K1 Fiance Visa Medical Exam for US Immigration

US Immigration Medical Exam,stethoscope Your application for a K1 fiancee visa or marriage-based visa will include a medical exam. A medical exam is required element for all US immigrant visas and some nonimmigrant visas.  It is a test to determine whether you have any health conditions which may need further follow-up or attention prior to immigrating. This process can be intimidating  but it is really very much like a general physical exam. A blood sample and chest X-ray will be taken. Your own doctor cannot do the Medical exam. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will provide you a list of approved doctors or clinics they have approved to perform immigration medical exams. For all Filipino US Visa applicants, the medical exam is held at the St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLMCEC), the only accredited medical institution approved by the US Embassy in the Philippines. They are located at 1177 J. Bocobo Street, Ermita, Manila. There are two medical facilities called St. Luke’s. The main one is in Quezon City and extension clinic is in Ermita, Manila. You must go to the one in Ermita, Manila.

The medical exams are usually done a few days before the scheduled interview for the Visa. The US Embassy in Manila will send the Filipino fiancé(e) a package with instructions on various forms she/he will need to bring with her/him for the scheduled interview and for the medical exam. Please note that applicants are served on a first come first served basis, but the order of release of the medical reports will depend on the complexity of the results of the applicant’s examination. It is best to arrive early for the Medical examination. A lot of Filipino US Visa applicants stayed in Hotels near St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (click on the link if you want to find out which hotels are closer) to be able to come earlier and be first in line. During my medical processing, I remember I arrived outside St. Luke’s around 4 o’clock in the morning and there were lots of people already waiting in line. Thirty minutes later, the line was sure enough long.

What should applicants bring to St. Luke’s medical examination? (If you hired a immigration attorney to help you handle your case, he will be in close contact with you during this process too.)

1. Passport (valid for at least 6 months) and one photocopy of it.

2. One 2×2 picture in plain white background and another two colored 2×2 pictures with a white background (upon the release of the result).  It is advisable that you bring few more copies of 2×2 pictures.

3. Appointment letter sent by the National Visa Center or an e-mail print out of your appointment from the Visa Information and Appoinment Service, telephone number is (632) 982-5555.

4. Appropriate medical examination fee. St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic does not accept credit card or dollar payments. The fees must be paid in Philippine pesos at the prevailing exchange rate. Fees are subject to change. Please call St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic for more information. They can be reached at Tel Nos. +63 (02) 521 0020 / 521 8647 / 524 6083 Fax No. +63 (02) 526 020

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  1. lyn caballero on May 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm said:

    How many days will be the results of blood examination of fiancee visa?

  2. elle on May 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm said:

    I’d like to ask if I can get the shots/vaccines required by the NVC to other hospital or clinic? Thank you.

    • admin on May 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm said:

      You can, but result/records will not be recognized by the U.S Embassy. Only the medical examination findings by St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic panel physicians will be accepted because St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic is the only accredited medical institution approved by the US Embassy in the Philippines. If you got previous shots/vaccinations from other hospital/clinic, it is also best to bring any records of those during your medical exam at St. Luke.

  3. tess on June 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm said:

    may I know what are the test that they are taking for a K1 Fiance Visa, besides Chest x-ray?

    Thank you and God bless.

  4. HI, I am going to have a medical this coming Monday. I have a lot of confusion. Will they be taking your passport and forward it to the embassy? will they give you the results immediately or send it to the embassy? What time does the medical usually end. I know it’s for the whole day but i have a flight back to cebu at 7:20pm and that really worries me. thank you so much

    • admin on June 11, 2011 at 2:33 am said:

      Hi Mia. Yes, St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic will forward the medical report and visa photographs directly to the U.S. Embassy. Most of the time, only the CD of Chest X-ray and Vaccination Documentation Worksheet are given to the Visa applicants.

      St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic is open from 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. I am not quite sure if you can really go out from the clinic by 4:30 in the afternoon. During my processing, I remember the entrance door was closed at 4:30 pm but there were still applicants inside the building finishing the process. To make sure that you’ll be out earlier, you may want to come to St. Luke’s earlier. It’s a first come, first serve basis. Though the clinic opens at 6 a.m, applicants start lining up as early as 3 a.m. You will be given a priority # by the guard on duty.

      To be sure, you may want to call St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic. About your flight back, you may also want to inquire ahead about possible alternatives (maybe change a flight or refund) should you miss your flight back to Cebu.

      Hope that helps.

  5. oh one more thing, do I need to wait for 3 days and go back to manila for the results? thanks

    • admin on June 11, 2011 at 2:57 am said:

      Medical results will be forwarded directly to the U.S. Embassy. If your exams go smooth, I don’t think you need to wait for three days for the result unless you’re taking tests that requires an observation period, like Tuberculin Skin Test (required for applicants 2-14 years of age). Applicants 2-14 years old are advised not to come for their medical examination on a Thursday because St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic is closed on weekends, so the Tuberculin Skin Test cannot be interpreted before it expires.

