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Ok so here it is my wife and step kids have their immigration interview (CR1/CR2) in Montreal on April 10th... They had their medicals in Montreal last Monday and on Friday the Panel Physician informed my wife that they found a fractured vertebra in her chest xray. She has no pain or recent falls to explain it. Dr told her she needs to get a diagnosis to determine if she has Osteoporosis before they will release her medical results. We are only 43, now I am sure it is possible but it is also possible that the radiologist was wrong as they won't even show us the xray or let her bring it to her own Dr. To diagnosis her she will need a bone density xray and the earliest she can get that is April 17th and then it has to go to her GP for diagnosis further tests etc... So at this point it looks like we are going to be going to the embassy with a medical deferral notice and have to wait to get her visa until they figure out why she has a fractured vertebra. It could be an old injury for all we know. I though they could only withhold medical results for specific diseases or psych conditions... but apparently they may do it for broken bones... who knew.

So should we argue with the Dr saying that this is not a Class A or B condition so she should provide us with our results and not a deferral? or just wait an extra couple months?... we have only waited 6 years to get to this point :( (married over a year ago, engaged 5 years ago).

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You wont win an argument its up to the DR and they have final say. If they don't release the medical until they have confirmation from another doctor about a problem then you don't get the visa.

Iv seen this happen a few times for Canadians for a few different issues. One person they found a lump during the exam and told her they cant issue the medical until she sees her GP and finds out what the lump is.


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I guess lesson is to get your medical as far ahead of your expected interview as you can and still have it valid or be willing to risk paying for a second one if there are any delays as you might have to wait a few months to get something checked. We just figured since everyone was healthy and did not have any of the diseases or psych conditions that things would be routine. Oh well live and learn, just a bit late for me but maybe others who plan to go for medical only a week or two before interview should benefit from.

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I guess lesson is to get your medical as far ahead of your expected interview as you can and still have it valid or be willing to risk paying for a second one if there are any delays as you might have to wait a few months to get something checked. We just figured since everyone was healthy and did not have any of the diseases or psych conditions that things would be routine. Oh well live and learn, just a bit late for me but maybe others who plan to go for medical only a week or two before interview should benefit from.

Don't beat yourself up about this. You can't book a medical until you have an interview and there isn't a huge time frame between notification and interview in which to get the medical done and if you don't live in or near Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal you have to decide the best way to deal with travelling to the medical and interview.


1 Dec 2011 Mailed I-130
8 Dec 2011 NOA 1
20 Dec 2011 NOA 2

NVC

17 Jan 2012 Phoned NVC. Case Number allocated
18 Jan 2012 Emails received re AOS fee and Agent
20 Jan 2012 Electronic opt in email sent & response received
20 Jan 2012 AOS fee paid
20 Jan 2012 Form DS-261 Choice of agent filed
27 Jan 2012 Email received re choice of agent received. Can now pay IV bill
29 Jan 2012 IV bill paid
31 Jan 2012 Received written notification case at NVC (dated 18 Jan)
8 Feb 2012 Emailed AOS
9 Feb 2012 DS-260 submitted online & docs emailed
14 Feb 2012 Case Complete
5 Mar 2012 received email - interview date 10 April
10 Apr 2012 Visa Approved
10 Apr 2012 Email from Loomis - passport picked up from Consulate

June 2012 Moved back to US

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Don't beat yourself up about this. You can't book a medical until you have an interview and there isn't a huge time frame between notification and interview in which to get the medical done and if you don't live in or near Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal you have to decide the best way to deal with travelling to the medical and interview.

Yeah good point...

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You wont win an argument its up to the DR and they have final say. If they don't release the medical until they have confirmation from another doctor about a problem then you don't get the visa.

Iv seen this happen a few times for Canadians for a few different issues. One person they found a lump during the exam and told her they cant issue the medical until she sees her GP and finds out what the lump is.

That would be me. i ended up having to go for a bunch of tests...turned out it was nothing..but it did delay the medical. good thing that was done in january and my appt was in april. it also sucked cuz i had just moved to Ontario from Quebec, so i had no OHIP card..it was mega stress and stupidity.

Don't beat yourself up about this. You can't book a medical until you have an interview and there isn't a huge time frame between notification and interview in which to get the medical done and if you don't live in or near Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal you have to decide the best way to deal with travelling to the medical and interview.

maybe things have changed but i was able to book my medical with just my p3 letter which had my mtl number on it. no way i'd want to wait til p4..with the way montreal is..would have taken another year back then.


