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  1. Hi all, ive read alot of forums regarding this kind of issue, I have 3 juvenile offences from 12 years ago one was a reprimand, referral order and a conditional discharge 6 months. All minor crimes when I was a nuisance of a teenager, I have since enlisted and served in the army for 10 years and I'm due to leave in march, scheduling my k1 visa interview for February. I have one adult caution for battery which was just threatening someone and got cautioned for it, should I be worried about all of these, or will my juvenile record be overlooked due to my 10 year service In the military? All of these showed up on my acro report I literally have no idea what is going to happen, any advice would be great, cheers.
  2. Hi all, So I'm getting pretty close to the end of my visa application journey. I had my medical on the 14th Feb, and then my final interview is booked for 25th Feb. I'm currently being processed via DCF and therefore, interacting directly with the US Embassy in London, bypassing the NVC. My questions are for anyone who has done this process before, and more specifically the below: One of the supporting documents to provide at the interview is the I-864 (affidavit of support). However, when we submitted our application via our lawyers, this was completed and sent with the original I-130 application. Therefore, my question is, will the embassy have access to this document? Or should I try and get a copy to be safe? Also, does anyone know how long the interview usually lasts? I'm trying to book my travel accordingly. Thanks in advance, B.
  3. Prior to my Interview, I prepared a binder containing my DS160 print out (the one with the barcode), Passport (current and previous), x2 Visa Photos (they only required 1), email confirmation of my interview appointment & courier information, I-134 & supporting evidence, signed reaffirmation of relationship by the sponsor, police record (ACRO), original birth certificate, evidence of ongoing relationship, NOA1 & 2, Letter from NVC & photocopy of I-129F. For the affidavit of support evidence we included: - Tax transcripts - Signed letter from her company stating her position and salary, on company letterhead - 12 month bank statement - Pay Stubs - A signed Letter from her bank, detailing when she opened her account and the present balance. Everything that is bold and underlined is all that I was asked for on the day of the interview, but don't take that as advice as all you will need - I found it was better to be over-prepared for the interview. Here's my summary of the day: - Boarded tube from London Victoria to Vauxhall on the Victoria line, then walked (5-10 mins) from Vauxhall underground to the US Embassy. - Prior to the airport style security screening, you'll be greeted by an officer who will ask for your appointment confirmation email and passport for inspection. You will also be asked to unlock your phone and open an app. NOTE, laptops are not permitted into the building and they will require you to drop it off at a nearby cafe where they will look after it for a "small charge". - After security you will queue at the reception area. I was towards the end of a rather long queue for 20 mins without moving an inch, until 11:25am, when they rapidly started scanning everyone's DS-160 then would notify you where exactly to go. I still made my appointment on time for 11:30. When they scan your DS-160, they'll put a sticker on it with a reference number - pay attention to this as this will be shown on a screen when it's your turn to see an officer. - After reception, you'll take the lift to the 1st floor, take an immediate left, then another left at the end of the corridor. You'll find yourself at a waiting area with 7 or 8 kiosks. You'll wait here until your reference number is shown on one of the screens. - In my case, my number was shown immediately. An officer asked for my passport, ds160, I-134 & evidence, visa photo, police records and birth certificate. In return, he handed me the results of my chest x-rays from the medical, and also a document notifying me of my rights as a spouse in the U.S. He returned me my birth certificate and visa photo (he only needed a photocopy). He asked for my finger and thumb prints, then invited me to take a seat until my number was called up again. - 25 mins later my number was again displayed on the screen. I was called to a different kiosk, where an officer asked me to raise my right hand and affirm everything I was to say was honest. He asked me one question - "tell me about your fiancee'". I proceeded to tell him how we met, what she does for a living, where she stays, our wedding plans, how many times I've seen her since 2017 and about the engagement. His response was this - "I have no more questions, all I'm looking for is that everything makes sense, and this makes perfect sense." And that was it. Extremely painless. All together, I was in the Embassy for 40 mins. The officer informed me that my passport should be back with me within 2 weeks.
