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Okay so my fiance and I sent our application in December, NOA1 was January 3rd.

First question is, is it normal to not have even a touch on our application in almost 2 months? We're aware it can take up to 5 months to get the NOA2 (Cali service center). I keep seeing time lines with people's applications being touched 4 times the same month it was sent.

Second question is, when I go for my interview, where will it be country wise? I live in Canada, fiance in Arizona. Will my interview be in my country, or will I have to fly out to the states to have the interview there?

Third question is (probably dumb), is my medical exam I'll have to go through in Canada aswell? I keep seeing people say it costs over $200, but I talked to my family doctor and they said it's not going to cost anything for a medical exam (Canada, free health care, you get it). What's going on with that?

ANY help is GREATLY appreciated!

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Okay so my fiance and I sent our application in December, NOA1 was January 3rd.

First question is, is it normal to not have even a touch on our application in almost 2 months? We're aware it can take up to 5 months to get the NOA2 (Cali service center). I keep seeing time lines with people's applications being touched 4 times the same month it was sent.

Second question is, when I go for my interview, where will it be country wise? I live in Canada, fiance in Arizona. Will my interview be in my country, or will I have to fly out to the states to have the interview there?

Third question is (probably dumb), is my medical exam I'll have to go through in Canada aswell? I keep seeing people say it costs over $200, but I talked to my family doctor and they said it's not going to cost anything for a medical interview (Canada, free health care, you get it). What's going on with that?

ANY help is GREATLY appreciated!

Hey Steffy!

First answer: Yes, completely normal. We never had a "touch" and the process went perfectly (so far) without any bumps in the road (a.k.a. RFE)

Second answer: Yes, your interview will be in your home country.

Third answer (nothing is dumb smile.gif): Your medical exam will also have to be in Canada. The cost (I do not know it because it's Embassy specific and mine was 240 Argentine Pesos, which translates to about USD 50). You cannot choose your doctor, you will have to follow Embassy instructions and they will tell you where you should get it done. They have doctors appointed for their medicals.

Hope my answers help!

Celeste

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1. Normal not to be touched, yes.

2. Interview in Canada, yes. (it's a visa TO a country... a lot of people from other countries aren't allowed to go to the US, so interviewing there wouldn't make sense).

3. Your family doctor cannot do the medical. A special doctor will have to do it and it costs $$.


AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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Hi!

Touches don't really mean anything. It could literally be the file is being moved from one stack to another, it doesn't mean someone is looking at it, though.. Most people will tell you their file wasn't touched at all and they were approved.

On the interview and medical exam, yes, those will take place in the beneficiary's country. There is a specific medical exam that is part of the process before your interview. Check the VJ guides for more details.


Part One: The K-1 Visa Journey:

USCIS Receipt of I-129F: January 24, 2012 | Petition Approval: June 15, 2012 (No RFEs)
Interview: October 24, 2012 - Review | Visa Delivered: October 31, 2012



Part Two: Entry and Adjusting Status:

POE: November 18, 2012 (at SFO) - Review
Wedding: December 1, 2012 | Social Security: New cards received on December 7, 2012.
AOS Package (I-485/I-765/I-131) NOA1: February 19, 2013 | Biometrics Appt.: March 18, 2013
AP/EAD Approved: April 29, 2013 | Card Received: May 6, 2013 | AOS Interview Appt.: May 16, 2013 - Approved Review Card Received: May 24, 2013

Part Three: Removal of Conditions:

Coming Soon...

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Okay so my fiance and I sent our application in December, NOA1 was January 3rd.

First question is, is it normal to not have even a touch on our application in almost 2 months? We're aware it can take up to 5 months to get the NOA2 (Cali service center). I keep seeing time lines with people's applications being touched 4 times the same month it was sent.

Second question is, when I go for my interview, where will it be country wise? I live in Canada, fiance in Arizona. Will my interview be in my country, or will I have to fly out to the states to have the interview there?

Third question is (probably dumb), is my medical exam I'll have to go through in Canada aswell? I keep seeing people say it costs over $200, but I talked to my family doctor and they said it's not going to cost anything for a medical exam (Canada, free health care, you get it). What's going on with that?

ANY help is GREATLY appreciated!

Your interview will be in either Montreal or Vancouver depending on where you live. You will have to go to a doctor that is approved to do the visa medicals and your Canadian health care does not cover the cost.