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That would be me. i ended up having to go for a bunch of tests...turned out it was nothing..but it did delay the medical. good thing that was done in january and my appt was in april. it also sucked cuz i had just moved to Ontario from Quebec, so i had no OHIP card..it was mega stress and stupidity.

maybe things have changed but i was able to book my medical with just my p3 letter which had my mtl number on it. no way i'd want to wait til p4..with the way montreal is..would have taken another year back then.

For a spousal visa you actually have to have the letter of appointment for the interview to book the medical and you have to take the letter to the medical.


1 Dec 2011 Mailed I-130
8 Dec 2011 NOA 1
20 Dec 2011 NOA 2

NVC

17 Jan 2012 Phoned NVC. Case Number allocated
18 Jan 2012 Emails received re AOS fee and Agent
20 Jan 2012 Electronic opt in email sent & response received
20 Jan 2012 AOS fee paid
20 Jan 2012 Form DS-261 Choice of agent filed
27 Jan 2012 Email received re choice of agent received. Can now pay IV bill
29 Jan 2012 IV bill paid
31 Jan 2012 Received written notification case at NVC (dated 18 Jan)
8 Feb 2012 Emailed AOS
9 Feb 2012 DS-260 submitted online & docs emailed
14 Feb 2012 Case Complete
5 Mar 2012 received email - interview date 10 April
10 Apr 2012 Visa Approved
10 Apr 2012 Email from Loomis - passport picked up from Consulate

June 2012 Moved back to US

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Yeah they said you had to have the letter... not sure if they would have done it with just the MTL number. But on the brighter side... My wife dropped off a copy of the referal for the tests and confirmation of appointment set for April 17th and the Dr decided to release her results so no deferral in the end. But we have no clue what she wrote on the medical.. suspect a Class B condition under "other" that she has signs of a fractured vertebra and possibly due to Osteoporosis. Oh well I can handle that one in the interview if it comes up.

But still my advice is get your medical as soon as you can book it based on the rules. really you do not want your case to ever go into the "exception" bucket as it is a black hole with no real way to find out the status or when it will be finished. Best to have all the ducks lined up and go in feeling confident.

Well only 5 days to go :) Its been so many years to get to this point!

Thanks all for the support its conforting to at least be able to share your panic and fears with others who are or have been there before... Nobody else can really understand what we go through for love if they have not been where we are.

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Yeah they said you had to have the letter... not sure if they would have done it with just the MTL number. But on the brighter side... My wife dropped off a copy of the referal for the tests and confirmation of appointment set for April 17th and the Dr decided to release her results so no deferral in the end. But we have no clue what she wrote on the medical.. suspect a Class B condition under "other" that she has signs of a fractured vertebra and possibly due to Osteoporosis. Oh well I can handle that one in the interview if it comes up.

But still my advice is get your medical as soon as you can book it based on the rules. really you do not want your case to ever go into the "exception" bucket as it is a black hole with no real way to find out the status or when it will be finished. Best to have all the ducks lined up and go in feeling confident.

Well only 5 days to go :) Its been so many years to get to this point!

Thanks all for the support its conforting to at least be able to share your panic and fears with others who are or have been there before... Nobody else can really understand what we go through for love if they have not been where we are.

Well glad that hurdle's over with for you.


1 Dec 2011 Mailed I-130
8 Dec 2011 NOA 1
20 Dec 2011 NOA 2

NVC

17 Jan 2012 Phoned NVC. Case Number allocated
18 Jan 2012 Emails received re AOS fee and Agent
20 Jan 2012 Electronic opt in email sent & response received
20 Jan 2012 AOS fee paid
20 Jan 2012 Form DS-261 Choice of agent filed
27 Jan 2012 Email received re choice of agent received. Can now pay IV bill
29 Jan 2012 IV bill paid
31 Jan 2012 Received written notification case at NVC (dated 18 Jan)
8 Feb 2012 Emailed AOS
9 Feb 2012 DS-260 submitted online & docs emailed
14 Feb 2012 Case Complete
5 Mar 2012 received email - interview date 10 April
10 Apr 2012 Visa Approved
10 Apr 2012 Email from Loomis - passport picked up from Consulate

June 2012 Moved back to US

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