DV 2020 Oceania Selectees

SusieQQQ

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Probably a stupid question but can someone please let me know what exactly that they’re looking for in the medical? Is it that we’ve been vaccinated and don’t carry any diseases?
The key factors are (1) no communicable diseases of public health significance (2) no factors that make you a danger to yourself or others (this can cover drug/alcohol addiction and certain mental health factors). For most people, especially from non-TB areas, the medical is a formality.
 
There is a list of vaccinations required. They are age related here is the link

https://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefuge...nation-panel-technical-instructions.html#tbl1

I got a blood test done to see which ones I needed.

The medical is long but good. Nothing too hard. Mostly they just want to know that if you have any disease that it is being treated.

You have to get down to your underwear and do some squats etc. They test your reflexes and eyes. They look for open ulcers and overall skin health. They check your weight and blood pressure and ask a series of questions. There is a pee test for gonorrhoea and a blood test for syphlis. An X-ray for tb is also done.

All up it’s pretty easy.

One think that stood out I was asked if I had ever been caught drink driving as that is considered part of your overall mental health and is a concern. I think it’s asked a few times throughout the exam.
Ok so I just had a look at my immunization history and I have been vaccinated for td/tdap 3 times in 1997, 1998 and last one in 2001. I know it says we need a booster every 10 years but will I be “disqualified” if I haven’t gotten the booster?

I was also vaccinated for Measles twice, one in 1998 and another in 2002. Given these were long ago, would I need to get them again?

Thanks!
 

Mijoro

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Ok so I just had a look at my immunization history and I have been vaccinated for td/tdap 3 times in 1997, 1998 and last one in 2001. I know it says we need a booster every 10 years but will I be “disqualified” if I haven’t gotten the booster?

I was also vaccinated for Measles twice, one in 1998 and another in 2002. Given these were long ago, would I need to get them again?

Thanks!
Check the list of immunisations required. Yes you will have to get another Tetnus shot. They frikken hurt too. If you go to bulk billing dr prior to your medical you can ask him to do a blood test and see what you need boosters for. Best of all it’s free so make the most of it. If come the day of your medical you don’t have them done the dr will do them for you but will charge you for each one.

I needed 3 Tetnus, mmr and the current flu shot all cost me under $100 total. I think the drs costing on the day of are way more expensive than that.
 
Check the list of immunisations required. Yes you will have to get another Tetnus shot. They frikken hurt too. If you go to bulk billing dr prior to your medical you can ask him to do a blood test and see what you need boosters for. Best of all it’s free so make the most of it. If come the day of your medical you don’t have them done the dr will do them for you but will charge you for each one.

I needed 3 Tetnus, mmr and the current flu shot all cost me under $100 total. I think the drs costing on the day of are way more expensive than that.
Right! Good to know that there is a “safety net” that if you haven’t gotten the shots, the doctor at the medical can do it there so we can’t be “disqualified”. I don’t have any diseases that would endanger the public or myself, I just have not been vaccinated for Tetnus and MMR in a long time (over 10 years) so that’s my only concern since I’m in the 18-64 range. We’re you only checked for Tetnus and MMR too?

Sorry for the stupid questions. I guess I just want to cover my bases! Thanks!
 

Mijoro

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Right! Good to know that there is a “safety net” that if you haven’t gotten the shots, the doctor at the medical can do it there so we can’t be “disqualified”. I don’t have any diseases that would endanger the public or myself, I just have not been vaccinated for Tetnus and MMR in a long time (over 10 years) so that’s my only concern since I’m in the 18-64 range. We’re you only checked for Tetnus and MMR too?

Sorry for the stupid questions. I guess I just want to cover my bases! Thanks!
There are no “stupid” questions and it’s understandable that you want to know all about it before going for your medical.

I asked my local gp to do a blood test to see which immunisations I would need as I didn’t want to have to get jabbed on the day.

Remember aside from the mmr and tdap you will also need the latest flu shot which are usually released in May or April each year.

What range is your case number.
 

Aidyn

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actually the flu shot is seasonal, I had my medical in March and was told that I did not need the flu shot as it wasnt currently available.
Also, not all shots listed on the USICS site are required, doc told me that many of them I had "aged out" of but the mandatory ones were MMR and dtap.
I had also gone to my doctor prior and got a full blood work up done and provided that to the doctor, he was able to check off that I had been given my boosters and didnt require any of the others
 

Mijoro

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There you go so depending on when your medical is you might not even need an extra jab. My interview was in May so I was required to get it.
 

SusieQQQ

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actually the flu shot is seasonal, I had my medical in March and was told that I did not need the flu shot as it wasnt currently available.
Also, not all shots listed on the USICS site are required, doc told me that many of them I had "aged out" of but the mandatory ones were MMR and dtap.
Exactly our experience, this is why I am hesitant when people advise getting them elsewhere because it’s “cheaper”, but you may end up with a bunch you don’t need doing it that way.
 

Bob22

Active Member
Maybe I'm a bit dim but the health insurance really is confusing in this country. Forms, multiple agencies get involved if you go for obamacare, more forms...like a three ring circus.

On top of that I started work three days ago so that complicates it even further. My work also has a scheme going on but it's so confusing my job literally runs workshops for new staff just so they can't understand how to even enroll! Hope to actually get on one of those workshops soon!
 

Mijoro

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Exactly our experience, this is why I am hesitant when people advise getting them elsewhere because it’s “cheaper”, but you may end up with a bunch you don’t need doing it that way.
On the website though you can see which ones are for your age group. Get the blood test done for free and top up on the ones not required.
 

