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#1 cfrazer

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:52 PM

My gf had her medical yesterday and was told because her chest x ray was suspicious she has to go back next week for 3 days of a sputum test. She was told she will need to reschedule her interview.
He told her early March she would be able to schedule the interview. (it was Jan. 18, next week)

My gf talked to a doctor at a hospital in Manila who told her that if it is negative it may not delay her interview by much. From what I am reading on VJ they do the 3 days sputum test and then a 2 month culture which adds up to like the guy at St Lukes told her...2 months. I am curious if anyone has been cleared after the 3 day sputum being negative or is it always the 2 month culture? I'm betting the latter is SOP.

I'm sure you have heard of this alot...anyone recently gone through this?

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Got MNL# : 2010-12-14
Made appt for interview : 2010-12-28; interview date: 2011-1-18
Medical Appt at St Lukes : 2010-1-11 SPIT HITS THE FAN!
******Sputum test ordered featuring an 8 week culture.
Sputum test : 2011-1-17,18,19 all 3 negative.
Pulmonary evaluation : 2011-1-21
******Told to call back Mar. 18. The wait continues.
Mar. 18, 2011 culture negative; cleared to interview.
Called and made appt., April 12 interview date.
April 12, 2011 - PASSED INTERVIEW! Thank you God!
April 25, 2011 - Visa Packet delivered
April 26, 2011 - took CFO seminar, got sticker, plane ticket
May 2, 2011 she arrives at 11:55pm here in Phoenix.
May 31, 2011 got SS card in maiden name.
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Sept 29th got NOA for AOS and EAD
Sept. 12- walked in a week early and got biometrics
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Dec. 19 - got SS card put changed to her married name

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 02:17 PM

Haaa We have all been there before you for various reasons - we were delayed 2 months on AR for paper research and unknowns.. Just a bump in the road...

QUOTE (cfrazer @ Jan 12 2011, 07:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My gf had her medical yesterday and was told because her chest x ray was suspicious she has to go back next week for 3 days of a sputum test. She was told she will need to reschedule her interview.
He told her early March she would be able to schedule the interview. (it was Jan. 18, next week)

My gf talked to a doctor at a hospital in Manila who told her that if it is negative it may not delay her interview by much. From what I am reading on VJ they do the 3 days sputum test and then a 2 month culture which adds up to like the guy at St Lukes told her...2 months. I am curious if anyone has been cleared after the 3 day sputum being negative or is it always the 2 month culture? I'm betting the latter is SOP.

I'm sure you have heard of this alot...anyone recently gone through this?

I get to be the example that it does not always go smoothly. Yay! As a wise man once said, "the adventure continues."



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Posted 12 January 2011 - 02:31 PM

QUOTE (cfrazer @ Jan 12 2011, 08:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My gf had her medical yesterday and was told because her chest x ray was suspicious she has to go back next week for 3 days of a sputum test. She was told she will need to reschedule her interview.
He told her early March she would be able to schedule the interview. (it was Jan. 18, next week)

My gf talked to a doctor at a hospital in Manila who told her that if it is negative it may not delay her interview by much. From what I am reading on VJ they do the 3 days sputum test and then a 2 month culture which adds up to like the guy at St Lukes told her...2 months. I am curious if anyone has been cleared after the 3 day sputum being negative or is it always the 2 month culture? I'm betting the latter is SOP.

I'm sure you have heard of this alot...anyone recently gone through this?

I get to be the example that it does not always go smoothly. Yay! As a wise man once said, "the adventure continues."



Yeah, just an annoying delay. Well, you have time you get to read this: http://www.cdc.gov/i...physicians.html (specifically: http://www.cdc.gov/i...sis-ti-2009.pdf Page 7 if you want the shortcut wink.gif )

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 02:38 PM

QUOTE (cfrazer @ Jan 12 2011, 08:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My gf had her medical yesterday and was told because her chest x ray was suspicious she has to go back next week for 3 days of a sputum test. She was told she will need to reschedule her interview.
He told her early March she would be able to schedule the interview. (it was Jan. 18, next week)

My gf talked to a doctor at a hospital in Manila who told her that if it is negative it may not delay her interview by much. From what I am reading on VJ they do the 3 days sputum test and then a 2 month culture which adds up to like the guy at St Lukes told her...2 months. I am curious if anyone has been cleared after the 3 day sputum being negative or is it always the 2 month culture? I'm betting the latter is SOP.

