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  1. I thought it would be useful to post a review of my appointment at Visa Medicals in London on 4th August 2023. I found it hard to find recent ones and hopefully this'll calm someone else's nerves! I waited until I had my instructions letter from the embassy before calling to book my appointment. There was a relatively short wait on the phone (better than calling my GP) and I was offered an appointment within a few days. Forgetting that I was still waiting for a letter from my GP and that it was the weekend, I had to call and reschedule for later the same week. The lady on the phone laughed when I said I got over excited. I received a confirmation email with instructions like where it is, documents to bring and booking translators (if applicable) I arrived at Bond St very early. Killed a couple hours in Leon, found Bentinck Street and had a wander. My appointment was at 11:10am, pressed the buzzer at 11:05am. The email suggests a one in, one out situation. That isn't the case and is probably left over from COVID era. I was worried I was going to be told off for buzzing 5 minutes early, no one even spoke on the intercom, they just let me in. Visa Medicals is the first door on your right when you come in. The lady on reception asked for my name and 'all the documents we asked you to bring' which threw me a bit. It's probably a good idea to have everything ready to go in one bundle, not in well organised seperate sections of a folder like I did. I think I excepted the doctor to be asking for the reports and vaccination records, not the receptionist. This is what I gave over: My passport 4 US sized visa photos (Snappy Snaps can do US sized photos, it was ~£35 for 8 photos) A copy of my ACRO police certificate A copy of the first page of the instructions letter form the embassy with my LND number and visa category Summary care record from my GP Vaccination records from my GP COVID pass from the NHS app Hep B vaccination proof Medical questionairre A letter from my GP outlining past mental health issues, treatments and current mental health status (because I ticked yes to self harm) A discharge letter form a surgery I had in 2016 (because I ticked yes to hospitalization) Note, you do not get these back (except your passport) so make copies for your own records and keep the original ACRO and embassy letter for yourself. Here's how the email words the documents required: I was sent into the waiting room with two more yes/no questionairres to fill out. The first was very basic and asked questions related to allergies, steroids/immunosuppresants and pregnancy. Anything I ticked yes to, I put a note underneath explaining why. The second was more detailed (and very confusing because yes/no swapped places). These are the questions I can remember: Have you had an injury or illness that required hospitalization? Multiple questions on different types of heart/thyroid/kidney/liver diseases Have you ever taken recreational drugs? Multiple questions about substance abuse, related conditions and criminal record due to substance abuse Have you ever had thoughts of harming yourself? Have you ever acted on those thoughts? Have you ever had thoughts of harming others? Have you ever acted on those thoughts? Current medications (I also listed non-prescribed hayfever tablets and multivitamins) Any other medical conditions that required treatment? (I put yes - vitamin D deficiency, treated via daily supplements) Someone then called me through to take a chest x-ray. No need to remove my piercings (nipple included) and sent me back to the waiting room. A few minutes later a doctor called Michaela called me through. She was extremely friendly and I felt at ease with her. We discussed some of the questions I had ticked yes to like why I had surgery and what methods I used for self harm in the past. She repeated some of the questions to me directly, particularly about drug use and harming others. She told me that the US is very keen to ask these questions due to the availability of guns and the risk of gun violence. I had an additional report on my mental health from my last counsellor, so she took that from me as all evidence is good evidence. The rest of the exam was height, weight, vision, ears and mouth. Then I was asked to undress to underwear and socks and drape a gown over my lower half whilst on the bench. Here she took my blood pressure, took a blood sample for syphillis, listened to my heart and lungs, bent my knees around to check for pain and pressed different areas of my stomach. No urine sample was taken due to my age (27) and no past STDs. I have a scoliosis in my spine, which she noticed and asked if it caused back pain (it doesn't) and that was that. She sent me back into the waiting room while a nurse checked my vaccinations. I didn't need anything done as I'd had my DTaP booster at my GP recently and I'd already had Hep B vaccinations for work reasons in the past. They can do them for you but it may be cheaper to get them done elsewhere before your appointment. I paid and was given proof of vaccinations to use when I adjust status. All in all, nothing to worry about but I am glad I was prepared! Good luck to anyone going for their medical
  2. Hello. i am applying K1 visa and it has come to an interview part. i was removed from LAX oct 2019. because they thought i worked on my tourist visa. i didn't know anything at the time, not to mention i was traumatized the way they treated me. i just signed everything. i was removed under 212(7) (A) (i)(I) with 5 years bar. now this is where i am confused. i did a lot of research and 212(7) (A) (i)(I) is not a bar apparently. But on my removal paper it says i have 5 years bar. where do i submit my I-212 waiver? to USCIS or my local U.S consulate during interview? Has anyone has same experience as me? please advice me. thank you so much
  3. Hi guys, we recently got approved and are waiting for our interview date. We began looking at the required documentation for the interview and I was curious about a couple of things. First of all, I make well beyond the required amount to prove that I can support my beneficiary and have had full time work for the last 7+ years with the same company and live comfortably. That being said, my company was bought by a bigger company last year and the handlings of tax information between the two companies got mixed up. I basically was changed to an exempt filing without my knowledge for the last half of last year and due to this I owed a lot in taxes when I filed for 2022. I am on a payment plan as of now with the IRS and should have it paid off by the time our interview is. So my question is, when my fiance shows the interviewer my most recent tax transcript, will they be looking to see if I have back taxes that still need paying? or will they only be looking at my income from the transcript? Also, should I include some kind of receipt from the IRS that my tax debt is being paid off so I can prove that it won't be an issue? Sorry for the long post and thank you for anyone willing to answer
  4. Hello! We just got an update on our case and it has been transferred to Vermont from California. Is there any similar situations to us and do you know why this can happen? Thanks in advance!
