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Before Your Visa Interview

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Immigrant visa applicants must complete (schedule and attend) their medical examinations with authorized physicians before their scheduled interview dates. 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. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their medical exams prior to their visa interviews. Find the list of authorized physicians for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will apply at List of U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

Medical examinations performed by non-authorized physicians will not be accepted. The medical examination includes a review of the applicant's medical history, physical examination, chest X-ray, and blood tests. The physical examination will at least include examination of the eyes, ears, nose and throat, extremities, heart, lungs, abdomen, lymph nodes, skin, and external genitalia. The authorized physician will either give the applicant the medical examination results to hand-carry to the visa interview or will send the results directly to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Preparing for the Medical Examination

The first step in preparing for the medical examination is to determine which doctors in your area are authorized to perform a medical examination for U.S. immigration purposes. The information shown by U.S. Embassy and Consulate provides the authorized physician(s) contact information for you to schedule your medical examination appointment, as well as instructions related to the required medical examination.

  1. Select your interview location from our List of U.S. Embassies and Consulates. This will open a document with a link to the interview checklist. You will need to follow the steps in this checklist to prepare for your interview. One of the steps will be to get a medical exam. This step will contain information on how to schedule a medical exam with an authorized physician, what to bring to the exam, and what to expect at the exam.

  2. Then click Medical Examination for complete information about the medical examination.

  1. Contact one of the designated physicians to arrange your medical exam. Explain that the examination is for an immigrant visa application and give the physician the date of the interview appointment. The physician will tell you the cost of the examination and tests.

  2. Obtain the following records and bring them to your medical examination:
    • Your vaccination immunization records
    • Any prior chest x-rays
    • Copies of your medical history records
    • Your passport, identity card, laissez-passer, or travel document
  3. Attend your medical examination on the date and time you scheduled.

To answer common questions about the medical examination click Medical Examination Frequently Asked Questions.