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  1. Sorry to hear about your wife's mother, that's a horrible situation to be in. Seeing as she has the combo card which I assume is still in date, and assuming she hasn't yet had a green card approved that she is waiting to arrive, then the combo card will be fine. Just bring all the docs - I carry a copy of our marriage certificate whenever travelling, just in case - and there shouldn't be any problems. If she ends up having to stay in the Philippines for several months then it might be more difficult to get back in, but I'm afraid I don't have any experience in that area.
  2. No problem! It helps just to hear how it has gone for other people, doesn't it. I know! Totally outrageous. In fact I tell people that story all the time, when they say 'Oh, but you're from the UK, I'm sure the immigration process isn't as bad for you.' The border control officer was unbelievable, accusing me of 'preying on tourists' because I had met my husband when he was a student in London. When I replied that he wasn't a tourist, he was a student, he snapped back 'Well, he was an American citizen in the UK, therefore he was a tourist. You thought you'd find yourself an American tourist and marry him for the green card, right?' This is verbatim!! Anyway, don't let that put you off - just stay calm, stand your ground and give brief and succinct answers to whatever they say, and try not to take it personally.
  3. Hi all, just to add to this topic in case anyone is looking for similar information. I had my GC interview 1 month ago, was notified at the time that it had been approved but subsequently received an RFE in the mail today. The letter says: 'Starting June 1, 2014, USCIS changed the policy on Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. The new policy states that all Forms I-693 are valid for only one year from the date submitted to us. The policy also states that the form I-693 must be submitted within one year of the medical exam. The form I-693 that you submitted does not meet both of these requirements. Please return to a USCIS Civil Surgeon to have a new medical exam.' For reference, my medical was March 2017, we applied for AOS in Aug 2017 and I had my GC interview in Aug 2018 (just over a year after the initial application).
  4. Hi @Wuozopo & everyone else who has commented - to give an update. I finally received an RFE in the mail (even though there was no record on the USCIS systems of one having been sent out). Rather than saying that I am missing vaccinations, the RFE asks for a full medical on the basis that my medical completed in March 2017 has now expired. The letter says: 'Starting June 1, 2014, USCIS changed the policy on Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. The new policy states that all Forms I-693 are valid for only one year from the date submitted to us. The policy also states that the form I-693 must be submitted within one year of the medical exam. The form I-693 that you submitted does not meet both of these requirements. Please return to a USCIS Civil Surgeon to have a new medical exam.' I know there is a lot of misinformation about this. Some people seem to get away without having to redo their medical - looks like I'm an unlucky one. I submitted the form within a year of the medical exam, but since it's been just over a year since submitted (August 2017), it's now out of date. At least I've got some communication now from USCIS with next steps. I hope it doesn't drag on for too much longer once I've redone the medical.
  5. Absolutely. There is so much misinformation floating around, and I often feel overwhelmed by it all - but it's important to educate yourself. I think if the IO had said something at the interview itself re the flu jab I may have questioned it, but because I thought it was all rosy until I got the second follow-up call an hour later, it threw me off-guard. But I'll be highlighting the relevant bits and taking all of this to the infopass.
  6. This is incredibly helpful, many thanks for taking the time to do this. I feel a lot more at ease now knowing the steps I need to take to try and sort out this problem and armed with the right information. Thanks again.
  7. Good point. I have just checked and it was late March. The sheet says that I chose to defer vaccinations at that time – so it was on me. If only it had been short while later!
  8. Thank you! So my situation is that it was the end of flu season (March/April) when I had the original medical in London - but I've never had the flu vaccination before and just decided to sort it out when I had to stateside. However, I interviewed on August 30th - not flu season - so it would seem that this should get me out of having to do it? Is there any info on the USCIS website to corroborate this that I can take to the infopass? This is a huge relief, though obviously disappointing that the officer was inexperienced and clearly wasn't sure what to do... I will get onto that infopass appointment asap.
  9. Many thanks, this is very helpful. So I could technically go ahead and get the flu vaccine - I should probably do that now while I wait for specific instructions in the RFE, since I don't think I'm going to get anywhere without having it done. Thank you for the advice re the BCG - the husband works for the CDC incidentally so I will have him get the guidelines for me. Fingers crossed on getting an infopass asap and sorting this situation before my combo card expires in Nov! Thanks again for your help.
  10. Thanks for the advice - good to know that there are more steps I can take. It often feels like you're coming up against a brick wall! Make sure you don't leave the field office without that stamp in your passport, no matter what your IO says! If they don't approve it immediately (if the letter you're given doesn't have the 'recommended for approval' box ticked) then as far as I'm aware you are able to come and go on the combo card. Good luck and enjoy your trip!
  11. Thanks! Good idea - I wasn't sure how the Infopass appointments worked, but that definitely sounds sensible. Both the USCIS representatives on the phone said that they had no way of getting in touch with the interviewing officer himself, so I have no idea how we're going to get to the bottom of this otherwise. Nope, I didn't get the stamp in the end because on the way back to the office I got the second call about not being able to approve the GC. So he said if the GC is not approved, the EAD/AP is still valid for re-entry. I entered the country on the combo card last night without issues, so it would seem that the GC hasn't been approved in my absence. ETA: The infopass appointment tool for Atlanta is currently showing: Currently, there are no available appointments. Please check again tomorrow.
  12. Hi all, I had my marriage-based AOS interview on August 30th. All went well - we didn't get many questions, it was over quickly and the officer told us he was recommending our application for approval, and handed us the letter. He did seem new and inexperienced, but I wasn't too worried. I told him we were leaving the country in a week and asked if I needed a stamp in my passport - he told me no. Not wanting to persist, we left. Then I had a phone call from him, saying that in fact I DID need the stamp, as my EAD/AP would become invalid once the GC was approved. So we drove back to the field office (Atlanta). On the way there, I get another call telling me that the system won't let him approve the GC application because I am 'missing vaccinations'. I deferred my flu shot during my London medical in April 2017. I didn't get one before my GC interview as it was not flu season, so I physically couldn't. So I asked him what I need to do now (full medical again or just vaccination transcription?). He says he's not sure, but he will look into it and send an RFE that will arrive in 2 weeks. So we head back home again. Lo and behold, 4 weeks later nothing has arrived. I speak to two USCIS representatives this morning (am transferred to higher level) and neither could tell me anything. They said nothing on my account indicated that an RFE had been sent out or was required. Second officer submitted a service request to find an update on GC status - but I don't know whether that will tell me anything new. If anyone has been through anything similar post-interview, please let me know. I am feeling disheartened as I thought we were close to this process being over - but now it seems it could go on indefinitely... Many thanks.
  13. Many thanks for your response - I'm glad it went well for you and that they didn't make you do a new medical exam. I'm hoping it'll be the same for me!
  14. Hello, I am in a similar situation with the medical exam and not sure if I should get it redone or just wait and see what they say at the interview - how did it go for you? Thanks!
  15. Hello, I'm in a similar position (interview at the end of Aug) and found this thread. I noticed that today was the day of your interview - I hope it went well! Did they mention anything about the medical exam? Thanks!
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