12 Steps to successfully give birth in US as a foreigner

12 major Steps or Decisions to make  for you to have a successful childbirth experience as a foreigner:

  1. Choose the State and City you want to have your baby in the USA
  2. Choose the Hospital or Birthing Center
  3. Decide whether you want to have a virginal birth or plan C-Section?
  4. Choose your Obstetrician and gynecologist
  5. Ask the doctor which medical laboratory tests are acceptable from your country and the one to be done in the USA
  6. Whether to use the assistance of an agency or not. Email contact@purplediamondllc.com  for assistance on more information about this. Or Book a 30 minute chat to discuss further here.
  7. Which flight or carrier are you traveling with and what are their rules about a pregnant woman.
  8. Who will be traveling with you?
  9. Are you staying with someone or getting your accommodation?
  10. How long will your stay be? Do you need a visa extension?
  11. What is the Total Cost Estimate? How are you going to finance it?
  12. What is the alternative plan in case you are not allowed entry to the USA?

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The first five on the list is so important and should be your first step in your journey to having your baby in the US. The cost of child delivery varies from one state to the other. Usually, hospitals in big Cities are cheaper than other parts of the State. This might be because they have more delivery and shared fixed costs than hospitals in small cities.

 

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Birthing centers Vs Hospital

Birthing Centers are also cheaper in terms of the delivery fee than hospitals. Birthing Centers are usually run by qualified and experienced Midwives and Nurses. It’s a suitable alternative especially for the pregnant woman who have had birth experience from a previous pregnancy, and for single births and uncomplicated cases.

To select a doctor, go online and search Google for hospitals in the state of your choice. You can use Zip codes of the address you wish to stay. Select the big hospitals and give them a call, write an email or fill out the Contact page form. Ask questions about the following cost: delivery, Caesarea section, epidural, hospital stay, anesthesia discount for cash paying patient and any other clarifications.

Next step is to find an obstetrician who is affiliated with the hospital of your choice that will give you ante-natal care and deliver your baby in the US. Go to the Hospital’s website homepage, click on Find a Physician or Physician Portal, click on it and search for Obstetrician in that hospital. Read their profile and select one that you like. Call or email and ask them if they will take you as a patient.

Request for detailed information from the OBGYN as to his fees and what it covers, the laboratory tests and ultrasound that are acceptable from other countries and the ones he will have you do when you arrive and ask how to book your first appointment with the OBGYN when you arrive the US. Ask for an official acceptance letter on the hospitals’ letterhead, stating the fees and appointment details. Ensure all the correspondence are properly kept and printed out as you will be needing them for your Visa processing and even the point of entry later.

 

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Basic Traveling formalities to USA

USA Visa Application

Formalities and documents required for US Visa are quite straightforward, and details of what you need to get your American visa for visitors are more commonly available to people. Not many know that apart from the interview conducted at the consulate, you also need to furnish several documents (and copies of some) to get your visa to travel. These are applicable for e-Passports and visa waiver program eligibility too. Check out relevant details for your country here

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USA Visitor Visa Requirements:

  1. An original, valid passport. Those which have more than 6 months before expiring at the time of your travel are preferred over the ones that are about to expire shortly. To avoid any complications, renew your passport well in advance. It wouldn’t harm to carry any old passports that you have as well, as you may be asked to produce them for scrutiny at the office.
  2. A digital and hard copy of your photograph as specified by the US consulate/embassy are mandatory. Check for the photo dimensions, the backdrop color, and how you should appear in the photo before you get one taken of you.
  3. A completed DS 160 Visa application confirmation page that has been stamped at the Visa Application Centre (VAC).
  4. A valid receipt for the fee that you paid to get your visa application processed.
  5. A hard copy of the appointment letter sent to you by the Visa office. This is known as the US Interview Letter, and you will be notified of a specific time and date of interview in it, along with the dos and don’ts you need to follow.

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Other Checks to note

  1. To ensure you are fit to be permitted inside the US borders and be successful in your US visa application, the immigration office will do a thorough check of all your documents, including your personal ones that are granted to you by the government of your country eg drivers licence, or by your company  (company ID card, salary slip) if you’re going on a business visit, your medical records if you’re going for medical treatments of procedures, and other such corresponding documents. So, make sure your ID proofs that you normally use in your own place of residence are clear, valid, and have not expired.
  2. Apart from ensuring you don’t have criminal records in the past or are not wanted by your own or any other government in the world, they would also ensure you are mentally, physically, and financially capable of handling yourself during the period of your stay in the USA. So documents such as your bank statements, your medical records, and those issued by your doctor or office, etc. will be matched against the reason for your visit. You must clearly state your purpose of visit, and carry documents to support your claims.
  3. Proof of having enough funds is a very important point, so make sure you have enough to cover your medical costs and stay in the USA, and a substantial amount saved over and beyond these sums.
  4. To make things easier in the visa interview, be sure to state that you have strong reason to get back to your home country once your period of stay in the USA is up by showing strong ties to your home (marriage, spouse, kids, good job). Those who don’t have a return ticket, or who are vague about their purpose and period of stay will not be granted entry because officials wouldn’t want people to gain entry and stay in the USA illegally for a very long time or permanently. Any documents you have which can support your statements of having strong ties can be shown as evidence.

