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taximan683

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  • Birthday 10/22/1961
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    Anaheim
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    California

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    K-1 Visa
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    California Service Center
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    Los Angeles CA
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    Philippines

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  1. Yeah, I ran into several problems with form versions and confusing rules. I remember going to the office where you do the biometrics and being asked for our marriage certificate when that was not on the list of items to bring. Luckily, I had brought all of our documents just in case. You just have to expect the unexpected and adapt to whatever they want. I'd have to check our timeline, but our interview was about a year ago. Maybe some requirements have changed. If they don't accept your medical, I believe you can go get it done afterward. Good luck!
  2. I was told that the DS-3025 had to be less than one year before the interview. I had the same confusion as you. I found a medical office that was reasonably priced and made an appointment for a week before the interview. I wasn't sure if it was necessary until the day before the appointment when we received a courtesy call from the agent saying we needed it
  3. Before our interview, an agent called us to remind us that the medical was over one year old and that we would need an updated one. Luckily, we already had an appointment to get another medical. There are certain vaccinations and tests that need to be updated. My wife and child had to have a blood test, and we had to go to Rite Aid to get a couple of booster shots. If you go without the new medical, you might be delayed in getting the green card because you'll have to do this after the interview. I'd recommend that you do the physical before the interview, but apparently some people are not asked for it. For us, it was definitely required.
  4. I bought tickets to visit the Philippines in December. They asked for the "Green Card Number" for my wife and child in the passenger information section. Which number do they mean? There's the USCIS number on the front, a number at the top on the back, and several lines of numbers on the back across the bottom.
  5. I bought tickets to visit the Philippines in December. They asked for the "Green Card Number" for my wife and child in the passenger information section. Which number do they mean? There's the USCIS number on the front, a number at the top on the back, and several lines of numbers on the back across the bottom.
  6. We broke every time restraint as far as the medical exam goes. The medical was done in the Philippines in January 2019 (K-1 and K-2) and they entered the USA on July 7, 2019 just before the visa would expire. We got married September 2019 (again, just in time). We didn't file the i-485 until May 2020 (that's when it was accepted. We were trying since March 2020, but had a few rejections). So, we didn't file the i-485 within 60 days of the physical exam - it was over a year; the exam was over one year old when we filed the i-485; and the exam was over two years old when we had the interview. I was pretty sure we needed another exam, although it didn't make sense to me since they had already lived in the USA for two years after the first exam. We almost waited until the interview to find out, but AnneWolf replied to my post here on Visa Journey and told me about a clinic near us that would do the physical exams for less than $200 each (Some clinics quoted me a price over $500 each - so I didn't want to spend that on an exam that might not be needed). I made an appointment at the clinic AnneWolf told me about, and on the day we had the appointment an officer from USCIS called us to let us know we needed another exam. The doctor at the clinic told us we needed two additional vaccines to follow up on what they had in the Philippines (pneomoccocal for the child, and varicella for my wife). We got those done at Rite Aid on our insurance, then returned to the clinic to get our sealed envelopes the day before the interview (Friday before the Memorial Day weekend). The clinic is "John Medical Clinic" in Fullerton, CA. The doctor and staff are Korean and very helpful and quick to provide results.
  7. Green cards have been mailed per the USCIS website. Interview was the 1st of June and today, June 4th, the green cards are on the way for K-1 and K-2! We had the interview in Santa Ana, CA at the Federal building. We entered the building right on time. We went through a metal detector to enter the building - had to take off my belt, but not my shoes. The guards at the entrance were friendly and checked our IDs (my driver's license and my wife's CA ID) and had us answer some Covid questions (are you sick, etc.). We were directed by arrows on the floor to a window to turn in our paperwork, then we waited a couple minutes before they told us to go up to the second floor to another waiting room. There were about 15 people waiting for interviews, a couple of them had lawyers. The interviews were for naturalization as well as AOS. We waited maybe an hour before we were called in to an office. I gave the agent our passports, paperwork and medical exam sealed envelopes. I gave him