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I might be in the US visiting my fiance when we get to the NOA2 stage of the K-1 process. Would it be possible to schedule a medical exam in the US so that my fiance can accompany me to it while we are there? Or does it HAVE to be done in the country where I reside? (I know that I will have to do the interview in the country I reside but I'm unsure about the medical exam).

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2013 - Met online
2014 - First met in real life
2015 - First time living together for extended periods of time.
2016 Early May - Got married
2016 Mid May - Send off AOS application (Waiting for response)

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As far as I know the medical must also be done in the country of residence. But don't quote me on that, a civil surgeon maybe able to perform it as well.

Again I'm not sure.


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You get it done in the UK.


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That's unfortunate :( Why can it not be done in the US? They sure seem to have a lot of arbitrary rules and red tape in this process. A lot of huge decisions are dependent on so many individual peoples mood at the time, border control, interviewer, medical examer etc. Not a very fair system in general if you ask me. One person in a sour mood can ruin your life. Anyway, It's a shame I can't just do the interview and exam over there I'd feel a lot more comfortable if my fiance was there with me.

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2013 - Met online
2014 - First met in real life
2015 - First time living together for extended periods of time.
2016 Early May - Got married
2016 Mid May - Send off AOS application (Waiting for response)

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That's unfortunate :( Why can it not be done in the US? They sure seem to have a lot of arbitrary rules and red tape in this process. A lot of huge decisions are dependent on so many individual peoples mood at the time, border control, interviewer, medical examer etc Not a very fair system in general if you ask me. One person in a sour mood can ruin your life. Anyway, It's a shame I can't just do the interview and exam over there I'd feel a lot more comfortable if my fiance was there with me.

Because that was the route you chose.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Because that was the route you chose.

It's not a choice... it's the ONLY option for me if I'm going to be with him and NOT being with him is to me not a choice because I love him. And the only way for me to be with him is to move to the US because that is where his job is and you can't get similar jobs over here. His happiness is important to me so he should be able to do the job he loves and not have to come here and be miserable with a job he hates just because some person had a bad day at whatever official place we may or may not be denied.

I never even wanted to go to the US in the first place, not even for a holiday, have never been remotely interested in going there. I'm only going there to be with him. Otherwise I much prefer Europe. So this entire process seems incredibly excessive and unnecessary to me. I have zero intend in breaking the rules since I don't want to sneak into the US illegally since I don't even want to be there as such, I just want to be with him and in order to be with him I have to take this ridiculous K1 route.

In general I get the impression that the majority of people on here also have no intend in breaking the rules. Yet these random people at these official places can so easily decide the course of your life over the smallest things and cause so much hurt to honest, genuine people seems to me like it gives them way too much power and it makes me angry when I see nice people denied.

It's just this entire process that is just ridiculously time consuming, expensive, stressful, nerve-wrecking, unfair. It makes criminals out of ordinary people who just want to be with their loved one. I mean I understand that they have to be strict to an extend but to be able to be completely denied because one person didn't like the look of you, or goes on a power craze, or had a bad day and decided to deny you over arbitrary rules is just... no words. It just seems like horribly unfair pot luck.

So, no it's not a route I chose, the route was chosen for me and I'm going to hate it every step of the way until... no... IF I ever get to be with the person I love. /rantover

(And we're only just about to send off NAO1 and I'm dreading all the major barriers that we will be facing just to be together)

Anyway, thank you everyone else for your responses.

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2013 - Met online
2014 - First met in real life
2015 - First time living together for extended periods of time.
2016 Early May - Got married
2016 Mid May - Send off AOS application (Waiting for response)

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Stay and adjust then.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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It's not a choice... it's the ONLY option for me if I'm going to be with him and NOT being with him is to me not a choice because I love him. And the only way for me to be with him is to move to the US because that is where his job is and you can't get similar jobs over here. His happiness is important to me so he should be able to do the job he loves and not have to come here and be miserable with a job he hates just because some person had a bad day at whatever official place we may or may not be denied.

