This is the fourth step of my K1 visa journey, the medical examination day. Medical examination in the Philippines split to 2 days, the first day is medical and in the second day is medical result and vaccination, it’s like a suspense thriller movie isn’t it? For me and other people who are in a K1 process, medical is the scary process because you’ll never know what is your medical result until the second day. Anyway, let me tell you my first and second-day medical experience.
Note: Please bear in mind that this is just based on my K1 visa journey experienced.
Before The Day Of My Medical
I am from Batangas and I and my husband decided to book a hotel for my medical exam because it’s 2 days and it’s so exhausting if I will take a trip during the day of my medical and then back again to the next day for the result and vaccination. My husband booked a hotel 2 blocks away to Saint Lukes Extension Clinic. My husband booked family size room to City Garden Suit Hotel because I prefer to bring my sister and my cousin, I have no idea about that place and I want companies inside and outside the hotel, we left home 9 am in the morning the day before medical exam we checked in to the hotel 2 pm. After checking we go outside the hotel and roam around the area, we find the shortest way going to Saint Luke Extension Clinic, The SLEC building is kinda hard to notice because their name in the wall is small, we just knew it was SLEC because of their ambulance with the SLEC logo name. After we figured out where are the SLEC is and find the safest and shortest way, we walk straight to Robinson’s place mall to eat supper, after roaming around to mall and buying our needs for 2 days, I ordered food to Jollibee for my breakfast before I go to SLEC for my medical. Because breakfast at the hotel will start at 6 a.m and my plan is to go to SLEC 3:00 a.m.
When we go back to the hotel I let my sister and cousin watch TV and do whatever they want and I sleep early because I need to wake up 1 am for my medical, many people said you need to go to SLEC early if you want to finish it early or possibly get a chance to finish the whole medical in just 1 day.
My Medical Experience (Day 1)
I woke up 1:30 a.m, eat the food that I ordered to Jollibee then prepared for my day 1 medical. My sister and cousin walk with me to the SLEC at exactly 3:20 a.m, it’s so dark out and felt scared because there’s a lot of homeless and vendor sleeping in the alleyway. I thought I’m so early but to my surprise, there are earlier than me outside the SLEC building, they said they are from province close to Manila and they arrived in SLEC at 1:00 a.m. I didn’t let my sister and cousin leave the SLEC right away, I told them to wait for a sunrise or wait for 5:00 a.m when the light comes out and people are awake.
Fast Forward – Medical Day 1
5:00 a.m the SLEC security guard told us to fall in line because he will check our documents any moments.
5:30 a.m Security Guard started to open the door for the applicants and check all the documents
- 2 copies of Online Registration Form
- 2 copies of passport bio page
- 2 copies of US embassy interview appointment
- NVC Letter
- 4 pieces of 2×2 US visa pictures (they don’t want pictures with smear and earings)
Reminder: Don’t forget to bring a black ink pen
After security guard checking the documents and give my queue number he said to proceed to the lobby and wait for the opening of reception. My queue number is 6
6:00 a.m – Receptionist finally start to call
6:30 a.m – They call my number, the guy staff get my requirements and check it and then get my fingerprint and took a photo, ask my birthday and age. After biometrics and screening, he told me to proceed to the cashier on the 5th floor to pay the medical.
6:35 a.m – Going to the 5th floor for the payment (11,300 PHP) we used the elevator because it’s not yet busy and most applicants are all on the first floor. Make sure you bring exact amount because cashier will ask you to just come back for your change. Then she told me to proceed to the 4th floor for the laboratory test. In the next step, I and the other girls that I’ve met inside SLEC decided not to use the elevator because the elevator is very busy this time. Better to use stairs even if it’s exhausting because it is the fastest way to do.
6:45 a.m – On the 4th floor we sit for a while and wait for our name to call, the staff there seems cranky asked our passport and receipt. Before getting a blood test they asked about first and last menstruation period. We only have a blood test that time but now they required to get a urine test to all applicants. After a blood test, they told us to proceed to the 3rd floor for the X-ray.
7:00 a.m – At the 3rd floor you need to give your receipt to the staff there and then you need to fill out forms about you and your first and last menstruation period and if you been undergone X-ray before. Then wait until they call your name. Some people who have the latest X-ray brought their X-ray film and give it to the lady staff in that room.
7:40 a.m – After waiting for 40 minutes they called 3 people including me to proceed outside the X-ray room and wear the gown to the gowning area and need to take off bra and jewelry.
7:50 a.m – The radiologist called my name inside the X-ray room and ask me to tie my hair, then she put the heavy pad in my back and she positions me to the X-ray machine, then asks to take a deep breath. After X-ray, she told me to proceed to the 2nd floor for immunization interview.
