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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by ozymes: 4:33pm On Dec 27, 2017
It shall be pleasant
ogemele:
Just landed jfk via qatar airways. Coming back to give my Poe story.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Dollarsolution(m): 4:53pm On Dec 27, 2017
LI:
https://www.nairaland.com/jenyjay/posts#63523574

Jenyjay, We are waiting for the remaining part of this story.

Please any one willing to share apartment in Richmond Texas. am still in search. but this AIRBnb houses are not smiling. or if any knows a better accommodation package.
Thanks

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Tripletmom: 6:05pm On Dec 27, 2017
Compliment of the season
So my mum went for her interview this morning. Interview was 10:am at Walter carrington.

Vo:morning
Mum:morning
Vo:ur passport pls
Mum:she passes it (while holding on to her other 2 old passport)
Vo:why do u wanna go to US
Mum:to visit my daughter n grandchildren and also hlp my daughter goin for childbirth.
Vo:how long are u gonna spend
Mum:6weeks
Vo:how long has ur daughter bin dere
Mum:Over 10 years
Vo:how many kids do u av
Mum:5
Vo:Is she ur first
Mum: yes
Vo:wat about others
Mum:dey live and work in Nigeria
Vo: have u travelled bfor
Mum: yes
Vo:where
Mum:UK (4times) US (2ce) Jerusalem for Pilgrimage.
Vo:congratulations
Mum: Thank you n av a lovely day.

Her first US visa was issued 2008 with the hlp of an agent n she only went twice n didn’t renew it.
I filled d form myself dis time truthfully n gave her d print out to study.

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Zeenayah: 9:08pm On Dec 27, 2017
Hi everyone compliments of the season. Shout out to everyone keeping the thread alive and sharing experiences. Been a guest studying this thread back to back since June. Missionary journey loading in January. Shout out to Madam Nerf... You are 10 much.

Please I have two questions and would appreciate if the house can help me out.
1) My passport is expiring in May next year, visa is expiring in April. I am traveling in January and back by April. Do I need a new passport? Does the 6 mths validity of passport apply during travel or just at point of application for a visa? Am going via Qatar and going to stay in the airport during the layover anyway.

2) My mum has a valid visa till end of February. Can she travel with it a week before expiry and stay for 6 weeks after the visa expires. I understand that it's the duration of your stay which the CBP stamps you have to adhere to and not the date of expiry of the visa.

Please I would appreciate your help in validating these two points. Thanks.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by LI(m): 9:36pm On Dec 27, 2017
Since you have a valid visa, if asked, madam should just state your current income. In any case, she needs to be in possession of evidence of this

Cretaceous:


Thanks Li. On the issue of consistency between my application and the interview, it's actually my wife that is applying. I have a valid visa. However, the monthly salary I stated in my ds-160 form when I applied is far less than what I earn now. My wife will definitely not be mentioning what i have on my ds-160 form as my monthly income if asked. How do you think we can navigate this?
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by zoemummy: 9:40pm On Dec 27, 2017
justwise:


Hospital and OB-GYN review

Oh! Ok.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by bidrozey: 11:28pm On Dec 27, 2017
Dollarsolution:


Please any one willing to share apartment in Richmond Texas. am still in search. but this AIRBnb houses are not smiling. or if any knows a better accommodation package.
Thanks
when do you plan travelling?
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Nobody: 9:57am On Dec 28, 2017
Zeenayah:

Please I have two questions and would appreciate if the house can help me out.
1) My passport is expiring in May next year, visa is expiring in April. I am traveling in January and back by April. Do I need a new passport? Does the 6 mths validity of passport apply during travel or just at point of application for a visa? Am going via Qatar and going to stay in the airport during the layover anyway.

2) My mum has a valid visa till end of February. Can she travel with it a week before expiry and stay for 6 weeks after the visa expires. I understand that it's the duration of your stay which the CBP stamps you have to adhere to and not the date of expiry of the visa.

Please I would appreciate your help in validating these two points. Thanks.