  4. Hello - Newbie to the site and just trying to get my head around all the forms and processes. I'm a US citizen married to a UK citizen. I have permanent residency through a company sponsored visa although we intend to move back to the US next year. I will head back for work prior to my wife's visa being approved so she will move as soon as that is fully completed. I do have a few questions and would appreciate any insight VJers can provide: If we were to apply via DCF in London, can we do the concurrent filing with the I-485 and I-864 being submitted with the I-130? I've seen conflicting information on this and so am a bit unclear if this is possible. If the above is a no and we were to still apply via DCF in London for the I-130, can I be back in the US for the remaining part of the process (i.e. the I-485?) I am looking to apply by end of this month prior to terminating my permanent residence status here in the UK. I've read it can be faster to apply via a DCF so would like to take advantage of that if possible. If that is not the case, then I presume I could do a concurrent filing upon returning to the US in January 2020? Many thanks for any and all responses!
  5. Hi all, I am urgently looking for advise on rescheduling my CR1 Interview visa in London as I am unable to make the date, it breaks my heart to say that as the process has been 15 months already but I really can't get back from the USA for the date given (day before Christmas). I am currently here on an ESTA visa. I wondered if anyone had any idea how to reschedule as all I am being told is to let the date pass and another date will be opened up to me. I am extremely nervous to do this as I have also been told this can be classed as abandonment of the visa and will mean my visa is then denied. Please can anyone advise?
  6. Hi everyone, Just looking for some advice please. My wife and I have recently filed our I-130 application via the London Office who have also confirmed they have received and started to process 1 week ago. My question is, is there anything I could be doing in the interim? I.e. pulling additional documents together ahead of the next step (whatever that is!?). Thanks very much,
  7. Hi everyone, Firstly - MASSIVE thank you to everyone here in VJ!!! You've all been extremely helpful! A little bit of context - I just booked my medical exam this Thursday (Oct 31st) and set to eventually have the interview on (Nov 14) once I get the all clear. I also received a letter from the embassy today - it's a letter confirming they received our approved petition in support of our K1 Visa application. However, we're confused about this bit in the letter saying... "In accordance with 9 FAM 41.81 PN3.2, please find: - One copy of the petitioner's approved Form I-129F, together with any criminal background information (including information on protection orders) that USCIS has gathered on the petitioner and any information that USCIS has provided regarding prior Form I-129F filings by the petitioner. - One copy of USCIS's IMBRA pamphlet" It was confusing because the small envelope I received only contained the letter and neither one of those copies they said to 'please find'. I did get a PDF IMBRA pamphlet online but the copy of my fiancé's approved Form I-129F is what's seemingly missing. Was it meant to come on a separate mail perhaps? I already sent the US Embassy an online query about this. We searched the forums but couldn't find any information about this. We're aware that in many cases, people didn't have to bring the letter from the embassy or even a copy of the approved I-129F and were still successful in their interviews. We're just wondering if people had similar issues or can shed some light on this missing copy. Thanks heaps!!!
  8. Hi All, I am an Australian and was lucky enough to win the DV Lottery for 2018. I am extremely excited but just trying to wrap my head around interview timing. I am currently living in London and will do my interview here in London. However, my UK visa expires at the end of April 2018 and I am concerned this is going to be close to when my Interview is Scheduled. My case number is roughly 700 (of about 1400 visas for Oceania Region). Does anyone have experience Interviewing in London or had to change their interview Location in an emergency? I would really appreciate any insights. Thanks very much
  9. Just wondering if this is normal... I had my interview on Friday, October 18th, and I was approved. I've checked the CEAC website today and my case has been updated today, October 21st, but it still says that it's ready for interview. Is this normal? I though the next update would say something about administrative processing or something?
