Let's start with the basics. You've called the office of Dr. Schultz and made an appointment. They'll have informed you as the embassy has as well that you need the following
- 4 (American sized) passport pictures. You only need to hand them 2 but you want to make them identical to the pictures you deliver at your final interview.
- Your inoculation reports. You can call the RIVM for this (if you're a Dutch native). They will have a complete list of your shots and can provide copies per e-mail or post.
- Your passport
- Cash money
You also want to make sure that you've checked with your mother if you've ever had waterpokken (chickenpox) as you will be asked this.
Now as to the actual process:
Dr. Schultz has a family practice. His wife does the reception an both he and his son are doctors. I arrived at Museumplein at 10:50 and managed to arrive in time for my 11 o'clock appointment. The practice looks like any other house in that street and you have to look for the little brass plaque outside.
The receptionist will take your passport and pictures and inoculation report. She will then hand you two forms to fill out and put you in the waiting room. One of these forms is for the x-ray technician you will be seeing later, one is for the doctor. They ask you if you have ever been arrested for drink or drugs, if you are under the care of a specialist or have been, and a list of any and all hospital stays in your life. Then some normal info about address, occupation and passport number.
After a couple of minutes I got called into the office with young dr. Schultz who took a vial of my blood and sent me back to the waiting room. The blood will be used for testing of VD's (SOA's) but not HIV and other possibly harmful bloodborne illnesses.
After a couple of minutes in the waiting room senior Dr. Schultz called me in. He asked me about my hospital stays, my job and how much I smoked and drank. He advised me to quit smoking quite sternly and then weighted and measured me. I had to do a balance exercise, and had to breathe in and out heavily while being stethoscoped. We then talked about my age and medical history etc which determines which shots you will need to have. I only needed a DTP booster.
My DTP booster came to about 30 euro's and the medical itself was 150 euro's so I paid the total of €180,00 cash to the receptionist and got a receipt.
After all this I was given one of the forms I filled out earlier to give to the X-ray technician. I then had to walk to the X-ray office, a 10 minute walk at the most. At the counter they seemed a little confused and tried to get me to fill out even more forms but after showing them the form I had gotten at Dr. Schultz I was allowed to walk straight up and take a seat. There is a bell there to ring to get someone to attend you and take your papers. They did and I waited another 10 minutes for someone to come get me. I was led into a changing room which I could lock from the inside and then a second door attaching to the same room led into the Xray room. You have your x-ray taken, pay the technician another €50,00 cash and take the rest of the day to enjoy Amsterdam. the X-ray will go to the Doctor and the Doctor will make sure your complete medical data will get given to the consulate before your interview date.
Hello Vjers, I needed urgent help from anybody with experience in this situation. I received RFE for my AOS application few days ago regarding my affidavit of support. My sponsor doesnt make enough to support our household and I needed a co sponsor . A friend of mine agreed to help but he's a permanent resident card holder and just got an extension for his 2 years card. He made enough to sponsor me, but my question is can a permanet resident card holder sponsor someone or only US citizen is allowed? Please I need an answer to this . Thanks.
Well, it's been a little over 9 months.. But! We finally got an answer on my husbands green card!! We have been approved, we filed in August of 2012, no RFEs, but did file for a service request when the 8 1/2 month mark hit, we got a little worried when the Chicago website processing times stated that they were on October 2011 filers and we hadn't heard anything yet. I checked the website today, which I did quite often, expecting to see "acceptance" which we have seen for the past 9 months, to finally see "decision" which was surprising since we signed up for email/text notifications and hadn't received anything. Definitely happy anyway!! Hang in there Filers!! You will get there! Now time for a much needed break on worrying, stressing, and minorly freaking out about approvals or denials!! Until the ROC process of course :) but still a nice break!
* our daughters birth certificate
* me lisfed as beneficiary on DH's life insurance
* joint bank account statements
* tons of pictures of the 3 of us incl us with both families over past 4 yrs
* lease from our house showing both our names
.. You guys think this would be enough?
Our utility companies refuse to put me on the bill without a ssn and we have no credit cards or other cards etc
So I'll be receiving my EAD soon.
I applied for it so I can get a SSN so i can get my DL before the interview.
My interview is June 3d.
Wondering if I should get a SSN with my EAD or not.
The SS office is an hour drive away and don't feel like going there twice.
If I get it with my EAD , it'll say something about work authorization on it, is it ok to just leave the card like this or do I HAVE to go back to the SS office to remove that saying on the card?
I don't care if it says that personally.
Some days I want to pull my hair out this is so maddening!
We are STILL waiting for my hubby's green card. We had out interview in Feb! Lady said "Everything looks great. Expect your card in 4-8 weeks"...it's MAY and we still haven't received it. I've called, sent a request out for it being passed the processing time and yet all I get from USCIS is a vague letter saying " We are sorry for the inconvenience and do not have a time frame for processing". Grrr! Now I call today and I get "we are still processing applications from Oct 3" they have been saying that since Feb! We are mid-Nov. Hubby has been in the US for over 8 months now. He needs to fly back to NL to tie up loose ends with school, house, bank...etc. but can't leave without his card. Has anyone experienced this long of a wait before after being told they were approved?
Contrary to most members here my wife and I weren't planning on moving to the USA, but to my home country instead. A way easier immigration procedure, no scary RFE's and le misses can wait just right here while we're filing. Lucky us! Or so we thought... After a lot of contemplating we came to the conclusion our opportunities are probably better overseas.
After getting used to the idea of leaving my precious Amsterdam and becoming a citizen of the second most amazing country in the world ( ) I've been throwing myself into the forums the past few days. So far that's been a really really big help. At this point I've got two questions I really would appreciate your help with though. I apologize in advance if these questions have been asked here before.
1. In another topic I found it's pretty much fine if my wife (the US citizen) spends a couple of months with me in the Netherlands during the process. She could however be called in for an interview at any point; either because someone thinks there's something fishy going on, or completely at random. As long as she shows up for this (means an unplanned flight, but we're willing to take that risk) we should be okay, right? What I haven't found out yet: although I'm preparing most of the paperwork and although we're gonna send out our first package from NL she is technically the one applying. Is there a way we can make sure all communication through snail mail is being sent to my address in Europe, so we don't miss anything important during the time she is here?
2. I can't believe I'm asking this and I hope with all my heart my dad never finds out about this forum: my dad's first name is misspelled on our (American) marriage certificate. The first name he goes by in everyday life differs one letter from his official name he never uses. Obviously his official name will be on my birth certificate later on. Do you guys think this will cause trouble down the road?