 

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Other important documents

  1. Documents that prove why you are traveling to the USA, Hospital or caregiver’s confirmation email, what you will be doing while in USA, and confirmation on how you will be returning to your country would be helpful. The intent to depart the country once you are done with your stay must be made evident.
  2. Tax documents, ID proofs, business cards if you have any, medical records and the reason why your doctor advises you give birth in the USA – keep these documents handy at the interview at all times.
  3. If your travel, stay and medical benefits are being covered by a sponsor in the USA, then be sure to have the sponsorship letter ready. The person(s) sponsoring you will also be scrutinized, but separately in the country, while you are vetted in the consulate in your country.
  4. If you are staying in an hotel or other arrangement, make sure you have the confirmation page of your bookings and emails relevant to the arrangement showing address, phone number and name of the contact person.

Documents required for Visa B1 /B2 for Tourist and Medical Visitors

Documents required for Visa B1 /B2 for Tourist and Medical Visitors

Formalities and documents required for Visa are quite straightforward, and details of these are more commonly available to people. Not many know that apart from the interview conducted at the consulate, you also need to furnish several documents (and copies of some) in order to get your visa to travel. These are applicable for e-Passports and visa waiver program eligibility too.

 

Let’s look at some of the mandatory documents required:

 

1.      An original, valid passport. Those which have more than 6 months before expiring at the time of your travel are preferred over the ones that are about to expire shortly. To avoid any complications, renew your passport well in advance. It wouldn’t harm to carry any old passports that you have as well, as you may be asked to produce them for scrutiny at the office.

 

2.     A digital and hard copy of your photograph as specified by the US consulate/embassy are mandatory. Check for the photo dimensions, the backdrop color, and how you should appear in the photo before you get one taken of you.

 

3.     A completed DS 160 Visa application confirmation page that has been stamped at the Visa Application Centre (VAC).

 

4.    A valid receipt for the fee that you paid to get your visa application processed.

 

5.     A hard copy of the appointment letter sent to you by the Visa office. This is known as the US Interview Letter, and you will be notified of a specific time and date of interview in it, along with the dos and don’ts you need to follow.

 

Other Formalities

6.    In order to ensure you are fit to be permitted inside the US borders, the immigration office will do a thorough check of all your documents, including your personal ones that are granted to you by the government of your country, by your company if you’re going on a business visit, your medical records if you’re going for medical treatments of procedures, and other such corresponding documents. So, make sure your ID proofs that you normally use in your own place of residence are clear, valid, and have not expired.

 

7.     Apart from ensuring you don’t have criminal records in the past or are not wanted by your own or any other government in the world, they would also ensure you are mentally, physically, and financially capable of handling yourself during the period of your stay in the USA. So documents such as your bank statements, your medical records, and those issued by your doctor or office, etc. will be matched against the reason for your visit. You must clearly state your purpose of visit, and carry documents to support your claims.

 

8.    Proof of having enough funds is a very important point, so make sure you have enough to cover your medical costs and stay in the USA, and a substantial amount saved over and beyond these sums.

 

9.    To make things easier in the visa interview, be sure to state that you have strong reasons to get back to your home country once your period of stay in the USA is up. Those who don’t have a return ticket (in counties where such is required), or who are vague about their purpose and period of stay will not be granted entry because officials wouldn’t want people to gain entry and stay in the USA illegally for a very long time or permanently. Any documents you have which can support your statements of having strong ties can be shown as evidence.

 

10.   Documents that prove why you are traveling to the USA, Hospital or caregiver’s confirmation email, what you will be doing while in USA, and confirmation on how you will be returning to your country would be helpful. The intent to depart the country once you are done with your stay must be made evident.

 

11.  Tax documents, ID proofs, business cards if you have any, medical records and the reason why your doctor advises you give birth in the USA – keep these documents handy at the interview at all times.

 

12. If your travel, stay and medical benefits are being covered by a sponsor in the USA, then be sure to have the sponsorship letter ready. The person(s) sponsoring you will also be scrutinized, but separately in the country, while you are vetted in the consulate in your country.

 

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