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    Lisa-O reacted to bettypentiér44 in What happens at the medical??   
    Like what others have said, you'll be fine!
    I went about 10 mins before my appointment time and was sat waiting for about 10 mins past the time - they give you some forms to fill in. I had to get my X-rays done first which was the easiest thing ever. They give you a thin robe to wear and ask you to take all your upper layers off (don;t worry - you're behind a screen and at no time does the person doing the X-ray see you naked). Then you stand next to this thing facing the wall where you have to rest your chin on a rest. The guy will ask you to take a deep breath in, hold it then exhale - and that's it! I ended up scrunching my shoulders when the X-ray was taken as it didn't come out clear on the picture, so make sure you relax. After that, you go and sit in another waiting room (still in the robe) and wait for the doctor. There were about 4 different ones that I saw walking around while I was there, but I got a blonde european lady. She barely smiled and wasn't the friendliest in terms of making conversation, but she was ok. She sat me down at her desk and asked questions. Can't remember all of them them, but some were about any existing conditions, if I smoke, drink or take drugs or if I ever have. Any operations etc. After that, I had to go behind the curtain near the bed and take everything else off except my panties and the robe. Then I had to sit on the bed and she came over and did the physical exam which, according to the checklist on the form I had filled in at the start, wasn't as thorough as it probably should have been. She checked eyes, ears, glands, throat, chest/respiratory. Then I had to lay down on the bed and she checked reflexes in knees, breasts, stomach and had a peek under the robe. Then I sat up and she took the blood test to check for syphilis and that was it. I got dressed and she told me to go wait in the 1st waiting room. I sat here for about 5 mins then got called through to see a nurse about my vaccinations. She gave me a sheet of what I had to get done and asked if I wanted them there (which I didn't as it's super expensive), then that was it. I paid and left.
    I got my vaccinations done at my doctors surgery, so that saved a lot of money!
    You'll be fine. It sounds scarier than it actually is and by the end you'll wonder what you were worried about. The place itself just looks like what used to be a terraced big house and isn't scary. It just looks stuffy and isn't much different inside!
    Good luck - you'll be fine
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    Lisa-O reacted to Hank_ in Help! Sealed Envelope Arrived Damaged (pics, what to do)   
    Contact the embassy they will instruct you how to handle this issue as it will need a new envelope. Immigration at POE would not accept that.
    That isn't a cut corner, that is a torn open packet.
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    Lisa-O reacted to indiana_sweetie in Can I sue USCIS if they caused my marriage to fail?   
    I think everyone here on VJ is suffering or has suffered long separation. Immigration is not for the faint of heart. Work harder, save more, plan a visit, love more, stress less.
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    Lisa-O reacted to Caryh in Abandoning temporary green card and returning home   
    While you received some good advice above, there's one other reason to abandon and return your green card. If you use it to re-enter the USA a year from now, you'll most likely find yourself turned away at the border. You must maintain residence in the USA or your green card status can get yanked upon an entry attempt. You've obviously changed your residence back to the UK. If you stay out the the country for a year, you need a re-entry permit. Even if you return to the country earlier, and get questioned about your country of residence, replying truthfully can get you denied entry.
    http://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-green-card-granted/maintaining-permanent-residence

    You may be found to have abandoned your permanent resident status if you:
    Move to another country intending to live there permanently Remain outside of the United States for more than 1 year without obtaining a reentry permit or returning resident visa. However, in determining whether your status has been abandoned, any length of absence from the United States may be considered, even if less than 1 year Remain outside of the United States for more than 2 years after issuance of a reentry permit without obtaining a returning resident visa. However, in determining whether your status has been abandoned any length of absence from the United States may be considered, even if less than 1 year Fail to file income tax returns while living outside of the United States for any period Declare yourself a “nonimmigrant” on your tax returns
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    Lisa-O reacted to nobbie in Advanced Parole - Getting back to the States   
    Surely the point of AP is so you can come and go whilst waiting for GC.
    As for CIMT have a look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_turpitude
    Drink driving is not a CIMT according to the table.
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    Lisa-O reacted to Harpa Timsah in Advanced Parole - Getting back to the States   
    So in that case the person must have just saw it and made a comment before realizing you had another visa.
    People get different visas for different purposes. You are no longer a tourist so you do not need a tourist visa.
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    Lisa-O reacted to Harpa Timsah in Advanced Parole - Getting back to the States   
    OP: You seem a bit confused. Your B2 is over and done. Dead. You can't use it anymore. You are also not using VWP. Don't even try to get an ESTA. It doesn't apply to you at all.
    You are entering the US on the AP.
    The rules for VWP etc don't apply to you any more. That is all in the past, no longer applicable to you. You have obtained a K-1 visa, presumably you admitted about the issue (I can't believe sleeping in a car while drunk is illegal, btw, interesting). You have since married the petitioner for the K-1 and have applied for AOS.
    You will be paroled with your AP.
