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Hello, my fiancee and I are currently pretty early in this process, but we want to make sure we know what to expect before the time comes. We have been looking at the flowchart info, and are confused about when we schedule a medical exam. Do we need to wait until she receives packet 3 to schedule a medical exam? Or do we need to wait until she receives her embassy interview date? Any info appreciated. Thanks!

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You can only schedule your medical after you have received your  NOA2 (you can track the status of your case here with USCIS https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do) and your case has been transferred to the NVC.  Once the NVC has it you can call them after roughly 2 week, maybe a little more and pester them for your new case number which will begin LND, as your embassy will be London. They can be reached on 1-603-334-0700.  Once you have the LND ref this is the point in the process you are able to book and carry out your medical.

 

The best time to call is right at opening from what I have read in here. Once you receive your LND case number you then use this website to track your case https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx?App=IV  to see your visas progress status.

 

Good luck 

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33 minutes ago, ConnorS said:

You can only schedule your medical after you have received your  NOA2 (you can track the status of your case here with USCIS https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do) and your case has been transferred to the NVC.  Once the NVC has it you can call them after roughly 2 week, maybe a little more and pester them for your new case number which will begin LND, as your embassy will be London. They can be reached on 1-603-334-0700.  Once you have the LND ref this is the point in the process you are able to book and carry out your medical.

 

The best time to call is right at opening from what I have read in here. Once you receive your LND case number you then use this website to track your case https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx?App=IV  to see your visas progress status.

 

Good luck 

Thank you so much for your well constructed and informative answer! :)

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7 hours ago, ConnorS said:

The best time to call is right at opening from what I have read in here. Once you receive your LND case number you then use this website to track your case https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx?App=IV  to see your visas progress status.

 

Good luck 

Do you know when Knightsbridge emails the instructions after booking the medical? We booked our medical yesterday and haven't received anything as of yet.

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1 hour ago, Pooley said:

Do you know when Knightsbridge emails the instructions after booking the medical? We booked our medical yesterday and haven't received anything as of yet.

Not sure on the timescale to receive an email from them, however it will ask for information and have words to this effect, when attending your medical at the due date please ensure you have with you :-

 

a. Original Passport or UK Driving Licence (photo card not paper licence)  We do NOT accept copies of ID only certified copies of IDs are valid. We will not be able to conduct the medical if copies are not certified.

b. 4 X Identical Passport style photos - UK or US size  (we accept UK or US sized photographs)

c. ACRO Police certificate (or a copy) dated within the last 12 months for anyone 16 years of age & over (if your police certificate is more than one page long please advise Visa Medicals Ltd ahead of your medical as you may         need additional time with the Doctor. If you fail to tell us ahead of time you may be asked to come back to go over this at an additional fee).

d. Vaccination records - Please provide a vaccination record for the panel to look over on the day to advise if any further vaccines are needed.

Please bring Red Books, if available.

https://uk.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2015/11/vaccine_chart.pdf Please visit the above link to see which vaccines are required for each age group.

e.Completed medical questionnaire which can be found at;https://uk.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2017/05/USA-MEDICAL-QUESTIONNAIRE_IV.pdf

f. A Letter/Email from the embassy/NVC to confirm your case number and visa category

g. Summary of medical history from GP (NOT full medical records) and reports covering any medical conditions, disabilities, and prior serious illnesses you have been treated for or anything ongoing. This is a new requirement and may not yet be added to the checklist online or the US EMBASSY LONDON website.

We will keep your medical on hold if you do not have it with you on the day of the appointment.

Ask your GP for a Patient Summary/Care Summary.

h. If you wear glasses or contact lenses please bring them along to the appointment

i.  If you have any significant/ongoing/previous medical conditions (i.e depression/diabetes/hypertension etc) please ensure that you bring a report from your GP/Specialist/Consultant regarding this; including, medication, prognosis, management etc. (this includes conditions such as depression, anxiety, diabetes and hypertension).

* If your medical notes are very extensive (more than 10 pages) please inform Visa Medicals before you come for your medical. This required extra time with the doctor to go through your notes. If you do not inform us of this, you will be charged for an appointment slot for the doctor to read these notes.

Please follow this link; https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/family-immigration/medical-examination/ where you can find all forms required at your medical from the US Embassy website

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18 hours ago, mogiftney said:

Hello, my fiancee and I are currently pretty early in this process, but we want to make sure we know what to expect before the time comes. We have been looking at the flowchart info, and are confused about when we schedule a medical exam. Do we need to wait until she receives packet 3 to schedule a medical exam? Or do we need to wait until she receives her embassy interview date? Any info appreciated. Thanks!

Hey! So everything happens after your NOA2 which I assume you know. Once your case goes to NVC, they will assign a case number. Once you get this you can book a medical at Knightsbridge. I personally left 1 month in between my medical and interview as at the time I was going through it there were delays with medical results getting sent across to the Embassy. Knightsbridge will email you with a list of everything you need once you book your medical appointment and of course confirmation of your appointment. My medical was my priority as there was a 6 week backlog if I remember correctly last summer with Knightsbridge. 

