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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Hello all, 

 

I am debating on requesting (or having the beneficiary request) an expedited interview for k-1 visa due to a medical issue of mine (the sponsor). I don't know how many people here have successfully been granted one during regular times let alone pandemic times, but any advice or insight would be really helpful in our decision making process.

 - Here's the rundown on the K-1 side: as of March 31, 2020 our CEAC has been ready, we have the DS-160, police check and medical done (march 6th). He has all paperwork except my most recent paychecks and bank statements (we were waiting so they would be current). We have had 3 interviews scheduled and then cancelled  by the London Embassy (yes we understand why). Prior to the world shutting down we were anticipating his arrival around mid to late April.  We are fully ready to interview.

 - Here's the run down on my medical: I have a neurological condition that is making me lose sight. So far I have been a year into my diagnosis and medication regimen but require further testing; possibly surgery. Both the testing and the brain surgery require that I have someone at home to help me recover as I won't really be able to do regular household chores, care a great deal for myself etc. I have postponed all my testing until further notice, I don't have any family or friends remotely near me. My neurologist is getting pissed and has rallied the support of my GP to push me for the testing. I am continuing to lose my sight and without intervention can and will most likely suffer permanent vision loss or total vision loss. Right now I am still able to work and function mostly normally, vision is not the best tho. My neuro has not scheduled any surgery at this time, mostly because I haven't got the tests done. 

 

I'm not reaching out for sympathy or anything I am looking for answers to the following question:

      1) does this potentially qualify for an expedited interview?

      2) I will need documentation of my diagnosis and what else? letters from GP and Neuro? 

      3) If we request an expedited interview and are denied I assume it will not hurt our visa approval down the line when regular appointments open up, please correct if I'm wrong or if any one has experiences with expedited request denials.

      4) If we end up requesting a interview based on this information it will go to the immigration visa unit in London, correct?

      5)  Will I (sponsor) or he (beneficiary) have to request the interview?

 

As I stated any information would be helpful. Thanks in advance everyone, hang in there!!!

 

Cheers!

    

 

 

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1) No harm in requesting it. Typically, medical issues of the beneficiary aren't something I would expect an expedite for, but we live in unusual times.

2) Letters from the doctor(s) stating the medical condition and that you need somebody to take care of you during recovery if surgery is a suggested option.

3) Correct.

4) Yes

5) The visa applicant (I-129F beneficiary) typically schedules the appointment.

Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

AOS:

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

12/1/16: sent, 12/14/16: 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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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Well there is 2 week quarantine and any expedite if granted is not immediate, maybe a VWP visit?

 

 

“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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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: England
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6 hours ago, MrsMills said:

and medical done (march 6th).

He will require a new medical because that one will expire In two weeks. There’s no way he could wrangle an expedite, interview, receive the visa, and enter the US in two weeks. The medical re-do In London is cheaper than the original exam.

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I would think you would have to have something more definitive than “may need surgery”.  Go have the tests and get a diagnosis of surgery required and how long your assisted recovery will take. 

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I sort of assumed this would be for after the tests etc had been done but admittedly not clear.

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“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, Wuozopo said:

He will require a new medical because that one will expire In two weeks. There’s no way he could wrangle an expedite, interview, receive the visa, and enter the US in two weeks. The medical re-do In London is cheaper than the original exam.

Didn't they extend the validity of all medicals by a month a little while ago? 6 weeks is still a pretty tight schedule, but more doable than 2 weeks.

 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/one-month-extension-of-immigrant-visa-medical-examinations.html#:~:text=Immigrant visas are limited to,%2C and June 30%2C 2020.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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they did extend london medicals by a month. I should have clarified further, the testing would dtermined between two surgeries. Thank you all for your replies too this is really helpful!

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9 hours ago, MrsMills said:

1) does this potentially qualify for an expedited interview?

Even if expedited interview is somehow given, it seems only result could be Denial per the UK and Ireland proclamation: "The Secretary of State shall implement this proclamation as it applies to visas pursuant to such procedures as the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, may establish." How can K-1 applicants (that are subject to the proclamation) guarantee to the consular officers that they'll first go to an unrestricted country for 14 days before attempting travel to the US?

 

Even the few K-1 applicants that are exempt to the proclamation (e.g. parent of US citizen child, etc.) haven't been able to get K-1 interviews in London. 0 K-1 visas issued in London since the mid-March closure:

https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/Non-Immigrant-Statistics/MonthlyNIVIssuances/JULY 2020 - NIV Issuances by Post and Visa Class.pdf

https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/Non-Immigrant-Statistics/MonthlyNIVIssuances/June 2020 - NIV Issuances by Post and Visa Class.pdf

https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/Non-Immigrant-Statistics/MonthlyNIVIssuances/MAY 2020 - NIV Issuances by Post and Visa Class.pdf

https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/Non-Immigrant-Statistics/MonthlyNIVIssuances/APRIL 2020 - NIV Issuances by Post and Visa Class.pdf

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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13 hours ago, MrsMills said:

Hello all, 

 

I am debating on requesting (or having the beneficiary request) an expedited interview for k-1 visa due to a medical issue of mine (the sponsor). I don't know how many people here have successfully been granted one during regular times let alone pandemic times, but any advice or insight would be really helpful in our decision making process.

 - Here's the rundown on the K-1 side: as of March 31, 2020 our CEAC has been ready, we have the DS-160, police check and medical done (march 6th). He has all paperwork except my most recent paychecks and bank statements (we were waiting so they would be current). We have had 3 interviews scheduled and then cancelled  by the London Embassy (yes we understand why). Prior to the world shutting down we were anticipating his arrival around mid to late April.  We are fully ready to interview.

 - Here's the run down on my medical: I have a neurological condition that is making me lose sight. So far I have been a year into my diagnosis and medication regimen but require further testing; possibly surgery. Both the testing and the brain surgery require that I have someone at home to help me recover as I won't really be able to do regular household chores, care a great deal for myself etc. I have postponed all my testing until further notice, I don't have any family or friends remotely near me. My neurologist is getting pissed and has rallied the support of my GP to push me for the testing. I am continuing to lose my sight and without intervention can and will most likely suffer permanent vision loss or total vision loss. Right now I am still able to work and function mostly normally, vision is not the best tho. My neuro has not scheduled any surgery at this time, mostly because I haven't got the tests done. 

 

I'm not reaching out for sympathy or anything I am looking for answers to the following question:

      1) does this potentially qualify for an expedited interview?

      2) I will need documentation of my diagnosis and what else? letters from GP and Neuro? 

      3) If we request an expedited interview and are denied I assume it will not hurt our visa approval down the line when regular appointments open up, please correct if I'm wrong or if any one has experiences with expedited request denials.

      4) If we end up requesting a interview based on this information it will go to the immigration visa unit in London, correct?

      5)  Will I (sponsor) or he (beneficiary) have to request the interview?

 

As I stated any information would be helpful. Thanks in advance everyone, hang in there!!!

 

Cheers!

    

 

 

Let me know how it goes, I am stuck in colombia, undergoing emergency prostate surgery, cant speak spanish, my wife is in the US since the shutdown, no family here. Maybe the embassy could fly me back. If I could get a hold of anyone at the US embassy in Bogota.We all have problems.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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There is a k1 lawsuit that is currently recruiting and would take on your case. It's on twitter. I suggest you look it up. With lawyer Greg Suskind. 

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