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Ann257 Mar 18th 2020 2:23 pm

Cv19 visa appointment
 
Hello, our immigrant visa appointment has been cancelled due to coronavirus. The embassy has not given a date as to when things will be back up and running.
just wanted to put this up so that if someone is expecting an appointment in the near future there may be schedule changes for them too.

S Folinsky Mar 18th 2020 3:26 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by Ann257 (Post 12822852)
Hello, our immigrant visa appointment has been cancelled due to coronavirus. The embassy has not given a date as to when things will be back up and running.
just wanted to put this up so that if someone is expecting an appointment in the near future there may be schedule changes for them too.

Which Embassy?

scrubbedexpat099 Mar 18th 2020 3:32 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
Pretty much every Consulate is doing the same.

Ann257 Mar 18th 2020 3:48 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by S Folinsky (Post 12822886)
Which Embassy?

London

Ann257 Mar 18th 2020 4:16 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by Boiler (Post 12822889)
Pretty much every Consulate is doing the same.

makes sense as it is non essential 👍🏼

Pulaski Mar 18th 2020 8:23 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
Part of me thinks I should be surprised that anyone would think that visa interviews are continuing as normal, but most of me would be surprised if there aren't people who expect that their visa interview will take place as scheduled. :rolleyes:

Ann257 Mar 18th 2020 8:27 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by Pulaski (Post 12823044)
Part of me thinks I should be surprised that anyone would think that visa interviews are continuing as normal, but most of me would be surprised if there aren't people who expect that their visa interview will take place as scheduled. :rolleyes:

did expect it and had cancelled airbnb as was thinking the interview would be cancelled. Wanted to make others aware that this has happened to us and didn’t want anyone to book or expect an interview

Pulaski Mar 18th 2020 8:33 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by Ann257 (Post 12823049)
did expect it and had cancelled airbnb as was thinking the interview would be cancelled. Wanted to make others aware that this has happened to us and didn’t want anyone to book or expect an interview

You are very kind - some people need all the help they can get. :)

scrubbedexpat099 Mar 18th 2020 8:35 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
Will be interesting to see what happens to AirBnB, I assume the IPO is off and many of their Hosts are understanding that they are not exactly a reliable business partner.

scrubbedexpat096 Mar 18th 2020 10:09 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by Pulaski (Post 12823044)
Part of me thinks I should be surprised that anyone would think that visa interviews are continuing as normal, but most of me would be surprised if there aren't people who expect that their visa interview will take place as scheduled. :rolleyes:


Alot of people haven't yet realised the gravitas of the situation.

Much of the current issues are fairly trivial given the bigger picture.

Pulaski Mar 18th 2020 10:15 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by Phathamster (Post 12823093)
A lot of people haven't yet realised the gravitas of the situation.

Much of the current issues are fairly trivial given the bigger picture.

Yeah, I've seen and heard some unintentionally hilarious comments - "we'll get through the next 14 days" - "restrictions are only through the end of the month", etc. A lot of people have no idea!!!

And yes, a lot of people are freaking out over things that IMO barely even reach the level of "first world problem".


scrubbedexpat096 Mar 18th 2020 10:33 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by Pulaski (Post 12823094)
Yeah, I've seen and heard some unintentionally hilarious comments - "we'll get through the next 14 days" - "restrictions are only through the end of the month", etc. A lot of people have no idea!!!

And yes, a lot of people are freaking out over things that IMO barely even reach the level of "first world problem".

I suppose it hasn't really hit yet, as the numbers climb and get closer to people's front door they may realize.

civilservant Mar 19th 2020 12:23 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
If you're in the UK then it's already at your front door.

Where I am, we have already taken precautions by suspending visitation of families and testing all staff for a temperature when they clock in, and we have no cases for nearly 100 miles around us.

It continues to surprise me that Social Security Offices remain open.

Pulaski Mar 19th 2020 12:37 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by civilservant (Post 12823315)
.... we have already taken precautions by suspending visitation of families and testing all staff for a temperature when they clock in, .....

I doubt if everyone knows where you work.

scrubbedexpat096 Mar 19th 2020 12:37 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by civilservant (Post 12823315)
If you're in the UK then it's already at your front door.

Where I am, we have already taken precautions by suspending visitation of families and testing all staff for a temperature when they clock in, and we have no cases for nearly 100 miles around us.

