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Immigrant Visas

Medical Examination Instructions

Each applicant is required to have a medical examination in connection with an immigrant visa application to the United States. You should, therefore, make an appointment for a medical examination with one of the doctors

Medical reports are valid for three or six months from the date of examination, depending on the examination results.  Your medical report must be valid at the time of your entry into the United States.  If the report is valid less than six months, your visa will be limited to match the validity of your medical report.  Please take this validity period into consideration when scheduling your medical appointment. 

There are no authorized panel physicians to conduct medical examinations for visa applicants in South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT; therefore, it is recommended that visa applicants from these states make an afternoon medical appointment with a Sydney panel physician on the same day of their visa appointment.

Please take your passport(s), 3 recent photographs, and your vaccination records to your medical appointment. It is important that you take your vaccination records to the panel physician examination. It is required that the panel physician administers the appropriate vaccines.

If you do not speak English fluently, please take an adult interpreter with you.

Each person immigrating, regardless of age, is required to have a medical examination in connection with the immigrant, fiancé(e) or refugee  visa application. An X-ray examination for tuberculosis and a serological test are required for each visa applicant who has reached his or her 15th birthday. In some circumstances, medical examiners may require these tests of persons younger than 15.

In most cases the examining physician will return the completed medical report with the results of the chest X-Ray and blood test directly to you. You must bring the medical examination results with you to your formal visa interview. Unless otherwise indicated by the panel physician or by this office, the X-Ray film (or CD) is not required on the day of interview but must be taken to the United States, retained for your own personal records, and brought to any follow-up medical appointments in the United States. In certain circumstances the examining physician will send your test results directly to the Consulate.

Medical examination results can take up to two weeks to be completed. They can only be conducted by one of the authorized panel physicians listed on this website. No other physician may perform this examination. Medical examinations cannot be performed in the United States. An immigrant visa will not be issued without the results of a full medical examination.

All medical fees are to be paid in cash only on the day of the examination. The U.S. Government does not pay medical fees. The medical forms will be provided by your chosen panel physician.

Please ensure that the panel physician provides you with a copy of Form DS-3025, Vaccination Documentation Worksheet as part of your permanent health record.  You should hand-carry this document with your sealed visa package and any other medical paperwork when you travel to the U.S. If you do not receive a copy of the DS-3025 Vaccination Documentation Worksheet we can provide you a copy at the time of your interview.