  10. So my interview was yesterday, and after waiting and worrying about it since we sent our petition back in February. The interview was a breeze. I plan to leave a review of the embassy when I'm back on my computer later. As I was told it was mainly waiting. Out of all the stuff I brought I was only asked for; my passport, i134 with employment verification letter and bank deposit statements, birth certificate, change of name deed, police certificates from the UK and Japan, one passport photo, and reaffirmation letter from my fiancée. So there was a lot of waiting and then I was called for my interview. After raising my right hand and swearing to tell the truth the interviewer asked three questions. Where did I meet my fiancée? When was the last time we met? When is the wedding? I was also asked about my past drug use, as I told the truth during the medical, and I just confirmed what I had already told the GP at the medical. Then she said that the visa was approved and I was free to go. That was it. So I left the embassy and called my fiancée to tell her the good news. Now, I've got to wait about 10 days for my passport and the envelope that I've not got to open, which I guess is sent with the passport? The only thing they gave me is a CD with my chest x-ray. So yeah, the visa has been approved and I can't stop smiling!
  11. Hello, So the day is approaching. I have all the documents I need and now it's only two more sleeps until the most important interview of my life, at least to date. There is so much riding on this interview it's unreal. The thought of it being denied is terrifying and although I know that's unlikely I still feel as though my and my fiancee's future is in the hands of a stranger. A stranger that I have to present documentary evidence about our relationship as well as answering their questions. I know I have everything. It has been checked and checked. Orangised, clipped together, put in a folder and then indexed with post-it notes. I also know that London is a so-called 'easy' embassy and that, according to what I have read on this site, the interview isn't an interrogation. More of a friendly chat. Heading in to Friday I still have two little niggles. One that we put my step-fathers name on the I-129f form, I've been advised by a very knowledgeable contributor to this site that this isn't a worry, but until the interview is over it will be. Two that I have her income tax return for 2018, one of the years when she was working abroad so she didn't work in the US at all in 2018, 2017 or 2016. As she was working in abroad the return only shows a taxable income of $17,000. I have been told through some posts on this site that London doesn't need the tax return as long as the employment verification letter shows that her income for this year is over the 100% poverty guideline. She has been employed in her current job in the US since January and she makes well over the 125% poverty guideline for a household of two. So hopefully the employment verification letter along with the I-134 and other supporting documents, paystubs, bank statements, etc. Will be sufficient for the interview. If they only rely on last years tax return we are pretty much screwed but I doubt that is the case. So, for all of you who have had their interview in London what tips do have for the interview? Were you nervous and was it a problem? And what did you do to calm down? Yoga? Deep breaths? I have also reviewed a lot of consulate reviews for the London embassy and looked at other peoples reviews of the interview and I have made a list of questions that it seems that they are most likely to ask during the interview. They are; How did you meet your fiancee? What does your fiancee do? What do you intend to do while in the US? (What do you plan to do for work in the future?) Where does your fiancee live? When do you and your fiancee plan on getting married? How often have you met? Where do you plan to live when you move? How long have you known each other? When was the last time your saw your fiancee? All of these seem straight forward and easy to answer. Has anyone, who has interviewed at London, felt as though any of the questions were a trick to try and catch you out? This was only supposed to be a couple of questions but it has turned in to an essay... Pre interview jitters I guess... So, I'll stop here.
  12. Hello, I've had to make an account to ask a question I don't seem to be able to find the answer for. I'm looking over my documents for my interview in London, which is in two weeks time, and on the I-129f form under beneficiaries parents we have put the name of my not-biological father. He is my parent though and he has looked after me since I was six months old. I have also changed my surname so that I have his and everything from medical records to school reports have always been in his surname. I filled in my DS160 about 3 weeks ago and because it stated that it wanted biological parents information I filled in that form with my biological fathers information. Now I'm worried that because the my father on the I-129f and the DS-160 do not match it could cause an issue. Has anybody got any experience in this? Or any advise? Thanks in advance.
  13. This might be the stupidest question I have asked on this forum to date... My interview is this Friday and I'm rejigging my folder so that all the stuff that they are definitely going to ask for is at the top and easy to access. As the I-134 form is eight pages should I staple them together or just hand it over as separate pieces of paper? And yeah, feel free to call me out on how idiotic this question is but this is immigration and I want to make sure of EVERYTHING. Even staples...
