Medical Exam Instructions
All immigrant visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination prior to the issuance of a visa. Only a physician accredited by the U.S. Embassy can perform this exam. It is your responsibility to schedule a medical exam with an embassy-approved doctor before your visa interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy. Medical examination results from other physicians will not be accepted.
During the medical exam
You will need three (3) appointments to complete the medical exam process, so please contact one of our approved doctors right away. The full examination includes a medical history review, physical examination, and depending on the age, a chest X-ray, gonorrhea test, and blood tests. Tuberculosis (TB) testing is required for all applicants two years of age and older. Be prepared to discuss your medical history, medications you are taking, and current treatments you are undergoing. Information on general medical requirements for U.S. immigrants is available here.
U.S. immigration law requires immigrant visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations prior to the issuance of a visa. Current vaccination requirements are online. You can also read our Frequently Asked Questions online.
Step 1: Schedule a medical consultation appointment
Contact one of the physicians listed below to schedule a medical consultation. These are the only physicians authorized to conduct a medical exam for the U.S. Embassy.
Dr. RAUL KELLY
Junin 1631, Piso 2 “C”
Dr. M. LAURA GRILLO
Sinclair 2924, Piso 1
Bring the following items to your consultation appointment:
- Your visa interview letter with case number assigned by the NVC
- Your valid passport
- The address in the United States where you will live
- A copy of your immunization records
- DS-260 confirmation page
After your consultation, the doctor will give you orders for any required tests and missing vaccinations. You should take those orders to the approved laboratory listed in step 2 below.
Step 2: Have all medical tests conducted at an approved lab
Take the orders given to you by the approved embassy physician and visit the below approved laboratory to have medical tests completed.
SANATORIO DE LA TRINIDAD – PALERMO
Ave. Cerviño 4720, Subsuelo, Buenos Aires
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 11:30 am
Step 3: Schedule an appointment for a physical examination
Return to the embassy-approved doctor you visited in Step 1 to have a physical medical exam completed. The doctor will review the results of your tests at this time.
After the medical exam
When your examination is completed, if you are processing a paper immigrant visa application, the doctor will provide you with exam results in a sealed envelope; however, if you are processing an electronic immigrant visa application, the doctor will upload the result of the medical examination to our Consular system directly. IF GIVEN AN ENVELOPE TO CARRY TO YOUR INTERVIEW, DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE. Instead, bring it to your visa interview.
You DO NOT need to bring the x-rays to your visa interview unless you suffer from tuberculosis (TB). However, you must carry the x-rays with you when you travel to the United States for the first time. The medical report must be less than six (6) or three (3) months old, depending on the medical condition, when you enter the United States as an immigrant.
You must pay all medical examination fees, including x-ray and blood test fees, directly to the examining physician or clinic.
Schedule of fees for the medical examination
MEDICAL EXAMINATION FEE (Dr. Kelly and Dr. Grillo): $24000 Argentine Pesos.
Blood Test VDRL (required for applicants between 18 y 44 years): U$S 5 dollars.
Chest X-Ray (required for applicants 15 years and older): $5500 Pesos.
Gonorrhea test (required for applicants between 18-24 years of age): U$S 175 dollars.
Sputum Smears and Cultures: U$S 100 dollars.
Drug Susceptibility Testing (if smears and cultures are positive): U$S 175 dollars.
TB DOT (Directly Observed Therapy): $300 Argentine pesos per week ($7200 ARG pesos for 6 months).
IGRA Test for minors between 2- 14 years old. U$S 80 dollars.
The panel physician will provide information about the labs in Rosario and Cordoba. Please note that both panel physicians charge the same fees.
Fees are updated on a quarterly basis. Therefore, please confirm the fees with the labs and physicians when scheduling your appointment
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