  5. Hello all, Does anyone happen to know or have heard about what the current interview times look like at the embassy in Egypt? We are (hopefully) nearing our NOA2 date (NOA1 May 2021) and would like to try to make a rough guesstimate of the remaining timeline. Any insight is appreciated! Thanks
  6. Hi All, We got our NOA2 in 07/20/2023. I know we're not close to getting an interview scheduled for the embassy anytime soon, but wanted to prepare and be well informed before that time comes. I saw on the US Embassy Website for Manila that the Medical Exam has to be performed at a St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLMCEC) that is located in Manila and the US Embassy where the interview is held also in Manila. On the Interview Check List for US Embassy in Manila it specifically states this "It is your responsibility to schedule a medical exam with St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic two weeks before your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy." Based off the wording if the visa interview is on August 30th, you should schedule no later for the medical exam on August 16th. I am wondering if anyone has gone against the guidelines and done it later? Scheduled medical less than 2 weeks from the interview date? Thank You
  7. Hi All, Our NOA2 was approved on 07/20/2023. We are preparing the documents for the interview checklist for the US Embassy in Manila. I have gone through the checklist on the site and have a question on the requirement to provide Proof of Relationship. I assume this is for proof of ongoing relationship, since proof of having been met within 2 years was already submitted as part of I-129F and approval of I-129F means this requirement is met. For Proof of Ongoing Relationship, will we need to provide similar evidence as what we submitted for the I-129F? Some photos of us together since the I-129F petition (I have visited my fiancé twice since NOA1) and a notarize Affidavit of Intent to Marry? Or will some photos suffice? Thank You
  8. Hey everyone, It looks like a lot of us are all in the same boat waiting for appointments at the Ankara, Turkey Embassy. We all get the same message "There are no available appointments at this time." I wanted to start this thread to share tips, updates, and let everyone know when I find an appointment available in hopes of helping others. Best of luck to everyone,
  9. I think it would be helpful to tell my experience to those people who still have lot of doubts or questions about the interview in Naples, Italy (K1 VISA). FIRST DAY: I arrived to the ISTITUTO DIAGNOSTICO VARELLI for the medical exam around 7:40 am and I had already 8 people in front of me waiting, so I suggest to arrive probably around 7:30 and not at 8:00 like the Consulate suggested. I had the blood tests, urine, the chest X-ray and all the vaccines required. At the end they asked me questions like: "do you smoke?" "did you ever had surgery?" "do you have kids?", basically they just wanna know something about you, it was really smooth. I spent 271 Euros for the visit (and not 220), because I forgot the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella). (They will ask you the pictures 5x5 so don't forget to bring them with you at the visit and of course, the passport). SECOND DAY: My appointment was at 9:30 am, I arrived at 9:00 but I had to wait in line for awhile ( I guess they don't let you in if you arrive too early). I was really nervous but I was trying to appeare normal so I went inside. Two girls asked me if I had all the documents required, such as the DS 160, birth certificate, criminal records, affidavit of support and the pictures (5x5), after checked all the documents they asked me to sit and wait my number. After a few minutes it was my turn and the woman (she was italian) asked me the copy of the payment of the request fee (225 Euros), the DS 160, birth certificate, criminal records, the pictures (5x5), my fiance's tax return and Affidavit of Support. Unfortunately my fiancèe didn't have enough income so she asked if I had a JOINT SPONSOR and lucky for me I was prepared for this. We asked to my fiancèe's dad to help us so I brought with me all his documents and she accepted them. She asked me to sit and wait for the interview with the console. The lady who interviewed me was really, really nice. She was speaking in italian but she had the american accent. I spoke in english the whole time but I guess you can choose. She asked me: - How did you met your fiancèe? - How many times you visit him? - You ever met his family? Does he ever met yours? - What's his job? What's yours? - Why you want to get married in the US? - How did he propose? - Have you ever been married before? - Can you show me some photos? I brought 45 pictures of us, so she was satisfied. Of course I had other proves like chat logs, screenshots, tickets, cards but she didn't care. The photos were enough. I think these are the usual questions for a K1 Visa. But at the end of the conversation she said "YOUR VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED. WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES". I was so happy that I wanted to cry! Well, THAT WAS REEEEALLY EASY. The only advice I can give you is: don't be nervous. I know its hard not to be but if you have all the documents everything's gonna be alright. DON'T FORGET TO MAKE COPIES OF ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS. Good luck guys!
