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Hello Everyone,

First of all, I have read information that many of you have provided throughout the site over the last few months. While I have not actively participated, the information has been extremely helpful. Thank you!

I am actually trying to figure out what the situation is related to civil surgeons in Canada. I've read various threads elsewhere that indicate that they have reduced the number of civil surgeons in Canada. My wife resides in Calgary, and I was trying to find out who could conduct the exam there. There was one doctor listed in the past that I've read very bad things about. I'm almost hesitant to ask my wife to go there.

Any ideas about this? Also, we have yet to receive an NOA2. I'm trying to figure out if there are things that we can take care of in advance to avoid delays. One of the things I thought of was the medical exam. Is it true that it is valid for 12 months, and that one can have it done before receiving an interview date or NVC case number?

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Civil Surgeons are US based only.. as they are designated by the USCIS

Panel Physicians are located abroad..... and are designated by the Department of State/Consulates


YMMV

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I don't know if there are any USCIS approved doctors in Calgary. I do know that there is one in Vancouver, possibly for all of BC. The others that I've heard about are in Toronto and Montreal. However, things may have changed with that.

You're best to wait until the NOA2, packet 3, that your wife will receive, as it will give full instructions on what doctor to make the appointment with.


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Sent I-129f Dec. 29, 2008

Received NOA Jan. 10, 2009

NOA2 email sent April 16, 2009, APPROVED

Interview in Vancouver, June 23, 2009 APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!

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Mailed package to Chicago, Oct. 22, 2009

NOA hard copies Nov. 3, 2009

RFE Nov. 17, 2009

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NOA November 23, 2011

Biometrics December 23, 2011

RFE Dated Aug. 17; received Aug. 20th

mailed off RFE end of Oct.

Received Email stating card has been ordered Dec. 4

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Civil Surgeons are US based only.. as they are designated by the USCIS

Panel Physicians are located abroad..... and are designated by the Department of State/Consulates

Sorry - I guess I'm trying to find out about panel physicians then....

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Definition:

A doctor, selected by USCIS to conduct medical examinations of aliens in the United States who are applying for adjustment of status to permanent residence or who are required by USCIS to have a medical examination.

Source: USCIS

Also Known As: Civil surgeons are not synonymous with panel physicians. Civil surgeons provide medical exams within the U.S. while panel physicians perform exams outside the U.S.

In Canada there are only three medical panel physicians, Toronto, Montreal , and Vancouver.

There is a short time and I say a very short time between the time when you receive your appointment letter at the consolate , after you have been approved at USCIS and your medical examination.

Hope that clarifies your question.


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Hi and welcome to VJ,

There was a panel physician in Calgary, up until last year, my Husband did his immigration medical there.

Around September/October of last year they then reduced the number of panel physicians in Canada to 4. One in Vancouver, two in Montreal and one in Toronto. That information can be found at this link, just scroll to the bottom page:

http://travel.state.gov/pdf/medical/MTL-ME...L-0001-0810.pdf

There are things you can do in advance, if you wife doesn't want to travel all the way to Vancouver for the medical, she may want to wait and have it done the week she will be in Montreal for the interview.

You will need a police clearance for Canada for her - and any other country (except the U.S.) where she has lived for 6 months or more since the age of 16, you can get that now as it is good for a year.

All of the documents listed here http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3190.html - will need to be sent to the National Visa Center. Also, you should call the IRS and get tax transcripts for 06, 07 and 08.

So that is just a brief overview of some of the stuff you need to take care of now.

You may want to visit the Canada VJ forum here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showforum=93

You may also want to have a look at the VJ Wiki Canada page: http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/Canada

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trailmix,

Thank you for the information you've provided. The explanation is much appreciated.

The small number of panel physicians in Canada does pose a bit of a challenge. However, we'll do whatever it takes! My wife has already gotten in touch with the Calgary Police to obtain a police clearance. However, she has lived in another city before moving to Calgary a few years ago. I have to make sure that the clearance provided by Calgary Police is adequate.

On a happy note, I just received an e-mail to indicate that our approval notice (NOA2) was sent! We were about a month beyond the timeline for the Vermont Service Center. After reading information on this board, I decided to send a letter to the Congressman for my district here in Massachusetts. The Congressional Aide for Immigration matters responded promptly, and made an inquiry. That was last Thursday, and our application was approved today!

I'm very thankful for all of these resources. I hope I can be of help to others here.

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trailmix,

Thank you for the information you've provided. The explanation is much appreciated.

The small number of panel physicians in Canada does pose a bit of a challenge. However, we'll do whatever it takes! My wife has already gotten in touch with the Calgary Police to obtain a police clearance. However, she has lived in another city before moving to Calgary a few years ago. I have to make sure that the clearance provided by Calgary Police is adequate.

On a happy note, I just received an e-mail to indicate that our approval notice (NOA2) was sent! We were about a month beyond the timeline for the Vermont Service Center. After reading information on this board, I decided to send a letter to the Congressman for my district here in Massachusetts. The Congressional Aide for Immigration matters responded promptly, and made an inquiry. That was last Thursday, and our application was approved today!

I'm very thankful for all of these resources. I hope I can be of help to others here.

