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DV 2015 KENYA SELECTEES FORUM

Banangeh

Active Member
Encouraging. All the best Simon in your new home. Will still attempt again for DV2017. Keeping the hope alive back here. Wish all the current DV2015 and those successful in DV2016 all the best. The forum is truly invaluable regardless of individual outcome.
Very true I learnt alot from this forum and those doubting leaving kenya well wish you would come n.see America is wonderful,have never seen a place u can quit a job 9am and by 2pm you are employed elsewhere ofkoz based on your field but we.also have warehouse jobs that pay well n no experience needed cant wait to visit ma family in dec though fares are high...also carry some bucks with you dont depend on ya host on small things like driver license or state ID n shots for school going kids which is a must before admission to class
 
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Banangeh

Active Member
Very true I learnt alot from this forum and those doubting leaving kenya well wish you would come n.see America is wonderful,have never seen a place u can quit a job 9am and by 2pm you are employed elsewhere ofkoz based on your field but we.also have warehouse jobs that pay well n no experience needed cant wait to visit ma family in dec though fares are high...also carry some bucks with you dont depend on ya host on small things like driver license or state ID n shots for school going kids which is a must before admission to class
 

JC4sure

Member
Hello everyone,
We are warming up for medicals early next week. We've done our best to prepare but tips are still welcome.
It's a 12hour journey by road so we plan to travel over the weekend.
Anyone else preparing for the same this week or next week?
Praying all goes well.
 

solwach

Registered Users (C)
so in keeping with tradition of the forum . i am back to give my experience. i do hope it helps someone out there .
Timeline of the whole process

1 OCT 2013: Entered 2015 DV Lottery

1May 2014: 2015 DV Lottery results released. Received first notification letter via https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC/ stating that I was selected for further processing. Case number: 2015AF000363**

19 MAY 2014: Filled and sent the DS260 form .We were the first group to fill an online form.

2 JUNE 2015: Received second notification letter via https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC/ with the interview date

11JUNE 2015: Received Ugandan police clearance certificate

22&23 JUNE 2015: Medical done in Nairobi at IOM

06 JULY 2015: Successful interview at the US embassy in Nairobi.



Medical

I had the medical done at IOM located in Gigiri on Un avenue. I was asked in an email after making the booking to arrive at 7am and requested to carry: my interview notification letter, 2 passport size photos, and passport. P.S I could only book for medical appointment after I had received my 2nl .I got there at about 6:15am and there was already a long queue. My advice to anyone going for the medicals in Nairobi to arrive early because we were attended to according to a number that we were given showing our arrival time(basically it was a first come first serve or whoever pushed their way through the gate first ) .It is bloody cold …….sooooo cold.

DAY 1

Carry 2 passport pic(2x2)

3 copies of your passport bio data page

Money to pay

2 notification letter

Passport

Day 1 is all about counseling (preparing you for the procedures u are about to undergo). Next will be the blood tests and XRAYS. Then u are sent to the vaccination office to get a quote of your bill and then sent to village market mall to pay at CBA bank. We were so many people so the process takes a while and many times we found ourselves outside in the cold as we waited.

DAY 2

Confirmation of payment (bank slip will be handed to the accountant)

Thorough medical checkup (this is the part where u strip naked ).

It is also the part where u know your fate. (Look out to see if your CD is on top of the desk as soon as u enter the doctors room. This is how u know all is well.

Vaccination

the second dose will be done when u get to the USA or if u are still around u can always go back to IOM

Actual interview

I arrived at exactly 6am on the interview day. It was so cold. There were 20 or so people ahead of me. We were asked to split into two lines ….one for men and one for women. Women with children were the asked to go to the front of line. We were then called to the front according to our appointment time. We were asked for our interview appointment letters and passports and then frisked and let through the first gate. we then walked up to another check were we were then led into a room in groups of four asked to switch our cell phones off and leave them behind that included , digital music players, flash drives, laptops, cameras and the likes. Security clearance took about 20 minutes I was then asked the proceed to the waiting area where I was received by another security officer who asked me go pick a number come back and wait for my name to be called out.

1 hour later, my name was called. I must admit the wait was quite nerve racking to say the least despite having all the requested documents and being adequately prepared. The first lady to interview me was a Kenyan lady. She was very friendly and asked for the following requested documents and their copies: passport, birth certificate, education certificates – senior 4 & senior 6.(all Ugandans should take note and carry senior 4 certificate as well) police clearance certificate , 2 passport size photos .-
She asked me the following questions while she typed my answers into the computer:

· Have you been to the US? When?

· Do u have an criminal record? Have u ever been arrested for sth?

· Have u been denied a USA visa?

