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  1. hey guys, new here about to start my aos process. In the meantime though if anyone in the atlanta area can give some info on cheap civil surgeons to get the medical exam done i'd appreciate the help!! thank you in advance.
  2. Hi everybody, It took me more than a month to get my concurrent filing i-130 and i-485 package ready. I did it entirely by myself and had my husband read everything before sending it. I sent it on 8/26/19. It arrived on 8/29/19. Today is 9/17/19, and I haven't been notified that the package is being processed and they haven't taken the money either. Something that was not clear for me was the fee. Since I'm submitting the i-130 and 1-485 together (including i-864, i-765, etc), I thought there was only one fee that I needed to submit for the amount of $1,225. Well... yesterday when I'm doing some research about how long it takes for them to process the package, I heard a lady on YouTube say that there is one payment for $1,225 and one for $535. I think the package is perfect and it is not missing anything else besides the $535 payment for form i-130. However, now I am very anxious and Idk what to expect. I would like to hear from you guys what do you think will happen. Will they contact me and ask me to submit the other payment? Will they send the entire package back? Do you think there hasn't been enough time yet for them to process my package? Attached is my table of content. I appreciate if you guys can confirm that I am not missing anything beside the $535 payment. Table of Content.pdf
  3. I've been trying to find something definitive on this about the one year expiration of a physical for K1 visa and others. Here is what I find googling and on other locations: (Quotes) "Results of medical examinations are good for one year before you file I-485. After you file I-485, they are valid forever as long as I-485 is pending." "No medical exam is necessity again as long as they apply for adjustment of status within one year from the previous medical exam". Now, to me, this means my wife had her physical in Dec 2017 in the Philippines, and arrived in the US in Jan 2018, and we married in Feb 2018, and filed for AOS with an NOA date of 3/30/18. Now I ask, is the above correct or is it not? I have not found anything on the USCIS site for this but I am chatting with a VJ member who said they were told their Medical exam passed the 1 year and had to re do it all again. Just trying to get it all figured out in advance.
  4. Hi All, My husband came here on a K-1 visa in April 2017. We filed for his adjustment of status in December 2017. My questions are: 1) He had a medical examination in Feb 2017 in his home country. Does that expire after so long? I am asking because in the letter giving us our interview date it says to make sure he has the i-693 completed. 2) I speak Spanish... do I count as the interpreter for my husband or do I need to hire a Spanish speaking interpreter for my husband's interview. 3) We rent from my mom but don't have that written down legally... Therefore we don't have anything jointly besides a savings account. Is this going to be a problem? We do have a son together but no like bills or anything. 4) Can someone (the more people the better) who has been approved send me a copy of their interview checklist? Also I don't know how to change it but I am not at the California Service Center... I am at the Seattle one. Idk if that makes a difference for the answers.. Thank you!!
  5. Hello everyone! I'd like to ask for some opinions and thoughts regarding a medical form i-693. So here's my situation - I had my medical 8th June 2018 and submitted my AOS 15th June 2018, everything went well with the procces and on 16th April 2019 we finally went for our interview. Unfortunately we were sent home and told we will receive notice telling us what they need, and so couple days later we received an RFE asking for my Visa again, my DS forms again (I was originally on J1 visa) and proof of change of my status. I am not a subject to a 2-year residency rule, but the officer clearly didn't get that correctly. And so anyways I went to an attorney and was advised to do an Advisory Opinion on my J1 from Department of State to have a strong clear statement and so then I can respond to the RFE. I sent that request to DOS and now currently still waiting for the letter back (as their processing time is around 6weeks). So I've been waiting for that and now I should hopefully be finally getting it within next week and so I will be able to send all papers and respond properly to the RFE. And back to the beginning, now my concern is the medical form. Because by the time I will be responding to the RFE, my medical will be most likely expired as it might pass 8th June 2019, so now my question is - Do I have to send a new medical even though I wasn't asked to do that from them, it would be more just me trying to avoid them possibly asking for new medical in another RFE, or I won't do a new because I wasn't asked to do so, so I just answer only the part from my RFE and wait and they will count the one J previously had and it passed our inteview? I am very unsure on what to do. If I should send it or not unless being asked. If someone has some experience or maybe someone can give me more clarity I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you all in advance!
