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My father is going to have his medical exam soon. There was a questionnaire to be filled out on line and it needs to be presented to the physician at the hospital where he will have his medical exam. There is a question - Do you have history of Tuberculosis?

My dad does not remember whether he had or he did not have Tuberculosis. He just knew he was very sick when he was little. His parents both passed away when he was only a few years old. He was told that his father had Tuberculosis.

In this case, does he say yes or no to that question since he wasn't 100% sure? What is the consequence of having had Tuberculosis in the past but is all well now? Will that stop him being approved to get his immigrant visa?

Any input will be appreciated. Thanks!

2/5/16, I-130 package delivered to USCIS (for Dad)

2/11/16, NOA 1 receipt date

5/5/16, RFE received

5/23/16, gathered all docs required by RFE, package delivered to USCIS

6/2/16, USCIS confirmed receipt of Request for Evidence

6/9/16, I-130 approved

6/13/16, NOA 2 received

6/17/16, case is in NVC building but not yet in the system

7/1/16, finally case is in the system, GUZ case# assigned

7/5/16, received welcome letter, choice of agent form and AOS fee bill

7/6/16, choice of agent request submitted on line

7/6/16, AOS fee bill payment submitted

7/7/16, AOS fee showing PAID

7/18/16, submitted AOS, Financial docs and Supporting Docs via email

7/18/16, IV fee bill received, payment submitted

7/19/16, IV fee showing PAID, case# changed, GZO# assigned

7/22/16, Submitted DS-260 on line

8/13/16, case completed, interview date - 9/8/2016

8/19/16, physical exam

8/25/16, got exam result - passed

9/8/16, interview passed

10/4/16, Immigrant Visa Fee $165 Payment Completed online

10/8/16, Arrived at JFK

11/16/16, status updated "began producing the card for Form OS155A"

11/22/16, status updated "card is ready to ship"

11/25/16, status updated "the Post Office picked up mail containing your new card", tracking# included

11/26/16, the package arrived at local post office and is ready for pickup

11/28/16, received 'pickup notice' from USPS

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If he was told that his father has TB, then he should definitely mention that during the medical exam. If he had TB too - which could explain he was very ill at that time- the panel physician wants to see his treatment history and where he got treated, dose of the medication etc. Is there any way your father can obtain a medical record showing any treatment for him? If he got treated with INH for example, and your father doesn't mention this at the time of the interview and they might just test him there or randomly in the US, his skintext (mantoux) will pop up positive because of the antidote still working in your body. (Which is for example my case right now)

Be 100% honest with immigration. It can delay the visa a little but no denial right away.

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If your father has no recollection of being formally diagnosed of having TB by a physician he can say he does not have history of having it, but it is very important to state that he was exposed to it due to his father having it. During his medical exam he will have an xray taken and if there is any slight indication of scarring/fibrosis in his lungs he will have to undergo a sputum examination, which will delay him at least 8wks. If the culture results come back negative, he will be free to continue with his interview. If the culture results are positive, he must be treated first before he can come to the US.

A positive TB diagnosis does not mean an immediate visa denial.

USCIS Process:
Sent I-130 (via USPS): February 20, 2016
NOA1 hardcopy received: February 26, 2016
NOA2 approval text & email: May 6, 2016 (71 days from NOA1)
Petition sent to NVC text & email: May 11, 2016

NVC Process:
Case number and IIN Assigned: May 26, 2016
Choice of Agent (DS-261) completed: May 27, 2016
AOS Fee Invoiced: May 27, 2016
Pay AOS Fee: May 27, 2016
AOS Fee appeared as PAID: June 2, 2016
IV Fee Invoiced: June 3, 2016
Pay IV Fee: June 3, 2016
IV Fee appeared as PAID: June 6, 2016
IV application (DS-260) completed: June 7, 2016
Sent AOS & IV packets (via FedEx): June 8, 2016
Scan date: June 9, 2016
CC: July 14, 2016 (FINALLY saw 3rd N/A... 35 days after scan date)
Confirmation of CC email received: July 21, 2016
Interview date received over the phone: July 26, 2016

Interview Process:
Interview letter/P4 received via email: August 5, 2016
Medical Exam (@SLEC): August 3-4, 2016

Sputum samples given: August 15-17, 2016

Pulmo Consultation: August 18, 2016 (sputum smear is NEGATIVE!)

Results of sputum culture: October 12, 2016 (NEGATIVE!)

Completed: October 17, 2016
Interview date: October 24, 2016 (APPROVED! case status ISSUED the same day) :content:

Visa ready for pickup @MOA (via 2GO tracking): October 26, 2016

Visa in hand: October 27, 2016

Pay Greencard Fee: October 27, 2016

POE: November 6, 2016 (L)

SSN received (via USPS): November 14, 2016

10-year Greencard received (via USPS): December 17, 2016 (41 days after POE) :dance:

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