All this took at most 5 minutes. She then asked me to proceed to the cashier and pay 330$ and return the slip to her .I was then asked to go back out in the cold and wait for my number to be called again. After another 30 mins my number was called to window 5 where an American lady electronically took my finger prints and then it was back out to the cold.

I waited another 30 minutes until I was called again. The second interviewing officer was an American lady . she asked me to raise my right had and swear to tell the truth which I did .She asked me the following questions while she typed my answers into the computer:

· Are u married? Have u ever been married?

· Do u have kids?

· Do you have relatives in the US? Is that who you are planning to stay with?

· Which state are they?

I SEE NO PROBLEM WITH YOUR DOCUMENTS. VISA GRANTED!

The second interview took at most 2 minutes. She then wrote down my details on a green piece of paper and handed it to me along with my education certificates and birth certificate. She said something about Dhl but I did not get any of it as my mind had taken leave. The embassy was so busy that day. We must have been about 200 people though most were there for non immigrant visas.
SO ....THAT IS IT FOLKS!
i have a friend with no principle pass at A level do u think its an issue?
 

solwach

Registered Users (C)
Every few months we seem to have this discussion about how some Africans are horrified that some medicals involve stripping naked. It is a medical, performed by a doctor. Get over it!
Hi Brit, i have a friend from Uganda, he does not have any principle pass on S.6 education cert but has IT diploma, does he have a chance? thanks
 

Britsimon

Super Moderator
Hi Brit, i have a friend from Uganda, he does not have any principle pass on S.6 education cert but has IT diploma, does he have a chance? thanks

The Kenyan embassy says this about Ugandan educated selectees.

  • For Uganda, you must have the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) A-level certificate with a minimum of one principal pass and one secondary pass out of four total subject exams.
So, based on that, your friend is not qualified on education. The IT diploma will not help. If his work experience does not meet the requirement either, he is very likely to be refused.
 

usamommy2015

Active Member
I come with bad news. Went for our medicals on Friday. On returning on Monday, they told us my husband needs to re-do the chest x-ray. So we re-did the x-ray. We got an email on Tuesday saying he had to come again for an x-ray. Today we were informed that he needed a sputum culture which takes 8 weeks. The results would come on 8 oct way past DV visa issuance deadline. My first thought was bye bye DV. Nice knowing you. Then we thought as I am the main applicant we can sponsor him. He already has a 10 year tourist visa. I would be the pregnant woman due in November so I need my husband around and working.

Our interview is scheduled for 8 September. Looking forward to what BritSimon, Sm1smom and SusieQQQ are suggesting.

BTW I had to do the x-ray with a protective lead cover. My only grievance was, in all their counselling and explanations, they told me this was extremely safe for the baby, but literally right before screening they made me sign a waiver which said they explained the dangers to me.

My daughter (3 years old) got 7 shots. all in one day. She also had a TB needle test done... I got 2 and the OH got 3.
 

Britsimon

Super Moderator
I come with bad news. Went for our medicals on Friday. On returning on Monday, they told us my husband needs to re-do the chest x-ray. So we re-did the x-ray. We got an email on Tuesday saying he had to come again for an x-ray. Today we were informed that he needed a sputum culture which takes 8 weeks. The results would come on 8 oct way past DV visa issuance deadline. My first thought was bye bye DV. Nice knowing you. Then we thought as I am the main applicant we can sponsor him. He already has a 10 year tourist visa. I would be the pregnant woman due in November so I need my husband around and working.

Our interview is scheduled for 8 September. Looking forward to what BritSimon, Sm1smom and SusieQQQ are suggesting.

BTW I had to do the x-ray with a protective lead cover. My only grievance was, in all their counselling and explanations, they told me this was extremely safe for the baby, but literally right before screening they made me sign a waiver which said they explained the dangers to me.

My daughter (3 years old) got 7 shots. all in one day. She also had a TB needle test done... I got 2 and the OH got 3.

Bad luck indeed.

Is the 8 weeks certain? Is there any chance the test results could be available earlier? If so, I would suggest all attend the interview and get the visas issued for you and the kids and see if they will put your husband on AP pending the TB results. If that came before 9/30 deadline there might be a chance to get the approval still (with co-operation from the embassy).

Otherwise you could sponsor your husband but it will take time and he won't be able to work immediately.

Mom/Susie might have better suggestions.
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
I come with bad news. Went for our medicals on Friday. On returning on Monday, they told us my husband needs to re-do the chest x-ray. So we re-did the x-ray. We got an email on Tuesday saying he had to come again for an x-ray. Today we were informed that he needed a sputum culture which takes 8 weeks. The results would come on 8 oct way past DV visa issuance deadline. My first thought was bye bye DV. Nice knowing you. Then we thought as I am the main applicant we can sponsor him. He already has a 10 year tourist visa. I would be the pregnant woman due in November so I need my husband around and working.