 

Then once my case status on CEAC changed to 'in transit', I filled in my DS-160, paid the fees and booked interview etc. Some do wait for CEAC status to say 'ready' before booking an interview but many successfully are able to do it when it states 'in transit' on CEAC. 

 

4 hours ago, Pooley said:

Do you know when Knightsbridge emails the instructions after booking the medical? We booked our medical yesterday and haven't received anything as of yet.

I got mine within 5 minutes of coming off the phone with them last summer. I'd give them a quick call next week and I'm sure it'll only take few mins for them to send it. Oh the frustrated memories of ringing Knightsbridge :P 

 

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1 minute ago, jakejon said:

I got mine within 5 minutes of coming off the phone with them last summer. I'd give them a quick call next week and I'm sure it'll only take under 5 minutes for them to send it 

 

Thanks Jakejon!!☺️

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Hey,  

 

So I just did my medical two days ago. 

 

In terms of when to book it, this is what I did.  I rang the NVC to chase the progress of my case.  They said they had it and an LDN case number had been assigned (which they gave me), but had not been sent on to London.  The lady took my email address and told me that as soon as the file left NVC for London I would get automated email.  A few days later I did get that email.  The email contained a letter (PDF) telling me the case had been sent to London and confirming the LDN number.  I used the LDN number on the CEAC website to track progress, it said "transit" for a few days then eventually changed to "ready" that is when I booked my medical.  

 

After you book your medical with Knightsbridge, if you haven't received an email it is worth ringing them and getting them to check the email address they have for  you is correct.  I didn't get one first time round and it does contain important information so it's worth having.  For example I didn't know I'd need a printed summary of my GP records (as well as vaccination records) before I got that email.  

 

At this point I still haven't received "packet 3" from London, but I have scheduled my interview regardless.  Not sure if I'm "allowed" to do that but I guess I'll find out sooner or later!

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2 hours ago, tsusoup said:

At this point I still haven't received "packet 3" from London, but I have scheduled my interview regardless.  Not sure if I'm "allowed" to do that but I guess I'll find out sooner or later!

 

If you get in the system, then you're "allowed". Otherwise it would say "case not found" or something like that.

 

London's set up is based on assuming a beneficiary will not know what to do next in the process until they receive their letter of instruction from the embassy saying-- we have your approved petition so you may apply for a visa now. And they tell the beneficiary the instructions are found on their website https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/fiancee-2/applying-for-the-visa/

That's only way many people know what to do next. Not everybody is on visa journey picking up tips and tricks. 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Wuozopo said:

 

If you get in the system, then you're "allowed". Otherwise it would say "case not found" or something like that.

 

London's set up is based on assuming a beneficiary will not know what to do next in the process until they receive their letter of instruction from the embassy saying-- we have your approved petition so you may apply for a visa now. And they tell the beneficiary the instructions are found on their website https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/fiancee-2/applying-for-the-visa/

That's only way many people know what to do next. Not everybody is on visa journey picking up tips and tricks. 

 

 

Thanks, that's exactly what I figured but nice to hear it from someone a little more in the know!

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Dont forget the ACRO Cert, i didnt even know about that. it delayed me by 3 weeks( it was a abnk holiday so took longer than 10 days). Get that done now. and get the DS-160 form done too


            K1 Visa             

Sent - 26th Aug 18

NOA1 -  6th Sept 18

NOA2 -  23rd Feb 19

NVC sent to embassy - 2nd April 19

Medical - 21st May 19

Interview - 31st May 19

 

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5 hours ago, Seanandrach said:

Dont forget the ACRO Cert, i didnt even know about that. it delayed me by 3 weeks( it was a abnk holiday so took longer than 10 days). Get that done now. and get the DS-160 form done too

Thanks! Should I have my fiancée bring that to the embassy interview?

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3 hours ago, mogiftney said:

Thanks! Should I have my fiancée bring that to the embassy interview?

 

Also since you are planning ahead, you should learn the London instructions to K1s on their website. Open and read the Four Steps at the bottom of the page. Click all the links at the top of the page. Read the FAQs on the right. 

London will mail a letter containing this link to the beneficiary once your case gets there. Some people still call it Packet 3 from when it was a packet of about 20 pages. Now it's mostly just to tell you your file arrived, your new case number, and to visit this link for instructions on how to proceed.

 

https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/fiancee-2/applying-for-the-visa/

 

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6 hours ago, mogiftney said:

Thanks! Should I have my fiancée bring that to the embassy interview?

Mogi I see from your time line you have just filled, so I would hold off on the ARCO until closer to NOA2 is issued otherwise you run the risk of your ARCO expiring, although the ARCO itself has no expiration date the USCIS request specifically that it be within 6 months of going for your medical.

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