02/22/2011 - I-129F Mailed to Texas Lockbox
03/02/2011 - Electronic Notice of Acceptance Received
03/02/2011 - Check cashed
03/16/2011 - Received NOA 1
06/02/2011 - RFE
06/12/2011 - RFE returned
06/20/2011 - Received NOA 2
07/08/2011 - NVC Sent to Embassy
08/08/2011 - Packet 3
08/15/2011 - Packet 4
10/21/2011 - Interview - APPROVED
11/16/2011 - POE - Port Huron
12/03/2011 - Marriage!

AOS
12/12/2011 - AOS Packet Mailed
12/14/2011 - AOS Packet Delivered to Chicago Lockbox per USPS
12/19/2011 - Emails received from USCIS for receipt of applications
12/19/2011 - NOA's Receipt date
12/23/2011 - Received biometrics appointment letter
01/10/2012 - Biometrics Appointment
01/11/2012 - Case transferred to California Service Center
02/08/2012 - EAD and AP approval text/email
02/13/2012 - Second email telling us the EAD card is in production (why two?)
02/14/2012 - Email notice telling us that the EAD has been mailed
02/16/2012 - Email notice that USPS picked up the EAD on 2/14/2012
02/16/2012 - EAD and AP Card received
07/19/2012 - Contacted Congressman
07/26/2012 - RFE Text and Email received
10/23/2012 - AOS Approval text
10/27/2012 - Greencard received!

Lifting Conditions

07/22/2014 - Filing Date

07/24/2014 - NOA

08/18/2014 - Biometrics

10/22/2014 - USCIS web site says Approved!

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Your interview will be in either Montreal or Vancouver depending on where you live. You will have to go to a doctor that is approved to do the visa medicals and your Canadian health care does not cover the cost.

I live in Ontario. Montreal and Vancouver are the only places in Canada that do the interviews?

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Here are a couple of links you might find helpful:

Montreal consulate K1

CDN medical info

Toronto medical costs

Welcome aboard!


The K-1 Visa journey for myself and my two K-2 children:

K-1: NOA1 2011-8-10; NOA2 2012-1-12; Interview 2012-4-24; Visa issued 2012-9-17; POE (Sarnia) 2012-9-26; Wedding! 2012-10-02
AOS: NOA1 2012-11-20; Biometrics 2012-12-14; AP/EAD approved 2013-1-11; Interview 2013-1-31; 2-yr Green cards in hand 2013-2-9 (101 days total)

ROC: NOA1 11-7-14; Biometrics 12-1-14; 10-yr Green cards ordered 4-13-15! (157 days total)

Counting down to naturalization time!

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I live in Ontario. Montreal and Vancouver are the only places in Canada that do the interviews?

Yes, and since you live in Ontario, your interview will be in Montreal.


02/22/2011 - I-129F Mailed to Texas Lockbox
03/02/2011 - Electronic Notice of Acceptance Received
03/02/2011 - Check cashed
03/16/2011 - Received NOA 1
06/02/2011 - RFE
06/12/2011 - RFE returned
06/20/2011 - Received NOA 2
07/08/2011 - NVC Sent to Embassy
08/08/2011 - Packet 3
08/15/2011 - Packet 4
10/21/2011 - Interview - APPROVED
11/16/2011 - POE - Port Huron
12/03/2011 - Marriage!

AOS
12/12/2011 - AOS Packet Mailed
12/14/2011 - AOS Packet Delivered to Chicago Lockbox per USPS
12/19/2011 - Emails received from USCIS for receipt of applications
12/19/2011 - NOA's Receipt date
12/23/2011 - Received biometrics appointment letter
01/10/2012 - Biometrics Appointment
01/11/2012 - Case transferred to California Service Center
02/08/2012 - EAD and AP approval text/email
02/13/2012 - Second email telling us the EAD card is in production (why two?)
02/14/2012 - Email notice telling us that the EAD has been mailed
02/16/2012 - Email notice that USPS picked up the EAD on 2/14/2012
02/16/2012 - EAD and AP Card received
07/19/2012 - Contacted Congressman
07/26/2012 - RFE Text and Email received
10/23/2012 - AOS Approval text
10/27/2012 - Greencard received!

Lifting Conditions

07/22/2014 - Filing Date

07/24/2014 - NOA

08/18/2014 - Biometrics

10/22/2014 - USCIS web site says Approved!

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