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  1. Parent on Immigrant Visa (IR5) with no covid vaccine - This rarely gets mentioned on social medias so hoping to get answers here on this forum. My mother will have her interview at the US Embassy in Manila, PH Feb 2023 and will get her sputum results this month from St.Luke’s. She was able to proceed with the medical process in Nov 2022 but had to sign a waiver just like most of the applicants there who did not want to get the covid vaccine or didn’t like to get it completed with all the boosters. I am aware that CFO sticker is the last prior to departure and a negative covid test. 2 Questions: 1) Does anyone know or have first-hand experience if St.Luke’s will forward her immunization record to the embassy for interview even without her covid vaccine record? 2) I know I have read before that she can fly to the US with no covid vaccine but with all the changes recently, would she still need to provide Covid vaccination record to fly and enter the US on an immigrant visa? Also, other than mentioned above, anything else that I should know before her flying here to the US? Thank you so much.
  2. Now hear me out. Ever since this injection was added to the list of required vaccines (here) I thought that was a fact but now someone sent me this page: CDC Requirements for Immigrant Medical Examinations: COVID-19 Technical Instructions for Panel Physicians and if you scroll down a little, you will see this: *Refugees and NIVs, including K-visa applicants are not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the immigration medical examination; however, the other components of these Technical Instructions do apply to all applicants. What do you make of this? I know since this has been added a few of you already had your exam. Feel free to share your experience!
  3. I know as an new immigrant (ir1) we don’t need to provide proof of vaccination to travel to USA. But if the airline company is insisting on the proof of vaccination, what I can do or show to convince them that this is not a requirement for me to travel to USA. I have a flight in 5 hours.
  4. Hi, I did my medical in August 2021 in my home country - the new requirements for the covid vaccine came out in October 2021. I received my covid vaccination in September 2021 and arrived in the US in October 2021 and have my green card interview in April 2022. Does anyone know if I need to redo my medical or i-693 since my covid vaccine is not on the original DS-3025? I am taking my covid vaccination certificate with me to the interview just in case - but what will happen if I only have the DS-3025 I received in August 2021 and not a new DS-3025 / i-693 that shows the covid vaccination?
  5. Hi All, My fiance and I are seemingly frozen in place waiting for the NVC to complete minor processing tasks so we may move forward with scheduling her K1 interview with the US consulate in Bogota. Below is an email I'm preparing to distribute to immigration attorneys in my Orlando, FL area, and I'm hopeful that some of you may be able to answer some of the questions within based on recent experience with this phase of the process or professional legal expertise. If any of you have attorneys who are skilled and experienced with navigating NVC/Bogota Consulate problems and delays I sure would appreciate referrals. Thanks in advance! - Aaron ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm reaching out in search of legal advisement and assistance from a legal professional with a high degree of experience dealing with K1 Visa immigration specifically from Colombia to the US, and with specific experience navigating the present complications created by COVID-19 and the resultant backlog/delays within the NVC and consulate in Bogota. My fiance and my current situation is as follows: 5/21/20 - Received Date of I-129F - Petition for Fiance 1/14/21 - Notice Date of Approval (I-797 Notice of Action) 9/14/21 - Received Date of K1-FTP from NVC stating NVC will now forward approved I-129F petition to Consulate in Bogota, and the transfer process will be complete in a matter of weeks Since receiving the K1-FTP on 9/14/21 our process appears to have stalled. Our current legal representation has been thoroughly unresponsive and ineffective throughout our entire process (now more so than ever). Since the 1/14/21 Notice of Approval, they have stated only that we are waiting for the NVC to generate a case and invoice so we can process the Dept of State application and schedule her interview at the consulate in Bogota (despite the fact that we received a Case Number on the K1-FTP document). In addition to handling my fiance's change of status process once we are legally married in the US, we are seeking a legal representative capable of: -*At a minimum* providing an experience based approximation of wait time we can expect from our current stage of processing through day of interview with the Bogota consulate -Providing an experience based approximation of wait time for change of status once we are legally married in the US (and advising whether typical processing times have been extended to any degree) -Making inquiries with the NVC and/or US Consulate in Bogota concerning the status and progress of the processing of our case -Deploying any and all tactics able to expedite our K1 and change of status processes including but not limited to soliciting relevant government agencies or officials to intervene on our behalf Are these services within you or your firm's wheelhouse? If not, are you able to direct me to a more appropriate resource?
  6. Hi, we have an upcoming interview (YEAH!!!), and I was curious what will be needed for COVID. It will be in Naples, I am guessing a negative COVID test, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere.
  7. Hello everyone, I would just need to confirm that what is going on with Mumbai embassy , why they have stopped giving cr1 visa from last 3 months, anyone knows when they will start giving interview letter for cr1/ir1 visa, my dq date is 6 Jan 2021, currently they are at 10 November 2020, how long it will take ? Thanks in advance
  8. Read more here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/new-us-travel-rules-close-door-on-those-fully-vaccinated-with-russia-e2-80-99s-sputnik-v/ar-AAORVex
  9. My Fiancé finally received her Visa about a month ago. We are in desperate need to find a vaccination center in China that is able to stamp the official vaccine passport. We have had no luck calling the phone number 862162699006. This is the phone number listed online for the office available to handle “ health screening and vaccination for immigration to the United States” Does anyone have any information on getting an official (in vaccine passport) vaccine in China? Does anyone know if the vaccine is mandated to enter into the United States as of now? Any tips or advice is graciously appreciated!