I'm sure you have heard of this alot...anyone recently gone through this?

I get to be the example that it does not always go smoothly. Yay! As a wise man once said, "the adventure continues."


It sounds right.
If she was not cleared by the X-ray, she will have to wait.
The whole idea is seeing over the two months period if the culture develops, which would make her an active (therefore transmissive) case of TB.
In general, unless she has visible symptoms of TB, which I think she doesn't, what happens is that she was exposed to someone and contracted TB, but her body reacted to it.
So, it is visible in the X-ray, but it is either dormant or just left a scar.
In most cases, it is just the scar and she will be cleared after the culture is done.
If not, then she will have to undergo treatment in PI, which is another 6 months.

Also, in the probable event that she will be clear, upon her arrival you will have to report to your local health department and undergo a preventive treatment, which is essentially one pill a day for several months.
Not a big deal, but you will also have to get a new medical exam so the civil surgeon will attest that she is in treatment.

Think positive, if she was infected and the TB is only dormant or worse active, you want to know and treat her.

Wishing you the best,

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 01:08 AM


bummer Chris
Hang in there,.... you will be laughing about it at your 5 year anniversary , huh


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 01:45 AM

QUOTE (cfrazer @ Jan 12 2011, 09:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My gf had her medical yesterday and was told because her chest x ray was suspicious she has to go back next week for 3 days of a sputum test. She was told she will need to reschedule her interview.
He told her early March she would be able to schedule the interview. (it was Jan. 18, next week)

My gf talked to a doctor at a hospital in Manila who told her that if it is negative it may not delay her interview by much. From what I am reading on VJ they do the 3 days sputum test and then a 2 month culture which adds up to like the guy at St Lukes told her...2 months. I am curious if anyone has been cleared after the 3 day sputum being negative or is it always the 2 month culture? I'm betting the latter is SOP.

I'm sure you have heard of this alot...anyone recently gone through this?

I get to be the example that it does not always go smoothly. Yay! As a wise man once said, "the adventure continues."


Always think positive everything will be alright;-)

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:35 AM

QUOTE (MrkGrismer @ Jan 12 2011, 02:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah, just an annoying delay. Well, you have time you get to read this: http://www.cdc.gov/i...physicians.html (specifically: http://www.cdc.gov/i...sis-ti-2009.pdf Page 7 if you want the shortcut wink.gif )

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Actually I'm weird enough I read alot of that. Their procedure makes sense. #%$&@%!!! I wish it didn't. It's our government trying to protect us from disease.

I was exposed to active TB 30 years ago and took INH (Isonaizid?) daily for a year. Looks like someone else I know might be doing something like that too. Thanks you for that info.
Service Center : California Service Center
Consulate : Manilla, Philipines
I-129F Sent : 2010-07-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-07-27
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-12-02
Got MNL# : 2010-12-14
Made appt for interview : 2010-12-28; interview date: 2011-1-18
Medical Appt at St Lukes : 2010-1-11 SPIT HITS THE FAN!
******Sputum test ordered featuring an 8 week culture.
Sputum test : 2011-1-17,18,19 all 3 negative.
Pulmonary evaluation : 2011-1-21
******Told to call back Mar. 18. The wait continues.
Mar. 18, 2011 culture negative; cleared to interview.
Called and made appt., April 12 interview date.
April 12, 2011 - PASSED INTERVIEW! Thank you God!
April 25, 2011 - Visa Packet delivered
April 26, 2011 - took CFO seminar, got sticker, plane ticket
May 2, 2011 she arrives at 11:55pm here in Phoenix.
May 31, 2011 got SS card in maiden name.
June 7 - got married!
Sept. 19 they got our AOS packet
Sept 29th got NOA for AOS and EAD
Sept. 12- walked in a week early and got biometrics
Dec. 1 - got EAD card in the mail
Dec. 13 - AOS interview, surprised how easy it was
Dec. 19 - got SS card put changed to her married name

