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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada


This is really really important:

I did my medical this morning at Medisys. Everything went smoothly (mostly) and everyone was very nice.

I take a medication for anxiety but it is the lowest dose and I have never been diagnosed with depression or anything even remotely similar. I brought all of my medical records to Medisys. My entire history for the last 7 or so years, including a note written by my doc at my last visit saying that everything was fine and to renew my prescription for another 6 months, thinking this would suffice.


They want a letter composed by my doctor saying that I'm taking this medication for anxiety since such and such date and that everything is fine. Ok... BUT MY DOCTOR IS ON VACATION THIS WEEK. She's in Mexico. Unreachable.

I freaked out, and then tried to reason with the very nice receptionist. This is our plan: my doc gets in next Tuesday morning (the 1st) at 9:00 AM. After calling my doctor's office and crying/begging for the first appt of the day I will run like the wind to my doc, get the letter and then speed to Medisys with the letter where they will finalize everything and I will be able to pick it up the morning of my interview. WHICH JUST HAPPENS TO BE THE VERY NEXT DAY!!

:o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

I don't know what I would do/have done if all of this didn't work.

So, just a heads-up for all of you who think you don't need a note: Better to get one and not need it than to need one and not have it. And don't think that your medical records will suffice. Even for something really small.

Jeez, what do people do if they don't (like many Canadians) have a family doctor???

Sorry for the long post I just don't want this to happen to anyone else.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

Thats good information to know for sure.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

I got good health notes from my doctor for our medicals. I am sorry that you are having trouble, however they say on there site..... We recommend that you bring a brief readable note or letter from your doctor detailing your medical or psychiatric problem(s), current treatment and long-term prognosis. The Panel Physician needs to know about your past and current medical problems and what the likelihood is that you will require further treatment in the future. It is better to bring more information than you think is required. .

I am sure you will be fine and you will be approved at the interview. Again sorry that you got the round about when you seemed quite prepared.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

Sorry to hear that you had trouble:

I remember reading that if you had ANY conditions that you took meds for on a regular basis,

or if you previously took anything to have a note saying how long, the prognosis, and any other relevant information.

Not really sure as to why.

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