Pls see this link below.

http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-gen-faq.asp#qlistgen8

1) your visa. It looks like (my interpretation o... I'm not 100% certain) you can travel in Jan with a visa expiring in Apr and passport expiring in May.....it seems you won't be signed in for the usual 6 months by CBP.....CBP stamp might not be longer than the expiry of the passport...see the link in the answer to FAQ question 1......to be extra extra safe (sorry I'm a scaredy cat in these matters) maybe you should just renew before you leave....if you're leaving Jan ending...you still have 4 weeks.....

2) mummy has no issues...provided she travels before end of Feb when visa expires...and CBP stamps her in for longer than 6 weeks (her intended length of stay)....see the answer to FAQ question 14. Assuming she has no passport expiry issues.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Dollarsolution(m): 10:06am On Dec 28, 2017
bidrozey:
when do you plan traveling?
by Feb ending or 1st wk march. going to houston , got a nice apartment on AIRBnb but its 3 bed
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by seemorejoy: 10:53am On Dec 28, 2017
How much did you got this apartment?



Dollarsolution:

by Feb ending or 1st wk march. going to houston , got a nice apartment on AIRBnb but its 3 bed
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Zeenayah: 11:32am On Dec 28, 2017
Thanks a lot for your response Mamaron.

Thanks for sharing the link as well, had also gone on the site but still asked the house to be sure as people may have experienced such (mums case)

Also saw that the 6 mths rule applies when you are going to get a visa at the embassy not for travel. I honestly don't even need to be stamped in for 6 mths cos am back in April. I just want to know if I won't be harassed at Nigerian immigration when going (worried about their overzealousness) or at the
POE(unlikely as they can stamp up to the validity of passport or the date I want to leave anyway).
I have checked the Nigerian immigration site but still not seeing sufficient information.

Ikoyi passport office queue is not for the fainthearted and with Belle sitting down there in d sun is a lot of inconvenience am not interested in unless it is absolutely necessary. Thanks mamaron

Also, pls has anyone declared over 10k when leaving Lagos airport? Does customs harass over it? I know you declare at POE but don't know if you declare and what the process is when leaving the airport in lagos.
I would appreciate your help if you have experienced such.


[quote author=mamaron post=63676495]

Pls see this link below.

http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-gen-faq.asp#qlistgen8

1) your visa. It looks like (my interpretation o... I'm not 100% certain) you can travel in Jan with a visa expiring in Apr and passport expiring in May.....it seems you won't be signed in for the usual 6 months by CBP.....CBP stamp might not be longer than the expiry of the passport...see the link in the answer to FAQ question 1......to be extra extra safe (sorry I'm a scaredy cat in these matters) maybe you should just renew before you leave....if you're leaving Jan ending...you still have 4 weeks.....
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by LI(m): 11:35am On Dec 28, 2017
My recommendation is to renew your passport before traveling. See below reasons

- According to http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-gen-faq.asp#qlistgen1, "You must possess a passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States"
My interpretation is: if your intended period of stay is Jan-Apr 2018, you should have a passport valid till at least Oct 2018.

- CBP would typically stamp you in for 6 months from your date on entry (except in extraordinary situations). This could even be interpreted to mean you should have a valid passport till at least Dec 2018

- Some countries have agreements with the United States whereby their passports are recognized as valid for return to the country concerned for a period of six months beyond the expiration date specified in the passport. Nigeria is one of these countries. This means, it is possible to remain in US maximum of 6 months after the expiration of your passport. Be that as it may, the CBP officer may use their discretion to limit your stay, that is why I recommend you renew your passport.
Zeenayah:

Please I have two questions and would appreciate if the house can help me out.
1) My passport is expiring in May next year, visa is expiring in April. I am traveling in January and back by April. Do I need a new passport? Does the 6 mths validity of passport apply during travel or just at point of application for a visa? Am going via Qatar and going to stay in the airport during the layover anyway.

A visa and immigration status are two things that people generally confuse. As long as your visa is valid, you may land on US soil. The CBP official determines how long you are allowed to remain in US regardless on the validity of your visa, this is what is referred to as immigration status.