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    Lisa-O reacted to LmmL in So much stress...   
    Ask your fiance to send email to the embassy explained that he is in military and might be assigned to a zone, ask them to give the interview date as soon as possible so you can get married before military assign you somewhere.
    An recent info i got is a soldier won't be sent to the war zone before his foreign wife got a green card.
    Anyways, He can pick you up at the airport by taxi, i wouldn't care if i were you, cuz when i finally landed in US i wanna see the man i love not his car
    You can go to a flea market to see if you can find any affordable furniture to fill up the house, it should be little by little not like snapping your fingers and furnitures will be there.
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    Lisa-O reacted to Nich-Nick in So much stress...   
    In the scheme of immigration, getting married is more important than transportation from the airport. You list NYC as the local office. There is an abundance of public transportation, cab, and airport limo services in that part of the country. You will need $1070 to file for your greencard and work permit after the marriage. That should also be a priority.
    The visa will be issued for 6 months past your medical. Stay in the UK and work and save money for furniture. Once you use the visa to enter the US, your 90 day clock starts for marriage.
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    Lisa-O reacted to lost_at_sea in Adjustment Of Status and DUI   
    You don't need another visa anymore (ESTA/VWP/B*).
    Your AP will be enough to let you back into the country.
    You don't/won't complete ESTA anymore.
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    Lisa-O reacted to del-2-5-2014 in K1 Process - is it a waste of time?   
    I love that
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    Lisa-O got a reaction from ccyahaira in K1 Process - is it a waste of time?   
    Hey All,
    So this is probably more of a rant than anything else, but I'm seriously disheartened by my situation! I started my K1 journey Jan 2012...approved Jan 13, married April 5th YAAAYYYYY. I moved to the US in March 13 after a long and stressful wait (as well all know!!). I'm currently waiting for my AOS, AP and EAD to be approved.
    Now I have read on another members thread that said person came to the US on a holiday visa and 'decided to marry' there and then, and is merrily AOS-ing now...without any prior planning, paperwork etc...I mean no disrespect to this couple, but I'm dismayed at the struggle me and my husband have gone through and still are, to find out that this is allowed?
    I may sound selfish or childish here, but there isn't any equality here is there?
    Sorry if this comes across as bitchy or negative, just finding it hard not being allowed to work yet or visit my family
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    Lisa-O got a reaction from Maya&Matt in K1 Process - is it a waste of time?   
    Hey All,
    So this is probably more of a rant than anything else, but I'm seriously disheartened by my situation! I started my K1 journey Jan 2012...approved Jan 13, married April 5th YAAAYYYYY. I moved to the US in March 13 after a long and stressful wait (as well all know!!). I'm currently waiting for my AOS, AP and EAD to be approved.
    Now I have read on another members thread that said person came to the US on a holiday visa and 'decided to marry' there and then, and is merrily AOS-ing now...without any prior planning, paperwork etc...I mean no disrespect to this couple, but I'm dismayed at the struggle me and my husband have gone through and still are, to find out that this is allowed?
    I may sound selfish or childish here, but there isn't any equality here is there?
    Sorry if this comes across as bitchy or negative, just finding it hard not being allowed to work yet or visit my family
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    Lisa-O got a reaction from del-2-5-2014 in K1 Process - is it a waste of time?   
    Completely...I've well and truly thrown my toys out of the pram waaaaaa
    it's soooo depressing we'll get there in the end
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    Lisa-O got a reaction from del-2-5-2014 in K1 Process - is it a waste of time?   
    Hey All,
    So this is probably more of a rant than anything else, but I'm seriously disheartened by my situation! I started my K1 journey Jan 2012...approved Jan 13, married April 5th YAAAYYYYY. I moved to the US in March 13 after a long and stressful wait (as well all know!!). I'm currently waiting for my AOS, AP and EAD to be approved.
    Now I have read on another members thread that said person came to the US on a holiday visa and 'decided to marry' there and then, and is merrily AOS-ing now...without any prior planning, paperwork etc...I mean no disrespect to this couple, but I'm dismayed at the struggle me and my husband have gone through and still are, to find out that this is allowed?
    I may sound selfish or childish here, but there isn't any equality here is there?
    Sorry if this comes across as bitchy or negative, just finding it hard not being allowed to work yet or visit my family
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    Lisa-O got a reaction from Sheepwalk in K1 Process - is it a waste of time?   
    I know exactly how she feels, I was in the same situation, it's a great feeling when you're approved, then the adventure begins. Like the above member stated it's always better to do it the right way!! The wait is hard, but stick with it
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    Lisa-O reacted to Lux44 in K1 Process - is it a waste of time?   
    Yes you can come on the VWP and decide to get married.
    Here is the issue though, it is illegal to enter the U.S. on any visa other than K1 with the intention to get married. So if you come here on the VWP and intend to marry and the authorities some how discover you came with the intention to marry then they will deport you even if you are already married to the U.S. citizen and you will have a ban placed on you.
