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Me and my SO are sending off for the I-130F this month (as soon as we get paid Friday actually 😫). I have had a lot of fun reading about your guys processes and I can't wait to finally say mine is processing and then feel tremendous stress over the long waiting period, lol. I may go into a bit of detail in the next paragraph so I'm sorry.

 

I do have a slight issue though. I found myself looking at a few medical posts, I have no medical issues, I'm fit as a fiddle aside from some mental health spats. When I was 15, me and my mum got into a spat and she is a paranoid schizophrenic, very much so that she accused me of doing active harm to myself (details I won't get into) and called the police, citing that I was suicidal and that she feared for my life. I was taken the hospital, given a single day in there until an emergency psychiatrist could see me, the entire time was boring and mundane and I just wanted to get home. I went to one meeting with said psychiatrist a year later cause they wanted to check up on me, I had never before that and it gave me the day off school, so.

 

A similar thing happened when I was 17. Except I went to the hospital, got let go after 30 minutes, got given a number to ring, never rung it and yeah, didn't care after that. All squeaky clean.

 

Excuse my detail, I tried to shorten it but I think it just sounds a bit barmy without some of it, most the story I've excluded for obvious reasons. I'm freaking out over the idea of being questioned though, it's on my medical record due to being admitted to a hospital for it, and I have a new GP now. I'm pretty sure that theres a lot of past suicidal people who moved to the US on a CR-1 but, it still worries me. I have been stopped from joining the British Army for this past, and the fire service and I'd hate if it destroyed the possibility of me being with my other half.

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8 minutes ago, ohcoffeeeyes said:

I have been stopped from joining the British Army for this past, and the fire service and I'd hate if it destroyed the possibility of me being with my other half.

Was this due to other factors?


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Just to ease your mind for now, there are plenty of applicants with a similar mental health history who have been issued their visas no problem.

 

You may just have to obtain a letter from your GP or a psychiatrist to state that you're not a danger to yourself or others. 

 

I have Aspergers on my medical record (was worried about it being a potential issue as well as possible co-morbidity for anxiety and depression) and was referred to an NHS mental health clinic for diagnosis and evaluation several years ago - my London medical appointment is next week so haven't had an official word on it, but I've been assured by various experienced people that it isn't an issue. 

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Just now, Boiler said:

Was this due to other factors?

Nope. They said it was due to mental health and asked me to appeal if I wanted to take it further or wait an allocated amount of time, which I believe was 4-5 years. Didn't appeal due to fears of permanent DQ.

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1 minute ago, futurecoloradogrl said:

Just to ease your mind for now, there are plenty of applicants with a similar mental health history who have been issued their visas no problem.

 

You may just have to obtain a letter from your GP or a psychiatrist to state that you're not a danger to yourself or others. 

 

I have Aspergers on my medical record (was worried about it being a potential issue as well as possible co-morbidity for anxiety and depression) and was referred to an NHS mental health clinic for diagnosis and evaluation several years ago - my London medical appointment is next week so haven't had an official word on it, but I've been assured by various experienced people that it isn't an issue. 

If that's true then thank you so much!!! If it's as simple as that then I'm pretty much happy. Yeah I assumed there had been people who were allowed through no problem but the mind wonders and worries. If it's just simple questioning I'll be happy.

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3 minutes ago, ohcoffeeeyes said:

If that's true then thank you so much!!! If it's as simple as that then I'm pretty much happy. Yeah I assumed there had been people who were allowed through no problem but the mind wonders and worries. If it's just simple questioning I'll be happy.

I'd see if someone with personal experience can confirm, but I believe the concern is simply being a danger to yourself or others and that a signed letter from a health professional will suffice. I'd been reading posts about others in similar situations and it appears that many applicants with a past history of self-harm and depression were still able to obtain their visas after requesting a letter or possibly undergoing a psychiatric evaluation to demonstrate that they're not a threat. 

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Generally, a psych eval is used to demonstrate that you are not a threat to yourself or others. A GP is not qualified to make that kind of assessment.


Timelines:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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45 minutes ago, futurecoloradogrl said:

I'd see if someone with personal experience can confirm, but I believe the concern is simply being a danger to yourself or others and that a signed letter from a health professional will suffice. I'd been reading posts about others in similar situations and it appears that many applicants with a past history of self-harm and depression were still able to obtain their visas after requesting a letter or possibly undergoing a psychiatric evaluation to demonstrate that they're not a threat. 

Yeah I think my medical records (though I've never seen them) will show that I don't necessarily need a psych evaluation, though I'd be completely fine with one. Do you know if they do them at Knightsbridge or would it need to be private?

2 minutes ago, geowrian said:

Generally, a psych eval is used to demonstrate that you are not a threat to yourself or others. A GP is not qualified to make that kind of assessment.

Do they do them at Knightsbridge or would I need to send more info back?

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Knightsbridge can not do it.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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1 hour ago, geowrian said:

Generally, a psych eval is used to demonstrate that you are not a threat to yourself or others. A GP is not qualified to make that kind of assessment.

 

1 hour ago, ohcoffeeeyes said:

Yeah I think my medical records (though I've never seen them) will show that I don't necessarily need a psych evaluation, though I'd be completely fine with one. Do you know if they do them at Knightsbridge or would it need to be private?

Do they do them at Knightsbridge or would I need to send more info back?

Knightsbridge clear people all the time based on a GP statement saying you are not a threat to yourself or others.

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3 minutes ago, Wuozopo said:

Knightsbridge clear people all the time based on a GP statement saying you are not a threat to yourself or others.

I have heard of others doing so. But I do stand by that a GP is not qualified to make that assessment.

This differs from a statement from a GP that one has not engaged in harmful acts in x years or been diagnosed with any illness (as those are just statements of facts, not an evaluation of current state).

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Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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6 hours ago, Wuozopo said:

 

Knightsbridge clear people all the time based on a GP statement saying you are not a threat to yourself or others.

If that's true my day truly is made.

6 hours ago, geowrian said:

I have heard of others doing so. But I do stand by that a GP is not qualified to make that assessment.

This differs from a statement from a GP that one has not engaged in harmful acts in x years or been diagnosed with any illness (as those are just statements of facts, not an evaluation of current state).

I understand a GP is not qualified to make that assessment but I think he was trying to say how Knightsbridge was just fine with the GP's personal opinion and if not, then they believe further evaluation is needed.

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2 hours ago, ohcoffeeeyes said:

If that's true my day truly is made.

I understand a GP is not qualified to make that assessment but I think he was trying to say how Knightsbridge was just fine with the GP's personal opinion and if not, then they believe further evaluation is needed.

I was saying they have cleared people with depression, scarring from self harm, anxiety, and all the rest without a formal psych exam. 

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