  6. So I've been looking over my Adjustment of Status forms and I've come across form I-693, the medical examination form. Now I've read online that I do not need to complete this form as I had my medical examination prior to entering the country and my actual interview at the US Embassy in London. However during my medical I did not have two of the necessary vaccinations. At the time I didn't have my tetanus or influenza vaccine. I am 27 by the way. After getting my approval to enter the country and marry my fiance I sought out these missing vaccines in the UK before I left. I received both of them. The tetanus vaccine is documented on my NHS records and I have a receipt for the flu vaccine. I have the form from my medical exam in the UK. Form DS-3025. I suppose my question is do I need to complete form I-693 and attend another medical examination? I'm finding conflicting information online and I really want to be sure about this.
  7. I read the instructions for i-693 and it states on page 7: C.You received a medical examination prior to admission, then:(1)You are not required to have another medical examination as long as you file your Form I-485 within one year of an overseas medical examination. I called USCIS and they said the medical examination I got overseas when applied for a K1 visa is only valid for a year. I got my medical examination on May 23rd, 2017 and I applied for AOS on October 24th, 2017. I recently got my interview appointment for April 16th giving me only 30 days to get all the paperwork needed for the interview. I scheduled a medical exam just in case but I'm still unsure whether I have to get it done or not. I only have my vaccination records and chest X-rays from the last medical exam since the results of the medical exam overseas was given in a sealed envelope to an IO when going through customs after landing to the states in order to be admitted to the country (July 19th, 2017). What are your thoughts? My interview is in 18 days.
  8. Hi there, I recently got a letter stating that my interview for AOS will take place on April 16th. I was quite excited to hear from USCIS after such a long time since the last time I heard any updates about my case was over a year ago however, I read the list of all the paperwork I need to put together for the interview within a month and I just started to stress out about it. I've got so many questions and I don't know how I'll manage to get this done with such short notice (the interview is in 20 days) but I was wondering whether I had to complete the medical examination or not. As usual, I've got mixed information from the form instructions and USCIS agents. I had a medical examination before I was admitted to a K-1 visa holder. I filed my Form I-485 within one year of my overseas medical examination. The instructions for the form I-693 states that you are not required to have another medical examination if you filed within one year of your overseas medical examination however when I called USCIS, I was told on the phone by one of their agents that I still require a medical examination since it's been over a year since I applied. I'm not sure about this one and I've already scheduled the appointment. If that's the case, I wonder what the appointment is going to be like, how long, what kind of questions will the doctor ask, if it's going to be like my medical examination overseas where the doctor only saw me for like 10 minutes, did a quick q & a and everyone who went before me was like just answer what they want to hear. Then I got a vaccination record in like 5-10 minutes. Also, the day before the appointment I got a chest X-ray, blood and urine test which did not take more than 10 minutes. I have no idea what to expect from this medical examination if there are going to be unexpected screenings and tests that I am not aware of and will cost me more money than planned as well. Thanks for any further tips, details or recommendations.
  9. Hi everyone, I have read everuthing I can regarding the i-693 and the adjustment of status (AOS) process but I still have a doubt unanswered. Here is my situation, I came to the USA with a K1 visa, got married during the 90 days and I'm now getting my package ready to apply for AOS. I got a medical examination in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in May 2018, as was required for the K1 interview. At the end, they told me I could get several shots but that I could also get them when applying to become a resident (I think they noticed my exhaustion and conffusion). The section "evidence to submit with" of form I-485 instructions, says: "...submit the full Form I-693 or only certain parts because you already had a medical examination overseas" "You are NOT required to submit Form I-693 at the time you file your adjustment application, but may do so if you wish. Because of the time-limited validity of Form I-693, you may choose to submit your Form I-693 after you file your Form I-485. You may also submit Form I-693 in person at an interview in a USCIS field office, if an interview is required. By waiting to submit Form I-693, you may avoid having to repeat the immigration medical examination." (Same information is given in I-693 instructions, section "where to file" at: https://www.uscis.gov/i-693) As I have everything else ready for my I-485 I want to know if it's ok to send everything for the AOS and take the i-693 with the vaccination part filed at the time of the interview? Has someone done it this way?
  10. I'm currently finishing the K1 process but I have a question about the AOS medical. I had my medical in London on 05/09/2018 so at the time it was out of flu season and therefore they didn't give me a flu vaccination. My interview isn't until 17/10/2018 (which is in flu season) so I emailed the medical centre to check and they basically said that now it is flu season I will need to get one or be prepared to get one for AOS. Therefore, I got the flu vaccination done in the UK on 13/10/2018 so that I'm ready but since it is after my medical it's not on my DS-3025. I have got evidence from the pharmacy that gave me the flu vaccination to prove I've had it though. So my question is whether I will need to see a civil surgeon in the US before we submit the AOS documents to get them to sign off on the form i693 that I've had it? I wanted to be able to use the results of my medical in the UK for my AOS (as I told them at the medical so they would ensure everything is ticked off) but it seems they might have overlooked this. Has anyone else had this and found out what USCIS want you to do? I don't want to pay to see a civil surgeon if I don't need to, but I also don't want to exclude it from my application and then get a RFE later down the line because of it, so I was hoping someone might be able to help! Thanks in advance for any advice!