  14. Well after waiting most of the year and having to provide evidence for a RFE, my K1 visa interview in London is almost here. As this site has been invaluable to me during the process, with this account and my previous one which I lost the details for. I thought I would seek clarification from those who have experienced the process at the US embassy in London and just make sure that I have everything I need for the interview. A little background me and my fiancee meet on Tinder back in February 2016 while we were working in Tokyo. We hit it off straight away and we were together as a couple until I left Tokyo two and half years later. She stayed in Tokyo for a few more months and then she went back to the US. On our returns to our native countries we have seen each other six times with me visiting the US five times, I have much more freedom in regards to work, and her visiting the UK once. We got engaged in January this year and sent the petition off in February. It has been a hard spending most of our time apart since leaving Tokyo but we have made it work and we are really looking forward to the next stage of our lives. So my interview is in one week. I'm excited and a little nervous but most of all I just want this stage to done with so we can be together, get married and file for the AOS, etc... So for the interview in London next week I have the following; Appointment letter/Email confirmation DS160 Reaffirmation letter signed by my fiancee and dated September 16th. My interview is on October 18th and the I797 expired on October 17th... I-134 Dated September 6th which I got on my previous visit last month. Employment verification letter dated September 4th on company paper from her work's HR department. Stating everything that is required and her income is well over the 125% poverty guideline. Stamped letters from her bank stating the account balance and the amount of money deposited in the previous year. For both checking and savings. List of transactions from both accounts for the previous year. Two paystubs Income tax returns for last year The full I129f submission with supporting evidence. The full RFE submission with supporting evidence. A photocopy of the I797 My full birth certificate. Change of name deed. Japan police check. ACRO police check. Receipt and vaccination records from my medical. Two passport photos 25 pages of our facebook messenger conversations spanning the time since the submission of the I129f. Thats 25 pages out of 3116. I did think about printing the lot but I thought better of it. Apartment lease contract. She is moving into an apartment next month and as we are hoping that I'll get the visa I've put my name on the agreement. My I94 and travel history showing my last 5 entries and 5 departures from the US. Copies of flight itineraries with boarding passes. A letter from my mum explaining the gifting of our engagement ring as she gave it to us. A print out of an email conversation between me and my fiancee discussing our wedding plans. And some photographs spanning the last 3 years 7 months of our relationship. I think this might be enough, or possibly way too much, for the embassy in London. But until I have that visa in my passport, or at least I have been told that I've been approved I won't be able to fully relax. So for those who have experienced the interview at the London embassy do you think that I'm prepared enough? Or possibly a little crazy? Cheers.
  15. Hello, This is a repeat of a post I made a few weeks ago but I wanted to know if anyone who has interviewed, or is interviewing, at London has had a similar experience/issue to myself. Way back in February me and my fiancee completed the I-129f petition. Answered all the questions truthfully and throughly. This petition was approved almost four months ago and my K1 visa interview is this coming Friday at the embassy in London. On the I-129f under beneficiaries parents we entered my parents details. The names of the people I have always considered to be my parents. However the name we entered for my father was my step-father. Because he has always been my dad and therefore my parent, the instructions just asked for parent making no distinction between step or biological, we both didn't even think about putting the name of anyone other than my step dad in the parent section of the I-129f form, as to me he is my dad and therefore my parent. Now as you are aware before the interview a DS160 needs to be completed by the applicant, the beneficiary. On this form it clearly asks for the names of BIOLOGICAL parents. So I entered the names of my biological parents as they are written on the full version of my UK birth certificate. I have emailed the embassy explaining this discrepancy between the beneficiaries fathers name on the I-129f and the DS160 and they replied answering a question that I did not ask. People on this forum who may or may not have been interviewed at London have said that this is something that can be sorted out by the CO at interview. But I want to get any information I can from anyone who has been interviewed in London, which is way I'm posting a repeat of a question albeit on a different forum, the previous was in the whole K1 forum whereas this is just in the UK one. It is too late for me to change anything I know but this is the only issue I can find with our whole petition/visa application after reviewing all the documents and it's worrying me a little. Not a lot as it was done honestly without any intention to misrepresent but it is still that niggling doubt in the back of my mind. Sorry for posting something similar to that which I have posted previously. But anyone with any experience of this, or something similar, that could at least make that niggle quieter would be a great help. Thank you!