Congratulations on your NOA2 :dance: Things will move along much more quickly now!

As long as the police certificate she obtains notes that Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) or the national criminal records repository was searched using the applicant’s name and date of birth it will cover all of Canada. See this link for more info.

http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/reciproc..._3531.html#docs

Good luck :thumbs:


USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

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OBX, thank you!

Wow, it does take quite a bit of time between receipt of NOA2 to the date of the actual interview. It seems to take at least 2 months or more to get an interview in Montreal.

In terms of the NVC process, my understanding is that the I-864 portion (that I'm supposed to complete) would be included in the packet to my wife. Can she complete her portion, and then mail the whole thing to me? After which, I would send it back together myself? Or, does it have to go directly from her residence to the NVC?

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OBX, thank you!

Wow, it does take quite a bit of time between receipt of NOA2 to the date of the actual interview. It seems to take at least 2 months or more to get an interview in Montreal.

In terms of the NVC process, my understanding is that the I-864 portion (that I'm supposed to complete) would be included in the packet to my wife. Can she complete her portion, and then mail the whole thing to me? After which, I would send it back together myself? Or, does it have to go directly from her residence to the NVC?

Montreal interviews were averaging about 2 1/2 to 3 months when I went through in the spring. Check out this thread in the Canada forum.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...p;#entry3115461

The DS-230 and I-864 can be sent separately or together. Generally if sent together it avoids a false RFE and your case cannot be completed without both so it doesn't slow things down at all. Many have sent them together but in separate envelopes placed in a larger envelope. Both packages can be sent from any address. I completed both the DS-230 and the I-864, mailed all forms and documents to my husband in the US. He signed the I-864 and mailed both together from there. We used USPS overnight and it was received by NVC the next day! Good luck.

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USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

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This concerns me, I never received my NOA2 (Approved but did not physically receive the NOA2 package). I was under the impression that the medical would come after case complete from NVC, is this correct?


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Petition for Wife and our 3 kids. IR1 & IR2s

NVC Journey

April 22nd, 2009 - Received NVC Packages for all 4 Petition w/Case Numbers

April 22nd, 2009 - DS-3032 and AOS bill received in package

April 24th, 2009 - DS-3032 sent via email

April 24th, 2009 - AOS bill paid online

May 2009 - DS-3032 accepted

May 2009 - IV Fee Generated

May 26th, 2009 - Paid IV Fee Online

May 27th, 2009 - Shows Paid

May 28th, 2009 - IV Package Sent

June 1st, 2009 - Shows Delivered

June 15th, 2009 - Received RFE? for not submitting AOS

June 18th, 2009 - AOS Package sent

June 22nd, 2009 - Delivered 11:42 am, PORTSMOUTH, NH 03801

June 22nd, 2009 - Request for expedite submitted

June 24th, 2009 - Checklist received (AOS package)

July 7th, 2009 - Wife's Case Complete

July 7th, 2009 - RFE for kids cases

July 7th, 2009 - Overnight 864w to NVC for kids cases

July 10th, 2009 - Received package

July 14th, 2009 - NVC automated system show checklist letter received for kids cases

July 21st, 2009 - as per NVC request second email sent requesting expedite of interview

July 24st, 2009 - NVC cases show complete

November 23rd, 2009 - Medicals in Toronto

November 26th, 2009 - Medical packages received

November 2nd, 2009 - Interviews are scheduled for 12/18/2009

December 18th, 2009 - Approved and Visas in Hand

December 21st, 2009 - POE... Windsor/Detroit

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never mind. I have my answer.


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Petition for Wife and our 3 kids. IR1 & IR2s

NVC Journey

April 22nd, 2009 - Received NVC Packages for all 4 Petition w/Case Numbers

April 22nd, 2009 - DS-3032 and AOS bill received in package

April 24th, 2009 - DS-3032 sent via email

April 24th, 2009 - AOS bill paid online

May 2009 - DS-3032 accepted

May 2009 - IV Fee Generated

May 26th, 2009 - Paid IV Fee Online

May 27th, 2009 - Shows Paid

May 28th, 2009 - IV Package Sent

June 1st, 2009 - Shows Delivered

June 15th, 2009 - Received RFE? for not submitting AOS

June 18th, 2009 - AOS Package sent

June 22nd, 2009 - Delivered 11:42 am, PORTSMOUTH, NH 03801

June 22nd, 2009 - Request for expedite submitted

June 24th, 2009 - Checklist received (AOS package)

July 7th, 2009 - Wife's Case Complete

July 7th, 2009 - RFE for kids cases

July 7th, 2009 - Overnight 864w to NVC for kids cases

July 10th, 2009 - Received package

July 14th, 2009 - NVC automated system show checklist letter received for kids cases

July 21st, 2009 - as per NVC request second email sent requesting expedite of interview

July 24st, 2009 - NVC cases show complete

November 23rd, 2009 - Medicals in Toronto

November 26th, 2009 - Medical packages received

November 2nd, 2009 - Interviews are scheduled for 12/18/2009

December 18th, 2009 - Approved and Visas in Hand

December 21st, 2009 - POE... Windsor/Detroit

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