Aidyn

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Maybe I'm a bit dim but the health insurance really is confusing in this country. Forms, multiple agencies get involved if you go for obamacare, more forms...like a three ring circus.

On top of that I started work three days ago so that complicates it even further. My work also has a scheme going on but it's so confusing my job literally runs workshops for new staff just so they can't understand how to even enroll! Hope to actually get on one of those workshops soon!
Yeah it is pretty confusing, I was lucky enough to get insurance with my job so I just let them handle it
 

SusieQQQ

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Maybe I'm a bit dim but the health insurance really is confusing in this country. Forms, multiple agencies get involved if you go for obamacare, more forms...like a three ring circus.

On top of that I started work three days ago so that complicates it even further. My work also has a scheme going on but it's so confusing my job literally runs workshops for new staff just so they can't understand how to even enroll! Hope to actually get on one of those workshops soon!
If you have it through work that’s the easiest. If your company offers things like HSA as an option, do go to the info sessions to make sure you understand the options and how to get the best option for you. You can also change your plan each year during open enrollment.
 
There are no “stupid” questions and it’s understandable that you want to know all about it before going for your medical.

I asked my local gp to do a blood test to see which immunisations I would need as I didn’t want to have to get jabbed on the day.

Remember aside from the mmr and tdap you will also need the latest flu shot which are usually released in May or April each year.

What range is your case number.
I just checked my immunization history and I have been vaccinated for mmr and my tdap booster is scheduled for 2022 so I am all clear for those two. Case Number is 1XX so I am thinking I will be receiving an email sometime soon on when my interview will be is that right?
 

Aidyn

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I just checked my immunization history and I have been vaccinated for mmr and my tdap booster is scheduled for 2022 so I am all clear for those two. Case Number is 1XX so I am thinking I will be receiving an email sometime soon on when my interview will be is that right?
The Visa Bulletin that is due out by 15th of this month will have the first batch of DV 2020 numbers, if your number is lower than that listed as current you can expect to receive your 2NL by the end of the month. The email you receive only tells you to go check the website, the same place you got your selection letter (1NL) that will be replaced with your 2NL and have all the information regarding your interview date and time.
If the next VB has a lower number current than yours then you will need to wait for the next one :)
 
The Visa Bulletin that is due out by 15th of this month will have the first batch of DV 2020 numbers, if your number is lower than that listed as current you can expect to receive your 2NL by the end of the month. The email you receive only tells you to go check the website, the same place you got your selection letter (1NL) that will be replaced with your 2NL and have all the information regarding your interview date and time.
If the next VB has a lower number current than yours then you will need to wait for the next one :)
Great thanks for the info! With a case number of 1XX do you think I’ll be in the first batch of interviews?
 

Aidyn

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Great thanks for the info! With a case number of 1XX do you think I’ll be in the first batch of interviews?
Theres a really high chance it will be but anything is possible ... 2019 first VB started with OC at 100

I say you have a higher chance because of what seems to be high selection numbers and probable massive holes inDV2020 selections,but its just a wait and see each month
 

Bob22

Active Member
By the way, don't get crazy on the vaccinations. The list they supply is generic and doesn't apply to everyone depending on your age or situation. The medical centre has all the vaccinations on site, so if the doctor thinks there is a gap in your records they will give you one right there. So what I'm saying is don't run off to your local GP and get every vaccine in the list and spends hundreds, because there's a good chance you don't need all of them.
 
I need some assistance if possible.

I'm an Aussie on an E3 visa currently living and working in the US. Under my E3 I cannot show immigrant intent. I've been in the US for over 15 months now.

I was so excited to win the 2020 DV lottery that I filed the DS-260 immediately (as advised to on the site; I honestly thought I'd miss out on getting one of the 50k GC's if I wasn't one of the first 50k people to submit the DS-260). Now that I've shown immigration intent, my upcoming E3 renewal is likely going to be denied (I think? I had no intention of winning). Am I screwed, or is there a way around this?

Timeframe so far:
May 2019: win DV lottery, case number OC15XX (super high for the Oceania region). File DS-260, stating I plan to do AOS since I'm already in US. < Apparently this step was my mistake. Winning lottery /= intent, but filing DS-260 = intent.
May 2020: E3 expires. I've shown intent now, so I'm screwed.
July/August 2020: Based on historical data others have mentioned above, this is the time when DV case numbers OC1500+ will be current and I will be able to apply for a GC, if one is available still.

Realising AOS may not be possible, I have already emailed the KCC asking to be placed back into normal CP processing. This is in preparation for still being able to get a DV GC if I get deported back to Aus. I have no idea if this is possible, or if the DS-260 can be withdrawn entirely, or if this helps me in any away.

I plan to skip over to Canada to renew my E3 in May. If they bring up the DV lottery, I honestly plan to explain that I had no idea what intent really meant; I am happy to remain an nonimmigrant. I blindly followed instructions on the visa website not knowing how it affected my visa personally. If my renewal gets approved, wonderful. If it gets denied ... well I will end up back at Australia, waiting for my GC case number, right?

Alternative idea: ask my employer to help switch me from an E3 to HB-1 or some other specialist visa, which allows dual intent. I have a PhD and work in a very narrow medical research field so hopefully I can be in some priority category there. Is this feasible? It sounds silly but that 2-3 month gap is a major life overhaul; job lost, rent contract ruined, general life thrown into chaos all because I panic-applied for a DS-260.

Any help or suggestions are welcomed.
 
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