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  1. Looking for some advice. Due to London bound cases currently being held at NVC due to embassy closure my fiance phoned and managed to get our case ID, using this I then booked my medical with Knightsbridge Surgery in London. Upon doing so they communicated an email which included a list of the required documentation, included in this there was the following; f. A Letter/Email from the embassy/NVC to confirm your case number and visa category Due to the fact the the NVC has not released letters confirming this and the embassy has obviously not recieved cases in order to distribute the required information is there a method of obtaining this proof? We tried to use the portal on the CEAC website however it doesnt seem to show all of the relevant details, can anyone advise as another few hours hold to the NVC is seeming more and more likely? Cheers, Kirsten & Ross
  2. Hey guys, I have my K1 visa medical in Knightsbridge on Wednesday and I am starting to feel really anxious and under prepared! I have a history of depression and was diagnosed with Bipolar type 2 in 2016. That was probably my lowest point and since then I have got my life back on track through a mix of medication, counselling and taking responsibility for managing my symptoms. Ideally I would have more paperwork to prove this though. I moved city and GP in October 2019 and it has taken until now for my new GP practice to receive my medical records. I have my patient summary which has a decent amount of info but ideally I would have a letter from a GP that knows me well and also the psychiatrist who I was meeting regularly with for around 2 years up until the end of last year. I am going to prepare a timeline of my mental health, periods of counselling I have undertaken, groups I have attended etc to communicate the responsibility I have taken to manage my condition. I have read a lot on here about the benefit of having a letter from a medical professional attesting that you are “no longer a threat to yourself or others, now will be in the future”. How concerned should I be that I don’t have this? Also, If I am referred for a psychological assessment how long does that take to organise and would it need to be in London? Any help with this would be much appreciated! Cheers Stuart
  3. I've seen a lot of 'Kightsbridge experience' posts lately, as well as many questions about what to expect and what to bring when you've had past mental health issues, so I thought I'd provide some insight as I had my medical this week. Also, if anyone has any advice they're willing to share that would be hugely beneficial for me and I'm sure many others. I have experienced depression and anxiety in the past and struggled with self harm prior to getting help in the form of medication and therapy, so per VisaJourney's advice I requested a letter from my doctor. I asked for the letter to detail my mental health history and include the dates that my treatment including medication began and ended. After constantly calling for weeks and asking for the letter ASAP, I finally received it on October 9th. The letter said: "I can confirm that (my name) is a patient of mine and since July 2018 she has not had any treatment/medication for symptoms of anxiety or depression. She feels that she does not at present represent any ongoing risk to herself or others. I enclose a brief summary of her notes including past medication prescribed." (THIS WAS NOT ENOUGH) So, after weeks of waiting I am now eager to book the medical. I call up Knightsbridge and ask for the soonest appointment they have which turned out to be the next day (October 10th). Brilliant, I book my train tickes to London, print the remaining documents and pack everything in my backpack for the big day. There are so many posts detailing the journey, the local coffee shops, the best route from Euston (I was early so opted to walk), and what happens at the medical itself, so I will try to only provide the information I haven't seen posted (at least not much). The part applicable to mental health is the meeting/medical examination with the Panel Physician. As soon as I walked into the room she told me she would have to ask me some further questions about my past mental health issues. She asked me to explain it all (symptoms, self harm, treatment) in my own words, then asked me if I am or ever have been suicidal, am harming or have harmed myself, am harming or have harmed other etc. She then looked over my letter from my doctor and explained that while I was on the right track by asking for the letter prior to the medical, the letter needed to include more detail about my past with self harm. At this point she gave me a letter to give to my doctor (or pass on the information in my own letter). The said that my doctor should provide a 'brief medial report' outlining my diagnosis, treatment, duration of illness, other mental illnesses, incidents of self harm, harm to others or suicide attempts, prognosis and opinion of current mental state. (I will upload a copy of the letter for those interested in seeing the whole thing) I was told that I should scan and email the letter from my Doctor once it is completed, and once that is done they will send my medical files to the Embassy. So, I finished the medical, paid the £350 fee and caught the train home. I went straight to my GP the following morning (October 11th) to request an EDIT to my inital letter (very clever way to word it, they didn't charge me this time - I have the Panel Physician to that amazing advice!) Now I'm waiting for the new letter.. God knows how long it will take this time. At least I haven't booked my interview at the Embassy yet! Any advice? Similar stories? Feel free to share as not only do I need some reassurance and tips right now but I'm sure other people would fins it beneficial.
