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Medical- Now or later?

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Posted by morphman (3) 13 Feb 2018#1
My I-140 was approved last week. I am now collecting docs for the I-485, EAD, AOS application. Application is through attorney. They are recommending to hold off on medical and do it when USCIS asks for it. According to them the process is taking about a year and they don't want the medicals to expire. Does this sound reasonable? I am not worried about the cost, but definitely don't want to add to the timeline by introducing a back and forth.
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Posted by Divmgbra (12) 13 Feb 2018#2
to morphman:

I got the same recommendation from my attorney. The expiration is one reason but they also had experience with USCIS misplacing or losing the medicals and opening an RFE anyway.
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Posted by morphman (3) 13 Feb 2018#3
to Divmgbra:

Thanks for your input. It almost seems like they expect the process to take more than a year. Either that or attorneys try and make sure this process extends as long as possible to keep employees at their respective employers.
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Posted by gcchaida (56) 13 Feb 2018#4
to morphman:

EB1 can be processed before one year. I know many Eb1s who got GC in less than an year. So better submit medicals now. If they loose or expire you can always resubmit. You already mentioned cost is not your concern, so go for it!!
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Posted by morphman (3) 13 Feb 2018#5
to gcchaida:

Thanks gcchaida for your input. I felt the same way after looking at the trackers. I will submit 485 with the medical forms. Now, I have to brace for all the shots that I need to get because I don't have vaccine documents :) ....
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Posted by Hothamhamish (27) 14 Feb 2018#6
to morphman:

May I ask, what is the rule when you cannot establish your vaccination history?
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Posted by ImmiSlave (157) 14 Feb 2018#7

May I ask, what is the rule when you cannot establish your vaccination history?

to Hothamhamish:



You need to do them now.
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Posted by pobox8284 (69) 14 Feb 2018#8
to ImmiSlave:

You can even take them in the in person interview like the Family based ones does.
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Posted by tcperson (134) 20 Feb 2018#9
to pobox8284:

SO, they can issue interview notices without checking medicals ahead of time? I got a notice from NBC that they did not receive my medicals. I am sure they misplaced it. They asked me not to mail nay documents and wait until I am required to submit this information. I am so lost. I already did medicals last June 2017. Can I use the same or should i need to re-do?
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Posted by zeemail (10) 21 Feb 2018#10
to morphman:

140 approved means, file 485 without medical useless. 485 processing time always less then year so go with medical only.
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Posted by tcperson (134) 21 Feb 2018#11
to zeemail:

485 processing time is 14 months or longer. So, it's waste of time and money to do it along with 485. In fact uscis recommend not to do it until interview notice.
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Posted by zeemail (10) 17 hours 6 minutes ago#12
to tcperson:

No i140 approved case not 14 month, if your i140 approved means applying without medical is wedding's without pair
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Posted by Leonid99 (23) 15 hours 54 minutes ago#13
Another thing you might consider doing is sending the medicals to your pending I-485 just before you expect your case to move. This way you would save the back and forth. It's expressly permitted by their documentation, but it's not clear if their mailing room will know how to add medicals to an existing case.
Getting your medicals in two copies should be cheap (my doctor charges $20 for the second copy), so you might do the following: send I-485 without the medicals, and shortly before you expect your case to move forward, you can go to the doctor, get two copies of the medicals, send one copy to USCIS (hoping they will know what to do with it) and keep the second one for the RFE/interview (in case they don't). Just be sure to write a cover letter explaining what it is and what's your case number, etc.
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Posted by gcchaida (56) 15 hours 37 minutes ago#14

Another thing you might consider doing is sending the medicals to your pending I-485 just before you expect your case to move. This way you would save the back and forth. It's expressly permitted by their documentation, but it's not clear if their mailing room will know how to add medicals to an existing case.
Getting your medicals in two copies should be cheap (my doctor charges $20 for the second copy), so you might do the following: send I-485 without the medicals, and shortly before you expect your case to move forward, you can go to the doctor, get two copies of the medicals, send one copy to USCIS (hoping they will know what to do with it) and keep the second one for the RFE/interview (in case they don't). Just be sure to write a cover letter explaining what it is and what's your case number, etc.

to Leonid99:



Never submit or get the medicals done until RFE is raised.
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Posted by Leonid99 (23) 15 hours 26 minutes ago#15

Never submit or get the medicals done until RFE is raised.

to gcchaida:



Do you want to explain this statement? RFE handling would take another month and literally the only downside is the $20 you pay to the doctor.
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Posted by eb3fupforever (1347) 15 hours 21 minutes ago#16
Interview is taking somewhere between 6 to 12 months now at NBC and medicals have to be redone at out expense and slow process from USCIS. I am not sure how USCIS works these days.
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Posted by phantea (18) 14 hours 50 minutes ago#17

My I-140 was approved last week. I am now collecting docs for the I-485, EAD, AOS application. Application is through attorney. They are recommending to hold off on medical and do it when USCIS asks for it. According to them the process is taking about a year and they don't want the medicals to expire. Does this sound reasonable? I am not worried about the cost, but definitely don't want to add to the timeline by introducing a back and forth.

to morphman:



your lawyer is correct. you can have your medical and bring the result on your interview.
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Posted by pistolpete (349) 14 hours 28 minutes ago#18
to eb3fupforever:

Incorrect. Most people will have their interview 3-4 months after NBC transfer, not 6-12 months.
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Posted by eb3fupforever (1347) 14 hours 17 minutes ago#19
to pistolpete:

I strongly disagree with you. Why people from March are still waiting after transfer to NBC? Facts first, Banana is not Apple.
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Posted by gcchaida (56) 13 hours 58 minutes ago#20

I strongly disagree with you. Why people from March are still waiting after transfer to NBC? Facts first, Banana is not Apple.

to eb3fupforever:



You mean there are folks who were transferred to NBC in March'17? I was under the impression the first wave of transfer was September/October which I was part of and got interview in 2 months.
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Posted by eb3fupforever (1347) 12 hours 29 minutes ago#21
to gcchaida:

Transfers started after October 2017 and if you count from October until February it will be almost 4 months and folks haven't received interview notices. Your theory of getting interviews in 2 months after transfer to NBC is bogus and absurd.
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Posted by maxkan (6) 12 hours 6 minutes ago#22
to eb3fupforever:

His "theory" is getting interview after 3-4 months after transfer, not 2, and from what I see now its pretty correct
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Posted by eb3fupforever (1347) 11 hours 45 minutes ago#23
to maxkan:

Why are then folks who have crossed 4 months are not getting interviews why is there a delay? I suppose background should have been completed at service centers before transferring to NBC. Is there a new "theory" for a hold?
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Posted by Philly2016 (7) 11 hours 42 minutes ago#24
How long it takes to receive the RFE letter after it shows online that RFE was sent. My case is in NSC.
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