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i read up about the medical exam before interview and one of the things it said was that they examine "external genetalia" ?? what if you are not comfortable with that? can you choose to get a female doctor to do the exam? i am a religious person and we are very strict about these kinds of things. i do not want a male doctor looking me down there. do they really do that? and what is the purpose for that?


we only have 1 approved doctor's office in my city, what if it's a male doctor and i refuse to take off my clothes?

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If it is a US male doctor a female, usually a nurse, is required by law to be present. Otherwise, you may need to shop around until you find a female USCIS physician.

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Hi there,

It is true, the doctor will examine your down there at the moment of the exam. I was really nervous when I had to do it. In my city, there were 4 civil surgeons that could perform the exam. Thank God, one of them was a female, so I went ahead and had my medical exam with her. I would recommend you to talk directly to the doctor and see what options you have with them to avoid that situation.

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For that part of my exam the doctor removed himself from the room and the female nurse completed the exam.

Why don't you call the clinic to ensure this can be done for you too

good luck


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I wonder... do they check that area for potential STD's maybe??


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I am confused. Your status says your are applying for CR-1/IR-1 visa which means you are in Albania. However, you say there is only one doctor in your city.

If you are in Albania then you have to go to one of the doctors that have been selected by the Embassy. There are two according to this PDF from the Embassy and it seems like one of them is female.

http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Medical/TIA%20-%20Tirana.pdf


Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

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Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

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All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

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Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
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Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

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Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

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I wonder... do they check that area for potential STD's maybe??

It's a quick are you a boy or girl check, that's it. There is no touching or probing. It's a simple, yes you have a ####### and testicles or no you don't.

BTW I think that word is a scientific word for the male genitalia and should NOT be banned. :ranting:


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i read up about the medical exam before interview and one of the things it said was that they examine "external genetalia" ?? what if you are not comfortable with that? can you choose to get a female doctor to do the exam? i am a religious person and we are very strict about these kinds of things. i do not want a male doctor looking me down there. do they really do that? and what is the purpose for that?

we only have 1 approved doctor's office in my city, what if it's a male doctor and i refuse to take off my clothes?

Hi,

I am a religious muslim woman. And i was also worry about it too. on February 2015, i called the clinic asking them whether i can do my medical exam with female doctor since i don't feel comfortable doing it with male doctor and the clinic said that "don't worry, the nurse will do it for him". And since i got Checklist from NVC and it made me wait again for another 60 days for them to complete my case. Thank God, since beginning of march, this particular clinic is no longer the US Embassy's medical provider. a few days ago i went to different clinic, all of them are female doctor. She did check my private part and it was very fast! less than 30 seconds. So, don't worry just call the clinic they will tell you everything.


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i read up about the medical exam before interview and one of the things it said was that they examine "external genetalia" ?? what if you are not comfortable with that? can you choose to get a female doctor to do the exam? i am a religious person and we are very strict about these kinds of things. i do not want a male doctor looking me down there. do they really do that? and what is the purpose for that?

we only have 1 approved doctor's office in my city, what if it's a male doctor and i refuse to take off my clothes?

hi im albanian as well, i got my case complete from nvc on march 6 and i still dont have an interview? what about you? when was your case complete and when did they schedule your interview, also whats your interview date? please help

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Whaaaat? Why would they check people's private parts? That sounds so weird.


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USCIS Stage


September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center


September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received


March 2nd 2015 - NOA2 received :dancing:



NVC Stage


March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid


April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid


May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application


May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents


May 18th 2015 - Scan Date


June 18th 2015 - Checklist received


June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC


June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review


Sept 15th 2015 - Request help from Texas US Senator Cornyn and his team


Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests


Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:



Embassy Stage


Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam


Dec 21st 2015 - Interview


Dec 21st 2015 - 221(g) issued at interview for updated forms


Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning


Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864


Feb 1st 2016 - Sent more in-depth info on assets as requested. Received the next morning


Feb 16th 2016 - Visa has been issued :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:



In the US


April 5th 2016 - POE Newark. No questions asked.


April 14th 2016 - SSN received


May 10th 2016 - First day at my new job :dancing:


May 27th 2016 - Green Card received


June 7th 2016 - Got my Texas driver's license

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Whaaaat? Why would they check people's private parts? That sounds so weird.

It's pretty standard. The doctor I went to didn't, but it's part of having a physical. They check your blood pressure, breathing, eyes, ears, etc... Just like they would with any other physical exam. If anything it's less invasive than a standard physical exam as mine always include a pap smear once a year. ;)


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It's pretty standard. The doctor I went to didn't, but it's part of having a physical. They check your blood pressure, breathing, eyes, ears, etc... Just like they would with any other physical exam. If anything it's less invasive than a standard physical exam as mine always include a pap smear once a year. ;)

Guess it's different from country to country. In Scandinavia, a normal physical exam doesn't include the private parts. That exam you would have with a gynaecologist. Guess I have to call the US embassy doctor in Sweden and see how it's done here.


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USCIS Stage


September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center


September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received


March 2nd 2015 - NOA2 received :dancing:



NVC Stage


March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid


April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid


May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application


May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents


May 18th 2015 - Scan Date


June 18th 2015 - Checklist received


June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC


June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review


Sept 15th 2015 - Request help from Texas US Senator Cornyn and his team


Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests


Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:



Embassy Stage


Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam


Dec 21st 2015 - Interview


Dec 21st 2015 - 221(g) issued at interview for updated forms


Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning


Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864


Feb 1st 2016 - Sent more in-depth info on assets as requested. Received the next morning


Feb 16th 2016 - Visa has been issued :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:



In the US


April 5th 2016 - POE Newark. No questions asked.


April 14th 2016 - SSN received


May 10th 2016 - First day at my new job :dancing:


May 27th 2016 - Green Card received


June 7th 2016 - Got my Texas driver's license

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Guess it's different from country to country. In Scandinavia, a normal physical exam doesn't include the private parts. That exam you would have with a gynaecologist. Guess I have to call the US embassy doctor in Sweden and see how it's done here.

Again it differs from country to country. My exams were all done in Canada by my family doctor and only things that were problematic were dealt with by a ob/gyn. However in the USA most women seem to see their ob/gyn for their yearly pelvic exam as well.

But in most countries, that I have read about on VJ, do a quick check of the genital area (hey are you a male or female?) as part of the physical exam. I did not have to in Canada but other doctors in Canada do it. I've had a kid and I've had precancerous treatment so I couldn't care less about a medical professional seeing my vulva to see if I'm female. I fail to see the problem because of those reasons, but understand just like the US government understands that there are reservations and religious reasons why a female would need a female doctor or nurse to do this and provide for such at the medical. They're not trying to infringe on someone's religious beliefs.


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