It continues to surprise me that Social Security Offices remain open.

is there anyones door it isn't at

civilservant Mar 19th 2020 12:41 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by Pulaski (Post 12823325)
I doubt if everyone knows where you work.

Healthcare. Enough said! :)

Pulaski Mar 19th 2020 12:42 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by Phathamster (Post 12823326)
is there anyones door it isn't at

Well yes, if you'd read his second paragraph! :rolleyes: ... And I haven't heard of any cases yet in the county where I live either.

Pulaski Mar 19th 2020 12:43 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by civilservant (Post 12823329)
Healthcare. Enough said! :)

Things are about to get busy for you. :eek:

S Folinsky Mar 19th 2020 9:20 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
On Wednesday March, 18 the Department of State announced that visa services will be shut down worldwide except for emergencies.

Pulaski Mar 19th 2020 11:01 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by S Folinsky (Post 12823687)
On Wednesday March, 18 the Department of State announced that visa services will be shut down worldwide except for emergencies.

Things are going to get real.

JonB 47 Mar 28th 2020 5:44 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
On Mar 23 I finally got my email from NVC with my interview date which said it was on April 24th which was good as we filed the i130 way back in Nov 2018. Then those in the UK know that as of the Monday evening the UK was put into lockdown for 3 weeks, yes the interview is after the 3 weeks but it means that the medical would not have a chance of happening. I haven't received a physical letter with the interview details etc yet anyway and I cannot get a reply from the embassy using email or even on twitter about what will happen. It is just our luck that after waiting so long that the whole country gets locked down just as I get interview lol

Ann257 Mar 28th 2020 6:08 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by JonB 47 (Post 12828675)
On Mar 23 I finally got my email from NVC with my interview date which said it was on April 24th which was good as we filed the i130 way back in Nov 2018. Then those in the UK know that as of the Monday evening the UK was put into lockdown for 3 weeks, yes the interview is after the 3 weeks but it means that the medical would not have a chance of happening. I haven't received a physical letter with the interview details etc yet anyway and I cannot get a reply from the embassy using email or even on twitter about what will happen. It is just our luck that after waiting so long that the whole country gets locked down just as I get interview lol

Are you in the U.K.?

JonB 47 Mar 28th 2020 6:15 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
Yes I am in UK, Manchester

Ann257 Mar 28th 2020 6:50 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by JonB 47 (Post 12828690)
Yes I am in UK, Manchester

our interview should have been last Monday so I will post on here when we get another appointment, that should hopefully give you an idea of timescale. (If yours is postponed to deal with backlog)

JonB 47 Sep 22nd 2020 10:48 am

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
UPDATE: On 27th August I got lucky as when I checked the embassy appointment booking website it showed some available appointments so I grabbed one. I had been checking everyday so when I saw some available I was happy. Once that was confirmed it was straight on the phone to book the medical which was easy and actually got the day I wanted and was given a choice of times.

I had my medical yesterday which wasn't as bad as I expected. I had travelled down Sunday to Euston and stayed overnight in the Travelodge opposite the station, then Monday I jumped on the number 30 bus towards Marble Arch at around 9:45 and got off at stop H at Portman Square stop which is about 5 min walk from Bentinck Mansions (I did take a left instead of a right at one point but wasn't much of a big deal). I arrived outside the building at 10:15ish which gave me time to drink lots of water and relax a little from the walk as my appointment was 11:30. So I just stood around waiting until 11:27 then went up and buzzed flat 4 and was let in. You have to wear a mask and they take your temperature when you arrive. Then the usual hand over the paperwork you are supposed to bring, you are given a red bag which contains a sample pot to pee into (which can be done anytime as long as it is before you leave) and also 2 more forms to fill in which are simple tick boxes as well as check the details on some sticky labels they printed were correct. Also had a digital photo taken as I was told I didn't need to bring 4 passport photos with me. Then you get shown where to sit in waiting room, this wasn't crowded as when I went in there were 2 other people waiting.

Next up was the chest x-ray which was straight forward, then got to wait in another little waiting room until doctor called me. The doctor just went over the forms and asked a few questions then I had to sign a form that the info was true and I didn't need a chaperone for the examination (I guess because it was a female doctor). Then you get told to stand against the bed and cover an eye then read the line with the arrow next to it on the eye chart. Once that is done you get given a gown and told to strip to underwear (make sure you put gown on right so opening is at front, luckily I got it right lol). Once you are ready you get told to sit on bed where they check your eyes with that torch/magnifier thing then ears. Next you are told to lie on the bed where doctor checks arms for any physical self harm, then blood pressure, pulse around ankles, and prods and pokes around neck area, stomach area etc. You are told to sit up as they check your breathing front and back by taking deep breaths (the stethoscope wasn't cold). Next thing was the taking of blood which is straight forward, once that is done you are told you can get dressed again. Once dressed it is explained that if anything shows up in blood they would be in touch, then it's another short wait in waiting room as the vaccination nurse signs off the vaccination sheet (mine were all up to date as I had them all redone in Dec/Jan as there were no records at my doctors).

