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arrow"Sputum test" for TB, Medical in NZ -> takes just 4 days?!
August 4, 2014, 8:51 pm Last comment by alala23
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Hi everyone,

My wife and I are close to the end of our journey, but with our interview in just 9 days, we've had to face another major road block. We are the end of our ropes, and both of us have started to accrue the symptoms of depression.

 

On the 25th July, I had my medical done at CityMedin Auckland (3 weeks before my visa interview scheduled on August 14). Everything went well on the day. On Wednesday I receive a phone call saying the doctor may need me to do another X-ray. The nurse asked me if I had TB before, and I've never had it (nor have any symptoms) so I of course denied it. She told me there was some mind scarring on my left lung which could indicate past TB. I strongly feel that this could be because of my smoking habits a couple years ago. I used to be a chain smoker but haven't smoked in a year.

 

So, yesterday when I called, the nurse informed me that the doctor has cursed me to the worst test of all time: the infamous Sputum test for AFB (acid fast baccille) and culture, testing for TB.

 

Now, here is the problem:

 

I have spent hours and hours and hours reading about this test, and people everywhere mention that while the AFB part of this test is quick and simple, the "culture" part takes 6-8 weeks. This is EVERYWHERE.

 

On VisaJourney (mostly all St. Lukes/Philippines)

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=visajourney+sputum+6+weeks+site:www.visajourney.com&espv=2&biw=1440&bih=720

 

On the TB guide for US Panel Physicians by the CDC:

http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/pdf/tuberculosis-ti-2009.pdf

 

You will find words like "6-8 weeks", "upto 6 weeks", "at least 6 weeks" mentioned everywhere.

 

So the DELIMMA:

 

I first talked to the nurse and asked her how long this would take, and she used words like "instant" and "instantaneous". I then talked to the lab technician who gave me the sputum sample boxes and asked her. "3 working days", she said. Unsure of this, today I saw the same lab technician when I went to hand in my sample, and she once again assured me of this.

 

ME: I know you said that it takes 3-4 working days yesterday, but are you really sure about this? Because it's culture for TB, not just the AFB part. From everywhere I read online it seems to take 6-8 weeks.

 

LAB TECHNICIAN: Yes, I'm sure, yes. It takes 3-4 working days. TB culture, yes. You shouldn't believe everything you read online.

 

WHAT?!?!?!

 

 

Unless NZ has obtained a new type of culture test (possible), I am shocked that she's telling me that the culture test for TB only takes 3 working days.

 

You may feel that I am overthinking this and I should just wait and see instead of posting on VJ, but here's the deal:

 

This little piece of information affects everything. My visa interview is in 9 days, so it affects whether or not they'll get the results in time (or if not in time, if just a few days here and there VS 6 weeks here and there). It affects whether they need to postpone the interview or have it anyway and wait for the results. It affects my wife who's been waiting for 13 months with me in this part of the world, and is pregnant - we are unsure if she should go back alone before me. And it affects my life and work over the next 2 months, because I do not currently have a job (I don't live in Auckland so we are staying in a motel - costly!) - and how/where would I able to work if I am sure about how long and in which country I'll be in.

 

 

TLDR; My sputum test, CityMed says, is going to take 3-4 working days including culture. Has anyone ever experienced this? Has anyone ever had a sputum test done within 3-4 days, including culture?

 

 

Thank you in advance!



 
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arrowK2 application paperwork
July 25, 2014, 10:01 am Last comment by Charlie mark
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I'm having that sinking feeling that we have not applied correctly. Child was documented on 129f, we are currently waiting for NO2. I just now seen a item that says child requires a separate visa application and each applicant must pay separate k visa application fee.
Should we have initially filed extra paperwork and paid this fee on application.
Confused and worried we may need to start again in texas.


 
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arrowClass B because of malaria in the past: cause for concern?
July 25, 2014, 12:32 am Last comment by linda_adam
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Hi guys,

I just wanted to thank everyone at VisaJourney for being so helpful and supportive -- it has truly helped my wife and I cope through the process.
 

Today I had my medical examination in Auckland at CityMed. Everything went super well - got examined by the nurse first, then the doctor, then had to take 3 vaccines for measles, tetanus and influenza, and then X-Ray, and finally blood test.

 

One thing I had to admit to when the doctor was asking me questions for the DS-2053 was that I had malaria at 5 in Uganda. I was of course treated and have had no recurrences, I told her that. In the end she sounded quite positive, but I did note that she classified me as "Class B" and made a note in "Other" about my past history with malaria on the DS-2053 (she also did make a note that I was treated and have had no recurrences).

 

Perhaps I'm overthinking it, but I'm hoping admitting to malaria and being classified as Class B doesn't have any kind of an impact on my medical?

 

Does anyone have any experiences with being a class B with their medical but getting through without any impact whatsoever?

 

Thanks so much,

Sid



 
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arrowFiance in rock band - does that count as a job on G-325a?
July 14, 2014, 6:42 pm Last comment by yoursinhorror
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Hi there!

 

I'm helping my fiance complete his G-325a, and we have differing opinions on whether his band would count as a job.

 

My suggestion was to complete the form with the jobs on his resume from the past 5 years. However, his band has toured on various continents which leaves major gaps in his employment history. I understand where he's coming from, but the band isn't registered as a legal entity and I don't think it should be included.

 

Any suggestions?

 

Many thanks for your help!

 

 



 
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arrowchange of address during nvc stage
July 13, 2014, 8:06 pm Last comment by bmorgan
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Hi,

Does anyone know what to do if there is a change of address during the nvc stage?

 

My fiancé who is the beneficiary has his current mailing address listed as my house in the USA… this was done so I can receive all mail and overnight it to him.

 

I am just worried that when the time comes for the visa to be mailed that it will be mailed all the way to the USA, and then I have to mail it all the way back. Is there anyway to prevent this from happening and getting the mailing address changed through the embassy when we are at that stage?

 

thanks!



 
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