In continuation of: Journey To a US Immigrant Visa
So we are all so glad to receive an email from the National Visa Center (NVC) that they are satisfied with the documents we submitted. Therefore, we are ready for the next step of visa processing which is the visa interview. However, one requirement in the visa interview is a clear medical exam.
I am not so nervous about it because at 70, my mother is strong and healthy. She doesn’t have any illness and is very cautious of what she eats.
The instruction was that we have to accomplish the medical exam before the scheduled visa interview. We don’t need to set an appointment; we just need to go to St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLMCEC).
So we went to SLMCEC two weeks before the scheduled interview. We were there at around 5 am as we were advised to come early to avoid long lines and for us to finish early. There are already many people waiting outside when we arrived. We had to wait before the guards would let us in which was around 6 am. To allow entry, we need to present the visa interview appointment letter; passport and I think 3 pictures of the required size. We also need to submit a photocopy of the requirements. Once inside, we were given a form to accomplish and wait until our names were called. There was a separate lane for the senior citizens and that is where we submitted our forms and docs. We first had to go to a screening process to see if my mother had complete requirements. One of the things they check is the passport validity. I think the person in that area is quite rude especially to old applicants.
Anyway after that, we need to pay the medical exam fee at the 4th floor I guess. Sorry I forgot the exact floor but all throughout the medical exam, I think we were able to tour the whole building as there were designated floors for different medical procedures. After paying around 9,800 pesos, my mother had to undergo a physical exam. Everything went well I guess, then she had to undergo a compete blood count. The third step was a thorough physical exam which left my mother quite shocked because she really had to undress and bare it all. Then there is the x-ray.
I thought the medical exam would be finish in one day but we were asked to return the next day for the results and other instructions.
This time, we don’t need to be so early as our entry card indicates a time when the result would be available. I am expecting a clear medical exam so just imagine my disappointment when the nurse said that they saw something white or something blurred in my mothers x-ray. They are not sure if that was a result of my mom moving while the x-ray is being done or it can be a scar. To be sure, my mom needs to undergo a sputum test which will be done for three consecutive days. If the result of the sputum is positive, they would start to give treatment. If it is negative, we would need to wait for two months for the sputum culture result.
Because of this, the visa interview would not push through but we were advised not to call the embassy as they will be the one to inform them of the medical result.
It was devastating because my mother always had a negative x-ray result. We were all sad but we can’t do anything but to comply and wait for the sputum test result.
As consolation, my mother is not the only one who received the bad news. There are many others who also need to undergo a sputum test and some of them are young and look really healthy. To be continued.