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Changing interview date--argh!!!

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Hi everyone,

Just wanted to say that this forum has been a godsend on our visa journey! My fiancé and I keep running into little road blocks and it is hard to know what to do. Here’s our latest dilemma.

We just received the date for our interview for March 15th.. This date was much sooner than we expected, despite our having made preparations well in advance.

The problem with this date is that here in Brazil it coincides with Carnival, the biggest street party in the world and the most expensive holiday. This presents a number of complications. We live in another city entirely, and need to fly to Rio de Janeiro for the medical examinations and interview. Not only are flights and hotels10-15 times more expensive, but it will be much more difficult to set up an appointment for the exams.

For this reason, we were thinking of changing the dates. But yesterday, as I was working on the I-134 forms, I noticed at the top of the form that it expires at the end of March. Other forms have a similar date. Considering I had my cosponsor sign and bring it from the US, there would be no way for me to get another set of forms sent in time for the interview, if it was scheduled soon after.

Does the documents still “count” if they are signed before the expiration date, but submitted after they expire?

Any advice on calling up the consulate and explaining the situation?

Thanks guys. We are on the last big hurdle and your help would be much appreciated!

Leonidus

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Hi everyone,

Just wanted to say that this forum has been a godsend on our visa journey! My fiancé and I keep running into little road blocks and it is hard to know what to do. Here’s our latest dilemma.

We just received the date for our interview for March 15th.. This date was much sooner than we expected, despite our having made preparations well in advance.

The problem with this date is that here in Brazil it coincides with Carnival, the biggest street party in the world and the most expensive holiday. This presents a number of complications. We live in another city entirely, and need to fly to Rio de Janeiro for the medical examinations and interview. Not only are flights and hotels10-15 times more expensive, but it will be much more difficult to set up an appointment for the exams.

For this reason, we were thinking of changing the dates. But yesterday, as I was working on the I-134 forms, I noticed at the top of the form that it expires at the end of March. Other forms have a similar date. Considering I had my cosponsor sign and bring it from the US, there would be no way for me to get another set of forms sent in time for the interview, if it was scheduled soon after.

Does the documents still “count” if they are signed before the expiration date, but submitted after they expire?

Any advice on calling up the consulate and explaining the situation?

Thanks guys. We are on the last big hurdle and your help would be much appreciated!

Leonidus

You might be allowed to get the medical done earlier if that would help. I don't know about the document expiration date issue.

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Getting the medical exams done early is something we are considering. It would just mean flying to another city altogether because there are no consulate sanctioned doctors where we live. Worst comes to worst we will just have to eat the cost, but its just depressing because if they had scheduled the interview just a few days after all of this would be avoidable. Do you get the feeling that someone is testing you? That they make it hard just to see what you will do. :bonk: :bonk: :bonk:

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