Medical Examinations

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.

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

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 panel physician.

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 panel physician.

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

Please contact the facility directly for information on payment options.

The medical examination consists of a physical, chest X-ray, 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.  Please note that all immigrant visa applicants are required to fully disrobe during the examination.

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.

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

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

If you are applying for an immigrant visa you will be required to have the necessary vaccinations.  Although such vaccinations are not required for K visa issuance, they will be required when adjusting status to that of legal permanent resident following your marriage.  Applicants are therefore encouraged to fulfill these vaccination requirements at the time of the medical examination.

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 vaccinations:

Please see the list of required vaccination.

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 panel physician.

There are some vaccinations which will apply to your child.  Please consult with a panel physician.

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

Medical examinations conducted in connection with immigrant visa applications have a maximum validity of six months and must be valid when you enter the United States. 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 the validity of the medical examination, the alien must repeat the examination.

Effective March 1, 2015, all components of the medical examination for visa applicants will be valid for either six months or three months, based on the tuberculosis (TB) evaluation. Previously, some non-TB evaluation components of the medical examination were valid for up to one year.