  16. So I’m not sure if I messed up, my medical is all scheduled for Oct 4th and I was looking through the embassy website and found you could schedule your interview. So I figured I would book it for Oct 28th as that’s plenty time after the medical and it makes it do able for me to travel up and down to London. The embassy didn’t give me a interview date, is this an ok way to go about it or have I messed up?
  17. Hi All, Struggling to find any info online - so creating my own thread. Some information like dates will be vague because I am sure they are following my every click My wife (US) and I (UK) have been in the spouse visa CR1/IR1 process since June last year. After being together for years, we got married in Summer 2018, and applied for the visa straight away after weighing up fiancé vs. spouse visas with finance and work opportunity etc etc. I have finally been sent a London interview date of October XX, 2019. While we are happy to be at this stage, I am actually very unfortunately unable to attend this appointment as I will not be in the UK at this time. There are no options on the CSRA online portal to re-schedule this appointment, or even let them know I won't be able to make it. I called the embassy helpline on two occasions and spoke to two different people who told me to just miss the appointment and then I'll be able to re-schedule - but this sounds dangerous to my visa and potential future, and something I'd like to avoid at all costs. Has anyone been through this before? Anyone know any inside scoop on this? I have been terrified of doing something wrong during every step in this process and now I am at risk of failing during the final stretch. Any help at all would be appreciated. Thank you, unionmac
  18. So I was under the impression I-134 is used for the interview stage of the K1. At the moment I have one for my sponsor (fiancée) and her father as she just started a new job. However some places I’ve read London embassy need I-864 instead. Has anyone got a solid answer? Also as the benificiary going to the states do I need to file an affidavit form too?
  19. Hello My fiance has an interview for his K1 visa at the London Embassy in about 3 weeks. We are confused by a few things because all the sites say different things, so I've got a few questions. 1. Do I need to bring the ORIGINAL I-797 NOA? We never got that in the UK, and it is currently at my moms house in Florida. I have a photocopy of it, and can get the original but I don't know if I actually need it. 2. I've seen people/sites say you need the ORIGINAL I-134. How am I supposed to get the original if it was sent off to the embassy in the packet? I have a copy of it (A copy of the whole I-129 petition), but I don't understand how I'm supposed to produce the original for this. 3. For my I-134 I'm using an annuity fund, which the majority of isn't taxable. So I can provide photocopies of my annuity fund agreements and monthly/yearly payouts that are stated on there, and again does this paperwork for the fund need to be ORIGINALS? Or can it be a photocopy. And would I need/should we print out my bank statements showing these deposits being made into my account monthly? 4. Does my fiance need to take MY (us petitioner) ORIGINAL birth certificate, naturalization/passport/etc. to his interview? Or will a copy of my certificate/passport suffice? Or does he not need anything of mine? The sites are all so conflicting. 5. Do I need the Original I-129 approval notice? Again, this is in Florida and we are currently in the UK waiting for his interview, so I can get all this sent over but I'd rather not have to send originals with sensitive information over but if I must I will. 6. Can anyone who has had a RECENT interview at the UK Embassy in London for a K1 visa tell me what documents they brought with them? I get the general sense of my fiance's passport, ACRO report, DS-160 confirmation, etc...but what about all the rest that I've read about people bringing? One site says one thing, his confirmation email with instructions says another thing, the london embassy site says another thing, it's so confusing. 7. I read on this forum that I (USC petitioner) can attend the interview if he requests that I come, but when we called the UK embassy in London they said I would not be allowed in. So which is the real answer lol. 8. Lastly, regarding my I-134...does anyone think it will be an issue with the fact that it's an annuity fund? I make well above 100% poverty line on it, even well above the 125% and I've got the paperwork/proof of it. It's just the majority of it isn't taxable income. Thanks in advance
  20. Hello just curious how the Embassy in London is.. how are the immigration officers? Did you have a good or bad experience? Was your case complicated or not? Thanks!
