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Hi! We have our Medical done on Dec. 21-22 (K1 and 2 K2s).

It was a long 2 days for us. I was thinking that due to the Holidays people will forego doing the medical and I was wrong. We spent 2 full days starting at 8:30 am to 7pm doing the process and OMG the wait is at least 2 hours for each step. My kids are all grown up so I don't have any problems on them having tantrums.

I already did the on-line registration so when we arrived at 8:30 am it was just the normal docs checking in the guard area then proceed directly to the US counter for the initial screening, finger printing and photo capture. The staff only asked us to review the details on our forms and sign it. Then we were given a routing slip and was asked to proceed to 5F to pay. Payment is P11,300.00 per person including kids ages 16 and above. The OR was attached on the routing slip, this will be presented with your passport in all the procedures.

The procedures are based on the order that we did the medical examination. Always present your passport and OR on each step.

1. Blood draw - 4F. Submit the form at the reception counter, they will give another form to fill-out and wait for your name to be called. This is the fastest on our waiting times (30 mins- done), just one vial of blood. NO URINE collection for K1 nd K2.

2. XRAY, 3F - we were then asked to proceed to 3F for the xray. Proceed to US Counter, submit passport and OR. They will give you another form, this is where we declared that we brought old Xray films (we have our Annual Physical exam last April 2015 and I brought all our medical records for reference). Wait for your name to be called, another staff assessed our forms and asked for the xray film. Then we were directed to Room 4 for Xray. Wait time here is 45 mins. to 1 hour.

Before 11 am we were done with both procedure, a good timing I thought. I am still thinking to go to the office after lunch.

3. 5F - Physical Examination. Proceed to US counter / Vital Signs and put your form face down on the US box. Then wait, wait and wait... and more waiting. I already sent my kids to eat lunch around 12:30 pm; we were waiting for almost 3 hours and I became impatient; I am hungry. So I approach the counter. A lot of people are already complaining of the veryyyy long wait. So our papers are like next to 20 more people; so I told the staff on the vital signs I will go out and eat. After an additional 1 hours, we were called for vitals signs. It was past 4 pm when we were done with vital signs including eye check. I asked the Nurse staff until what time they are open, he told me that they need to finish all the tests of all people in the Clinic! Even if that will take them until past midnight!

4. 5F - Physical Exam with a Doctor - wait again for your name to be called. We were called by around 6pm! I am assigned to Room 9 and next is my 16 year old daughter. I timed each applicant, they only spend 5-10 mins inside. :)My 19 year old cannot proceed further since she have her period.

Basic questions were Name, birthday, any allergies, any animal bite, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, any regular medication, any severe illness like tuberculosis, or primary complex for kids, other history of illness/ hospitalization, date of last menstruation, hypertension, etc. for those of child bearing age - last sexual contact, number of pregnancies, any miscarriage, etc. They are asking so many questions really.. Then she asked me about me about my annulment case, what is the reason, if I was abused and asked me for a copy of my annulment papers.

The doctor then asked me to remove all clothing (including underwear) and you will be asked to lay on the bed face up. She will check heart rate, breast, abdomen, arms and wrist. Then the Doctor will ask you to turn on your side and she will tell you that she will check for hemorrhoids or ####### check. This is just a quick physical check, the questions take longer.

Never though of it at first but they are actually checking scars and any body marks. My daughter was asked due to some burn marks on her leg and forearm. Kids and carelessness I answered the doctor.

Then the doctor asked me to stay a little longer as she reads my annulment papers. Based on my previous readings here in VJ, all those with annulment case go through a psychological examination- no escape of it. Not only an additional waiting time for the Psychologist schedule and assessment but also an additional fee; 1-2 weeks additional waiting time. So I am ready for it and was expecting it, that's why I set our interview for Jan 14.

She asked me again if I was abused, I said no. My annulment was not based on any physical or emotional abuse, nor was I diagnosed with depression or any emotional breakdown. None of this is on my annulment papers. Then she gave me an OB referral- NOT A PSY EVAL. referral. HA!! what a pleasant surprise! So there you go- NOT ALL WITH ANNULMENT CASE HAVE TO GO THROUGH PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION. Based on my experience, only those who experience physical and emotional abuse were referred to a Psyc eval.