2) My mum has a valid visa till end of February. Can she travel with it a week before expiry and stay for 6 weeks after the visa expires. I understand that it's the duration of your stay which the CBP stamps you have to adhere to and not the date of expiry of the visa.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Dollarsolution(m): 11:39am On Dec 28, 2017
Also, pls has anyone declared over 10k when leaving Lagos airport? Does customs harass over it? I know you declare at POE but don't know if you declare and what the process is when leaving the airport in lagos.
I would appreciate your help if you have experienced such.
I don't know of Lagos, but i have declared on two different occasion above 2ousk ant Abuja airport, i only fill some forms and was taking to another room where the purpose of carrying the money was asked and off of source. i filled another form and that was it;. o0ff i was allowed to go. even the usual naa," bro anything for ur boys was their ring tone all tru the form filling"


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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by LI(m): 11:53am On Dec 28, 2017
I had responded before seeing that Mamaron had done same giving maybe an even better answer

Cc Zeenayah
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Zeenayah: 12:13pm On Dec 28, 2017
Thanks a bunch Li. I appreciate you taking time to draft your feedback.

LI:
I had responded before seeing that Mamaron had done same giving maybe an even better answer

Cc Zeenayah
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Zeenayah: 12:15pm On Dec 28, 2017
Thanks a lot for your feedback I appreciate it

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by ozycy: 2:08pm On Dec 28, 2017
Dollarsolution:

by Feb ending or 1st wk march. going to houston , got a nice apartment on AIRBnb but its 3 bed
Do you need the whole 3rooms flat?
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by ozycy: 2:20pm On Dec 28, 2017
Omodadi2:


I applied for my nanny to go with me on this trip as my mum won't be able to go and I have a toddler to this of. However, I chose her interview date considering my drop box application after which I had to change her appointment to 4th January hoping that I would have gotten my visa. Now that I don't have it yet, what can I do? I believe she's not qualified for a visa since I don't have one, pls guide me.
So sorry, all these can only make you stronger.
You will have to reschedule the nanny's interview. She probably can't be given a visa if you don't have yours. Best of luck

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by nnetayo: 2:26pm On Dec 28, 2017
So I thought today would be the day I'd come here to finally share my story as a beneficiary of this thread for such a long time, but alas it was not to be sad
But I've decided to share this story still *long post alert*

I had my first visa appointment in September to go and have my 2ND baby in the US (I had my first over 6 yrs ago in the UK. The pregnancy was high risk and I needed to get out ASAP at the time and since I had a valid British visa, I decided to go to the UK immediately. I had my baby, paid all my bills and been back in the UK many times since then)
We had planned to travel to the US this Christmas for vacation but 10 days after we submitted our application(tourism), I found out I was pregnant (after over 6 years) so we decided that since our interview was about a month away, we would do the needful and let the consular officer know of our intention.

I wanted to have the baby in Houston since I have a lot of family there so I swung into action and started to do my research. Because my pregnancy is high risk (yet again) it was difficult to get a doctor that would accept me but with the help of the zocdoc app, I eventually found one and established correspondence. Fast forward to our interview in September, I was upfront with the consular officer and told him that even though I had initially planned to go on Xmas vacation, I now intend to go and have the baby in US. He said, even though he was aware the baby would arrive next year, he would like for us to reflect more money in our accounts and reapply.He denied us bases on that so
we took his advise and left.

Fast forward to today, we had our interview this morning. Please see transcript below:

VO: Good morning, passports please
DH and I: Good Morning (hands over passports, we were also with our son who was tired from the long queue)
He then took his time to go through the computer (please note that in the new DS160 form, I chose B2 for myself and B1/B2 for DH and son. We also mentioned our conversation with the last consular officer, mentioned that we had our son in the UK, had investments we would be liquidating to demonstrate our financial capacity)
VO: Why have you applied to go the US today ma'am
Me: I'm currently pregnant and would be travelling to have my baby
VO: Where do you work and what do you do for them
Me: I work with xxxx bank and I'm responsible for this, this, this and that across the group and our subsidiaries
He asks DH the same question and he answers
VO: How long have you worked for this organisation
DH: 11 years
VO: Have you travelled out of the country before
Me: Yes. Schooled in the UK, Been to Germany as well
DH: UK and US
VO: Any correspondence from the doctor, budget sheet and statements?
Me: I hand them over and tell him to read from bottom up (the correspondence shows where the doctor is willing to accept me as a high risk patient, our willingness to pay some money upfront and the doctor's response to only receive payment after I've gotten my visa)
VO: Looks through the letter and all the statements. (Our budget was over 5m. Hubby's savings had over 6m, dorm account over $2, 500, I had close to 2m in investment with a letter to the embassy notifying that I had access to the money within 48 hours of notice and Hubby had treasily bill statement indicating over 10m)
VO: Starts typing for a really long time and gives us the blue paper with "I'm sorry you do not qualify for a visa at this time"

I've been so devastated as I had rehearsed over and over again how I was going to share my success story here. I was planning to travel 2nd week in February. Hubby thinks we should try again, this time just me and then himself and my son can apply afterwards.
I'm honestly confused. Don't know if I'd get a date ASAP. I've made a resolve to just have the baby here, but my family thinks I should try again.

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Omodadi2: 2:46pm On Dec 28, 2017
[quote author=nnetayo post=63683787]So I thought today would be the day I'd come here to finally share my story as a beneficiary of this thread for such a long time, but alas it was not to be sad
But I've decided to share this story still *long post alert*

Please where did you have your interview? I really don't know what to say about yours, but just try again and apply for only you as advised. Best of luck
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Omodadi2: 2:47pm On Dec 28, 2017
ozycy:

So sorry, all these can only make you stronger.
You will have to reschedule the nanny's interview. She probably can't be given a visa if you don't have yours. Best of luck

Thank you.
I have rescheduled once and I think that's the only opportunity as got. I have decided she won't go instead of wasting more money on transportation.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Omodadi2: 2:48pm On Dec 28, 2017
Please my people, I need guidance on scheduling emergency visa interview. I am not getting a good date all.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by nnetayo: 3:43pm On Dec 28, 2017
[quote author=Omodadi2 post=63684263][/quote]
Thanks Omodadi2. I had it in Lagos. I've just finished filling the DS-160 form again. I'd wait until tomorrow to re-schedule another appointment.

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by OnJosh1: 3:59pm On Dec 28, 2017
nnetayo:



VO: Any correspondence from the doctor, budget sheet and statements?
Me: I hand them over and tell him to read from bottom up (the correspondence shows where the doctor is willing to accept me as a high risk patient, our willingness to pay some money upfront and the doctor's response to only receive payment after I've gotten my visa)
VO: Looks through the letter and all the statements. (Our budget was over 5m. Hubby's savings had over 6m, dorm account over $2, 500, I had close to 2m in investment with a letter to the embassy notifying that I had access to the money within 48 hours of notice and Hubby had treasily bill statement indicating over 10m)
VO: Starts typing for a really long time and gives us the blue paper with "I'm sorry you do not qualify for a visa at this time"

I've been so devastated as I had rehearsed over and over again how I was going to share my success story here. I was planning to travel 2nd week in February. Hubby thinks we should try again, this time just me and then himself and my son can apply afterwards.
I'm honestly confused. Don't know if I'd get a date ASAP. I've made a resolve to just have the baby here, but my family thinks I should try again.


Sorry about the initial rejection dear but I think you should try again.

Quick questions though: Does your budget match the exact amount that the Dr quoted as basic for high risk patient costs. I'm guessing (novice opinion) that the VO might be worried about anything going wrong (GOD forbid) and then your budget / savings not being able to cover it and that might now result in the possibility of using the almighty Medicaid.

If your budget is an exact match for the basic I think you should adjust it. For instance if you were given a bill for Vaginal and CS even if you want Vaginal, let your budget reflect CS as that might show you are prepared for worst case scenario.

Just put the higher amount if you were given a range for any of the costs. Also is it necessary for your letter to state that you are high risk? Just thinking out loud.... You cant change that now but I'm just thinking if it's important and if that doesn't cause a red flag Medicaid warning bell to go off in some of the VOs minds.