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:45 AM

QUOTE (gavic @ Jan 13 2011, 01:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Always think positive everything will be alright;-)


After I got over the initial disappointment I realized it must be for the best. The plan of God can be pretty dang intricate and there is some reason she is not meant to be here as soon as I wanted. Though I hoped for Valentines Day I am still holding out for spring break, the 3rd week of March when I have 9 days off. At St. Lukes someone told her it would be the second week of March before she would have an interview (assuming all goes well). I had heard it takes 2 weeks to get the visa in hand after the interview. It seemed like Tom got his faster. How long did it take you after the interview to have the visa in hand?


Service Center : California Service Center
Consulate : Manilla, Philipines
I-129F Sent : 2010-07-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-07-27
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-12-02
Got MNL# : 2010-12-14
Made appt for interview : 2010-12-28; interview date: 2011-1-18
Medical Appt at St Lukes : 2010-1-11 SPIT HITS THE FAN!
******Sputum test ordered featuring an 8 week culture.
Sputum test : 2011-1-17,18,19 all 3 negative.
Pulmonary evaluation : 2011-1-21
******Told to call back Mar. 18. The wait continues.
Mar. 18, 2011 culture negative; cleared to interview.
Called and made appt., April 12 interview date.
April 12, 2011 - PASSED INTERVIEW! Thank you God!
April 25, 2011 - Visa Packet delivered
April 26, 2011 - took CFO seminar, got sticker, plane ticket
May 2, 2011 she arrives at 11:55pm here in Phoenix.
May 31, 2011 got SS card in maiden name.
June 7 - got married!
Sept. 19 they got our AOS packet
Sept 29th got NOA for AOS and EAD
Sept. 12- walked in a week early and got biometrics
Dec. 1 - got EAD card in the mail
Dec. 13 - AOS interview, surprised how easy it was
Dec. 19 - got SS card put changed to her married name

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:06 AM

QUOTE (cfrazer @ Jan 13 2011, 11:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
After I got over the initial disappointment I realized it must be for the best. The plan of God can be pretty dang intricate and there is some reason she is not meant to be here as soon as I wanted. Though I hoped for Valentines Day I am still holding out for spring break, the 3rd week of March when I have 9 days off. At St. Lukes someone told her it would be the second week of March before she would have an interview (assuming all goes well). I had heard it takes 2 weeks to get the visa in hand after the interview. It seemed like Tom got his faster. How long did it take you after the interview to have the visa in hand?


Yeah some can have a faster delivery of visa my cousin had her visa on hand after 4 days of her interview date and me I'm still waiting for my visa I jsut had my interview on January 10th so hopefully by next week I'll have it on hand. For sure God has a great plan for the two of you just keep hondling on!

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:00 PM

QUOTE (cfrazer @ Jan 12 2011, 10:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Actually I'm weird enough I read alot of that. Their procedure makes sense. #%$&@%!!! I wish it didn't. It's our government trying to protect us from disease.

I was exposed to active TB 30 years ago and took INH (Isonaizid?) daily for a year. Looks like someone else I know might be doing something like that too. Thanks you for that info.


I like to be able to read the actual procedures and know what is going on rather than guessing, I've read that thing sooo many times wink.gif Cleo had zero issues tho and sailed right thru everything. Most do, I feel bad for those like you that have to experience a delay. I guess it gives you time to save a little more money, bank a little more vacation, or whatever so that when she gets here things can be better than they otherwise would be.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 01:36 AM

QUOTE (MrkGrismer @ Jan 13 2011, 08:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I guess it gives you time to save a little more money, bank a little more vacation, or whatever so that when she gets here things can be better than they otherwise would be.



This is so true and I am wishing I had a little more of both right now,
Good Luck !





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