  21. I've already posted this elsewhere but I was told to post it here too. I'm starting to stress myself out about the medical questionnaire. Question five asks if you have ever taken drugs. If the applicant has but a long time ago and not for a sustained period of time, would the answer to this would have to be yes, right? Now I've read a few posts that say if you answer yes to this question you have to do a drug test and you may get banned for a year. Does anyone know what the procedures are? Would the drug test would be taken on the same day or would it be at a later date? And what are the chances of the whole case being thrown out? Cheers.
  22. Hello there! Not sure if this is the right place to post but I wanted to share my experience with my medical examination I just had. Before I had my exam I was trying to research online about what happens and I couldn't find anything specific about London so I decided to share my experience for anyone with their own exam coming up. I arrived at the clinic at 4 Bentinck Mansions, London W1U 2ER. It was a bit difficult to find but only because my google maps took me a weird way around the buildings. Once I was there I walked into the reception and was greeted by a smiley lady who told to take a seat in the waiting area as I was a bit early still. My appointment was at 1:30 PM but I got there at 1:15 so I went and took a seat, there were only 2 other people there at the time. 5 minutes or so passed by and another lady came to the doorway and called my name so I got up and went back to reception with her. She asked me for my files and asked a couple questions and to double check some of the information. Once that was done and I got the all OK she gave me a clipboard with a checklist of illnesses or diseases I might've had and was also given a sample cup to fill and return to reception. The form was super easy and only took 5 minutes or so and then I returned both the clipboard and my urine sample to the receptionist and was told to take a seat and wait for the doctor again. About 5 minutes passed again and then another lady appeared in the doorway and called my name and I got up and went with her into a small examination room (It just looked like any other doctors office). She told me she was the doctor and told me what was going to happen, just a general once-over and nothing invasive. I'd read online that they checked your privates but turns out that wasn't true. She double checked that I was okay not having a chaperone and I confirmed and signed a couple times. She then took my blood pressure, checked my ears, mouth and neck/throat for TB screening. Then I stood on the scales and took my weight and height and then had to perform a simple eye test (I was allowed to wear my glasses if I needed). She then told me to get changed down to my underwear behind the curtain and sit on the bed and let her know when I was good and ready. I didn't get a gown which I'd read about online too but not sure where I'd read that now 😂. Sat up on the bed and let her know and so she came behind and checked my heart beat and my lungs where I had to do some deep breathes. She then instructed me to take a lie back on the bed. My stomach was checked and then my mobility in my arms and legs and finally she checked my reflexes in my knees and on my feet (it tickles a lot!). She then instructed me to put my clothes back on and let her know when I was ready. She whipped back the curtain when I was done and then I had to do a blood test (worst part for me as I have a fear of needles but she was really relaxing and calm with me so I felt okay). She then told me to wait back in the waiting room for the x-ray technician and that after would be the vaccinations with the nurse. I went back and waited for another 5 or so minutes until yet another lady came to the door and called me. She led me into the back in a room with an x-ray machine and told me to remove just my t-shirt and to stand against the plate with my arms almost like a chicken (p.s. the plate is cold which I let her know 😂). Told me to take a deep breathe in and hold it for as long as I could then 5 seconds later it was done and I was told to head back to the waiting room for the vaccination nurse. I waited for 10 minutes or so until another lady came to the door and asked me to come to reception. I headed over and she told me it was all done and that my vaccines were all up to date so nothing had to be done. £350 later I was already on my way home again and now time to wait for my interview next week!! Overall it was a really pleasant experience and I'd recommend it to anyone in London looking to get their medical done, everyone was really nice and friendly which was nice and reassuring. Best of luck! -David
  23. Hi all,. Ill be booking my medical soon in london and was wondering what the wait time is? Has anyone booked their medical recently and if so was there a long wait period for the next available slots? Wondering if ill be waiting a week, two weeks etc Thanks
