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Good Afternoon – I am needing some clarification as to what happens after you submit your DS-160 form online.

Our I-129F petition was approved and forwarded to the London Embassy. Then, in October, my fiancé received a packet of information from Embassy and we gathered all of the needed listed documentation. We completed the DS-160 form on December 2, 2016 online and printed the confirmation page.

My question is, can we now schedule his Medical Examination? Or do we have to wait for an “appointment letter” from the National Visa Center in order for him to schedule the medical examination?

On the London Embassy’s website, for scheduling the Medical Appointment appointment, it states “Please Do not schedule an appointment unless you have received your appointment letter from the National Visa Center, or if your application is being processed by the IV Unit, you have been advised that your case file has been received in the Immigrant Visa Unit, London.”


What I am wondering is if that packet of information that he received back in October from the Embassy is considered the “advisement that the case has been received by the Immigrant Visa Unit, London?” Or do we have to wait for an “appointment letter” to schedule the medical examination? I was under the impression that you couldn’t schedule your Visa Interview at the London Embassy until you had your Medical Examination completed.

We have all of the needed documentation ready to go, but we are REALLY confused as to whether we can schedule his Medical Exam now or have to wait for this appointment letter? Can someone who has been through this with the London Embassy please help?!

Thanks so much!


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Hello there. I think it is the same here in UAE. I was not able to schedule the medical and interview until we have received an email confirmation from the Consulate in Abu Dhabi that we can go ahead with it. You can take the risk but there was one lady here who went on and scheduled both, but on the day that she went to the Consulate for the interview as she has paid and scheduled without the appointment letter, she was not entertained at all and was told that they still dont have her case and papers. The email that they are gonna send you is called Packet 3 which consists of the appointment letter, instruction on how to schedule visa appointment, accredited clinics/hospitals panel list where the medical can be done and the do's and don'ts on the interview date. My case was changed to Ready in Nov 26 but we only got the email on Dec 22..


So better wait for the appointment letter before doing the next step. Hope this helps. :)



K1 Visa Timeline (4 months / September 2016 to January 2017):

Sept 23, 2016 - I-129F Packet sent to USCIS via USPS

Sept 28, 2016 - NOA1 email/text
October 5, 2016 - Received the written NOA1. 
October 28, 2016 - Received NOA2 via mail
November 17, 2016 - Called NVC and got case #
November 19, 2016 - Case status changed from At NVC to In Transit
November 26, 2016 - Case status changed from In Transit to Ready
December 22, 2016 - Packet 3 received. 
January 07, 2017 - Medical Exam, 8am - PASSED!
January 25, 2017 - Interview, 8am - APPROVED!!!
January 30, 2017 - Visa on Hand! 

Our K1 Visa Process on our blog: https://happilyhaberlafter.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/k1-visa-process/


AOS Timeline (4 months / April 2017 to August 2017):

April 11, 2017 - Dropped off packet at USPS
April 13, 2017 - Delivered at USCIS
April 22, 2017 - NOA1 via text and email received with case #s
April 27, 2017 - NOA1 Hardcopies received
May 6, 2017 - Biometrics Appointment Letter Received
May 18, 2017 - Biometrics done
June 1, 2017 - Case Ready to be Scheduled for Interview
July 21, 2017 - Interview is Scheduled for August 28

July 29, 2017 - EAD/AP Approved

August 4, 2017 - EAD/AP on Hand!

August 28, 2017 - AOS Interview, 1:15PM - APPROVED!!!!

September 14, 2017 - Greencard on Hand! 

Our AOS Process on our blog: https://happilyhaberlafter.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/adjustment-of-status-greencard-application/

                                                     SEE YOU IN 2 YEARS, USCIS! 

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