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June 2, 2011 / thegirlwhotooktheleap

USCIS RFE’d me for a LOST MEDICAL

Ughhhh…

Of all people, why me???

Well as it turns out I am one of the lucky few whose medicals somehow are lost at POE. Why, I don’t know. Frankly, it doesn’t really matter. I found out I had an RFE via the USCIS website last May 26. Of course, I was freaking out!!! I had no idea what it was for. I figured that it could only be two things: either they lost my medical (which they did) or I made a mistake on the I-864.. Now to be safe, I called up various civil surgeons in my area last Friday so that I could set an appointment with the cheapest one just in case it was for the medical. I figured I could always cancel it if it wasn’t for that. Luckily, I found Dr. Michele Jones from Bethlehem, PA. She charges a range of $150-$400 depending on how much vaccines you needed. I had already gone to the health department last March to get all my vaccines done so I knew I was safe with that. I had my appointment yesterday and all-in-all I ended up paying about $160, which really wasn’t bad at all. I was so happy with their service, everyone was so nice and professional. I will get the results tomorrow (it still depends on the Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test) because the skin test needs 48 hours of culture time. I’m pretty confident it will be negative so at least tomorrow I can get my sealed medical and send my RFE response back to USCIS!! Woohooo! All in all, I lost about a week and a half of processing time, which really isn’t so bad considering I was one of the lucky ones who did not have to wait long for their noa1. I guess the moral of the story here is that no matter how prepared you think you are, things can still go wrong. Instead of getting mad and depressed over this, I just faced it and became proactive about it. In the end, the experience wasn’t so bad, and I’m looking forward to getting this little bump out of the way.

I really hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else!

So there, sorry for not having posted in a while, this whole RFE thing really consumed me!

Updated Timeline:

April 05- sent via UPS Overnight Delivery

April 06- Received and signed by CHWBA

April 07-Received Text/Email notification for AOS/EAD/AP

April 11- NOA1 hardcopies in mail

April 16- Biometrics letter received for May 10th

April 19-Biometrics walk-in

April 26- AOS case transferred to CSC

April 30-Received notice in mail regarding CSC transfer

May 02-Case received by CSC

May 26- RFE notification

May 31-Received RFE

June 1- New Medical

June 3- Send RFE response

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Other updates in my life would be that I finally have health insurance! Now this is a HUGE thing for an immigrant. The entire time I’ve been here I wasn’t covered yet and it really scared me. But to tell you the truth, they really don’t make it easy for immigrants to be covered. Usually they require that you have SSN and that you’re married. Some people even need to wait for their GC which is horrible. Not to mention finding a good plan that has excellent coverage is like finding a needle in a haystack. These plans are just so expensive and have such poor coverage. No prescription, no maternity, high deductibles etc.. Ugh.. After doing our research, we finally settled with Tricare Reserve Select because I found that they had the best coverage for the price. We applied last month and our coverage started yesterday, June 1st. Yay!

I have a lot more to write about, such as my trip to Gettysburg and Memorial Day, but I’ll save that for a later post.

Hope everyone is doing well 🙂

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