8:00 a.m – On the 2nd floor the doctor will do the immunization interview, it’s about your health history and menstruation and your old vaccination. Then proceed to the 5th floor.
8:10 a.m – On the 5th floor they check my weight, height, blood pressure, temperature and do the eye test.
8:35 a.m – Physical Exam, this is the last step to do today, the doctor is very strict even when giving instructions she told me to take off all clothes and wear hospital gown, her interview is almost same to immunization interview but the difference to her is she keeps on repeating the questions and ask me when did I gave birth if I am very sure to my answer. Maybe it’s their technique to caught if the applicants are telling the truth or telling lie. Then she asked me to lay down in bed to check my whole body, after that she told me to proceed to the counter for check out.
9:00 a.m – The staff in the US counter told me to come back tomorrow 9:00 a.m for the result.
I finished my medical at exactly 9:00 a.m, I supposed I can finish even the vaccine for one day, because the staff in the lobby said we are lucky because the applicant is not as many as yesterday but maybe because there’s a lot of senior citizens to prioritize that day we cannot make it for 1 day.
I felt so heavy when I go back to the hotel because I’m thinking the result for the next day, I can’t even eat because I am very worried about the result, i told to my sister and my cousin go ahead and enjoy roaming around to the mall then bring food for me because I want to take a rest. I just stayed in the hotel the whole day and thinking my medical result, I have a cough and cold and I’m worried about my X-ray.
My Medical Experience (Day 2)
Somebody told me that I can get the medical result earlier than 9:00 a.m so I go there at exactly 7:00 a.m. I showed a receipt to the security guard who gave a medical result, he checked my name to his computer. Then he said “CONGRATULATION” you passed and stamp my receipt for immunization! When I heard him telling that words I am so happy and said to myself “thank you, Lord”. Then he instructs me to proceed to the 2nd floor for immunization. It’s only 7:00 a.m but the line is long that time and I saw the girls with me yesterday and very happy too while other need to go back for other tests, they didn’t pass the day 1 medical.
8:00 a.m – They called my name for the paper I need to sign then go back to my seat again.
8:30 a.m – They called my name again to the immunization room, the lady asked me a little about my previous vaccine and menstruation, then she gives me 4 shots
- FLU vaccine
Note: That vaccination is from the year 2016, they may be changed it now or still the same.
After vaccination, they told me to proceed to the first floor for the releasing of the medical result.
8:40 a.m – The staff in the releasing counter window called my name and ask a little about me for a verification then he gave me the CD and envelope and the vaccination worksheet. He told me some instructions, he said you cannot open this brown envelope and CD. Bring this brown envelope to your visa interview and give it to the consular officer.
9:00 a.m – I check out to the SLEC so happy
When I go back to the hotel I am very happy to announce to my sister and cousin that I pass the medical and showed my 4 vaccination which is so hurt, then I send a message to my husband with photos of my vaccine and results. After sending a message to my husband I told my sister and cousin to let’s go to the mall and eat everything that I can’t eat for a long time because of the medical exam preparation. Then we checked out to the hotel the next day and go back to Batangas, the vaccine becomes more hurt the next day, it takes more than a week before it healed but it’s OK because I pass the medical.
Things You Need To Do Before Medical
- Water therapy every day (drink as much as you can)
- Eat vegetables and fruits every day
- Stop eating unhealthy food (street food, junk food, oily food etc.)
- Drink milk every night but stop it 1 week before medical, just drink water 1 week before medical
- Stop drinking alcohol, and moderate smoking if you can
- Take vitamins
- Exercise everyday
Aside from that I also boiled malunggay leaves (Moringa), I drink the broth/juice every afternoon, malunggay is very healthy but you have to drink it while it’s hot because you will never like the taste if it’s not hot.
We just pay Visa services because I and my husband are both busy to our work plus the major reason is we need to apply K1 visa and CRBA of our daughter at the same time which is confusing for us but if it’s only K1 visa I believed we can do it on our own.
Here are some tips for you to do if you want to start to file K1 visa for your foreign fiancé(e) or if your budget is tight:
- Go to the USCIS official website and get information about K1 visa.
- Buy K1 visa step by step guide, Their guide is a big help if you can’t afford or don’t want to pay immigration lawyer or visa services.
- Join the Facebook group that exclusively for a K1/Spousal visa only.
- Don’t be shy to ask for help inside FB group, they are willing to help anyone.
- Do research about K1 visa to google and YouTube, people who have been through to this process are willing to help for free through their blogs and story.
Hope those tips can help you and don’t forget to work together as a team with love and care, avoid misunderstanding just because one does not agree to the decision, before you know it you are done to K1 process.
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