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Saturday, 5 May 2012

Medical Exam

Yesterday I had a medical exam for immigration at a Korean hospital in Skokie, IL. I had an appointment at 3:15pm but I also had to wait until 3:50pm. They just worked in ‘first-come, first-serve‘ basis. What then is the appointment for? A Korean lady with her daughter left the hospital because they waited too long, then the doctor called her to her cell phone to come back. And the lady was served right away.

Actual medical exam did not last more than five minutes. They just asked me if I have any disease or allergy. Even they asked me how high I am. I paid $230 by cheque because they accept cheque or cash only.

I had to go back on Monday to pick up the envelope. In Canada, the hospital sends the result of the immigration medical exam directly to CIC (which is Citizenship and Immigration Canada), but in America, the applicant must include the medical exam result in the application package without opening the envelope and submit the whole package to USCIS (which is United States Citizenship and Immigration Service).

At first sight, Canada and America looked quite alike – neighbour countries using even same language. But almost everyday I find different things – really different, so different.

어제는 스코키에 있는 한국인 병원에 가서 이민 건강 검진을 받았다. 예약이 3시 15분이었는데 3시 50분까지 기다렸다. 예약 상관없이 오는 순서대로 봐주는데 그러면 예약은 뭐하러 받나? 딸을 데려온 한국인 아줌마 한분은 기다리다 그냥 나가버렸다. 그러자 의사가 핸드폰으로 전화를 해서 돌아오라고 하더니 바로 진찰을 해줬다.

실제 검진은 약 5분도 안 걸린 듯 했다. 병이나 알레르기가 있는지 물어보고, 심지어 키가 얼마냐고까지 물어봤다. 230불을 수표로 써줬는데, 현금 또는 수표만 받기 때문이다.

월요일에 봉투를 찾으러 다시 가야 한다. 캐나다에서는 이민 건강 검진을 하면  병원에서 결과를 바로 이민국으로 보내는데, 미국에서는 영주권 신청자가 검사 결과를 봉투로 받아서 (봉투를 절대 뜯으면 안되고) 영주권 신청서와 함께 패키지로 해서 이민국에 접수해야 한다.

처음에는 캐나다와 미국이 참 비슷해 보였다. 이웃 나라인데다 말과 글까지 같으니까. 그런데 요즘에는 거의 날마다 다른 걸 발견한다. 정말 달라 많이 달라.


1 Comment »

  1. Hi James. Glad to hear things are moving ahead. I’m busy getting the paper work done here. If you feel you need Legal Shield, I can help you get it there. You are both covered. Free information on everything. Help with Immigration, etc. Take care,

    Comment by Marlene Ferris Corbett — Sunday, 6 May 2012 @ 7:07 | Reply

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