  4. Getting to London This entire experience has just reinforced my belief that the UK is too centralised, it’s one of the most centralised countries in the world. London is very congested, and I swear it smells either that or it was just the drop in air quality. Also, everything could have been signposted better, even with the help of a smartphone it was a tad difficult to navigate at times. I’ve been in some large cities in my time and they were all better signposted. I wonder how Londoners or people from the South-East would react if they came to Scotland or went abroad and everything was as badly signposted. I live in the far North East Highlands of Scotland. There were a few options for me to get there. The Caledonian Sleeper would get you into London Euston at 07:50 on the day of the Medical if it was on time and running. Except it was being hit by strike action at the time and seems to be consistently late because of its operator. As an aside they only run the newer sleeper carriages from Glasgow and Edinburgh – so much for all that Highland tourism – and the cheapest room ticket I could find was £140 which is more expensive than a lot of flights. I decided to travel to Inverness and fly from there. The flight was supposed to leave at 19:05 and arrive at 20:35 at London Heathrow the night before. 5 hours before it was supposed to run British Airways cancelled it and booked me on a flight for the next day. There were no more flights from Inverness that would get in early enough for me to make the medical. I was eventually able to fly from Wick to Aberdeen and then Aberdeen to London Heathrow after having to pay way more than I should have, oddly enough British Airways were still running the flight from Aberdeen. Though it was delayed by two hours. I arrived in London at 00:00. I took the N9 bus to my Travelodge and settled in for the night. The next morning, I made my way back to London Heathrow and took the Heathrow Express to London Paddington. There were a few options at this point. I could walk to the medical, use the Underground or get a bus. I opted for the Number 7 bus and got off at the Selfridges bus stop and walked to the medical. One thing to note the map and picture on the Visa Medicals website makes it look like it’s on a blunted corner. It’s actually in the middle of a street. The Medical Itself My appointment was at 09:10, I arrived a bit early and settled into the waiting room. There weren’t a lot of people there, but it soon filled up. Got called early and went over the documentation, the receptionist did ask to see my DS-260 which isn’t listed as one of the documents you need but luckily, I tend to be a bit paranoid and over-prepared. I was given another form to fill in which was basically an expanded version of the Medical Questionnaire and a urine pot for a sample. After that was done, they took a photo of me – might be related to their switch to a digital/electronic system. I was allowed to leave my bags at reception. I waited a few more minutes and was called by the doctor. She went over my answers to both questionnaires and had something up on screen that looked like the digital image I submitted at the NVC stage. She then told me that they’ve switched away from a courier system to a purely digital/electronic one just this week, I specifically asked if they no longer used DX couriers. She then proceeded to complete what I think was an online form while asking me questions. Quick eye exam where I had to stand at the end of the bed and read off letters while having each eye covered. Then I had to strip. You are entitled to a chaperone or to be seen by a doctor of the same gender, I didn’t really care anyway, and speed was important to me. She also offered me a gown but as I was just stripping down to my underwear it didn’t matter. She examined my ears, took my temperature, examined my mouth – commented that I had large tonsils – listened to my heart, took a vial of blood, checked my blood pressure, examined my stomach, examined my legs and then had me breath in and out while prodding at my back a few times in different locations and that was it. Back in the waiting room for a few more minutes and then it was time for the X-Ray. I just had to take off my top and anything worn around the neck. Again, didn’t bother with a gown. I just had to hold a pose for a few seconds while taking a deep breath and holding a screen with my thumbs. The guy checked that the image looked okay and that was that. Returned to the waiting room again and then time for the nurse. She went over my vaccinations and I didn’t need any, they were still waiting for their flu vaccine stock to arrive. I could have got it via my GP, but they too were waiting for stock. So guess I got given a waiver for that or something. Went to the reception window, paid for my medical. Got a receipt. An FAQ page and told that if I didn’t hear back in 3 to 5 days that everything was okay. They talked about emailing me something a few days later, probably a copy of the report of images or the X-Ray and that was that, £350 lighter and that's not counting the cost of two last minute flights. I brought passport/visa style pictures with me, but they weren’t required. I had some more troubling getting to Gatwick by 12:00 for the return flight but won’t bore with that but it did involve some rushing around and aggressive moving by me to make it. Got the interview on the 15th let's hope travelling on the 14th is less eventful... and cheaper.