I never even wanted to go to the US in the first place, not even for a holiday, have never been remotely interested in going there. I'm only going there to be with him. Otherwise I much prefer Europe. So this entire process seems incredibly excessive and unnecessary to me. I have zero intend in breaking the rules since I don't want to sneak into the US illegally since I don't even want to be there as such, I just want to be with him and in order to be with him I have to take this ridiculous K1 route.

In general I get the impression that the majority of people on here also have no intend in breaking the rules. Yet these random people at these official places can so easily decide the course of your life over the smallest things and cause so much hurt to honest, genuine people seems to me like it gives them way too much power and it makes me angry when I see nice people denied.

It's just this entire process that is just ridiculously time consuming, expensive, stressful, nerve-wrecking, unfair. It makes criminals out of ordinary people who just want to be with their loved one. I mean I understand that they have to be strict to an extend but to be able to be completely denied because one person didn't like the look of you, or goes on a power craze, or had a bad day and decided to deny you over arbitrary rules is just... no words. It just seems like horribly unfair pot luck.

So, no it's not a route I chose, the route was chosen for me and I'm going to hate it every step of the way until... no... IF I ever get to be with the person I love. /rantover

(And we're only just about to send off NAO1 and I'm dreading all the major barriers that we will be facing just to be together)

Anyway, thank you everyone else for your responses.

I say this in earnest.. both of your happiness is important. Not just one party in the relationship, especially when it comes to something as important as this. Yes the process is ridiculous, but I'm sure you're aware the UK process is equally as ridiculous (I suspect you do, otherwise you would of considered going that route).

Yes it is time consuming and stressful, but I would urge you to consider that there are a lot more difficult processes that you could be going through. For all of the process and frustration that you go through, trust me, the medical in the UK isn't the hardest thing. You don't want to be apart from your fiancé, but for this you will have to. Could not your fiancé visit you when you eventually have your medical booked? It's not like he will be able to be in the room though you know. The rules for the medical not only make the best sense under the law, but work fairly well. Yes it's fussy red tape, but if you want to immigrate, that's how it works. You will have to have your medical in the UK, as others here have noted.

But I have to tell you, it sounds like from your post, you're in a fearful place thinking you'll be denied or that they have the power to deny you. They do of course, but unless there is something specifically damning to your case, the likelihood of such is remote for this visa application. So take some deep breaths, and try to relax. Know that once you start this process you will finally be able to be with your fiancé once it's all said and done, provided no complications. Look, I've been on the receiving end of officials ''having a bad day'' as you put it - and you are unlikely to encounter such a person in the K1 process. Being denied at a POE due to lack of ties is one thing. Being denied a K1 visa if you follow the rules and instructions is an unwarranted fear.


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Filed I-129F: 10/4/14 - Packet received: 10/7/14
NOA 1 email + ARN assigned: 10/10/14 (hard copy 10/17/14)
Touched on website (fixed?): 12/9/14 - Poked USCIS: 4/1/15
NOA 2 email: 5/4/15 (hard copy 5/11/15)
Sent to NVC: 5/8/15 - NVC received + #'s assigned: 5/15/15 (estimated)
NVC sent: 5/19/15 - London received/ready: 5/26/15
Packet 3: 5/28/15 - Medical: 6/16/15
Poked London 7/1/15 - Packet 4: 7/2/15
Interview: 7/30/15 - Approved!
AP + Issued 8/3/15 - Visa in hand (depot): 8/6/15
POE: 8/27/15

Wedding: 9/30/15

Filed I-485, I-131, I-765: 11/7/15

Packet received: 11/9/15

NOA 1 txt/email: 11/15/15 - NOA 1 hardcopy: 11/19/15

Bio: 12/9/15

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RFE for USCIS inability to read vax instructions: 5/21/16 (no e-notification & not sent from local office!)

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AOS approved/card in production: 6/13/16  

NOA 2 hardcopy + card sent 6/17/16

Green Card received: 6/18/16

USCIS 120 day reminder notice: 2/22/18

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If anything the UK requirements are more onerous (than the US') now, in light of the recent changes.

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Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

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Can your fiance visit you? You wouldn't be able to take him into your medical I don't think so no reason for that but maybe when you find out your interview date he can come to your country at that time for a visit and attend the interview with you.


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2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


NVC - 26 DAYS
2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
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