  11. Hey everyone, I’m dealing with the I-693 and had some doubts and was hoping for some clarifications. (I understand some of these questions would be better answered by a civil surgeon, but I am really just trying to get ahead and see what the options are now, so all the help is really appreciated) - The USCIS site points out to the CDC for the required immunization. On the CDC site we can find a pdf with age vaccination requirements (https://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/pdf/Vaccine-Requirements-According-to-Applicant-Age.pdf). My country’s vaccination bulletin does not have all the CDC required vaccines. Now this is where it gets confusing for me. Certain vaccinations requirements, like Polio and Pneumococcal have an age group. Does this mean I should have taken them when I was kid (which I think I didn’t, at least it’s not pointed in the bulletin) and because I didn't I need to take them now? Or, do I only need to take the vaccines for my indicated age group regardless what I have taken or not? Sorry if this is obvious but my brain decided it was ambiguous and is having a melt down trying to figure this out. - Also, does anyone have any tips on any civil surgeons for South of Florida physical exams + vaccination? I’ve gone through some of the USCIS Dr’s and the package prices have been around $500 for exams + $1500 for vaccines (and that’s not even counting all of them). Am I being ripped off? - Further, has anyone have had any success using their insurance card (my wife has me on Florida Blue Shield) for any part of the exam / vaccination process? Any success of getting required immunizations through local department of health services? Since I am not a citizen is this even an option for me? - Finally, if I understand correctly I can file my AoS package without the I-693. Anyone has insight if doing that and waiting for the request for evidence is the smart way to go? What is the time frame to provide the I-693 once I get said request. Also, could the EAD process be halted due to not providing the I-693? A lot of questions but we appreciate all the help!
  12. Hi. We are at the AOS part of our fiancée K1 journey. My fiancé gave the sealed medical envelope to immigration when he arrived in the US at JFK as he was told. Fast forward, we got married and are now trying to adjust. USCIS is saying that he needs to fill the I-693 which costs an arm and a leg. His medical was done by a Doctor that the US embassy in Dakar Senegal referred which included his vaccines, we paid over $400.00. Not sure why he should do another medical. A different USCIS agent said that the sealed envelop should not have been given to immigration upon entering as that's another entity of USCIS (I THOUGHT THAT THEY ARE ALL UNDER ONE ENTITY). Its so confusing. She then told us to go ahead with the adjustment of status form (I-485) and that they would reach out and notify us if they do not find the sealed envelope. My questions are: Should we still file the adjustment of status with out the I-693 medical? How the we avoid an RFE? Who do we contact to get a copy of the sealed envelope to submit along the I-485 (is that even possible)? Will USCIS have access to the envelope? How do we move forward? Thank you for your help.
  13. Does anybody have any insights into inexpensive medical examiners for my I-693 in Austin, TX. I need to get the full medical done and get vaccinated for Td and Varicella. The cheapest quotes that I have gotten after using USCIS Find a Doctor (mostly stale data - lots of listed facilities dont have Civil Surgeons/lost their status) is $305 (just for the Immigration full physical and medical) + Vaccination extra. Any help is much appreciated!!
  14. I know another medical exam isnt necessary, since the one that was done for K1 hasnt expired yet, but did you just bring the DS-3025 to the interview or get it transcribed by civil surgeon? I did not incl the I-693 in the AOS packet, just the DS-3025, no RFE was given but now it's time for interview...
  15. MY PD is April 2010. I got my EAD in 2012. During the process of securing EAD , I and family got our medical done and submitted. Today my lawyer notified me that we have a RFE. USCIS is requesting following. Currently the PD processing for GC per vias bulletin is 2007. Not sure why are they requesting new medical records and other information now.
  16. Hello everyone, I have a question. My interview will be in a month. On the interview letter they ask me to submit the form I-693 (medical examination). I had my medical examination in January 2018 in Italy when I had the interview for my k1 visa and it didn't expired yet. Do I have to bring the form I-693 anyway or the one that I have already (DS 3025) is enough? Thank you!