  10. Hello! I'm wondering if there's any K1 beneficiary here from Brazil that instead of going through the medical exam in Rio, chose to do it in São Paulo? What was your experience? Can all the exams and the medical appointment be made in a single day contrary to Rio that asks for the exams beforehand? And how long does the doctor take to send the results to the embassy in Rio? Do we need to go back to the doctor's office and retrieve anything to take with us for the interview? I ask because I'm closer to São Paulo so it would save me time and money to go through it there instead of Rio. I searched VJ and only found one person that did that, but it was for EB-2 visa. I wonder if it's the same for São Paulo. I also already emailed the SP doctor to ask, just waiting on a reply. Thank you!
  11. Hi VJ fam, I travel extensively for work and I'm finalizing my projects within this month as we are getting closer to K1 finalization. I'm at interview scheduling phase and a slot just opened up at the Johannesburg consulate that I desperately want to book (and probably will be doing so after I write this post - so I am mostly looking for confirmation lol). My concern is that with work travel, I have to be available on short notice to travel to site and there is an off chance that I might need to reschedule my interview appointment - I know, I wish I didn't have prioritize work over being with my love (and waiting so long for this moment!), but sometimes this is unfortunately how the cookie crumbles, so please don't tell me "skip work, attend the interview". My question is - can I book the interview slot and consequently book my medical exam and say for example I have to reschedule the interview - will I be ok to reschedule my interview but still attend my medical appointment? I know this is probably consulate-specific but if you've experienced something like this or just have some wisdom to share, please do! Thank you!
  12. Hello everyone, I filed I-130 although my husband came in with K1 visa, what is the worse that can happen? thanks
  13. Currently in Thailand scheduled to return to states in mid-September. Baby is due in Jan 2024. My work rotation won’t allow me back in Thailand until March or April 2024. Already planning the consular birth report to get everything setup for citizenship/passport. Putting as much together that I’m aware of for impending applications. So should we wait until after the birth to apply for the K1? I think we even still have time to get married here (Thailand) if that helps. Looked at the Zoom Utah wedding too to try and understand if that’s an option. One concern with leaving unmarried is getting the birth legitimized in Thailand if we do wait and get married in the states. Birth certificates here mean very little in terms of if anything were to happen to the mother. And the visa situation is getting worse by the day as immigration is seriously cracking down on nearly every visa scheme which is why I’m worried to come back in as a tourist instead of applying for a marriage visa or at least showing immigration upon return that I plan on changing to a non-o visa based on marriage or Thai child. if we wait until after I will probably have to hire an attorney in Thailand to help facilitate as much as possible because of my work situation and other personal issues. is there a prep thread here for getting everything together for the application and subsequent requests for other docs? Thanks! And I’ll prob be floating in many threads from here out so if I post in the wrong category my bad 😂!!
  14. Please How long does it take to get a visa interview for your k1 fiancé visa after the Ghana embassy has sent your foreign fiancé an email that we should book an interview, because there have been no available dates for 3weeks
  15. Hey there, I am from Ecuador and I have to choose one of the embassies for the interview. I have read that it can only be applied to the Guayaquil embassy and it's one of the most complicated for K1. Has anyone had the interview for the K1 in Quito? or Guayaquil? and can you tell me about your experience?
  16. Hello everyone I arrived in the US on a K1 visa on 5/15 and married my fiancé on 6/23 we are organizing all the AOS paperwork to send it in the next few weeks. My fiancé was just offered a promotion at a new company and would start in 1 month from now if he accepts (at both his current and new job he would earn above +125% of the poverty line). - Do you guys think it can be a problem that it is a new job? - Is it better to send the i-864 with the information about his new job or send the i-864 with his current job? - What kind of evidence can we include? We can get a letter of employment but we would have at most 1 paystub from his new job, we also have the tax transcript for the last 3 years. Thank you very much.
