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Can a beneficiary do their medical exam *after the visa interview?


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My wife was greenlit for her visa interview. She was given a date (Nov 27), but the soonest she could be seen by an embassy-approved physician for her medical exam where she lives is (Nov 28; a day later). We reached out to the U.S. embassy to see if she could postpone and reschedule her visa interview date and this is what they said, "Thank you for writing U.S. Visa Service Desk. We understand that your medical exam interview is scheduled for the day after your immigrant visa appointment. All immigrant visa applicants must undergo a medical examination prior to their visa interview at one of the designated facilities. Please contact any of the facilities on our website (https://jp.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/medical-facilities/ ) and make an appointment as soon as possible. If a panel physician will not be able to issue medical documents prior to the visa interview date, you may want to postpone your interview appointment. However, we may accept your application on the scheduled interview date even if the medical examination documents are not available. You may then send them to the Embassy by mail later. Have a pleasant day! Regards, US Visa Service Desk"


So, based on that she should be OK to keep her scheduled visa interview date and do her medical exam the following day and just mail in her results to the embassy as soon as they become available? Or am I misunderstanding and she can only submit the *application for visa interview appointment until she has successfully been seen by a physician -- in which case she'd want to go ahead and re-schedule her visa interview? 


Thanks in advance for any clarification,


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Go for the interview, they will wait for medical results and conclude. Best of luck. Reach out to the clinic also and see if they have a cancelation list, in case something earlier comes up. Easier then rescheduling the interview. 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador

This happens a lot.  Even when the medical is performed before the interview, the results might not be available until afterward.  The consulates throw a temporary 221g on visa-issuance pending the medical results.  Not a big deal.


For your own peace of mind, have your wife ask the consul whether everything else is OK, and approximately how long visa-issuance will take after the medical results are received.

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06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

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08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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