Also the savings in you and Hubby's account did it grow to the 6m and 2m or were they lump sums paid in recently? I know a friend who was denied UK Visa cus they saw recent lump sum transfer and it was work related money o that went in an out and didn't affect the sufficiency of her balance self. Plus she schooled in the UK and has family there, they just denied her thw Visa.

GOD'S Favour this time around IN JESUS NAME; AMEN. Don't give up. Try again alone as advised. If the dates you see are too close to your intended travel date then request for expedited interview date.

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by OnJosh1: 4:10pm On Dec 28, 2017
Omodadi2:
Please my people, I need guidance on scheduling emergency visa interview. I am not getting a good date all.

Advise received from Chiroleck when I needed the emergency request too.

"just log on to your dashboard and click on emergency appointment, choose medical and explain why you missed the first appointment, explain the available dates and tell them that will make you miss your doctors appointment, upload the following documents: info from hospital, doctor's info and doctor's confirmation of appointment.

They'll respond the following day and tell you to choose a date. Goodluck".

Change the narrative as it applies to your situation. For you it wont be about a missed appointment obviously. In my case I added more documents like my Hubby's visa page, and other things that explained my situation better. Got a response in less than 24hrs and got to pick a date.

GOD'S Favour IN JESUS NAME; AMEN

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Dollarsolution(m): 4:28pm On Dec 28, 2017
n
ozycy:

Do you need the whole 3rooms flat?


No i dont, just need two or if there is anything life one and half room (a place for sister help)

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by nnetayo: 4:42pm On Dec 28, 2017
OnJosh1:


Hi OnJosh1, thank you for your concern. Please see response to issues u raises below

Quick questions though: Does your budget match the exact amount that the Dr quoted as basic for high risk patient costs. I'm guessing (novice opinion) that the VO might be worried about anything going wrong (GOD forbid) and then your budget / savings not being able to cover it and that might now result in the possibility of using the almighty Medicaid.

My budget reflected cost for Ceaseran Section (my first was ceaseran too) and additional doctor's fee for high risk patients which was reflected in the correspondence as well. I also included the higher ranges for all other costs (anaesthesia, pepediactrics, etc)[color=#006600][/color]

Also the savings in you and Hubby's account did it grow to the 6m and 2m or were they lump sums paid in recently? I know a friend who was denied UK Visa cus they saw recent lump sum transfer and it was work related money o that went in an out and didn't affect the sufficiency of her balance self. Plus she schooled in the UK and has family there, they just denied her thw Visa.

It was different proceeds from investments we liquidated- sale of shares, redemption of tbills, money market fund, etc

GOD'S Favour this time around IN JESUS NAME; AMEN. Don't give up. Try again alone as advised. If the dates aren't you see are too close to you intended travel date then request for expedited interview date.

Amen! I'm on it, I'd try one last time. Thank you again.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by TWoods(m): 6:18pm On Dec 28, 2017
Hallos:



Please what email address did you send the change of intent mail to?

Read the very first post on this thread. The VOs painstakingly explain why a change of intent letter is a waste of time.

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by ALADE4J2: 8:13pm On Dec 28, 2017
Omodadi2:
Please my people, I need guidance on scheduling emergency visa interview. I am not getting a good date all.

You will first have to book an appointment on the earliest availability date.

After that, the ‘emergency appointment’ field will become visible in your profile.

Click it and state your reason(s) why the available date is not realistic for the purpose of your travel. This could be your travel date, your EDD. Attach a letter from your doctor in Nigeria stating your EDD and medical history, correspondence with a doctor in the U.S. stating pricing estimates, evidence that you have the funds for the medicals, such as bank statement, pay slip.Please also include your budget sheet. You can search ustraveldocs.com for further guidiance.

Goodluck!

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Nobody: 8:15pm On Dec 28, 2017
TWoods:


Read the very first post on this thread. The VOs painstakingly explain why a change of intent letter is a waste of time.
That VO never see anything.

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