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Submitted DS-160 - Can we schedule Med Appointment Now?

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Good Afternoon – I am needing some clarification as to what happens after you submit your DS-160 form online.

Our I-129F petition was approved and forwarded to the London Embassy. Then, in October, my fiancé received a packet of information from Embassy and we gathered all of the needed listed documentation. We completed the DS-160 form on December 2, 2016 online and printed the confirmation page.

My question is, can we now schedule his Medical Examination? Or do we have to wait for an “appointment letter” from the National Visa Center in order for him to schedule the medical examination?

On the London Embassy’s website, for scheduling the Medical Appointment appointment, it states “Please Do not schedule an appointment unless you have received your appointment letter from the National Visa Center, or if your application is being processed by the IV Unit, you have been advised that your case file has been received in the Immigrant Visa Unit, London.”


What I am wondering is if that packet of information that he received back in October from the Embassy is considered the “advisement that the case has been received by the Immigrant Visa Unit, London?” Or do we have to wait for an “appointment letter” to schedule the medical examination? I was under the impression that you couldn’t schedule your Visa Interview at the London Embassy until you had your Medical Examination completed.

We have all of the needed documentation ready to go, but we are REALLY confused as to whether we can schedule his Medical Exam now or have to wait for this appointment letter? Can someone who has been through this with the London Embassy please help?!

Thanks so much!


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Hello there. I think it is the same here in UAE. I was not able to schedule the medical and interview until we have received an email confirmation from the Consulate in Abu Dhabi that we can go ahead with it. You can take the risk but there was one lady here who went on and scheduled both, but on the day that she went to the Consulate for the interview as she has paid and scheduled without the appointment letter, she was not entertained at all and was told that they still dont have her case and papers. The email that they are gonna send you is called Packet 3 which consists of the appointment letter, instruction on how to schedule visa appointment, accredited clinics/hospitals panel list where the medical can be done and the do's and don'ts on the interview date. My case was changed to Ready in Nov 26 but we only got the email on Dec 22..


So better wait for the appointment letter before doing the next step. Hope this helps. :)



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