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Bonjour Bonjour,

I just wanted to share a little idea that my husband and I got before we left for the US.

I am Franco-American, but grew up in France and was used to the French way of doing healthcare. I could not imagine giving up $400 / month in case I got sick so we looked into Expat Insurance.

Since it was only about 60 euros / person / month, we thought we would give it a try and see how it goes. Well, I'm glad we did, because when my husband got sick, within 12 hours of calling them, we had an appointment with a doctor with the bill sent directly to them. We just had to pay for medication and ask for reimbursement.

There are more expensive one with more extensive coverage, so we don't have dental or pregnancy in our plan, but we are covered for up to 300,000 euros / year / person which I think is not bad.

We might get regular US insurance later, but at the moment, we think we'll stay with Avi International. Either until I get a job who pays for insurance (in part at least), or until the prices drop, if they ever do.

Anyway, just wanted to share that if any of you are interested,

Have a good one,





CR-1 visa by Direct Consular Filing in London:

July 01, 2013 Married in Wolfeboro, NH (before returning to U.K.)

July 10, 2013 I-130 sent

July 12, 2013 Notice of Receipt (NOA1)

July 22, 2013 NOA2 approved (10 days)

August 8, 2013 Packet 3 sent but never received.

August 15, 2013 Received case number after enquiry. Booked medical and sent packet 3 forms.

August 31, 2013 Medical

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October 4, 2013 Interview *approved*

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: France

Bonjour Deborah,

Merci pour l'info! I must admit that it's a maze here!

NOA1 August 6 2012
NOA2 April 16 2013

NVC April 22 2013

Packet 3 received May 25th 2013

Interview July 11th 2013

I'm not a reference between packet 3 and 4. Some papers were missing so things were delayed.

See Timeline for update

RFE another child to add delays the case

Green Card received 18 July 2014 Almost a year! :(

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