  5. Hi all, quick question about the ACRO certificate. It was to my knowledge that the police certificate should be taken to the medical at Knightsbridge, however on the Embassy website it also lists the ACRO Police Certificate in the required documents for the visa interview. Should I have ordered two copies of my police certificate so that I have a copy to take to interview? Or do Knightsbridge forward the document to the Embassy/give the certificate back to me to take to the interview? I assumed I took it to the medical and then it was forwarded to the Embassy but now I'm doubting myself and freaking out a bit! Any help would be much appreciated!
  6. I just wanted to share my experience at the medical as reading everyone else's prior to mine was extremely helpful. I got to Knightsbridge Medical at 9:30am on Monday June 3rd (my appointment was at 9:50am) and it was extremely easy to find. I took the tube to Oxford Circus and just walked and it took 10 minutes. When you get to the door you just press the buzzer for Flat 4, nobody speaks but the door will click open. It is the door on your right hand side. I went straight to reception and she said that because I was early, I needed to take a seat in the waiting room and then come back up at exactly 9:50am to hand in my paperwork and do a urine sample, but if I needed the bathroom now I could do the sample straight away (I took her up on this offer). I handed the urine sample back in and then sat in the waiting room. The waiting room had jugs of cold water and plastic cups. My Dad also was with me as I live 5 hours away so he came for the day in London, and he sat in the waiting room with me the whole time. At 9:50am I went back up and the receptionist asked for all the required documents you are asked to bring and she took photocopies of them and gave me another medical questionnaire. She asked me to fill it in in the waiting room and then return it when it was completed, it was basically an extended version of the one you have to fill out before you get there. After I handed it back in, a nurse called me and she went through my vaccinations list and said I was all up to date and I could go back to the waiting room. About 10 minutes later a doctor called me and he went through all of my medical summary and then I was asked to remove my clothing (not underwear) and put on a gown. He then let me lay down and he took my bloods and poked my stomach and my feet. He then asked me to sit up and put my glasses on and we did an eye test. I then got re-dressed and went back to the waiting room. 15 minutes later another doctor came and he took me to have my chest x-ray. I again had to get undressed from the waist up and put another gown on, you have to press your chest up against the screen and its over in 10 seconds. Your hair also needs to be up (if you have long hair) but they have a hair clip in the chest x-ray room. I was directed back to the waiting room again and then called back up to reception a few moments later. The receptionist gave me a sheet of paper with my confirmation of the vaccines I have and told me to keep this for when I do Adjustment of Status and to not take it to the interview as they would already have a copy. I then had to pay the £330 (however she did say the price was now increasing to £350) and then I was free to go! From the start of my appointment, it took 90 minutes and I had been so nervous but it really was no big deal and the staff were very friendly. My interview is scheduled for 18th June, so fingers crossed we get approved! Any questions let me know
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