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  1. Cenobite30

    Most economical way to move stuff to US?

    I was afraid of something like that. I remember when I lived there I used the Russian post to send three or four large boxes to the US. I asked for the cheapest shipping, and I think it was something like $15 per box to transport them on a ship. It took maybe a month and a half for everything to arrive, but it got there. What makes me hesitate with that is my wife's thought that the Russian post is terribly unreliable, that things regularly go missing or get stolen. I don't know if that is some kind of unfair prejudice on her part. I just know she would be very sad if a whole box of her shoes went missing. πŸ˜„
  2. Cenobite30

    Most economical way to move stuff to US?

    I was always under the (probably mistaken) impression that Customs objects to bringing stuff above a certain dollar value. But maybe that was just for business. Full Disclosure: I'm only 33. But I work for an organization which ages people prematurely, so I feel quite older. Guys who are 33 usually look 53. Their bones often feel that way, too. πŸ˜„ Thank you very much for your advice.
  3. Cenobite30

    Most economical way to move stuff to US?

    Hmm. Very well. Maybe I'm just old. πŸ˜„ Did US Customs give you any trouble over having more than a typical amount of bags?
  4. Cenobite30

    Most economical way to move stuff to US?

    You really think so? I don't know if they still do it like this, but I remember an airline wanted to charge me 10 Euro for every kilogram over the baggage allowance. Do they not do it like that anymore? Thanks for the response.
  5. Bottom Line: What are some safe and economical ways to get your stuff from one country to another? My wife will be moving to the US from Russia in a few months. Most of her stuff she will be selling or giving away. But she has a whole bunch of stuff (probably 90% clothes) that she wants to keep. If I had to guess, I'd say it is about 8-10 large suitcases worth. Obviously this is too much to carry over on a flight, and would be crazy expensive for how much airlines charge for bags. Does anyone know of any ways to get her stuff from there to here which are not prohibitively expensive and have a pretty decent chance of arriving without being lost/stolen? Please forgive me if this is in the wrong forum. There are probably two or three where this topic could go, but I thought it would be rude to make the topic in each.
  6. Thank you all for your help and suggestions. She just spoke to the panel physician again, and they said what many of you had been telling me: if they can't give her the vaccine, no big deal, they just say it is unavailable. It sounds a little like my speculation was correct. Maybe the first person she spoke to at the panel physician's office really was a temp on their first day. πŸ˜„ Thank you all again. You have been very helpful.
  7. I'm not sure. I'll have to ask her. But that seems like the sort of place that would have it. Thank you for the suggestion.
  8. Obviously we'd rather save ourselves the hassle and not go searching for it. It's just that the panel physician didn't really state it that way. Maybe it was a temp on her first day. πŸ˜„ This leads me to another question. If a bureaucratic procedure says that someone (say, a doctor) can do something to help you but does not say that they must, will they do it? I guess we'll have to rely on the fair mindedness and good judgement of this particular doctor in Moscow to find out. πŸ€” Thanks for your response.
  9. Thank you for your response. I think I might not have been clear earlier. She is calling around to all of the clinics and hospitals in her city because the panel physician in Moscow said that they do not have the vaccine. And all of them are telling her that they don't have it either. And she's definitely using the Russian term for it. πŸ˜„ Anyway, she has no memory of having it, and her mother isn't sure. We thought it would be a bad idea to tell the doctor that she doesn't know if she ever had it, and it would be a worse idea to lie, so that is why she is scrambling to find this vaccine. I was just reading the CDC guidance on the issue. It seems to be saying that if the panel physician doesn't have the vaccine then they should either be directing people to where they can find it or marking on their forms that the vaccine is unavailable. This particular physician's office is doing neither. They are simply telling her that they don't have the vaccine but that she must either wait for them to get it (though they don't say when they will have it), or she must get it somewhere else before she comes in for her examination. Shorter version: They say she needs it. They don't have it. They don't know when they will have it again. Because of that, they say she needs to get it somewhere else before they can complete her examination. They can't/won't say where/when she can get it. Every clinic in her city doesn't have it, and can't/won't say where/when she can get it. Quite the pickle.
  10. Thank you for the link. We checked it out earlier, as well as the USCIS policies on waivers based on non-availability. The problem (if I read this right) is that these guidelines seem to suggest that these exemptions are only granted if the CDC (or maybe the official clinic in Moscow?) has determined that these vaccines are not available. The problem in our case is that nobody seems to have made any official determination that the vaccine is not available, it's just....not available. My fear is that, Russia being such a large country, they will tell her that some clinic in Siberia has plenty of chicken pox vaccines, so she is not exempted.
  11. I understand. Thank you for sharing your experience. You've been very helpful.
  12. She is not exempted based on age for this particular vaccine, sadly. I suppose the doctor could theoretically see that the vaccine was unavailable in the country and exempt her from it, but we don't want to be in the position where we have to rely on someone being reasonable. I mentioned AOS because those applying for K visas apparently don't need to have all of the vaccinations before coming to the US, they just need them before they do their AOS. Since IR-1/CR-1 applicants don't have an AOS step, it would seem that they do not have the option of getting vaccinated after entering the US and must therefore get them before coming here.
  13. It's crazy. How does a country run out of varicella vaccines? Since there is no AOS for IR-1/CR-1 visas, I guess the option doesn't exist to just get them here in the US, right? Or do I understand it incorrectly? Anyway, thank you all for your help.
  14. I can't personally vouch that she is asking for the right thing, since she is over there doing it by herself. But it does seem odd that nobody in a city of a million people would have this vaccine. I've always suspected a conspiracy of the world against me. This might be the smoking gun! πŸ˜„
  15. The CDC guidance which is frequently referenced here says this: "If you lack any vaccinations required for your age category , the civil surgeon will administer the vaccines as needed. " Which confuses the matter more, to me. Is that allowed? If so, is it required for the doctor to do it, or is it at their discretion?
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