My 16 year old daughter was asked the same basic questions. She was bitten by a monkey when she was 6 so it was a long conversation on that. Then she was hospitalized twice one for dengue fever, she was asked if she had blood transfusion, which she didn't. Beyond that, nothing else was asked.

We returned our forms to the US counter and the Staff gave me an OB referral for the next day in the morning. We were then asked to proceed to the 2F for immunization interview.

5. 2F Immunization Interview - submit forms and original immunization record at the counter then wait until your name is called. I still have my kids baby book of Immunization and presented it. Immunization is based on age, my 16 year old was advised for 3 shots (including Hep B booster, Tdap - tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough), and MMR) most of her earlier immunizations were considered. She has Flu, Typhoid, Pneumo, Hep A/B vaccines - yet she still she needs 3 more. Me and my 19 year old daughter was only advised for 1 shot, MMR. this was just an immunization interview and consult, actual immunization will be the next day.

End of Day 1, 7:30pm.

Day 2:

We arrived at around 8:30 and it was not that crowded as the day before. I need to see the OB, my 16 year was asked to submit her forms to Window A 1F (releasing counter). We proceed to 5F and submit my form to the US counter, I was called for room 10 and done by around 9:30 am. Then I was asked to submit my form to Window A 1F releasing. My daughter was called again at 2F immunization interview due to her monkey bite. It was not recorded when it happened so the doctor asked about it again. We waited at the 2F for immunization. After less than an hour my daughter was called for immunization and her documents was released after 2 hours 1F window G. At the releasing window they will ask you to re-check the details of your forms, name, bday, passport number, address in the US, petitioner, etc, The staff nurse also ask my daughter of her relationship to the petitioner, he also explained the immunization record form and CD that was released to us - these are not required during the interview. The sealed brown envelop (results) marked DO NOT OPEN that we will take to the interview. She is done. As for me, back to waiting. That was 1pm, day 2; I asked the staff at the 2F to check my papers and advised him we will be out for lunch. I am still for a long wait. After eating lunch, I proceed to Counter A 1st floor to follow up my paper, he checked on the their system and he said it was done in encoding and will be sent to the 2F after that.

By 4pm - I am exhausted of waiting and asked again about my papers. The staff advised me that it was not in the 2F yet, so I was like what it took you 2 hours and it was not there yet. There were not so many people, that is excessively long! He said he will follow up with his supervisor, after 30 mins I was called and the supervisor explained to me the process, since I was advised for OB consult, my Doctor (original Doctor from day 1 needs to sign off my papers), I said Ok but my OB consult was done before 10 am, she said again she will follow. I said politely, Please (twice). I am so glad my fiance was not with me during this process. He will go crazy with the waiting!

I was finally called for immunization after 1 hour and my documents was released by 6pm. Don't forget to pick-up your xray film (if you submitted any) at the 3F US check-out counter.

Sure I was very glad to be out of there.

There you go guys, I hope this can help anyone in the future.


AOS/ AED/ AP:

(California Service Center, Chula Vista, San Diego, CA)

Filed: Aug 29

Receipt Date: Sept 2

NOA 1 Date: Sept 12 (received text/email)

NOA 1 copy rcvd: Sept 16

Biometrics Notice Date: Sept 17, received Sept 24

Biometrics Sched: Oct 5

Successful walk-in: Sept 26

Oct 13- Case ready to be scheduled for interview

EAD/AP approved - Nov. 1/2 / Received EAD/ AP Combo Card- Nov. 15

50days from NOA1/ 64 days from receipt date.

January 30-  USCIS Ap update, Interview sched on March 3, 2017

Jan 31 - received USCIS letter/ Notice for interview 

March 3- Interview, approved on the Spot

March 8 - received GC

Dec 2018 - To file ROC

 

My Blogs:

I-129F Petition Process

Medical Requirements

Medical Exam Experience

US Embassy Manila K1/K2 Interview Preparation Requirements and Instructions

Interview (K1 with 2 K2s)

CFO Guidance and Counseling (applicable to applicant from Philippines only)

My K1 Visa Journey

8 August 2015 - Sent I-129F Packet thru USPS

17 August 2015 - I -797C Notice date

20 August 2015 - Received printed copy of NOA1 dated Aug 17.

2 September 2015 - APPROVED! (14 working days from receipt date)

Dec. 21-22 - Medical DONE!