  10. Hello! Anyone know what's needed for UK to USA travel regarding 1) pre-departure Covid 19 test and 2) Covid vaccine proof? My English fiance hopefully will be coming to US on K1 next month. Thanks!
  11. Here's the next thread for our ongoing discussion... Thanks @KartineeKartoons continued from here:
  12. Hello VisaJourney Tribe! (I'm Canadian, and a permanent resident of the US since 2008. Got in with a K1, got married, but the marriage dissolved.) Here is a barrage of question. If anyone can answer any of these, I'd of course be most grateful. 1. Thanks to the pandemic, finances went really south. They weren't terrific before, however I managed. So applying with having had some assistance, is that a no-no? 2. Due to the pandemic, are biometrics still charged but not actually done? 3. Is applying for financial assistance to pay for the application a "death sentence", meaning chances would be slimmer to be allowed to become a citizen? 4. I use a mail service being I move often, is this also a red flag to USCIS? 5. Anything I don't even know to ask? 😆 Thanks! May you be having a terrific day.
  13. i did my naturalisation oath ceremony with name change at the local uscis field office in virginia.while the judge processed the oath taking virtually on a big screen.we all i mean other cadidates including me for oath got our naturalisation cirtificate with new name on the spot.but we did not receaved the court order of the name change.do you have any idea if i am going to get the court order of name change or not.i called uscis for the name change court order document i did not receaved but they dont give any information about that and even dont arrange an infopass to inqure at local uscis.please give your valuable input if you know what to do in this situation. or the naturalisation cirtificate with new name is enough for everything.thanks
  14. Hi everyone, Has anyone traveled back to Canada recently and being vaccinated I want to know if we can still cross the land border without the vacine ??? Thanks guys!
  15. Hey Everyone, Has anyone thought about how they are going to tackle the new COVID vaccine requirement in Thailand after October 1? Thailand is implementing a new vaccine strategy which includes one (1) Sinovac vaccine and one (1) Astra Zenica vaccine. It is currently unclear whether or not this combination is acceptable for the CR-1 Medical Exam. It is acceptable to have two (2) Sinovac or two (2) Astra Zenica vaccines, but I am still not sure about the combination. Does anyone have any additional insight on this topic?
  16. Hi! Does anyone know if applicants for citizenship will be required to have the Covid 19 vaccine?
  17. I've not been to the UK in over two years since I moved to the US, and I finally have planned a trip back to visit in October. I'm worried about returning to the US from the UK for this trip I have planned next month. Could they refuse my re-entry to the US? I've read all the UK rules and US (CDC) requirements, and feel ok about the steps I need to take. I am vaccinated (here in the US) and happy to take tests etc. However, I'm worried about returning to the US from the UK and any problems that might happen at the border/airport? The presidential order currently in place doesn't allow British Citizens to enter the US. I will be travelling on my UK Passport in my maiden name (we married in 2019 in US, I didn't get chance to update it yet due to COVID). I will take the marriage certificate with me, as well as my permanent resident card and US drivers license. Will this be enough proof? The order says that permanent residents and spouses of US citizens are permitted to enter the US. Surely this is applicable in my case?
  18. I just had my naturalization interview recently and my oath ceremony will be in the next few weeks. Right at the beginning of my interview, the officer informed me that I wouldn't be able to change my name as I had requested in my N-400 because their court was closed due to COVID and that no one was getting name changes in that field office. The IO told me what most people are doing is to get their naturalization without the name change, then apply for a name change in their local court, then apply to their US passport using the naturalization certificate + name change from court. I asked the IO if this wouldn't cause an issue knowing the naturalization certificate would have the old/incorrect name as soon as I change the name in the court. The officer said it shouldn't, because even if the certificate had the old name, I would have the court document with the new name. The officer was really nice and helpful, but I didn't want to continue pressing the name issue during my naturalization interview. So I have a few questions: 1. Has anyone seen/heard about a situation like this in other field offices? (my field office is Portland, OR) 2. If I get my name changed through my local court (after naturalization), Should I request a new naturalization certificate? The fee for this seems quite steep: $555 for the naturalization certificate + $300 fee in my local court. 3. Has anyone here done this? Did you apply for a passport with a naturalization certificate (old name) + court name change (new name)? 4. Any ideas? Thanks all!
