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Tourist visa - Pls Advise...

My mom's tourist visa interview is scheduled for mid-May.
(for travel between Mumbai and Chicago)
I want to know 2 things from fellow echarchans who have invited their parents over for a visit in the past...

1) Medical insurance - which company to get it from for 5-6 months. (benchmarks being reasonable cost and reliability)

2) Good price return air tickets...which agents in your knowledge, will hold the tickets without charge - I plan to confirm tickets as soon as visa interview results are positive...

Any helpful inputs are appreciated
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Re: Tourist visa - Pls Advise...

1) Medical insurance.

This questions gets repeated often in our internal mailing list. From past experience and from experiences of others I know, it all boils down to this - Visitor Insruance is NOTHING beyond a peace of mind kind of insurance.

Visitor insurance DOES NOT cover any existing ailments which seniors usually have. They will NOT cover any ailment which is existing for 3 years from date of purchase. Please verify this with your policy vendor.

Many doctors who accept such insurance are not the regular doctors you might be expecting to see in your local hospital or medical center. Such doctors are few and have long wait times for an appointment. Call up a few doctors on the vendor's approved list and see how long does it take for an appointment. You will find it takes a lot of time.

Also, do find out in advance about admitting to a hospital in case of emergency. A friend's mom had to be admitted. They would not admit without an approval from vendor.

Please be advised that these policies are just good enough for just a simple visit for cold and cough.
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Re: Tourist visa - Pls Advise...

she has asthma....for which she can carry her regular medicines with prescription.
Do you think its better that I get the insurance from Indian insurance co. (some people i know did that - took some insurance policy from india - for 5-6 mths) or its advisable to go for local insurance vendor in USA...(if this is the option i take, will they cover medical insurance during travel from india - US - or will i have to arrange for that separately?)
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Re: Tourist visa - Pls Advise...

i saw the reply from 28virgo (regarding pre existing ailments) which suddenly dissapeared!
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Re: Tourist visa - Pls Advise...

Check with ICICI insurance - They are good and response is great. One of my friends' In-law had to admit to hospital for heart block - insurance directly handle with hospital.
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Check with ICICI insurance - They are good and response is great. One of my friends' In-law had to admit to hospital for heart block - insurance directly handle with hospital.
thanks prosedevi...I will do that
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i saw the reply from 28virgo (regarding pre existing ailments) which suddenly dissapeared!
Dolly, I deleted it because Chapai had already answered the question.. It just looked like a repeat post...
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she has asthma....for which she can carry her regular medicines with prescription.
Do you think its better that I get the insurance from Indian insurance co. (some people i know did that - took some insurance policy from india - for 5-6 mths) or its advisable to go for local insurance vendor in USA...(if this is the option i take, will they cover medical insurance during travel from india - US - or will i have to arrange for that separately?)
1) Carry all medicines from India
2) Carry a document from Indian doctor briefly describing what ailments your visitor suffers from (incase needed to consult a doctor here)
3) Buy the policy and forget that its of any use.
4)Pray nothing goes wrong.

Also please note - If your visitor is not used to a lot of exertion then dont take them out on a "tirath yatra" like some desis do and then regret.

Some will take their visitors to Grand Canyon plus Las Vegas Plus Los Angeles Plus San Diego on a single whirlwind tour. They forget that elders might not necessarily be able to stand the exertion despite 'comfortable cars' and 'plane rides'. Someone I know regretted this as his mother fell ill due to non stop touring. Remember they are elders and not young like you to go through a whirlwind tour!
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Re: Tourist visa - Pls Advise...

2) Try Depak Travels in Khar (W) near railway station. Go to Yahoo Yellow Pages and look for Deepak Travels in Sunnyvale. Its run by the daughter Rita Tourani and the head office is in Mumbai. In case you need assitance then its better to knwo you can contact US office also.

However, you better buy from the India office as all flights originating from India need tickets from India.

Anyway, all the best and dont worry... All will work out..
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Re: Tourist visa - Pls Advise...

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Check with ICICI insurance - They are good and response is great. One of my friends' In-law had to admit to hospital for heart block - insurance directly handle with hospital.
ICICI Lombart deals directly with the hospital only incase of hospitalizations. If there is no hospitalization then you need to pay out of pocket first and then get reimbursed later. Reimbursement is pretty tough. They ask for 10,000 different forms/ letters etc etc. My advice - go with a US based company.
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ICICI Lombart deals directly with the hospital only incase of hospitalizations. If there is no hospitalization then you need to pay out of pocket first and then get reimbursed later. Reimbursement is pretty tough. They ask for 10,000 different forms/ letters etc etc. My advice - go with a US based company.
All these insurances are , I repeat, just peace of mind or 'in case of' types.

These are useful when you have some luggae loss or unfortunately some accident. Trust me, these insurances mean nothing in reality.

So stop worrying too much, get a US based vendor for this insurance, and forget about the money you spent for it. I speak from experience and of those who have had this type of insurance and then had to run around for re-imbursement.
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Re: Tourist visa - Pls Advise...

Thanks very much for the tips everyone!
I have my fingers crossed that all will go well...
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Re: Tourist visa - Pls Advise...

A friend of mine holds GC. His widowed mom's been rejected 3 times for visa.
Is there a co-relation ?

My dad passed away last yr and i am trying for my moms B2 visa... (i'm on H1
B visa - extn till Feb 2008)

Any one with similar experience?
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A friend of mine holds GC. His widowed mom's been rejected 3 times for visa.
Is there a co-relation ?
I know couple of cases where visa for single child widow has been rejected. But I also know the case (my chachi actually) who is single child widow and got 10 years multiple entry visa easily.
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Re: Tourist visa - Pls Advise...

A distant acquaintance's (married & has a son) single father got a multiple-entry visa to US (after the latter's wife died). The acquaintance works and is staying in the state of MN. This was just around a year ago. Just thought I would post it here.
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