originals and copies and asked for the originals back. He gave them back right away. He looked through our papers and went through the i-485 and asked my wife (K-1) a lot of the questions in a general way, he asked for her parent's names and where they lived. He did ask the date she entered the country with our K-2, and both their birthdates. He addressed most of these questions to my wife. He asked how we met, what does our K-2 call me, the date I asked her to marry me, and the date we met, etc. I had filled out a new i-864 just in case with my tax returns and pay check stubs - he looked at it, but didn't comment much so I don't know if it was necessary. It was pretty easy, and I'm glad my wife memorized all those dates beforehand. At the end, it was about 15 minutes, he said he's review the medical information then they'd let us know the results through the mail. I checked the website an hour later and we were approved. It wasn't difficult. I was thinking "What are they going to do if our interview is terrible? My wife has been here in the USA for just about two years waiting for this. I wonder if they actually ever send someone back to their home country?" Of course, it would be terrible if they rejected you and required you to start over or something. I will say that I overheard some others at the entrance talking to agents, and you had better be on time. They will turn you away if you are not there at the appointed time with whatever documents are required. I suppose that would create quite a delay. They gave one lady a chance to fill out a form in the waiting area, but her lawyer had to talk to the agent to give her that chance. All done for 21 months now. Feels good!
  8. That's too bad. An officer called us about a week before the interview and told us that we needed another exam. In our case it was because ours was too old. At least they called us so we had a chance to get it. We actually had an appointment for the exam the same day he called. We almost decided not to do it before that, but since we got the call we knew we had to do it and spend the money.
  9. Going to the interview today in Santa Ana, CA. I went ahead and filled out a new i-864, just in case, and brought the supporting info. We just printed a few pics and are bringing originals and copies of all the required documents. Hope it goes well. Wife is nervous about what they will ask. I told her not to worry. In regard to the vaccines, we had to get her another varicella vaccine and our child another pneumonia vaccine per the doctor we went to for a new i-693 (our original was two years old). We got that all done and got the sealed envelopes on Friday just before the long weekend - just in time. We went to John Medical Clinic in Fullerton, CA. If you live near there, that was much cheaper than all the other alternatives, and they were helpful and friendly.
  10. USCIS called us today, "courtesy call", and told us that we need to bring a new I-693 to our interview, so it is confirmed that we need it. Funny, they called on the day of our appointment with the doctor for the exam.
  11. Thank you very much!!! You saved me $200 and that office is 15 min from my home. Ill be interested to hear about your interview as well. Thanks again!
  12. I went ahead and made the appointment. $550 for both total. At least we already have the vaccine record. I would just hate to walk out of the interview with another delay. Thanks. If anyone knows of a cheaper doctor in Southern California, please let me know. One doctor I called wanted $525 each. I wish I could find the doctor that charges $100 only (USCIS had that as the lower fee of the price range).
  13. The exam was 4 months over 1 year when I submitted the AOS. I was aware that I should submit the AOS within a year, but needed extra time to get the money together for the fee. Yes, I submitted the DS3025 (vaccine records) with AOS and no RFE. I'm thinking that we might go to the interview with everything else and maybe they won't ask for another exam. We were married and she was living in the USA within a year, so it seems silly to do another exam and waste the money. She and the child are in good health with no issues. I keep going back and forth in my mind about whether we should just go ahead and get another exam here. I'd hate to walk out of the interview without being approved. I'll call around and see if I can find a reasonable price.
  14. Our appointment is 6/1 in Santa Ana, CA. Now I'm worried about the physical exam. My wife and child both had the physical exam in the Philippines over two years ago now in January 2019, entered the USA just before the six month expiration of the visa on July 7, we got married Sep 21 2019. Do we need another physical? No RFE. I just hate to spend at least $500 on physical exams that might not be needed. When I read the policy, it appears that we do need them. Should I wait until the interview to find out? Then what happens?
  15. Our appointment is 6/1 in Santa Ana, CA. Now I'm worried about the physical exam. My wife and child both had the physical exam in the Philippines over two years ago now in January 2019, entered the USA just before the six month expiration of the visa on July 7, we got married Sep 21 2019. Do we need another physical? No RFE. I just hate to spend at least $500 on physical exams that might not be needed. When I read the policy, it appears that we do need them. Should I wait until the interview to find out? Then what happens?
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