Next I was called back to window 1 in reception where I was given my passport back, my vaccination form and a note saying DO NOT GIVE TO ANYONE AT EMBASSY. I MUST KEEP IT AND TAKE TO US WITH ME (it says on it that it is used for adjustment of status and for jobs etc), then all I had to do was pay the £350 and was told again no news is good news and if I don't hear anything in 2 to 3 days medical is good and embassy should receive it within 5 days. Was wished good luck and was free to leave. I think the whole process took around 1hr 30 mins. Then it was another short walk to George Street to get number 30 bus back to Euston from stop K.

Now I get to travel down to Euston again next Sunday for the embassy part on the Monday at 11am. So by this time next week I hopefully will be approved :)

JonB 47 Sep 23rd 2020 9:04 am

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
I forgot to say that the doctor checks your height and weight before the eye test (it wouldn't let me edit post again)

XBricemanX Sep 23rd 2020 5:03 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by JonB 47 (Post 12912966)
UPDATE: On 27th August I got lucky as when I checked the embassy appointment booking website it showed some available appointments so I grabbed one. I had been checking everyday so when I saw some available I was happy. Once that was confirmed it was straight on the phone to book the medical which was easy and actually got the day I wanted and was given a choice of times.

I had my medical yesterday which wasn't as bad as I expected. I had travelled down Sunday to Euston and stayed overnight in the Travelodge opposite the station, then Monday I jumped on the number 30 bus towards Marble Arch at around 9:45 and got off at stop H at Portman Square stop which is about 5 min walk from Bentinck Mansions (I did take a left instead of a right at one point but wasn't much of a big deal). I arrived outside the building at 10:15ish which gave me time to drink lots of water and relax a little from the walk as my appointment was 11:30. So I just stood around waiting until 11:27 then went up and buzzed flat 4 and was let in. You have to wear a mask and they take your temperature when you arrive. Then the usual hand over the paperwork you are supposed to bring, you are given a red bag which contains a sample pot to pee into (which can be done anytime as long as it is before you leave) and also 2 more forms to fill in which are simple tick boxes as well as check the details on some sticky labels they printed were correct. Also had a digital photo taken as I was told I didn't need to bring 4 passport photos with me. Then you get shown where to sit in waiting room, this wasn't crowded as when I went in there were 2 other people waiting.

Next up was the chest x-ray which was straight forward, then got to wait in another little waiting room until doctor called me. The doctor just went over the forms and asked a few questions then I had to sign a form that the info was true and I didn't need a chaperone for the examination (I guess because it was a female doctor). Then you get told to stand against the bed and cover an eye then read the line with the arrow next to it on the eye chart. Once that is done you get given a gown and told to strip to underwear (make sure you put gown on right so opening is at front, luckily I got it right lol). Once you are ready you get told to sit on bed where they check your eyes with that torch/magnifier thing then ears. Next you are told to lie on the bed where doctor checks arms for any physical self harm, then blood pressure, pulse around ankles, and prods and pokes around neck area, stomach area etc. You are told to sit up as they check your breathing front and back by taking deep breaths (the stethoscope wasn't cold). Next thing was the taking of blood which is straight forward, once that is done you are told you can get dressed again. Once dressed it is explained that if anything shows up in blood they would be in touch, then it's another short wait in waiting room as the vaccination nurse signs off the vaccination sheet (mine were all up to date as I had them all redone in Dec/Jan as there were no records at my doctors).

Next I was called back to window 1 in reception where I was given my passport back, my vaccination form and a note saying DO NOT GIVE TO ANYONE AT EMBASSY. I MUST KEEP IT AND TAKE TO US WITH ME (it says on it that it is used for adjustment of status and for jobs etc), then all I had to do was pay the £350 and was told again no news is good news and if I don't hear anything in 2 to 3 days medical is good and embassy should receive it within 5 days. Was wished good luck and was free to leave. I think the whole process took around 1hr 30 mins. Then it was another short walk to George Street to get number 30 bus back to Euston from stop K.