  17. Hi guy June 5th my K1 petition got approved and i received the NOA2 June 11th, are me and my partner right in thinking that we now need to wait for the NVC to send us our case number? We are getting a little concerned about not receiving or heard anything from them yet and i want to get on with filling out my DS-160 which i cannot do without the case number. I have looked around the site for info on this but there appears to be quite outdated/conflicting information. Does anyone know anything from recent history about this section of the process? Thanks in advance guys. Ps. We are using the UK embassy if that changes anything
  18. Hi guys, I know it's a bit too early to start the forum for Dec filers 😂 but I figuered we can share our package lists and stuff, even feelings 😘 I've been collecting proof for this since AOS 🙃 I saved anything that's related to our marriage, so I could be less stressed out when it's close to the time for filing. My GC will expire on Feb 28, 2022. The earliest day I can send out my application is Nov 30. I plan on sending it out on Dec 1st. I will share my timeline when I do. Here's the USCIS link if you aren't sure when: https://www.uscis.gov/forms/filing-calculator-for-form-i-751-filing-jointly-with-your-spouse
  19. Hi, We received notification that our case was `Ready` to schedule an interview at Montreal but the steps from Montreal state that they'll send a Packet 3 and then a Packet 4 with instructions. Our case has been in a ready state since March 20. We emailed Montreal embassy on March 30th as if we've received the packet 3 but haven't heard from them either. What should we do? Is there a way to contact them? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
  20. Hello everyone, Recently had our interview and were given a 221g to submit a document and the passport. We've since sent the document and the passport to the consulate (and it has been received by them) Any idea on how long they usually take to process? And where we could track this? We don't want to be waiting for months as we've given the passport alongside the document that was requested. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
  21. First off I don't know if this should go into the Work Visa forum or here...please forgive me if wrong. Me (US Citizen) and my fiance (Honduran) have been together for almost 9 months now. We have been working on preparing our K1 Visa application (not submitted) when he got approved for a 6-month H2B work visa. He is now in the US working at the same job he worked at last Summer when we met. I have visited him twice in Honduras as well as the US. Some of his family and coworkers have told him that we could get married and he would be able to stay legally while paperwork is processed. I love him and would marry him today if it doesn't complicate or ruin any future chances of a green card. We want to get married while he is here on the H2B visa. Is this a bad idea? I have so many questions! 1. What would the process change to from the K1? 2. Could he travel back and forth (sick parent) at all back to Honduras during this time? Advice and suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
  22. Hello, We're getting ready to submit our AOS paperwork however even after thoroughly reading the instruction pages, we still wanted to double check/clarify a few things. Any input on any of the questions would be highly appreciated! On the I-485 AOS form, I just want to confirm that the K1 visa IS subject to the public charge ground of inadmissibility under INA section 212(a)(4) - (pt. 8 #61). I believe I choose yes which then brings me to #62. #62 - I am using my brother as a joint sponsor for my wife's petition since I don't have an income however my brother and I don't live together - would he still be considered in our household? #63 - Do I include his full income in our annual household income? #64 - Should we share my wife's savings account information as an asset (do we provide bank statement as proof?) #65 - would car insurance be considered a liability? We're living rent free with my cousin for now so we're unsure whether to include any liabilities On form I-864 Affidavit of Support, (pt. 7 #6- use of assets to supplement income) Should I add my wife's checking/savings info when it asks "Assets of the principle sponsored immigrant?" For reference, my brother as a joint sponsor will be filling out his own I-864 so he wouldn't need to fill this part out being that he exceeds the federal poverty guideline, however I will add my minimal assets, but I'm wondering if I should add my wife's savings account to both our I-864 forms. I don't believe I need the I-765 worksheet for K1 family visa however I wanted to verify that as well. Thank you in advance and good luck everyone!!!
  23. Hello, I am the petitioner for my fiance k1 visa and we have an Interview appointment at the Guangzhou Embassy in August. We submitted the Ds-160 a month ago. Due to unfortunate situation I've had to change my permanent address. I've moved to a new house in the same town. My affidavit of support will contain my new address. The DS-160 has my old address. Do I need to update the DS-160, submit, print the confirmation and send again? -Matt
  24. Hello, I have a quick question - my wife is filing for her AOS and we're a bit confused with the I-864 forms. I have been unemployed for a few years so we're getting my brother to sponsor her. Since I am the one who petioned and brought her here, I thought I still had to sponsor her and fill out I-864, and my brother would fill out I-864a as a household member. However in part 1, question #1 of I-864 it asks if "I am the petitioner. I filed or am filing for the immigration of my relative" (1a) which I assumed was the correct box to check off, but I see there's an option to check "second of two joint sponsors" (1e). -Does anyone know which one would be the correct one? And if my brother would need to fill out I-864 or I-864a? I really appreciate your help in advance and good luck to everyone with their journey!
  25. Hey my k1 visa recently got accepted, when I first out in the k1 visa we got a letter saying our payment got accepted along with a receipt. Should I have kept this paper or is it not required?
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