Jan 11, 2016 - Interview- APPROVED!

Jan 15 - Visa ISSUED!

Jan 21 - VISA ON HAND! (8 working days from interview)

March 21 - CFO / PDOS for K2s

June 1, 2016 - POE

July 18, 2016 - Married

I am his and he is mine from this day until the end of my days..

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~~Moved to the Regional Forum, from K1 P&P- as the medical varies between countries.~~


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Met Playing Everquest in 2005
Engaged 9-15-2006
K-1 & 4 K-2'S
Filed 05-09-07
Interview 03-12-08
Visa received 04-21-08
Entry 05-06-08
Married 06-21-08
AOS X5
Filed 07-08-08
Cards Received01-22-09
Roc X5
Filed 10-17-10
Cards Received02-22-11
Citizenship
Filed 10-17-11
Interview 01-12-12
Oath 06-29-12

Citizenship for older 2 boys

Filed 03/08/2014

NOA/fee waiver 03/19/2014

Biometrics 04/15/14

Interview 05/29/14

In line for Oath 06/20/14

Oath 09/19/2014 We are all done! All USC no more USCIS

 

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That was two long days. That was not normal. They must of been short handed. Well I too am glad you were able to get everything finished. Kano's have very few patience. And the ones we did have we gave away at the last place we were at. :rofl:

Anyways, it should be a little easier now. Medical is worse then the interview (5 minutes tops). Oh I forgot, CFO can be good or can be bad.


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Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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Thanks for sharing your story. The part about annulments was very interesting.

Yup! The main reason why I wanted to share the experience.


AOS/ AED/ AP:

(California Service Center, Chula Vista, San Diego, CA)

Filed: Aug 29

Receipt Date: Sept 2

NOA 1 Date: Sept 12 (received text/email)

NOA 1 copy rcvd: Sept 16

Biometrics Notice Date: Sept 17, received Sept 24

Biometrics Sched: Oct 5

Successful walk-in: Sept 26

Oct 13- Case ready to be scheduled for interview

EAD/AP approved - Nov. 1/2 / Received EAD/ AP Combo Card- Nov. 15

50days from NOA1/ 64 days from receipt date.

January 30-  USCIS Ap update, Interview sched on March 3, 2017

Jan 31 - received USCIS letter/ Notice for interview 

March 3- Interview, approved on the Spot

March 8 - received GC

Dec 2018 - To file ROC

 

My Blogs:

I-129F Petition Process

Medical Requirements

Medical Exam Experience

US Embassy Manila K1/K2 Interview Preparation Requirements and Instructions

Interview (K1 with 2 K2s)

CFO Guidance and Counseling (applicable to applicant from Philippines only)

My K1 Visa Journey

8 August 2015 - Sent I-129F Packet thru USPS

17 August 2015 - I -797C Notice date

20 August 2015 - Received printed copy of NOA1 dated Aug 17.

2 September 2015 - APPROVED! (14 working days from receipt date)

Dec. 21-22 - Medical DONE!

Jan 11, 2016 - Interview- APPROVED!

Jan 15 - Visa ISSUED!

Jan 21 - VISA ON HAND! (8 working days from interview)

March 21 - CFO / PDOS for K2s

June 1, 2016 - POE

July 18, 2016 - Married

I am his and he is mine from this day until the end of my days..

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Yup! The main reason why I wanted to share the experience.

Hi,

Just want to agree on you on this. When we did our medical last Nov 25th (K1 K2) I also thought that I will go thru the Psych Eval as I was annulled but to my surprise I was not the one that was referred for it but my eldest daughter coz of her scar on the wrist. So that is right, not all who had been annulled will be referred for Psych Eval. The whole medical experience at St. Lukes is physically, emotionally and financially stressful (paid for mine and 5 kids is not cheap) not to mention having to spend a 4 full days to get us all medically cleared. 1st day was from 5am till 6pm. 2nd up to 4th day was from 8am to 6pm. Im glad that that horrible experience is over.

