Why do I have to have a medical?
Under U.S. visa law a medical examination is mandatory for all immigrant visa applicants, regardless of age. For further information on the medical exam, please refer to https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/immigrant-process/interview/prepare/medical-examination.html.
Who can perform the medical examination?
How long is the medical valid for?
Six months from the date on which it is performed. It is important to note that the medical examination must be valid not only on the day of the visa interview, but also at the time you enter the United States on the visa.
Can the medical take place at any time?
Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete (Schedule and attend) their medical exams prior to their visa interviews. If you complete your medical examination after your visa interview, processing of your immigrant visa case will be delayed until the U.S. Embassy or Consulate has received your medical examination results.
I am pregnant, can I have the medical waived?
All applicants must attend a medical exam with one of our panel physicians. Part of this medical exam is a chest x-ray, which cannot be waived for pregnant women. If you do not wish to get the x-ray taken while you are pregnant you must wait to complete your medical exam until after your child is born. If you wish to wait and attend the medical exam after the birth of your child, you should advise the Immigrant Visa Unit. Please refer to the Medical Examination FAQs for further information.
Can I have a copy of my medical report?
Under section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), medical reports are considered a protected visa record and cannot be released.
If you have already entered the United States and require a copy of the medical to adjust status, you may wish to contact the port of entry where you made your intitial entry. Alternatively, you may wish to arrange a new medical with a physician in the United States.
My case has been transferred, can I use my medical from that post?
What if my medical runs out before I travel to the United States?
The validity of the visa is linked to the validity of the medical report. If your visa has been issued and you will not use the visa before the expiry date, you are required to return your passport and visa package to the Embassy for cancellation with a covering letter explaining why you did not use the visa once the visa has expired. If you wish, you may request that the visa is re-issued. If the Consular officer determines that the reason for not traveling was due to circumstances beyond your control, you will be required to attend a new medical, obtain a new police certificate (if the previous certificate was issued more than 12 months ago) and pay new visa issuance fees.