US Visa Medical Exam Registration SLEC Manila
US Visa Medical Exam Registration SLEC Manila
This post is about how to make your US Visa medical exam registration at the St. Luke Extention Clinic (SLEC). Thus, the US Visa medical exam registration at SLEC is for those going through a visa process at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines.
SLEC is specifically the Philippine U.S. Embassy’s accredited panel physician. In other words, SLEC is the only medical facility for a U.S. Visa medical examination.
Also, there are no appointments or reservations necessary for initial US Visa Exams at SLEC. In fact, SLEC operates on a first come, first serve basis.
However, it is a strong recommendation to make the US Visa medical exam registration with SLEC. On the other hand, you don’t even have to register up front. This is due to that fact that if you do not register, you must do it first thing at the exam. This wastes time at the exam by registering instead of getting on with the exam.
For the purpose of making your US Visa medical exam registration with SLEC, go to http://www.slec.ph/.
In addition, the SLEC website also has lots of other valuable information including:
- Opening Hours
- Required Documents
- Required Medical Information
- Medical Fees
- Working Flow Chart
Hotels Near St. Luke Extension Clinic
By the way, remember to visit our previous blog post on, “Hotels Near St. Luke Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC), Ermita, Philippines“.
Also, remember, that for SLEC and other places you need a hotel, that we are now a Travelbook.ph official blogger.
Travelbook.ph is a great site for both Filipinos and foreigners to use because of:
- Pay at hotel feature. Thus, no requirement for credit card.
- Best price guarantee. Therefore, they always have the lowest price in the Philippines.
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Conversely, also on the blog post, “Hotels Near St. Luke Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC), Ermita, Philippines” there is the ability to book through Expedia. Expedia is a great hotel booking site for those from the USA or those with a credit or debit card.
When to Make Your US Visa Medical Exam Registration at SLEC
For when to make your US Visa medical exam registration at SLEC, the only requirement is to have your Department of State case number. Your case number consists of three letters followed by ten numbers. For example, the case number starts with MNL for Manila Embassy.
Regarding getting your MNL number, it comes from:
- National Visa Center (NVC) for those doing regular K-1 fiance visas or IR-1 and CR-1 Spouse Visas stateside.
- U.S. Embassy Manila for those doing Direct Consular Filing (DCF) Philippines or those expedited before NVC issues the MNL number.
For the fastest way to get your MNL number from NVC, see the following pages or posts in our website:
- NVC Phase for K-1 (Fiance) Visa Page
- IR-1/CR-1 Spousal Visa NVC Phase Page
- Speed Up the NVC Process for U.S. IR-1 and CR-1 Spousal Visas by 5 Ways Blog Post
Remember, this is only a registration, not making an appointment. In fact, SLEC does not have an appointment system for the initial exam. Actually, SLEC operates on a first come, first serve basis.
Most importantly, attend you SLEC medical exam before your embassy interview. In fact, it is advisable to attend the medical exam at least a week before your embassy interview.
How to Make Your US Visa Medical Exam Registration at SLEC
As we stated above, for the pupose of making your US Visa medical exam registration with SLEC, go to http://www.slec.ph/.
Then, in the left hand column under “US Immigrant Visa Applications”, click on “Online Registration“.
Then, follow the instructions to make you US Visa medical exam registration.
For families, an online registration must be done for each family member. Families with incomplete online applications are not accommodated in the reception area.
Firstly, enter your case information including:
- Input your NVC case number. For instance, this is your 3 character and 10 digit. For Philippines embassy, it specifically starts with MNL. Then, confirm the case number again.
- Next, enter your visa preference category (K-1, K-2, IR-1, IR-2, CR-1 or CR-2). K-1 is a fiance. K-2 is a child derivative of a K-1. IR-1 is a spouse of US citizen married 2 years or more. IR-2 is an un-married child under 21 of a IR-1. CR-1 is a spouse of US citizen married less than 2 years. CR-2 is an unmarried child under 21 of a CR-1.
- Enter the Priority Date. Typically this is for other types of visas including that for a sister or brother of US citizen. Typically, leave this blank for fiance or spouse visas.
- Interview Date. If you already have your interview date, then enter it. However, it is not a requirement to make the US Visa medical exam registration. Either way, enter the date or leave blank if not known yet.
- Interview Source. For example, this is usually NVC for a stateside fiance or spouse visa applications. On the other hand, it is US Embassy if doing a DCF application.
- Then enter “Applicant Details” including basic information from passport, contact information, passport information., and additional questions.
- After that, enter “Petitioner Information”.
- Finally, enter your intended “Port of Entry” and estimated date of departure for the U.S. The Port of Entry is your first airport or other immigration facility that you enter in the US.
SLEC is open weekdays on Monday through Friday except for scheduled holidays. The clinic opening time is specifically at 6:00 am.