Now I get to travel down to Euston again next Sunday for the embassy part on the Monday at 11am. So by this time next week I hopefully will be approved :)

How do I go about looking for what appointment slots are currently open? Is this something any type of visa application can do. I'm currently waiting for an interview(CR1 visa application). Can these be booked or is it a waiting game? Please forgive me if this sounds dumb. Just not seen an option like this anywhere.

JonB 47 Sep 23rd 2020 5:15 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
When I got my original date for April before it got cancelled in the email it gave a link to sign up and register . When it got cancelled it gave me link below for more info and there was option to schedule an appointment, I had been checking everyday since April and as London didn't reopen until July 27th there was nothing, even after that date nothing until Aug 27tth when I checked and there was a calendar with some available dates and some different times once I picked the date

https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-GB/iv/users/sign_in

XBricemanX Sep 23rd 2020 5:45 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by JonB 47 (Post 12913489)
When I got my original date for April before it got cancelled in the email it gave a link to sign up and register . When it got cancelled it gave me link below for more info and there was option to schedule an appointment, I had been checking everyday since April and as London didn't reopen until July 27th there was nothing, even after that date nothing until Aug 27tth when I checked and there was a calendar with some available dates and some different times once I picked the date

https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-GB/iv/users/sign_in

Thanks so much for relpying. I clicked the link and it would appear that I need to have a date assigned to me first. I guess it's a waiting game for me and my wife:unsure:

UKviaLA Sep 24th 2020 2:53 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
Quick question regarding the medical, if you don't mind. According to the list of required vaccinations, chicken pox vax is listed. My husband had chicken pox in his 20s but no way to prove it. As he's now 50, seems more sensible to get the shingles vax instead. As the CP vax is not cheap, how can I check if this would be ok? Might you know? It's a specific place they send you to for the medical, correct? Could you tell me the name so I could check with them? We're trying to get the vaccinations out of the way now, because, like you, my husband has no records of any vaccinations. All the rest are fine but it's the just CP one we're questioning. Thank you.

JonB 47 Sep 24th 2020 3:08 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by UKviaLA (Post 12913924)
Quick question regarding the medical, if you don't mind. According to the list of required vaccinations, chicken pox vax is listed. My husband had chicken pox in his 20s but no way to prove it. As he's now 50, seems more sensible to get the shingles vax instead. As the CP vax is not cheap, how can I check if this would be ok? Might you know? It's a specific place they send you to for the medical, correct? Could you tell me the name so I could check with them? We're trying to get the vaccinations out of the way now, because, like you, my husband has no records of any vaccinations. All the rest are fine but it's the just CP one we're questioning. Thank you.

On one of the forms you have to fill in it asks have you had it, I ticked yes and that was accepted. On my signed off vaccination worksheet you have to keep and take to US with you, under Varicella vaccine box under history it just says Yes. And on main page it says vaccination requirements complete.
Also the varicella vaccine isn't given in the UK

I just printed the list off and took it to my doctors and got all the ones I needed. Mine were free at my GP. I had the mmr ones and the Tetanus, diphtheria and polio. The mmr was 2 jabs few weeks apart and the Tdap I think that was 3 visits worth. I get the flu jab every year anyway

https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/...rt-b-chapter-9

What vaccines are required for U.S. immigration?

At this time,* vaccines for these diseases are currently required for U.S. immigration:
  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • Polio
  • Tetanus and diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Varicella
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Seasonal influenza

civilservant Sep 24th 2020 3:12 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
Varicella is not available in the UK, so it's irrelevant. He will receive a waiver for that vaccine.

UKviaLA Sep 24th 2020 3:29 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

Noorah101 Sep 24th 2020 4:53 pm

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
The medical exam is done at Knightsbridge.

