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Hello, 

 

My fiance and I are waiting for his K1 Visa to be approved. His interview is coming up on July 16th. In the meantime, I am back in the U.S. because we are expecting our first child and the due date is August 12th. I do not currently have insurance as I am unemployed (my parents are co-sponsors for my fiance for this reason). I am going to start working for Uber again but they do not offer benefits. 

 

My question is this...as I am a co-sponsor, along with both of my parents, how may (if at all) could applying and using Medicaid for the delivery of our baby, affect the outcome of his visa approval? I have been planning to pay out of pocket but I would qualify for Medicaid. Most of the hospitals are requiring you to apply if you are a "self pay" patient as Medicaid usually covers labor and delivery. If there is a chance that using Medicaid for this delivery will negatively impact the visa for Elvin than I won't even consider it. However, if there is no need to worry, since he has two co-sponsors, then I would consider using Medicaid soley for the delivery, and cancel it afterwards. Any advice regarding this is greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks, 

 

Britt

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6 minutes ago, Brittnee Pulford said:

Hello, 

 

My fiance and I are waiting for his K1 Visa to be approved. His interview is coming up on July 16th. In the meantime, I am back in the U.S. because we are expecting our first child and the due date is August 12th. I do not currently have insurance as I am unemployed (my parents are co-sponsors for my fiance for this reason). I am going to start working for Uber again but they do not offer benefits. 

 

My question is this...as I am a co-sponsor, along with both of my parents, how may (if at all) could applying and using Medicaid for the delivery of our baby, affect the outcome of his visa approval? I have been planning to pay out of pocket but I would qualify for Medicaid. Most of the hospitals are requiring you to apply if you are a "self pay" patient as Medicaid usually covers labor and delivery. If there is a chance that using Medicaid for this delivery will negatively impact the visa for Elvin than I won't even consider it. However, if there is no need to worry, since he has two co-sponsors, then I would consider using Medicaid soley for the delivery, and cancel it afterwards. Any advice regarding this is greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks, 

 

Britt

You applying for (and availing benefits of) Medicaid doesn't affect K1 Visa process (as long as you do not claim him as your dependent in Medicaid). The beneficiary (in this case your fiance) should not receive any public benefits while he is applying for or staying in US as a Permanent Resident.


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48 minutes ago, Tanish said:

You applying for (and availing benefits of) Medicaid doesn't affect K1 Visa process (as long as you do not claim him as your dependent in Medicaid). The beneficiary (in this case your fiance) should not receive any public benefits while he is applying for or staying in US as a Permanent Resident.

Thank you Tanish for the quick response! Is there anywhere on the USCIS website, or somewhere online, that I could reference that to? I was thinking this was the case, that as long as the applicant is not on government assistance or receiving government benefits in any way, that it would be ok...but I really don't want to do anything to jeopardize his approval so if I can reference that somewhere that would be great. 

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1 hour ago, Brittnee Pulford said:

as I am a co-sponsor, along with both of my parents, how may (if at all) could applying and using Medicaid for the delivery of our baby, affect the outcome of his visa approval?

That has absolutely nothing to do with his visa approval. As a US citizen, you are able to use any public benefits that are available to you. All the public charge stuff is applied to him, as an immigrant. 

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1 minute ago, Brittnee Pulford said:

Thank you Tanish for the quick response! Is there anywhere on the USCIS website, or somewhere online, that I could reference that to? I was thinking this was the case, that as long as the applicant is not on government assistance or receiving government benefits in any way, that it would be ok...but I really don't want to do anything to jeopardize his approval so if I can reference that somewhere that would be great. 

Thanks!!

Unfortunately, I can't remember or reference any links at this time. I will try to do some research later. 


04/21/16 -- Marriage

----- CR1 Process -----

USCIS Stage [222 days from NOA1]

Spoiler

06/08/16 -- Sent I-130

06/10/16 -- FedEx delivered

06/10/16 -- NOA1

11/17/16 -- RFE(Email)

11/21/16 -- RFE(Mail)

01/09/17 -- Response to RFE Received by USCIS

01/18/17 -- NOA2(App notification)

01/23/17 -- NOA2 Mail

01/31/17 -- I-130 petition sent to NVC [Received Email notification and MyUscis status update]

NVC Stage [105 days from NOA2]

Spoiler

02/06/17 -- NVC Received [myUscis case status updated to "Sent to Dept of States" on 01/31/2017]

02/14/17 -- NVC Case Number and IIN Received. Completed and submitted DS-261

02/16/17 -- AOS Fees Invoiced. Paid AOS Fees

02/18/17 -- IV Fees Invoiced. Tried Paying, but couldn't pay due to website issue

02/20/17 -- Paid IV Fees. [Finally site worked]

02/23/17 -- DS-260 became available. Completed and submitted DS-260. AOS and IV package sent [overnight express delivery]

02/24/17 -- NVC received our package [Friday before noon]

02/27/17 -- Scan Date

05/03/17 -- Case Complete

05/10/17 -- Interview Scheduled [Received confirmation over phone on 05/11/17]

05/13/17 -- Interview schedule email (P4) received via Email

05/16/17 -- NVC sent the documents to Consulate in Mumbai, India. CEAC Case status changed to "In Transit"

Embassy/Consulate (Interview) Stage [43 days from Case Complete to Visa in Hand]

Spoiler

05/18/17 -- Consulate Received. CEAC Case status changed to "Ready"

06/01/17 -- Medical Examination [Complete. It took around 2 hours. Total Cost INR 11650 for Surat City Apollo Clinic]

06/12/17 -- Biometric (OFC) Appointment

06/13/17 -- Interview [7:30 AM at Mumbai, India]. Visa Approved

06/15/17 -- Visa in hand

06/21/17 -- POE at DFW (Dallas, Texas)

 

----- Removal of Condition -----

Removal of Condition (I-751) [TBD]

Spoiler

06/18/2019 -- Sent the package (3 Days before GC expires, cutting it close). Sent to Lewisville, TX via FedEx Ground

06/19/2019 -- Package received at around 9:30 AM (Hoping I don't get rejected for missing deadline)

06/24/2019 -- Card was charged with $680 fees. Text Message received confirming Receipt. Case routed to NBC (Case Number starts with 'MSC')

06/28/2019 -- NOA Hard Copy & 18 Months Extension Letter Received in Mail with NOA Date as 06/19/2019

07/12/2019 -- Biomentrics Appointment Letter received. The Letter is Dated 7/5/2019. Appointment is on 7/22/2019

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21 hours ago, Villanelle said:

How do you have enough cash to cover the medical costs AND qualify for medicaid? Medicaid takes into account your current bank balances / avail cash assets when seeing if you qualify.

I have two additional co-sponsors for this reason. I am 8 months pregnant with my fiance and my parents are both co sponsoring him because I do not have funds to show I can support him by myself at this time, although that will change after the baby is born and I can start full time work again. That is why I am able to apply, if I decide to move forward with Medicaid. 

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