  24. So I know everyones K1 journey is always going to be different but I wanted to share mine for those whose anxieties run high at every moment. Honestly, most of the stress from this experience was all my own doing and pretty much everyone I ran into along the way was kind, honest and pleasant. The Medical So I am not one for doctors and nurses. I hate being in that kind of environment and I was convinced they would find something wrong, that I'd be turned away, rejected etc I don't enjoy being poked, prodded...I'm not the biggest fan of needles. So I went in with very little sleep expecting a huge ordeal. I turned up early and was told to take a seat in the waiting room until closer to my appointment time. I was surprised when I got to the waiting room by the atmosphere and buzz of everyone. Aside from this wonderful forum, it's easy to feel very alone on this journey. Even if friends and family are on board and ask about the process, it's still very much a process that not many people understand. So it was amazing to be sat in a room with everyone who was on the same page as you. People share their stories of how they met their loved ones, what their plans were. It felt very much like a room of unity. Everyone was excited to have finally got to this stage. Once I'd handed in my forms to the front desk and gave them the golden gift, I sat back down until I was called in by the nurse to talk about vaccines. Super friendly, she clearly explained what shots I needed, how much they cost, what my options were. I didn't have the funds to have the shots on the day but it is there if you decide to take them. I was then called in to have my chest x-ray by a very friendly and warm gentlemen, which only took a few minutes. After that I was seen by the doctor for my physical. I was expecting this to be long, thorough and invasive. It was far from it. She briefly checked my ears, mouth...then checked my arms and legs (presumably for self harm scars) and along my stomach. I wore a gown but at no point was I ever left feeling exposed. I had my blood sample taken which was quick and painless bar the needle insertion. I was then asked about my mental health. I had CBT about 11 years ago which was mentioned in my medical summary. She wanted more information on it and asked me to obtain additional information from my GP. Not going to lie, I had to hold back a panic attack thinking that something I did over a decade ago had potentially messed this up. She reassured me that it would probably be fine, they just need more information and to confirm that I'm not of risk to myself or others. I was given a sheet to take to my doctor and after a five minute wait or so, I was asked to pay up. All in all, it was a positive experience. No where near as bad as I thought it was going to be and I was kicking myself for losing so much sleep over it. The Interview I was lucky enough to have my beautiful partner with me for this. My appointment was at 10.30 and we got to the embassy just after 10. You essentially have to go through a security building before you can even access the main building and it's like being at an airport. You put all your bags into a tray that's scanned...and then go for a body scan. Again, I was surprised by how friendly everyone was (the security guard gave me a fist bump as he let us in). Once we got through the main building we stood in line for about a minute before our names were called. After verifying who we were we were told to go up to the first floor. From then on there was a LOT of waiting around. We were there about 2 1/2 hours but total time of being interviewed was maybe ten minutes. Our first point of call was handing in my passport and all relevant documentation which probably took longer than the actual interview. After a lot of waiting around we were called up for the interview. I was expecting it to be like immigration control at US airports where they can be very intimidating and study every bit of body movement and sound you make. Much to my surprise he was very welcoming and after a hand of oath, we were asked a total of 5 questions; how we met, when we met in person, how many times I went there, how many times she went here...I feel like there was one more question that maybe my better half can chime in with. But after those brief questions, we were all done. My medical had not been received at the embassy because of needing more information from the GP but I was told providing the medical was fine, my visa would be processed. And that was it!! So many nights of me stressing out, learning over 90 questions of what I may be asked. And it was just a brief 3 minute conversation about our relationship. The Visa After bugging my GP to get the additional information sent to Knightsbridge, my visa status changed from administrative processing to issued in the space of a couple of days. So after all these months of stress and wait, it's become a reality. It's official! We're getting married!! To to sum up, if you're freaking out about any of this...don't. Honestly, I know it's easy to do because no amount of me going through threads on here calmed me down. But really, it's such a relaxing, chilled out process. Everyone is in the same boat as you, no-one is trying to trip you up or look for ways to deny you. If you are honest about everything, you can't go wrong. If anyone wants to know any more, feel free to reply here or send me a message, I'm more than happy to help - Simon
  25. 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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