What to Expect at your K-1 or IR-1/CR-1 Visa Medical Exam
Visa Medical Exam
During the Embassy Stage of your K-1 or CR-1 Visa application, you need a medical exam prior to your embassy interview. In addition, any K-2 or IR-2/CR-2 children of the beneficiary also need a medical examination prior to the embassy interview.
The letter that you get from NVC or the embassy will provide information on how to schedule the medical exam.
Specifically, read embassy-specific instructions and get a list of doctors on NVC’s Medical Examination page.
The exam may take only 1 day or it may take up to 2 days. Therefore, get a hotel near the exam so that you don’t miss it.
Also, make sure to know the location of the medical facility. Finally, make sure to arrive on time.
Requirements of the Exam
- Physical and mental evaluation for everyone regardless of age
- Chest X-Ray for applicants 15 years of age or older or anyone that has a history of TB or being exposed to TB.
- TB skin test for applicant 2 – 14 years of age.
- Sputum exam for those with abnormal TB test.
- Blood and urine tests
- Vaccinations (K-1 Visa applicants do not need the vaccinations)
- Syphilis test for applicants older than 15 years of age.
What to Bring to the Exam
You should check the instructions for your particular medical facility or embassy. Typically, bring the following:
- Valid Passport
- 1 photocopy of passport biological page
- 4 recent passport type photos with full name written on the back
- Interview appointment letter from NVC or the embassy
- Registration confirmation of the medical appointment
You may also bring the following, including, but not limited to:
- Old chest X-Ray film 3 Mo. prior or older
- Immunization records
- Medical certificate of previously treated or current managed conditions
Typical Exam Sequence
The sequence of the exam may vary from facility to facility, but this is a normal sequence:
- Verification of identification, U.S. Embassy interview appointment and medical exam appointment.
- Fill out patient data sheets.
- Submission of forms and documents/items required to bring.
- Payment of fees. The fees vary from facility to facility. Therefore, check to see how much is your clinic’s fee, in what currency and how you can pay.
- Laboratory for blood/urine tests.
- Radiology for chest X-Ray, if applicable.
- TB skin test, if applicable.
- Medical examination.
- Immunizations, if applicable (K-1s do not need). By law, the required vaccines include: mumps, measles, rubella, polio, tetanus and diphtheria toxoids, pertussis, influenza, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenzae type B, varicella, pneumococcal, rotavirus, hepatitis A, meningococcal, human papillomavirus, zoster, and any other vaccinations recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP). Note: If you have any K-2s or IR-2/CR-2s, and they are going to go to school in the U.S., check their local school’s requirements for vaccinations. If more is needed, the facility may be able to do it for you.
- Scheduling sputum exam, if required. If you are required to have a sputum exam because of an abnormal TB test, it will most likely be rescheduled for another day. This may delay your embassy interview also as you will need these results before the embassy appointment and it can take time to get the results back. If the tests are negative, your embassy interview can be rescheduled. If the tests are positive, you must be treated before you can enter the U.S. which can take up to 7 months to complete.
- Releasing: After the examination, the clinic or physician will either send the exam results directly to the embassy or give you a sealed envelope. If the doctor gives you an envelope, do not open it. Instead, bring it to your visa interview and give it to the consular officer unopened. If you open it, it will nullify the results.
Good luck on your medical exam!!!