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Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Examinations
 


Where and when will the medical examination take place?

Applicants for U.S. immigrant visas must undergo medical examinations at designated facilities. You should contact the facility directly to schedule an appointment. Please note that the exam must be completed before your immigrant visa interview.


Can my physician perform the medical examination?

No. The medical examination is performed by an Embassy approved physician.


I applied for an adjustment of status with US Citizenship and Immigration Services. A medical examination was performed at that time. Can I use this?

No. Even if you have already had a medical performed in connection with your application for an adjustment of status, you will still be required to attend a medical examination with the Embassy's physician.


My spouse is in the military. I had a medical performed by the doctor on base. Can this be used?

No. Even if you have already had a medical performed by the base physician, you will still be required to attend a medical examination with the Embassy's physician.


How much is the medical examination.

The cost for the examination varies by required tests. Please contact the Embassy’s physician.


Can I pay the fee for the medical examination by credit card?

Please contact the facility directly for information on payment options.


What does the medical examination consist of?

The medical examination consists of a physical, chest X-ray the TST (tuberculosis skin testing), and a blood test, which includes testing for venereal disease. The blood test and X-ray are generally not required of persons under the age of 15.


If the applicant is pregnant must she have a chest x-ray?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires that women who are pregnant and required to have a medical examination in connection with the issuance of a visa, and are examined in a country currently using the 2007 TB Technical Instructions must have a chest x-ray examination conducted. Pregnant women will have to provide the panel physician with consent to conduct the chest x-ray. For the health of the applicant and her unborn child, CDC instructs panel physicians and laboratories to provide abdominal and pelvic protection with double layer, wrap-around lead shields when they receive the chest radiographs. If an applicant feels uncomfortable having a chest X-ray during her pregnancy, she may choose to delay her medical examination and visa interview until after the baby is born.


Does my child need to attend the medical examination?

Children, regardless of age, are required to attend the medical examination


Will my child be required to undergo the same medical examination as an adult?

Yes, but the blood test and X-ray are generally not required of persons under the age of 15.

Do I require vaccinations?

If you are applying for an immigrant visa you will be required to have the necessary vaccinations. However, if you are applying for a fiance(e) visa or K3 visa, there is no requirement that you have the vaccinations done before the visa interview. At the time you apply for an adjustment of status with US Citizenship and Immigration Services from nonimmigrant to conditional or permanent resident, you will be required to meet the vaccination requirement

What vaccinations do I require?

On the day of your medical the physician will be required to verify that you have met the vaccination requirement, or that it is medically inappropriate for you to receive one or more of the following vaccinations:

Mumps, Measles, Rubella, Polio, Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids, Rotavirus, Pertussis, Influenza Type B (HIB), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal(MCV/MPSV), Varicella, Pneumococcal, and Influenza.

You should have your vaccination records available for the Embassy physician's review at the time of your medical examination. If a vaccination record is not available, the doctor will help you in determining which vaccinations may be required. Certain waivers of the vaccination requirement are available upon the recommendation of the Embassy's physician.

Will my child require vaccinations?

There are some vaccinations which will apply to your child. Follow this link for a list of the vaccination requirements.

I do not wish to have/ I do not wish for my child to have some of the vaccinations. What should I do?

You should discuss it with the Embassy physician on the day of your medical examination

How long is a medical exam report valid for?

Medical examinations conducted in connection with immigrant visa applications have a maximum validity of six months and must be valid when you enter the U.S. The consular officer shall limit the visa’s validity to a period of validity of the medical examination. If the alien cannot arrive in the United States within six months of the date of the medical examination, the alien must repeat the examination.

Should I get any vaccinations prior to my medical exam?

No. Live vaccines (chicken pox, mumps, measles and rubella) can be given the same day as the TST (tuberculosis skin testing) or any time after the TST is administered. However, if a live vaccine was given before the TST is administered, you must wait 4 to 6 weeks before getting the TST. Therefore, if you get live vaccines within 4 to 6 weeks of your medical exam, you will need to visit the panel physician again after the end of this waiting period to complete the TST.