  19. Hi all, I am an Irish citizen presently in the US with my wife who is a US citizen. We are awaiting my travel document as part of my green card application and as such am unable to leave the country. The problem is I have a 10 year old son back in Ireland who I haven’t seen since early December due to the green card process. I am wondering if he, as stepson to my wife, would be exempt from the proclamation and be able to travel over to me? I’ve been reading conflicting information online so I said I’d come here to see if someone could set the record straight. Thanks in advance! Tony
  20. I'm hoping to hear some stories from people who have experience with embassies that stopped processing visa's due to curfew's and what happened after those curfew's were lifted. Sri Lanka is currently under curfew until at least the 14th and I believe they are only processing humanitarian, medical emergency, and IR/IH3, IR/IH4 (for adoptions?) visas. My question is did your embassy start processing more types of visa's after the curfew was lifted? I understand there is going to be a backlog, but I just want to hear other people's stories. My husband had his interview on April 29th and we have a CR-1 petition. They requested different translations than the ones we brought. Apparently they only accept ones from sworn translators in Sri Lanka, even though the ones we brought were accepted and approved by the NVC. No where does it say on the embassy website that they require that as well and the NVC didn't say anything about it either. Anyways, we dropped off the Sri Lankan translations May 4th. On May 11th our CEAC status was updated to "refused", and we haven't had any change since then. They haven't been responding to phone calls or emails. I do understand that even without the curfew we would still be in a "normal" time frame if we're in AP. But we can't even get confirmation from them that they received our documents. Mentally I'm not doing well, but I'm more worried about my husband's mental health. The waiting for an unknown amount of time is killing. I'm looking for slivers of hope that spouse applications have continued at least at other embassies after curfew's were lifted. I know every embassy and country will be different. I'm just desperate for some hope. Married for 2 years as of May14th... Whether or not you have any experience or hope to give, thank you for reading and understanding. I'm not expecting much in regards to personal experiences... I think I mostly just need to hear from others who understand this feeling.
  21. https://www.yahoo.com/news/covid-vaccine-travel-countries-open-195555577.html Have COVID vaccine, will travel: These are the countries open to fully vaccinated Americans Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY Tue, June 22, 2021, 9:46 AM
  22. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/us-canada-mexico-covid-travel-restrictions-extended/index.html US extends Covid-19 travel restrictions with Canada and Mexico Rashard Rose, CNN • Updated 20th June 2021 (CNN) — The United States has extended Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential travel at land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico until July 21, according to a tweet from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Sunday. "To reduce the spread of #COVID19, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through July 21, while ensuring access for essential trade & travel," DHS wrote. "DHS also notes positive developments in recent weeks and is participating with other US agencies in the White House's expert working groups with Canada and Mexico to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably." In March 2020, the US and Canada mutually agreed to shut down the border to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Canada continues stringent restrictions On Friday, Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair announced that Canada had extended its Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential international and US travel until July 21. Addressing media after the announcement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that the extension of the travel restrictions may be "frustrating" for many people but that his goal is to keep Canadians safe. "We're not out of this pandemic yet. We have to hit our targets of 75% vaccinated with the first dose, at least 20% vaccinated with the second dose before we can start loosening things up because even a fully vaccinated individual can pass on Covid-19 to someone who is not vaccinated," Trudeau said, Blair said the government will soon announce how it plans to handle travel among those who are fully vaccinated. Canada is largely off-limits to US travelers. Tourism, leisure and casual visits are all forbidden. Some exceptions exist for family members, foreign workers and international students. Stringent testing and quarantine measures are in place for travelers arriving by air and land. Those arriving by air are required to quarantine for three nights in a government-authorized hotel in addition to the rest of the testing and quarantine requirements. Travel to Mexico Mexico allows US travelers by air. There's no need for a negative PCR test for Covid-19, and no quarantine required. Most resorts, however, ask guests to fill out health questionnaires. On June 7, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lowered Mexico's advisory rating from "very high" risk level 4 to "high" risk level 3. The CDC advises travelers to be fully vaccinated before traveling to Mexico.
  23. Covid-19 outbreak hits US Embassy in Afghanistan https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/17/politics/us-embassy-kabul-covid-19-outbreak/index.html?utm_source=twCNN&utm_content=2021-06-17T18%3A45%3A02&utm_term=link&utm_medium=social Updated 11:45 AM ET, Thu June 17, 2021 (CNN) More than 100 people at the US Embassy in Kabul have Covid-19, one person has died, and several have been medically evacuated as a wave of the deadly pandemic hits Afghanistan and the US military withdrawal from the country continues. "COVID-19 is surging in the Mission," an Embassy management noticed dated June 17 said. "114 of our colleagues now have COVID and are in isolation; one has died, and several have been medevaced." ...
  24. Question from US authorities perspective -------------------------- Is the US CBP issuing a new TN Visa ? Is this considered essential travel ? Is there any preferred POE(Point of Entry) from the list of designated POEs for TN processing during COVID time? Some blogs have mentioned that POEs have started the appointment process for on arrival TN processing. Anyone with info about this ? Question from Canada authorities perspective ------------------------------- I am a Candian citizen currently in the US. I am planning to flagpole, i.e. travel from the U.S. into Canada solely for the purposes of applying for TN status. Whether I should complete Covid testing prior to entering Canada and/or if I will be subject to quarantine ? What things do I need to do before entering Canada ? ------------------------------- Anyone with similar experiences in the last 2-3 months would help me plan better. Thanks in advance.
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