Best of luck & God bless!

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Hi,

Just want to agree on you on this. When we did our medical last Nov 25th (K1 K2) I also thought that I will go thru the Psych Eval as I was annulled but to my surprise I was not the one that was referred for it but my eldest daughter coz of her scar on the wrist. So that is right, not all who had been annulled will be referred for Psych Eval. The whole medical experience at St. Lukes is physically, emotionally and financially stressful (paid for mine and 5 kids is not cheap) not to mention having to spend a 4 full days to get us all medically cleared. 1st day was from 5am till 6pm. 2nd up to 4th day was from 8am to 6pm. Im glad that that horrible experience is over.

Best of luck & God bless!

Hi! Thanks for sharing your experience. Yeah it was very expensive considering all the tests that are mostly routine for Annual Physical exam (which we have every year and vaccinations).

Are you done with your interview? We will have ours on Monday Jan. 11; do mind sharing what were the questions asked to your K2s? My kids are 19 and 16 years old.


AOS/ AED/ AP:

(California Service Center, Chula Vista, San Diego, CA)

Filed: Aug 29

Receipt Date: Sept 2

NOA 1 Date: Sept 12 (received text/email)

NOA 1 copy rcvd: Sept 16

Biometrics Notice Date: Sept 17, received Sept 24

Biometrics Sched: Oct 5

Successful walk-in: Sept 26

Oct 13- Case ready to be scheduled for interview

EAD/AP approved - Nov. 1/2 / Received EAD/ AP Combo Card- Nov. 15

50days from NOA1/ 64 days from receipt date.

January 30-  USCIS Ap update, Interview sched on March 3, 2017

Jan 31 - received USCIS letter/ Notice for interview 

March 3- Interview, approved on the Spot

March 8 - received GC

Dec 2018 - To file ROC

 

My Blogs:

I-129F Petition Process

Medical Requirements

Medical Exam Experience

US Embassy Manila K1/K2 Interview Preparation Requirements and Instructions

Interview (K1 with 2 K2s)

CFO Guidance and Counseling (applicable to applicant from Philippines only)

My K1 Visa Journey

8 August 2015 - Sent I-129F Packet thru USPS

17 August 2015 - I -797C Notice date

20 August 2015 - Received printed copy of NOA1 dated Aug 17.

2 September 2015 - APPROVED! (14 working days from receipt date)

Dec. 21-22 - Medical DONE!

Jan 11, 2016 - Interview- APPROVED!

Jan 15 - Visa ISSUED!

Jan 21 - VISA ON HAND! (8 working days from interview)

March 21 - CFO / PDOS for K2s

June 1, 2016 - POE

July 18, 2016 - Married

I am his and he is mine from this day until the end of my days..

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Hi! Thanks for sharing your experience. Yeah it was very expensive considering all the tests that are mostly routine for Annual Physical exam (which we have every year and vaccinations).

Are you done with your interview? We will have ours on Monday Jan. 11; do mind sharing what were the questions asked to your K2s? My kids are 19 and 16 years old.

Yes we had our interview last Dec 9, questions asked was all basic information about my fiance and when and how we met, and how does he feel about my kids and vice versa. My kids was only asked each other birthdates and thats it. The lady consul was very nice and accomodating that's why we felt comfortable during the interview. My kids are ages: 19 18 16 12 & 10, we got our visa last Dec 22 but had to return it to USEM for some correction. Now we are just waiting for it to be delivered again hopefully very soon :) I wish you the best in your interview! Just relax and answer the question as honestly as you can and dont forget to smile :)

God bless!

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Yes we had our interview last Dec 9, questions asked was all basic information about my fiance and when and how we met, and how does he feel about my kids and vice versa. My kids was only asked each other birthdates and thats it. The lady consul was very nice and accomodating that's why we felt comfortable during the interview. My kids are ages: 19 18 16 12 & 10, we got our visa last Dec 22 but had to return it to USEM for some correction. Now we are just waiting for it to be delivered again hopefully very soon :) I wish you the best in your interview! Just relax and answer the question as honestly as you can and dont forget to smile :)

God bless!

