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raphy2021

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About raphy2021

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    Brazil

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  1. There's no way to schedule your medicals if not through the Consulate, they have to send an email to the clinic of choice telling them that you are allowed to do your medical exams. On January 21st the US Consulate asked me where I was willing to do my medical exams and I chose to do them in Brasilia. I had to do them first in order to have the Consulate schedule my interview. So after the Consulate got me in touch with the doctor, the doctor told me that she was available on January 29th. I asked her if I could go ahead and get started on some of the bloodwork and other exams before the actual consultation to save time and she actually said yes. I had to go there twice. On February 2nd the US Consulate contacted me and they told me that they received my medical exams and that my interview date was on February 08th at 10 am.
  2. BTW the only reason they checked if I could have my visa issued on the same day was because I asked. Had I not asked who knows when I would have gotten my passport back. So make sure to ask, worst case scenario they say no. if you have any other questions let me know
  3. I'm not sure if everyone who went there got their visas issued on the same day but at least me and 3 other people did. Keep in mind I went there at 9 am and I had to stay until 4pm (We took a ~1 hour break for lunch and then we came back to the Consulate). Yes there were some other people in the Rio ASC waiting in the line with us, the ASC opened exactly at 7am. We got there around ~6:20am and people started arriving and forming a line. I remember there were 2 women, 3 kids, me and my father (One woman was accompanying their children while the other was by herself and she was the first in the line). Maybe more people went there afterwards But I don't know for sure.
  4. Timeline: I was DQ and my case was stuck at NVC since May 2020 December 29th 2020 Expedite Request sent to NVCExpedite@state.gov January 08th 2021 NVC acknowledges that they received it and are reviewing it January 16th 2021 US Consulate accepted my expedite request January 19th 2021 I got an email from NVC saying that my immigration appointment was cancelled even though there was no such appointment scheduled in the first place January 20th 2021 NVC sends an email saying that my case was expedited and sent to the US Consulate January 21st 2021 US Consulate contacts me and asks where I am willing to do my medical exams (Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo or Rio) January 22nd 2021 US Consulate gets me in touch with physician of choice and authorizes me to do my medical exams. January 29th 2021 Medical exams were completed February 2nd 2021 US Consulate contacted me after receiving the medical exams and scheduled my interview to February 08th 2021 at 10am. Also they instructed me to go to the RIO ASC at 7am to have my biometrics/fingerprints taken. February 8th 2021 I went to the RIO ASC to have my biometrics taken at 7am and I had my interview. Visa was approved and issued on the same day. The officer who interviewed me even danced after she saw I got it on my passport.
  5. Thanks for responding.  One last question regarding the medical.  Did you have to go twice, once for lab work and then a little later for the actual review?  What were the dates in relation to your interview?  Many thanks!

     

    Sorry - one more question.  Regarding your ASC biometrics - did you arrange an appointment through the YATRI system?  Thanks

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      raphy2021

      No worries, If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me I will answer as soon as I can. Yes I went there twice. I actually asked the doctor if I could go ahead and do some of the exams already before my consultation with her and she actually said yes. So I went to the clinic and she told me all the exams I had to do. Then on the same day I did all of them. On the day of the actual consultation I had to take 3 vaccines then that was it.

       

      The US Consulate scheduled my appointment at the RIO ASC on the same day of my interview. The Rio ASC even called my phone number 3 times to confirm I was going there.

       

       

      Timeline:

       

      • December 29th 2020   Expedite Request sent to NVCExpedite@state.gov
      • January 08th 2021 NVC acknowledges that they received it and are reviewing it
      • January 16th 2021 US Consulate accepted my expedite request
      • January 19th 2021 I got an email from NVC saying that my immigration appointment was cancelled even though there was no such appoint scheduled in the first place
      • January 20th 2021 NVC sends an email saying that my case was expedited and sent to the US Consulate 
      • January 21st 2021 US Consulate contacts me and asks where I am willing to do my medical exams (Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo or Rio)
      • January 22nd 2021 US Consulate gets me in touch with physician of choice and authorizes me to do my medical exams.
      • January 29th 2021 Medical exams were completed
      • February 2nd 2021 US Consulate contacted me after receiving the medical exams and scheduled my interview to February 08th 2021 at 10am. Also they instructed me to go to the RIO ASC at 7am to have my biometrics/fingerprints taken.
      • February 8th 2021 I went to the RIO ASC to have my biometrics taken at 7am and I had my interview. Visa was approved and issued on the same day. The officer who interviewed me even danced after she saw I got it on my passport. 
  6. That is correct, they are only processing emergency cases. You have the chance to convince the US Consulate that your case is considered an emergency by sending an expedite request. Once they accept it, your case will be processed and your interview will be scheduled. In order to request an expedite for your case, your case has to be at the NVC (National Visa Center). Then, you will have send an email to the following email address: NVCExpedite@state.gov. (Keep in mind only the US Consulate has the ability to accept or deny your request) There's thousands of posts here on VisaJourney regarding NVC expedite requests I recommend you take a look at them for more info. Also if you want to know the email sample I used for my expedite request here it is: (We changed a lot of things to fit our case)
  7. Expedite Request was sent on December 29th, 2020 and on January 16th 2021 the US Consulate accepted it.
  8. Yes I got my visa approved & issued on the same day of my interview. The officer who interviewed me told us to wait like 2 hours and then come back to the consulate. I have had my visa on my passport since the interview date. They kept my passport for 2 hours and then they gave it back to me.
  9. Unfortunately I don't know when they're going to resume processing non expedited immigrant visas. I do believe that it's going to take a while for them to do so due to the ~10 month long backlog they got themselves into. I do encourage everyone here to try expediting their cases. When I had my interview there were at least 8 other people in the consulate also waiting for their interviews, I believe the US consulate in Rio is considering a lot more expedite requests than before.
  10. Hi I recently had my interview for my IR2 visa at the US consulate in Rio De Janeiro, if you guys have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me I will answer as soon as I can. And yes my case was expedited.
  11. I don't really know because my case was expedited and therefore considered an emergency. Would they delay an emergency case even more bc of one original document that I have a photocopy of?
  12. I'm applying for an IR2 visa and I need to bring my mom and petitioner's original marriage certificate. My interview is on February 08th and they shipped it on February 2nd. It won't arrive in time even though they paid for express shipping. (Before anyone asks why did they ship it so late, our immigration lawyer told us that we would need it for the interview too late. She forgot to tell us earlier.) Because of Covid-19, USPS is overloaded with packages and short staffed, and besides that the mail system in my country sucks. I have two questions: 1: I have all the documents in hands, this is the only one remaining but I have a photocopy printed out. Is my visa going to be denied because of this missing original document? 2: Is there any chance the US Consulate will ask me to mail it to them once it arrives?
  13. Update 4: The US consulate scheduled my interview. Thank y'all for your help. I recommend anyone reading this to apply for an expedite request. Good luck!!
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