  17. I apologize if this has already been hashed out on VJ, but I haven't found the answers I'm looking for. 😲 I know every case is different but my husband has K1 visa status and as we were preparing the AOS paperwork I got caught up in a sh**storm of doubt and confusion. In Colombia, my husband got the full medical exam needed to get his visa and enter the US. Unfortunately, the doctor did not update his vaccines, nor asked him if he wanted to. Us never having done this before didn't think anything of it. UNTIL NOW. I know my husband needs boosters of some vaccines but we won't have insurance until September 1st. His I-94 is valid until Sept 11th. We are already married, which is what those 90 days are for, and I've read that while it is not IDEAL to apply for AOS later than 90 days, it's not necessary to do it by then. Now, if we want to get his vaccines updated, we HAVE TO get blood work and urine samples done (I have argued with multiple civil surgeons and no one will give him an injection without these things being done...money grab?). Our biggest priority right now is getting the EAD for my husband sooner than later. From what I have read, the EAD and AOS processes are not directly related. Even if our AOS process is delayed by an RFE for vaccines, it won't affect EAD (correct?). We can wait for the green card, but I don't want him going crazy cooped up in a house all winter. Not to mention we could really use the second income. So here are my options as I see it: 1. Spend nearly $1000 to get blood and urine tests and updated vaccs without insurance to send AOS and EAD next week. 2. Wait until Sept 1st when insurance coverage begins to get tests and vaccs, so we can send AOS and EAD *hopefully* by Sept 11th or shortly after. 3. Send AOS and EAD documents knowing that we will get an RFE for vaccines in the future, but *hopefully* receive the EAD sooner than later. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if anyone has any insight, let me know!!! I'm so afraid to make a mistake that could cost us this whole process. Maybe that is a bit dramatic, but maybe not. Send your suggestions, tips, previous mistakes my way! Blessings to all ❤️ Dana and Jhonatan
  18. Anyone get their medicals in Houston? What to expect? approximated cost? any location that can recommend to me? I am a AOS filler and just receive a courtesy letter regarding my medical, I didn't send it with the Original submission of my AOS package because was scared about expiration of the medicals.
  19. Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum and I already have a question. I submitted all forms for adjustment of status except my medical about a month ago. Now I finally have a doctor's appointment next week, but I don't know where to send the completed form. Uscis says to send it to the place they last mentioned in their correspondence, but I haven't gotten my NOA yet. So should I send it to the Chicago Lockbox where i sent my previous paperwork? My case is being processed at the National Benefit Center, and the field office is in Oklahoma City, if that's important. Thank you in advance.
  20. My signature below says all about our timeline. During our filing, I had entered our then physical address, but since I anticipated a move within a couple of months - I had provided a very close relative's mailing address. Our NOAs arrived at the relative's address. The date for the 150 day mark since the receipt for NOA (02/16) is coming closer, especially for the EAD/AP combo card. Is it advisable to change the address now, for all the forms? Or we should wait it out until the receipt of the EAD/AP combo card, if it comes? Another peculiar item noticed - we haven't received any courtesy letter for non-filing of the I-693. What could be a reason behind that?
  21. My husband got his medical exam already but needs a chicken pox vaccine. I need to find a place that will just fill out the I-693 form without a full exam. Does anyone live in Raleigh/Cary, NC and know of a place. We can also have this done in New York as well. Thanks
  22. Hi We were married with K1 and now applying for AOS and confused about the process So I did complete a medical for my K1-visa and the form I-693 looks different than the medical form for the K1-VISA. I am wondering if it is required that I do both of those since they kept all my medical stuff when I entered the US. Why would we need to do a medical before entering and then another one within 90 days? Thanks
  23. We got a request for a I-693 to be completed by my wife, she came over on a f-1 visa and had her overseas medical given in belgium before she came over and got married. I believe she had to give her medical records at her point of entry and they were in a sealed envelop from the overseas doctor. Now we have been asked to complete an I-693. I don't think this needs to be completed since it says on the directions that it doesn't have to be if it the overseas medical was completed within one year of filing for adjustment of status (overseas medical was in June 2017, Adjustment of Status was filed in October 2017). The civil surgeon here said, he wasn't sure if I needed it but he had many people with the same issue and he didn't have any problem giving the exam (of course because he likes that cash!), I asked him if it was required to do the 693 and he said he didn't know but its better to do it. He charged $925 for everything which I thought was crazy. We were in a bit of a time crunch so we paid. He also said that insurance could not cover any portion, not sure how accurate that was either. When we were in our crunch we read that we could ask our congressman to reach out and he did. I will keep you updated on if he came through, but within 2 days he sent an email to someone at the local USCIS Office.
  24. Hi all. Just want to double check if we still need to file I-693 with I-485? (B2 Visa holder)
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