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I had my medical yesterday so thought I would share the experience for those who have it soon.

I had to fly down from Edinburgh so took an Easyjet flight to London Luton, then hopped on the train to St Pancras. I arrived at 10am and walked from St Pancras to Knightsbridge Doctors (Bentick Mansions) to find out where it was, then went to a coffee house around the corner to waste the time until my appointment at 1pm.

I rang the buzzer, went in, and was greeted by the receptionist staff who were pleasant but seemed overly busy. I was handed a form to fill in, I went to the waiting area, filled out the form and then returned this to the receptionist who then took my passport, police certificate, photo and vaccination record and directed me back to the waiting room.

About 10 minutes later I was called upon by a dark haired nurse, who led me to the room at the top of the corridor. We talked briefly about my situation and what would happen during my appointment before going over my vaccination records. The nurse immediately put me at ease, was friendly and explained that I would need to get a tetanus injection, although being a K1 applicant I could wait and get this done on the NHS back home. I opted to get it done there and then was shown back to the waiting area. I was in the room for about 5 minutes.

A couple minutes later the x-ray nurse (shorter, chatty man) led me to the x-ray room. I took my shirt off and had my x-ray. I asked to see the x-ray however was advised they were too busy and couldn’t. I was shown back to the waiting room. Again, was in the room less than 5 minutes.

Around 5-10 minutes later I was called by the medical nurse (Scandinavian accent?) who explained what she was going to be looking for and testing. First my height and weight were taken and then I was asked to take my shirt off and sit on the bed. I did, and my blood pressure and pulse were taken. I then had my blood test (a bit of a surprise as I was expecting this last!) which was fine, just nipped a little.

Then the eye test, then checked my eyes, throat and ears. Then asked me to strip down to my underwear only and to lie on the bed. The nurse then gave me the once over, including a genital check, including checking for cancer. I was in the room for 10-15 minutes tops.

I was then shown back to the waiting area for about 2 minutes while the receptionist staff checked all my documents before calling me through to pay the £236 (medical plus vaccination) and I was out by 1:45 pm.

My general thoughts were that although the medical was fine, the staff seemed very busy and the whole set up seems to be geared around getting the most people through the door as possible and that the decor could be improved bearing in mind that it is a private medical facility.

I then took the tube to Victoria, took the Gatwick express to Gatwick and flew back home! Another step closer!


K1 Timeline:
I-129F sent 02/05/2011
NOA1 02/16/2011
Touched 02/20/2011
NOA2 05/23/2011
NVC received 06/06/2011
NVC sent 06/07/2011
Embassy received 06/10/2011
Packet 3 received 06/15/2011
Packet 3 sent 06/28/2011
Packet 3 received (embassy) 06/29/2011
Medical 07/11/2011
Interview 08/22/2011 - Approved. Visa received by courier 1 week later.
POE 12/12/2011 (Dallas)
Marriage: 12/21/2011

AOS Timeline:
AOS package (inc. I-131 & I-765) sent 03/21/2012
AOS package received at Lockbox 03/22/2012
NOA's received 03/30/2012
Biometric appointment 04/20/2012 as scheduled
Email notification of interview 04/30/2012
Email approval EAD & AP 05/10/2012
Interview 06/04/2012 (Approved)

ROC Timeline:
ROC package (I-751) sent 03/10/2014
NOA: 03/14/2014

Approved: 06/2014

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My general thoughts were that although the medical was fine, the staff seemed very busy and the whole set up seems to be geared around getting the most people through the door as possible and that the decor could be improved bearing in mind that it is a private medical facility.

It's funny, I thought something similar, but figured that with all the immigration business they have no reason to prettify themselves to appeal to consenting paying clients. But actually, it's not allll that different from many doctors' offices over here, which are all private...

And actually, given the fee one has to pay, I'm kind of glad there wasn't any marble to make me think part of the fee was going to décor ;)

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I had my medical a while ago now, but I'm just wondering, what exactly were we checked for in our blood tests and x-rays? I'm a bit of a hypochondriac so it would be reassuring to find out what I dont have! Does anyone know? They never told me.


TIMELINE

2 0 1 1

3rd Feb - 129f Sent

10th Feb - NOA1

16th May - NOA2

8th August - Interview in London. APPROVED!

29th August - POE at SFO

7th Oct - Married

10th Oct - AOS Filed

17th Oct - NOA Letter(s)

20th Oct - Biometrics Letter (for 14th Nov)

28th Oct - Biometrics (walk-in)

2 0 1 2

3 Jan - Service Request Put In

13 Jan - EAD Approved

17 Jan - Interview Notice Received

24 Jan - EAD in hand

16 Feb - Interview Date. APPROVED!

2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4

21 Nov - ROC Filed

2 Dec - NOA

6 Jan - Biometrics (walk-in)

15 May - Card Ordered / Approved

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I had my medical a while ago now, but I'm just wondering, what exactly were we checked for in our blood tests and x-rays? I'm a bit of a hypochondriac so it would be reassuring to find out what I dont have! Does anyone know? They never told me.

There's pages and pages to read here http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/exams/ti/panel/technical-instructions-panel-physicians.html

I've read all of it. But you can get a brief idea from the content headings.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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I had my medical a while ago now, but I'm just wondering, what exactly were we checked for in our blood tests and x-rays? I'm a bit of a hypochondriac so it would be reassuring to find out what I dont have! Does anyone know? They never told me.

I asked the Dr while I was in the room. She told me that the blood test is for Syphilis and that they used to test for HIV but don't anymore.


K1 Timeline:
I-129F sent 02/05/2011
NOA1 02/16/2011
Touched 02/20/2011
NOA2 05/23/2011
NVC received 06/06/2011
NVC sent 06/07/2011
Embassy received 06/10/2011
Packet 3 received 06/15/2011
Packet 3 sent 06/28/2011
Packet 3 received (embassy) 06/29/2011
Medical 07/11/2011
Interview 08/22/2011 - Approved. Visa received by courier 1 week later.
POE 12/12/2011 (Dallas)
Marriage: 12/21/2011

AOS Timeline:
AOS package (inc. I-131 & I-765) sent 03/21/2012
AOS package received at Lockbox 03/22/2012
NOA's received 03/30/2012
Biometric appointment 04/20/2012 as scheduled
Email notification of interview 04/30/2012
Email approval EAD & AP 05/10/2012
Interview 06/04/2012 (Approved)

ROC Timeline:
ROC package (I-751) sent 03/10/2014
NOA: 03/14/2014

Approved: 06/2014

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