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The Burts

Medical Checkups, Johannesburg-South Africa

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Namibia

Hello there VJers,

I just want to share my experience with all those going through South Africa for medical check ups. Please do not rely on the information provided at Embassy info regarding medical fees. I definitely think that they need to update the information there as its confusing when you budgeting for medical checkups from other countries.

Embassy info shows +-R3997.00 but the new requirements are actually R4605.00 excluding vaccinations for adults. Children are R2700.00 excluding vax. I would advise anybody makes a budged for medical checkup to add extra R1500.00 to be on the safe side. I am not sure either if it would be better for the doctor's office to advice applicants before hand of which vax they might will expect. If they design a form that they can email to the applicant and confirm of the vax you had, it might will save everyone a headache of worrying about how you will get your money together in the foreign land at the last minute.

Yes, I know the process is expensive but not everyone's bank account is overflowing with cash that is not budgeted for. Most of us are doing our plans relying on the information provided by our Embassies. This is very annoying when you being told something and end up doing unexpected ones. We want to reunite with our beloved ones, not to be tortured like this.

I hope this little info helps.

The Burts

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IR-1 & IR-2 Timeline - TSC USCIS

02/14/2014 - Got Married

04/06/2016 - File I-130 x 2

04/13/2016 - NOA1s

06/15/2016 - NOA2s

06/23/2016 - Petitions send to NVC (63 days)


06/30/2016 - NVC received petitions (confirmed via telephone)

07/13/2016 - Another call to NVC and they said we must allow 2 weeks for them to put our case on the

07/15/2016 - DS-261 received and submitted

07/15/2016 - Case #, IIN, AOS assigned and paid (for daughter)

07/16/2016 - AOS Paid

07/18/2016 - Case #, IIN, AOS assigned (mom)

07/27/2016 - IV Fee Invoiced & Paid x 2

07/29/2016 - DS - 260 Unlocked x 2

07/31/2016 - DS - 260 Submitted online x 2

08/01/2016 - Mail the AOS & IV Packages to NVC x 2

08/04/2016 - AOS & IV Packages received by NVC

08/04/2016 - Scan Date

08/05/2016 - Hubby (agent) received an email from NVC that they got our packages - WAIT 30 DAYS

08/30/2016 - Case Complete (IR-2) :dancing:

08/30/2016 - RFE (IR-1) for Outdated version of I-864 :crying: :crying: :crying:

09/02/2016 - 2nd Scan Date

10/17/2016 - 2nd Case Complete (IR-1)

10/18/2016 - Case left NVC (+-118 days)

Embassy Johannesburg

10/21/2016 - Case received at Embassy

11/07-10th/2016 - Medical x 2

11/12/2016 - Medical extended 3 days more due to sputum & smear (6-8 weeks to get results :cry:) x 1

12/08/2016 - Interview Date x 2

12/08/2016 - Interview Results (APPROVED!!!)

01/26/2017 - Medical results received at Embassy (10 weeks 4 days)

01/27/2017 - Visa Issued

01/31/2017 - Visa On Hand


02/22/2017 - POE (LAX)

00/00/0000 - GC

00/00/0000 - SSC

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