Rene

JonB 47 Sep 29th 2020 8:38 am

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 
Update:

I had interview yesterday, embassy wasn't busy there probably was about 5 other people there. I gave originals of the documents asked for and the CO mentioned about being no stamps in passport and nothing was showing up that I had visited US in 2018 (It was a new passport that was issued before we did the NVC stage of the process and I didn't think to bring old one with me) also that my medical wasn't showing I explained I had it the previous Monday, he suggested I call them before I went to next window (turns out all last Mondays medicals were sat waiting for doctor to sign off to be sent today) At next window I was asked how I met my wife and after explaining I was asked if I had and pictures of us together which I had a couple on my phone. At the end I was given the 221g with the medical part ticked and also asking for proof of relationship and 2018 travel and was told I could email them to [email protected] they kept passport and I was free to go. Once I got home after the 2 hour train ride I scanned all the stuff I had for 2018 travel, passport, Delta flight itinerary, i94 from the DHS website, baggage tags etc, then scanned all the birthday/xmas/valentines cards I had, took screenshots of emails and attached pictures and emailed them. Got auto confirmation reply saying they had received them. This morning there was update on embassy website saying U.S. Department of State Consulate officer located in London has indicated that additional documents are required lease provide relationship evidence and evidence of your evidence of 2018 travel. When you follow the page it generates a courier instruction and receipt telling you how to take docs to depot etc. Now I am confused I was told I could email the proof by the CO who gave me the 221g which I did but do I have to physically send things as quite a lot is digital files anyway


UPDATE 2: got reply from that email after submitting files saying
You will need to scan these documents into your CEAC account in order for us to continue processing your application.

Thanks

London IV team

So that is done as well now I guess I sit and wait like I have been doing for almost 2 years. If they take a while to go over what I sent I am only 22 days away from 2nd wedding anniversary so if it takes that long I guess it will be an IR1 issued if it is approved

XBricemanX Sep 29th 2020 10:37 am

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by JonB 47 (Post 12915755)
Update:

I had interview yesterday, embassy wasn't busy there probably was about 5 other people there. I gave originals of the documents asked for and the CO mentioned about being no stamps in passport and nothing was showing up that I had visited US in 2018 (It was a new passport that was issued before we did the NVC stage of the process and I didn't think to bring old one with me) also that my medical wasn't showing I explained I had it the previous Monday, he suggested I call them before I went to next window (turns out all last Mondays medicals were sat waiting for doctor to sign off to be sent today) At next window I was asked how I met my wife and after explaining I was asked if I had and pictures of us together which I had a couple on my phone. At the end I was given the 221g with the medical part ticked and also asking for proof of relationship and 2018 travel and was told I could email them to [email protected] they kept passport and I was free to go. Once I got home after the 2 hour train ride I scanned all the stuff I had for 2018 travel, passport, Delta flight itinerary, i94 from the DHS website, baggage tags etc, then scanned all the birthday/xmas/valentines cards I had, took screenshots of emails and attached pictures and emailed them. Got auto confirmation reply saying they had received them. This morning there was update on embassy website saying U.S. Department of State Consulate officer located in London has indicated that additional documents are required lease provide relationship evidence and evidence of your evidence of 2018 travel. When you follow the page it generates a courier instruction and receipt telling you how to take docs to depot etc. Now I am confused I was told I could email the proof by the CO who gave me the 221g which I did but do I have to physically send things as quite a lot is digital files anyway


UPDATE 2: got reply from that email after submitting files saying
You will need to scan these documents into your CEAC account in order for us to continue processing your application.

Thanks

London IV team

So that is done as well now I guess I sit and wait like I have been doing for almost 2 years. If they take a while to go over what I sent I am only 22 days away from 2nd wedding anniversary so if it takes that long I guess it will be an IR1 issued if it is approved

What's a 221g?

Noorah101 Sep 29th 2020 10:46 am

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by XBricemanX (Post 12915794)
What's a 221g?

It's the form that asks for further information/ documentation/ evidence.

Rene

XBricemanX Sep 29th 2020 10:48 am

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by Noorah101 (Post 12915797)
It's the form that asks for further information/ documentation/ evidence.

Rene

Thanks for that. Much appreciated. I'll keep an eye out for that if I ever get an interview:confused:

JonB 47 Sep 29th 2020 10:48 am

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by XBricemanX (Post 12915794)
What's a 221g?

It's a form that you get if your application is refused then it has check boxes on what is needed, see below images

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...d4aa49d3f9.jpg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...88b5ee6460.jpg




XBricemanX Sep 29th 2020 10:52 am

Re: Cv19 visa appointment
 

Originally Posted by JonB 47 (Post 12915800)
It's a form that you get if your application is refused then it has check boxes on what is needed, see below images

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...d4aa49d3f9.jpg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...88b5ee6460.jpg

Thanks for the heads up. I'm hopeful that my wife and my lawyer will be on top of all this. We've submitted a sponsorship form and are awaiting them to view this and sign it off as it were. Just a pain waiting for an interview date:(


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