Our interview is scheduled for 8 September. Looking forward to what BritSimon, Sm1smom and SusieQQQ are suggesting.

BTW I had to do the x-ray with a protective lead cover. My only grievance was, in all their counselling and explanations, they told me this was extremely safe for the baby, but literally right before screening they made me sign a waiver which said they explained the dangers to me.

My daughter (3 years old) got 7 shots. all in one day. She also had a TB needle test done... I got 2 and the OH got 3.

Sorry to learn about the current outcome of your husband's medical. However, like you already know, it's not completely over since you're the PA and not your husband. I suggest you continue with the process, and he completes whatever treatment they recommend following the sputum test result, if indeed it turns out he has TB. Once you have your own GC, you should be able to sponsor him later on.

It's a good thing he already has a 10 year B2 visa, however I wouldn't recommend he try to enter the U.S. same time as you and the rest of the family. The possibility of being denied admission is rather high, the assumption would be that he's trying to sneak in and live in the U.S. with the rest of the family on a tourist visa. Unfortunately, he of course wouldn't be able to work on a B2 visa, any form of employment will be a violation of his admission status.
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Bad luck indeed.

Is the 8 weeks certain? Is there any chance the test results could be available earlier? If so, I would suggest all attend the interview and get the visas issued for you and the kids and see if they will put your husband on AP pending the TB results. If that came before 9/30 deadline there might be a chance to get the approval still (with co-operation from the embassy).

Otherwise you could sponsor your husband but it will take time and he won't be able to work immediately.

Mom/Susie might have better suggestions.

Yes, the sputum test must be for 8 weeks.
 

usamommy2015

Active Member
Sorry to learn about the current outcome of your husband's medical. However, like you already know, it's not completely over since you're the PA and not your husband. I suggest you continue with the process, and he completes whatever treatment they recommend following the sputum test result, if indeed it turns out he has TB. Once you have your own GC, you should be able to sponsor him later on.

It's a good thing he already has a 10 year B2 visa, however I wouldn't recommend he try to enter the U.S. same time as you and the rest of the family. The possibility of being denied admission is rather high, the assumption would be that he's trying to sneak in and live in the U.S. with the rest of the family on a tourist visa. Unfortunately, he of course wouldn't be able to work on a B2 visa, any form of employment will be a violation of his admission status.

But I am pregnant, I would need to have him on the flight as I will have a toddler and will be about 30 weeks. He will have to accompany me. Will it be a big problem? He would stay till delivery. We would process the newborn's passport and then get back on the next plane to NBO. I'd then go back after the one year. Will that affect our petition, because I was planning on applying as soon as we arrive.
 

usamommy2015

Active Member
Bad luck indeed.

Is the 8 weeks certain? Is there any chance the test results could be available earlier? If so, I would suggest all attend the interview and get the visas issued for you and the kids and see if they will put your husband on AP pending the TB results. If that came before 9/30 deadline there might be a chance to get the approval still (with co-operation from the embassy).

Otherwise you could sponsor your husband but it will take time and he won't be able to work immediately.

Mom/Susie might have better suggestions.

Tell me more about sponsoring him. Links appreciated.
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
No other type of test available??? Sheesh.

None that I'm aware of. According to CDC:

If an applicant has a positive TB skin test, a chest x-ray and three sputum samples are taken to do further testing. Sputum samples are used in smear and culture tests, which are very useful in detecting TB. Although, smear tests can be done quickly, cultures take 6-8 weeks before results are final.

Immigrant applicants over age 10 cannot travel to the United States until these culture results are ready. But, for children age 10 and younger, the process is now slightly different. Typically, young children are not infectious (able to spread TB). However, even in young children, if certain factors are present care should be taken to decrease the risk of spreading TB to others.

http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugee...culosis-panel-technical-instructions-faq.html
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
But I am pregnant, I would need to have him on the flight as I will have a toddler and will be about 30 weeks. He will have to accompany me. Will it be a big problem? He would stay till delivery. We would process the newborn's passport and then get back on the next plane to NBO. I'd then go back after the one year. Will that affect our petition, because I was planning on applying as soon as we arrive.

Your needing to have him travel with you is one thing, the CBP officer admitting him on a tourist visa when he's accompanying family members holding IVs is another thing. I'm basically trying to get you to see the possibility of his being found inadmissible at the POE especially if they get to know he wasn't able to get his visa with the rest of your to due to medical check, and if the sputum smear test actually turns out positive. I would expect the CBP officer to ask why he didn't have an IV like the rest of the family he's accompanying.

Your plan to go in, have your baby, get his/her passport and return to NB shouldn't negatively impact your petition, however I wouldn't expect you to share that plan with the IO unless of course they specifically ask.
 
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