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Regarding Vaccinations, Is This Still True?

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You don't need them for the K-1, but you need them for the Adjustment of Status. Insurance does not cover shots for immigration, so it is cheaper and simpler to get all vaccinations before coming to the US (in most cases the shots are cheaper in the person's country of residence).


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Strong advice--- get them ALL done there and get a copy of the DS-3025 for the AOS packet or you may go through the I-693 NIGHTMARE, shopping for a civil surgeon who does not want to do another complete medical plus the cost of vaccinations. Go to the AOS form here and see how many people it causes problems for, I was also one who had problems.

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It also is dependent on the physician. Some physicians in certain countries are notorious for "selling" shots as I have read in other threads.

My wife was able to not get a couple of shots until she arrived here. But, in order to fulfill the requirements for USCIS, we had to go to a civil surgeon to finalize the vaccination requirement. He wanted to charge us the full medical price and I had to point out several times that all she needed was to be checked off on the vaccinations. (when we filed AOS her original medical was still valid)

Good luck.


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I think you could get the vaccinations done anywhere, as long as you provide the proof of vaccination. However, the vaccination has to be verified by a civil surgeon for AOS. Most places I looked into wouldn't verify my vaccines without doing a complete medical (300$+). You could contact civil surgeons near you to see how much they would charge.

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Thanks folks.

My insurance covers vaccinations here in the US, they are very big on preventative medicine. The issue I see is that there might not be a panel Doc on board. It has to come from a specific Doc right?

Panel physicians are the ones that do the exams overseas. You would need a civil surgeon in the US. You can get the vaccinations from your family doctor and take proof of them to a civil surgeon to transcribe onto an I-693. If all the required vaccinations for AOS are not completed at the time of the medical and marked off on the DS-3025, then you will have to see a civil surgeon for an I-693 regardless of where you get the vaccinations done in the US. The main problem people have with not getting their vaccinations completed and marked off on the DS-3025 at their K-1 medical is that finding a civil surgeon in the US that will not insist on giving another medical and overcharging can be a difficult task.


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Panel physicians are the ones that do the exams overseas. You would need a civil surgeon in the US. You can get the vaccinations from your family doctor and take proof of them to a civil surgeon to transcribe onto an I-693. If all the required vaccinations for AOS are not completed at the time of the medical and marked off on the DS-3025, then you will have to see a civil surgeon for an I-693 regardless of where you get the vaccinations done in the US. The main problem people have with not getting their vaccinations completed and marked off on the DS-3025 at their K-1 medical is that finding a civil surgeon in the US that will not insist on giving another medical and overcharging can be a difficult task.

Now I get it.

So when she goes to get the vaccinations (she has some but no records - one of our first exercises here will be a 101 of record keeping), the panel Doc will seal an envelope. So apart from that envelope I want to have her get a filed/signed DS-3025 from the Doc right, apart from whatever is in the envelope?

Thanks all.

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Yep, ask for a copy of the completed/incomplete-with-waiver ds-3025 at the medical in home country. If it's filled out correctly and she has all age appropriate vaccinations, you simply keep that copy until it's time for AOS. Then you submit it along with AOS within 12 months of the date on the medical and you do not have to deal with anything relating to civil surgeons in the US.

Make a copy of the copy of ds-3025 though so you have another backup. USCIS is quite good at misplacing medical or that one form.

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