates, "pre-feb" vs Dec 10, 2013 and b) you didn't actually post the relevant information - the link to the new USCIS policy - until your second response.

Regardless, the prevailing intent of my question is whether anyone on this site has had any success in challenging the USCIS when the medical exam expiration is clearly not the fault of the applicant. While the USCIS rarely acknowledges fault in most matters, it is not unheard of, and they have been known to concede in some instances where they were at fault. The documented USCIS' goal for I-485 completion is 5 months. In our case, it has taken them 13 months... not to complete the case, but to begin the process of looking at the basic contents of the file, (i.e. the medical exam). To hold me financially responsible for their inefficiency and delay is what I find "hard to understand".

Thank you again for the link to the updated policy.

If anyone has had a similar situation - an expired medical that resulted from an excessive delay in I-485 processing, I'd be interested to hear how the situation resolved. Did you just deal with paying for a new medical? Did you contact USCIS and if so, what was the resolution? Thank you for taking the time to read this!

I apologise if it came across as diminishing you, I was just pointing out that the 1 year expiry isn't too hard to understand because it's simply 1 year from the date you submitted it to USCIS.

When I said Pre-Feb I thought was pretty clear because you had said in your first post that Adrian’s K1 visa was issued Feb 26, 2014, so I was referring to your medical being completed prior to the K1 being issued so it has well and truly expired now. Then you gave me the specific date of Dec 2013, which is prior to his visa being issued (so Pre-Feb). Sorry that you couldn't understand me :D good luck on your journey!


05-25-2017: Sent I-751 Lifting Conditions package (5 Pounds!) to VSC
06-02-2017: Check cashed

06-05-2017: Received NOA/Extension letter dated 05-30

06-07-2018: Green card produced (ROC Approved)

For my full timeline of K1, AOS and ROC click here!
:time:--> http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/

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