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Hello Visa Journey friends,

Just want to write a little about TB testings and Sputum test for people who apply for US immigration. If your X-Ray is not clear enough to pass medical, they suspect you to have TB. To make sure that you do not have TB. They ask you to go through sputum test.

This test is three days testings. Individual has to go to assigned medical facility or lab by US immigration for three consecutive days. medical staff ask you  to cough deeply and spit any phlegm that comes up from your lungs into a special container. They send this sample to a lab for culture. if culture comes negative you will be notify in two months. medical staff usually notify embassy directly that you are going through extra testings, and embassy cancels your interview date. If culture comes positive, then you will have to go under TB treatment. ( I heard six months treatment for TB)

The reason behind this testing is that US immigration is very strict about positive TB results. They want you to finish treatment before entering into US.

 

Negative results only delay your case for another two months. As soon the negative results are available to assigned medical facility, they send it directly to embassy. Don't worry about to reschedule your interview date. Embassy calls you for interview within a week. This type of medical is only valid for three months. So after interview, if your administrative processing take more than three months, your medicals will expire. After three months or longer, whenever your Administrative processing is complete and embassy is ready to issue your visa, they will ask you to redo medicals. Unfortunately you will have to go through same sputum test and process again and wait for another two months to receive results. As soon embassy will receive the results again, your visa will be issued.

 

I am only writing about this TB and Sputum tests because my family went through this process. It was so hard to find information about sputum test results and immigration in Islamabad Pakistan. I want to help other people who may try to find information about it. It was frustrating two months wait only to know if the TB results are negative or positive. Going through sputum test for six times in total was a nightmare for us since our family member's medicals got expired under AP process time period. So I am writing upon our experience through Islamabad Embassy and Sputum test results.

I hope this information will help people who are going through this phase for immigration purpose.

Thanks and good luck.

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4 minutes ago, PK-FB-4 said:

Hello Visa Journey friends,

Just want to write a little about TB testings and Sputum test for people who apply for US immigration. If your X-Ray is not clear enough to pass medical, they suspect you to have TB. To make sure that you do not have TB. They ask you to go through sputum test.

This test is three days testings. Individual has to go to assigned medical facility or lab by US immigration for three consecutive days. medical staff ask you  to cough deeply and spit any phlegm that comes up from your lungs into a special container. They send this sample to a lab for culture. if culture comes negative you will be notify in two months. medical staff usually notify embassy directly that you are going through extra testings, and embassy cancels your interview date. If culture comes positive, then you will have to go under TB treatment. ( I heard six months treatment for TB)

The reason behind this testing is that US immigration is very strict about positive TB results. They want you to finish treatment before entering into US.

 

Negative results only delay your case for another two months. As soon the negative results are available to assigned medical facility, they send it directly to embassy. Don't worry about to reschedule your interview date. Embassy calls you for interview within a week. This type of medical is only valid for three months. So after interview, if your administrative processing take more than three months, your medicals will expire. After three months or longer, whenever your Administrative processing is complete and embassy is ready to issue your visa, they will ask you to redo medicals. Unfortunately you will have to go through same sputum test and process again and wait for another two months to receive results. As soon embassy will receive the results again, your visa will be issued.

 

I am only writing about this TB and Sputum tests because my family went through this process. It was so hard to find information about sputum test results and immigration in Islamabad Pakistan. I want to help other people who may try to find information about it. It was frustrating two months wait only to know if the TB results are negative or positive. Going through sputum test for six times in total was a nightmare for us since our family member's medicals got expired under AP process time period. So I am writing upon our experience through Islamabad Embassy and Sputum test results.

I hope this information will help people who are going through this phase for immigration purpose.

Thanks and good luck.

Perhaps this is specific to Islamabad, but we went through it and the interview was not cancelled by the embassy.  We went to the interview and were placed in AP until the TB testing  process was completed.


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11 minutes ago, gregcrs2 said:

Perhaps this is specific to Islamabad, but we went through it and the interview was not cancelled by the embassy.  We went to the interview and were placed in AP until the TB testing  process was completed.

our interview was cancelled by Islamabad embassy. They reschedule it once they received clear medicals after two months directly form assigned medical facility. Good part is that they schedule interview within a week.

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On 6/28/2019 at 4:16 PM, gregcrs2 said:

Perhaps this is specific to Islamabad, but we went through it and the interview was not cancelled by the embassy.  We went to the interview and were placed in AP until the TB testing  process was completed.

How long did it take for you guys to get your visa after the TB results? Can you share your experience with me? We were sent to

do some TB testing but embassy haven’t cancelled our interview yet and we are planning to still go to the interview anyways. 

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4 hours ago, sruiz26 said:

How long did it take for you guys to get your visa after the TB results? Can you share your experience with me? We were sent to

do some TB testing but embassy haven’t cancelled our interview yet and we are planning to still go to the interview anyways. 

3 months and a couple of days 

Physical was early December and Sputum testing was the following 3 consecutive days.

Consulate did not cancel interview so the interview occurred January 4.  Got approved pending TB testing results.  Was told as soon as TB is cleared, the visa would be issued.

Visa issued March 8.

 

As long as they don't cancel your interview, just go as scheduled.

 


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12/29/2018  Sent ROC package to Dallas PO Box by USPS Priority Mail. 

12/30/2018  ROC package arrived & ready for pickup at Dallas PO Box at 7pm.

12/31/2018  USCIS received date

01/03/2019  Credit card transaction alert received at 7:10am authorizing charge of $680 to USCIS Dallas Lockbox

01/03/2019  Received text message from USCIS stating original receipt to follow in mail and a receipt number starting with MSC.

01/07/2019  Added receipt number to myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/ and it shows case received and nothing to do at this time.

01/11/2019  Received US Postal Service Informed Delivery email at 8:20am showing incoming letter from USCIS.

01/11/2019  Received biometric appointment in the mail.  Biometric appointment is for 01/22/2019

01/14/2019  Completed walk-in biometric at Tampa Field Office.

01/29/2019  Filed an online e-request due to no I-797 receipt mailed to date.  Received automated email to expect a reply by Feb. 20.

01/30/2019  E-request response received.  They will send a duplicate receipt and we should receive it within 30 days.

02/04/2019  Informed delivery show an incoming letter form USCIS.  Won't know if it is a copy or original extension letter as we are out of country for about another 2 weeks and mail is on hold until then.

02/19/2019  USPS delivered our "hold mail" today.  Received an original 18 month extension letter.   Notice date is 01/30/2019.

04/13/2019  Checked case status online.  Case is ready to be scheduled for an interview as of 04/04/2019

 

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