What is involved in the Medical Exam for a Fiancée Visa?
All applicants for immigrant visas must undergo a medical examination. This process can be intimidating and require advance preparation for your Fiancé. Usually the exams are done a few days before the scheduled interview for the Visa. The Embassy will send your Fiancé a package with instructions on various forms she will need to bring with her for the interview and for the medical exam. The exam itself is very much like a general physical exam. A blood sample and chest X-ray are taken. The completed results are given to your Fiancé in a sealed envelope so that she can take them with her to her interview.
Can My Fiancé Get the Exam from her Personal Doctor?
No, the State Department decides which clinics they will accept exam information from. The list of acceptable clinics will be given to your Fiancé in her Embassy package. Keep in mind the Medical Exam cannot be scheduled until the Fiancé Application is approved by USICS and sent to the Embassy for the interview. You should also anticipate a few extra days in the city where the exam will take place so that your Fiancé can arrive in time to complete the Medical Exam, get the results and then go to her interview. (Typically 2-3 days).
Fiancé Visa Immunization Requirements
The vaccination requirement applies to all immigrant visa applicants, except K and V visa applicants, and will be incorporated into the medical examination process. Applicant should bring to the panel physician all medical records, which list vaccinations received. Episodes of vaccine-preventable illnesses suffered by the applicant, or medical conditions, which would affect the administration of vaccines. Without appropriate documentary evidence to substantiate an applicant’s claims of vaccinations, illnesses or allergies, the panel physician will not consider the vaccination requirements to be fulfilled.
If, at the time of the medical examination, the panel physician finds that the applicant is not in compliance with the vaccination requirements, the applicant may either have the necessary vaccinations administered by the panel physician, or by a private physician of his or her choice. If the applicant chooses to have a non-panel physician administer the vaccinations, he or she will have to provide the panel physician with documentary evidence that the vaccinations were administered.
Some vaccinations require a series of doses. If the applicant has begun the series, and is not due for the next inoculation at the time of the medical examination, he or she will be considered to have met the requirement for that vaccination. Vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis are required for all applicants ages 2 months to 6 years, vaccinations for tetanus-diphtheria required for all applicants 7 years and older, polio vaccinations are required of those 2 months to 17 years old, vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella are required of applicants from 12 months to 64 years old, hepatitis B vaccinations are required for those up to 17 years old, and influenza vaccinations are required for applicants 65 years and older.
Since it can take up to 2 days to receive the results of the medical exam, some applicants choose to remain in the city of their interview from the time of their medical exam until their appointment date at the Embassy. Medical exam results are usually valid for a year. However, they may be valid just for six months depending on applicant’s medical conditions.