      Also, if you’re a female applicant and you have menstrual period on the day of your medical exam, they will not examine you and tell you to come back one week after the last day of your menstrual period.

      Goodluck with your application. I’d love to hear good news from you soon!

  6. May Dangarang on June 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm said:

    Hi
    Im going to st.lukes tommorow because i i need to have medical because my interivew will be soon.At wat time mostly are need to be ther at st.lukes?i was wondering if i go earlier maybe dangerous ther if i go at 4am?I hope u can help me..thanks

    • admin on June 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm said:

      Hi May. Where are you staying at? Saint Luke’s cater applicants in a first come first serve basis. The security guard will give you a priority number, so when you get there, be sure to ask for it.

      During my medical exam, I stayed at Lotus Garden Hotel, which is only a few distance from St. Luke’s Extension Clinic so I only walked going there. Street lights were lit and there were other people walking around. I arrived at around 4 a.m and there were other applicants already. It is very good that you’re thinking about safety. If you don’t feel safe going there that early, you can come later than 4 o’ clock in the morning. St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic opens at 6:00 a.m. Just don’t forget to ask for a priority number when you get there. Goodluck with your application. I’d love to hear good news from you soon.

  7. jane on July 6, 2011 at 9:50 am said:

    I did my K1 interview (short interview) June 24 and was advised by the consulate officer that the visa application is approved. How many days will it take for the visa to be delivered. Living in Manila. Thanks!

    • admin on July 6, 2011 at 11:51 am said:

      Hi Jane, That’s really good news! Congratulations! My K-1 Visa arrived a week after my Visa interview (early part of 2006). I’m from Cagayan de Oro City, northern part of Mindanao. Since you’re in Manila, I believe you should receive your K-1 Visa pretty soon. Maybe this week.

      Just a reminder, do not open the Sealed brown immigration envelope that comes to you with your passports and US Visa after your interview. And just before landing, flight attendants will hand you an I-94 and customs forms that you must complete. Make sure that the name you use on the I-94 is identical to your name as it appears in your passport. The immigration officer at the Port of Entry (POE) will ask to see them. You may want to read on my other post, “What Happens at the Port of Entry (POE)

      Have a safe trip soon. Happy for you :)

  8. i had a history of ptb which was treated 7 years ago. should i bring certification from my pulmonologist an ywill this affect my application?

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K1 Fiance Visa Medical Exam for US Immigration

December 30th, 2010

US Immigration Medical Exam,stethoscope Your application for a K1 fiancee visa or marriage-based visa will include a medical exam. A medical exam is required element for all US immigrant visas and some nonimmigrant visas.  It is a test to determine whether you have any health conditions which may need further follow-up or attention prior to immigrating. This process can be intimidating  but it is really very much like a general physical exam. A blood sample and chest X-ray will be taken. Your own doctor cannot do the Medical exam. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will provide you a list of approved doctors or clinics they have approved to perform immigration medical exams. For all Filipino US Visa applicants, the medical exam is held at the St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLMCEC), the only accredited medical institution approved by the US Embassy in the Philippines. They are located at 1177 J. Bocobo Street, Ermita, Manila. There are two medical facilities called St. Luke’s. The main one is in Quezon City and extension clinic is in Ermita, Manila. You must go to the one in Ermita, Manila.

The medical exams are usually done a few days before the scheduled interview for the Visa. The US Embassy in Manila will send the Filipino fiancé(e) a package with instructions on various forms she/he will need to bring with her/him for the scheduled interview and for the medical exam. Please note that applicants are served on a first come first served basis, but the order of release of the medical reports will depend on the complexity of the results of the applicant’s examination. It is best to arrive early for the Medical examination. A lot of Filipino US Visa applicants stayed in Hotels near St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (click on the link if you want to find out which hotels are closer) to be able to come earlier and be first in line. During my medical processing, I remember I arrived outside St. Luke’s around 4 o’clock in the morning and there were lots of people already waiting in line. Thirty minutes later, the line was sure enough long.

What should applicants bring to St. Luke’s medical examination? (If you hired a immigration attorney to help you handle your case, he will be in close contact with you during this process too.)

1. Passport (valid for at least 6 months) and one photocopy of it.

2. One 2×2 picture in plain white background and another two colored 2×2 pictures with a white background (upon the release of the result).  It is advisable that you bring few more copies of 2×2 pictures.

3. Appointment letter sent by the National Visa Center or an e-mail print out of your appointment from the Visa Information and Appoinment Service, telephone number is (632) 982-5555.

4. Appropriate medical examination fee. St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic does not accept credit card or dollar payments. The fees must be paid in Philippine pesos at the prevailing exchange rate. Fees are subject to change. Please call St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic for more information. They can be reached at Tel Nos. +63 (02) 521 0020 / 521 8647 / 524 6083 Fax No. +63 (02) 526 020

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