However, because SLEC operates on a first come, first serve basis, many people arrive way before the opening time. If fact, some people start falling in line at 3:00 am in the morning. SLEC, though, asks that people wait until 4:30 am at least to start falling in line. For example, Lea arrived at 5:00 am and was about the 100th person in line.
For those with young children, its is advisable to get there early. Children 2 -14 years of age get the new IGRA blood TB screening test instead of the old skin test. See our previous blog post, “SLEC New Fees and TB Test Procedure“. On the condition that the blood is collection is before 12 pm, the IGRA test result is available by 2 pm the next day. On the other hand, if the blood collection is after 12 pm, the IGRA test result is not available until 2 pm after 2 days. In the hope to get your results within the 2 days of the exam, get in line early if you have children.
Many people have a friend or relative accompany them in line. The extra person is helpful to hold your place in line if you need to use the CR, get food or water. In fact, this help is especially helpful if you have small children. However, only those that are taking an exam are allowed inside the clinic.
See the “Required Documents” page of the SLEC website to see what documents you are specifically required to bring for your visa category.
In addition, see the “Additional Documents” page of the SLEC website for information on any additional documents that pertain to your situation. For example, additional documents include items for the following:
- Old Chest X-Ray Films
- Existing Immunization Records
- Previous or Current Medical Conditions
- Female Applicants of Child Bearing Years
Required Medical Information
On the subject of required medical information, here are the medical examinations at SLEC:
- Physical examination is a requirement of all applicants.
- Interferon Gamma Assay (IGRA) Test is a TB blood screening test that is a requirement specifically for children 2 – 14 years old. This new IGRA blood TB screening test replaces the old skin test procedure. See our previous blog post, “SLEC New Fees and TB Test Procedure“. On the condition that the blood is collection is before 12 pm, the INGRA test result is available by 2 pm the next day. On the other hand, if the blood collection is after 12 pm, the IGRA test result is not available until 2 pm after 2 days. In the hope to get your results within the 2 days of the exam, get in line early if you have children.
- Chest X-Ray (CXR) is a requirement for all adult applicants 15 years of age or above. In addition, any children who had exposure to TB cases or history of TB disease.
- A Syphilis test is a requirement of all applicant specifically 15 years of age or above.
- Also, a gonorrhea test is a requirement of all applicant specifically 15 years of age or above.
- Vaccinations are a requirement of all immigrant visa applicants. See the USCIS website for “Vaccination Requirements” for immigrant visas. All vaccinations are age appropriate. Additional vaccines are given when medically needed or withheld when appropriate. For example, my wife brought her son’s future school’s vaccination requirements. SLEC gave him the additional vaccinations as the requirement of the school.
- Vaccinations are not a requirement for non-immigrant visas, However, non-immigrant visa applicant may choose to receive them. During the Adjustment of Status process in the USA, the vaccinations will then be a requirement anyways.
For women, there should be no “personal” contact between the last menstrual cycle until AFTER the medical exam at SLEC is done. This is for the reason that SLEC will not issue vaccinations to potentially pregnant individuals. Therefore, having intimate contact before the medical exam could cause delays.
Make sure to eat before going to the clinic as food is not allowed in the clinic. We highly recommend that you bring a bottle of water. Snacks that will fit in your purse may be taken into the clinic but be a good neighbor and dispose of your wrappers and trash in the provided trash reciprocals.
Bring a jacket or sweater, something that will keep you warm. It’s pretty cold inside as they run the a/c at a low temperature.
Effective October 1, 2017, began charging new medical examination fees:
- 17,025.00 PHP for adult immigrant visa applicants ages 15 and above and,
- 9,583.00 PHP for children ages 14 and below.
Payment is only in the form of Philippine Peso (php) cash. As a consequence, Slec does not accept checks, credit cards or debit cards for payment.
The medical fee is inclusive of all vaccinations. Also, any inter-specialty consultations within the clinic are a part of the fee. However, any psychological evaluations have a separate charge to the applicant.
In addition, any sub-specialty clinics outside of SLEC have a separate charge to the applicant.
If you have to complete the 6 months of TB DOT treatment, you pay for a second medical fee upon completion.
Working Flow Chart
Below are the working flow charts for SLEC.
The first flow chart is for the first day of the exam at SLEC.
The second flow chart is the 2nd day at SLEC if an IGRA test was done. Remember the IGRA test is for childrwn 2-14 years old.
As we stated before, on the condition that the blood is collection is before 12 pm, the IGRA test result is available by 2 pm the next day. On the other hand, if the blood collection is after 12 pm, the IGRA test result is not available until 2 pm after 2 days.
Finally, the third flow chart is the 2nd day at SLEC if an IGRA test was not done.
We will do a post soon specifically on the SLEC experience. Please look out for that.