    I know this because I and my fiance nearly did this. One of the intelligent USCIS call center people said we could take this route no problem, but it was when I called U.S. customs and border control where an actual agent informed me that it would be illegal...
    Now with that being said it is damn near impossible to determine that you came with the intent to marry, but it's better safe than sorry I guess...
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    Lisa-O got a reaction from RichieMMA in K1 Process - is it a waste of time?   
    Hey All,
    So this is probably more of a rant than anything else, but I'm seriously disheartened by my situation! I started my K1 journey Jan 2012...approved Jan 13, married April 5th YAAAYYYYY. I moved to the US in March 13 after a long and stressful wait (as well all know!!). I'm currently waiting for my AOS, AP and EAD to be approved.
    Now I have read on another members thread that said person came to the US on a holiday visa and 'decided to marry' there and then, and is merrily AOS-ing now...without any prior planning, paperwork etc...I mean no disrespect to this couple, but I'm dismayed at the struggle me and my husband have gone through and still are, to find out that this is allowed?
    I may sound selfish or childish here, but there isn't any equality here is there?
    Sorry if this comes across as bitchy or negative, just finding it hard not being allowed to work yet or visit my family
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    Lisa-O reacted to perfect in Struggling at work and withdrawing.   
    I come from Norfolk, England (and always refer to it as about 120 North of London because Americans have no other point of reference!!) - they also think that everyone from England must know the people they know in England!!
    My accent is very neutral but still I get the blank looks and requests to repeat myself. I have found Americans respond best to short sentences (their sentence structure is different from ours). They also don't use the same words or don't use the same words the same way so using typical English words sometimes causes confusion. I laugh it off now and just say - that mush be an "Englishism" and they think it's quaint.
    I also found that most English people of our experience were taught how to answer a phone professionally (unlike most Americans I have met - sorry!) and people have actually thought my voice was an answering machine and hang up because I answer "thank for your calling "company name" - my name is "x" - how can I help" - which is hilarious!
    FYI - I live in California which is a melting pot of cultures and languages and it's still tough!!
    Learn to laugh and have fun with it - even in front of other people - it will put them at ease and hopefully help them help you settle in...
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    Lisa-O reacted to Nich-Nick in How to enter USA   
    Good point. As with any visit on VWP, the traveler should have a return ticket, and proof of ties to home, and suitcases packed that look like someone on vacation, not moving.
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    Lisa-O reacted to Bugs in We are getting Married July 27th- We are approved   
    Congratulations, on both the NOA2 and the future wedding. Just a word of advice though, and that is to never set the wedding date in stone and reserve for it/send out invitations, until you have the visa in hand. There could be delays, problems at the interview, and even problems getting the visa after an approval at the interview. In fact, seeing that you set a date a mere month away from your NOA2, I think the chances you will have to postpone that wedding date are greater than not.
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    Lisa-O reacted to amberlynnloves in K1 Visa - applying for Social Security Number   
    My husband applied for his SSN on January 4 and he didn't receive his until February 20th. Someone had called and said he needed to go to the local office again for an interview for a SSN. But we didn't end up going because we were so busy with wedding stuff. Then it just arrived in the mail one day.
    Good luck. I hope everything works out. You can be put on your spouses bank account without a SSN and you really don't NEED one until after AOS anyways for work and such.
    Good luck though!
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    Lisa-O reacted to Nich-Nick in K1 Visa - applying for Social Security Number   
    A K1 can't get an extension on the I-94, like many other visas can. That shows how much she knew about K1. At this point you have to wait for your EAD card which will show you have a year's presence allowed in the US. They need something in writing with a date. Your only thing has expired. That's why we try to encourage people to go to SSA very shortly after they arrive. Then you would have some time to follow up on their lack of following through.
    Be warned, they still have to find your name and EAD status in the SAVE database, so wait about two weeks after you get it just to give USCIS time to get your status in the database.
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    Lisa-O reacted to OrderofProtection in Anyone getting NOA2 from VSC????   
    It's tough right now, I'm into 5 mos and 2 weeks, and the January folks have waited way longer than that. Try not to fret (to use a term from my southern upbringing ). It's so difficult right now, but I'd mentally prepare for 6 months and if you get it earlier, than it will come as a nice surprise. No one has any answers or control as to how fast VSC processes. There is no magic wand or path which will make yours go any faster. CSC is processing fast right now and that's just the way it is. I try not to even read the threads that say NOA2!!!!! because I can bet with about 99% accuracy that they come from CSC which depresses me. Try, if possible to focus on getting your finances in order, a creative project, your family, or anything else than can keep your mind active and off the frustration of watching the clock. Best of luck to you and everyone reading this. We've earned it!

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    Lisa-O reacted to P+J in Expedited Action on K1   
    Just hope that CSC maintains a reasonable pace for I-129Fs approvals...VSC has taught me the meaning of emotional distress now...6 months and counting...still no end in sight....
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