Thanks for this, have read this last night.

We are approved this morning. My kids were just asked of their names and birth dates as well.


AOS/ AED/ AP:

(California Service Center, Chula Vista, San Diego, CA)

Filed: Aug 29

Receipt Date: Sept 2

NOA 1 Date: Sept 12 (received text/email)

NOA 1 copy rcvd: Sept 16

Biometrics Notice Date: Sept 17, received Sept 24

Biometrics Sched: Oct 5

Successful walk-in: Sept 26

Oct 13- Case ready to be scheduled for interview

EAD/AP approved - Nov. 1/2 / Received EAD/ AP Combo Card- Nov. 15

50days from NOA1/ 64 days from receipt date.

January 30-  USCIS Ap update, Interview sched on March 3, 2017

Jan 31 - received USCIS letter/ Notice for interview 

March 3- Interview, approved on the Spot

March 8 - received GC

Dec 2018 - To file ROC

 

My Blogs:

I-129F Petition Process

Medical Requirements

Medical Exam Experience

US Embassy Manila K1/K2 Interview Preparation Requirements and Instructions

Interview (K1 with 2 K2s)

CFO Guidance and Counseling (applicable to applicant from Philippines only)

My K1 Visa Journey

8 August 2015 - Sent I-129F Packet thru USPS

17 August 2015 - I -797C Notice date

20 August 2015 - Received printed copy of NOA1 dated Aug 17.

2 September 2015 - APPROVED! (14 working days from receipt date)

Dec. 21-22 - Medical DONE!

Jan 11, 2016 - Interview- APPROVED!

Jan 15 - Visa ISSUED!

Jan 21 - VISA ON HAND! (8 working days from interview)

March 21 - CFO / PDOS for K2s

June 1, 2016 - POE

July 18, 2016 - Married

I am his and he is mine from this day until the end of my days..

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Thanks for this, have read this last night.

We are approved this morning. My kids were just asked of their names and birth dates as well.

Congrats!

Thanks for this, have read this last night.

We are approved this morning. My kids were just asked of their names and birth dates as well.

Congrats!

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Congrats!

Next CFO


Hank

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Thank you everyone. Will delay our CFO, our target to leave for good is around May 2016 due to my work commitments. The future hubby understands :)


AOS/ AED/ AP:

(California Service Center, Chula Vista, San Diego, CA)

Filed: Aug 29

Receipt Date: Sept 2

NOA 1 Date: Sept 12 (received text/email)

NOA 1 copy rcvd: Sept 16

Biometrics Notice Date: Sept 17, received Sept 24

Biometrics Sched: Oct 5

Successful walk-in: Sept 26

Oct 13- Case ready to be scheduled for interview

EAD/AP approved - Nov. 1/2 / Received EAD/ AP Combo Card- Nov. 15

50days from NOA1/ 64 days from receipt date.

January 30-  USCIS Ap update, Interview sched on March 3, 2017

Jan 31 - received USCIS letter/ Notice for interview 

March 3- Interview, approved on the Spot

March 8 - received GC

Dec 2018 - To file ROC

 

My Blogs:

I-129F Petition Process

Medical Requirements

Medical Exam Experience

US Embassy Manila K1/K2 Interview Preparation Requirements and Instructions

Interview (K1 with 2 K2s)

CFO Guidance and Counseling (applicable to applicant from Philippines only)

My K1 Visa Journey

8 August 2015 - Sent I-129F Packet thru USPS

17 August 2015 - I -797C Notice date

20 August 2015 - Received printed copy of NOA1 dated Aug 17.

2 September 2015 - APPROVED! (14 working days from receipt date)

Dec. 21-22 - Medical DONE!

Jan 11, 2016 - Interview- APPROVED!

Jan 15 - Visa ISSUED!

Jan 21 - VISA ON HAND! (8 working days from interview)

March 21 - CFO / PDOS for K2s

June 1, 2016 - POE

July 18, 2016 - Married

I am his and he is mine from this day until the end of my days..

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just a question.. what will happen if i forgot to get my old xray result at st lukes? will i still need that or is it ok to just left it there? i had my medical last dec 15? and since then, i never got a chance to get my old xray result..

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