US VISA - Medical Visit Information - Immigrants

 

US VISA - Medical Visit Information

Introduction

Dr Jolly and Dr Gunoy are designated physicians for the US Immigration Services who carry out the medical examination for visa applications and immigration.

The medical visit is an obligatory examination requested by US Immigration services involving a physical check-up and examination of your medical history. The 30-minute exam takes place in our consulting room at 7 rue de la Pompe, 75116 Paris. The nearest metro is La Muette, a 3-minute walk away. According to your age you will also carry out a chest x-ray and laboratory tests at our designated centres 5 minutes away (see below).

You have various options for booking an appointment:

  • Use this French booking site link: Doctolib  You must then send us your US immigration file number beginning with PRS to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0145246950 to receive your prescriptions and/or pre-visit instructions. Failing to do so will delay your medical file completion.
  • Telephone our office on 0145 24 69 50 giving your name, date of birth, telephone number and US file number beginning with PRS
  • For urgent appointments, you should write to us at our email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please read this information before booking an appointment.

In particular, you will need to have been vaccinated in line with US regulations.

You must carry out a chest X-Ray (if aged 15 or older) and laboratory tests for syphilis (if 18-44 years old) and gonorrhoea (if 18-24 years old). You must carry them out with a prescription only at one of the designated centres listed below. The x-ray and laboratory tests will be either before or after your medical exam depending on your PRS number.


Preparing for the Medical Visit

1. UPDATE YOUR VACCINATIONS

FROM OCTOBER 2021 you must  prove that you have completed the vaccination series for COVID-19 if you belong to the eligible age group (from 12 years old in France). You must bring a printed version of each of your 2 Covid vaccination certificates showning the dates or only 1 in the case of Janssen.

You should go to see your family doctor as soon as possible to update your vaccinations in line with our list of vaccinations (following US guidelines):

An adult aged 19 or over, follow this link to Adult Vaccinations.

A child under 19, follow this link to Child Vaccinations.

2. BOOK A CHEST X-RAY APPOINTMENT (obligatory for all candidates aged 15 and over)

If aged 15 years or older you should book an appointment for a chest x-ray. This will be before or after your medical visit depending on your PRS file number. DO NOT CARRY OUT THE CHEST X-RAY UNLESS WE TELL YOU TO DO SO AND SEND YOU A PRESCRIPTION

Imagerie Médicale Léonard de Vinci, 43, rue Cortambert, 75016 Paris

  • Telephone booking on 01 53 65 53 11 (for USA chest x-ray) or 01 47 04 44 20,
  • Internet booking use Doctolib "Centre d'imagerie médicale Leonard de Vinci" and selecting: 'le lieu' (Place): centre Cortambert, 'la catégorie' (category): visa poumons (visa lungs), 'le practicien': pas de préférence (no preference)

Note that if several people come as a family, only make one appointment. (Cost about 50€ in 2021). The result will be given to you on a computer disc and is also sent electronically to the doctor. Booking an appointment shortens your waiting time but if you can't book an appointment the Centre will see you in an emergency without one.

3. LABORATORY TESTS

If aged 18-44 years and have received our prescription go to carry out your laboratory tests.  No appointment needed. You do not need to be fasting for the blood tests but should not urinate for 2 hours before the urine test for gonorrhea.

You can only go to the following centres:
Unilabs EYLAU laboratory,
1-3 rue Nicolo, 75016 Paris
01 53 92 20 20
Or
Clement Laboratory
17, avenue d´Eylau, 75016 Paris
01 56 90 33 33


4. If you have ever had  criminal convictions relating to drugs or alcohol the doctor is required to prescribe specific tests for you during the medical.

5. If you are pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant the doctor will discuss the chest x-ray with you during the visit and you will be required to sign a consent form.

Click here to view, print or save this pre-vist checklist.(PDF) 


The medical visit

COVID-19 - You must read and follow our COVID 19 instructions on this page.

What to bring to the medical examination (for each applicant)

  • A valid passport
  • Your Pre-visit Checklist duly completed
  • Your Embassy appointment letter containing your case number
  • Immigrant visa - your DS 260 confirmation form
  • Completed vaccination certificates (or serology results) in line with American CDC guidelines.
  • COVID 19 vaccination pass/certificat. You must bring a printed version of each of your 2 Covid vaccination certificates or only 1 in the case of Janssen.
  • Information about your medical status, past and present (prescriptions, details of major illness or surgery).
  • Cheque, cash or credit card for payment of medical visit.

 


 There are no appointments available before my US Embassy visit. What can I do?

Please remember that the Immigration service will always see you without a medical file completed. You can write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How do I cancel or change my medical appointment?

You should cancel, check or change your appointment yourself vja the website Doctolib or telephoning 0145246950.

In the case of a last-minute cancellation (less than 48 hours beforehand), you might be asked to pay a cancellation fee.

If you have any other questions please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Following the visit

When will I receive the completed medical file?

The completed medical file will be sent directly to the Immigration services electronically, within 1-2 days.  This does NOT affect your Embassy appointment and you can still go to the Embassy appointment without the medical report. If however you would like your medical file to be ready for the day of your Embassy appointment, you should come for your medical examination at least one week before your interview at the Embassy.

How long does the completed medical file remain valid?

Six months if the examination is normal. If you have not received your visa by the end of six months, you will be obliged to repeat and pay for the medical visit, laboratory tests and chest x-ray.

For more information

Visit the US Immigration service website at https://www.uscis.gov/

 

 



Adult Vaccinations: needed if aged 19 years or older
for both Visa and Immigration purposes

(For anyone under 19, baby, child or teenager, see Child Vaccinations)

COVID 19 complete vaccination is required if you belong to an eligible age group.

Vaccinations needed

Trade name examples

Notes

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough (DTaP) & Polio

Boosterix, Repevax

Get diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster if you have not had one within the last 10 years. The booster should also include whooping-cough if you have never had that vaccination.

Bring the dates of your childhood triple primary vaccination with DTaP and Polio if you have the written proof.

If you live in or have spent more than 4 weeks in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Myanmar, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan or Nigeria you must have had a polio vaccination booster within the past 4-52 weeks.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

MMRVaxPro®, Priorix®

You should have had one dose of MMR if you were born in 1957 or later.

If you never had an MMR vaccination you will need one, or, if you prefer, you can have a blood test first to see if you are immune to all three infections (serology levels). Ask your doctor for a prescription. If your blood results only show immunity to one or two of the 3 then you will need a full MMR vaccination. Individual vaccines against the 3 infections do not exist.

A history of MMR without blood test results is not proof of immunity>

You will not be required to take the MMR vaccine if you are pregnant as it is a live vaccine.

Varicella (Chicken pox)

Varilrix®, Varivax®

If you had the illness chicken pox as a child (or adult) you do not need vaccination (no written proof needed).

If you never had it you will need a vaccination, or, if you prefer, you can have a blood test first to see if you are immune. Ask your doctor for a prescription.

You will not be required to take the Varicella vaccine if you are pregnant as it is a live vaccine.

Yearly seasonal influenza vaccine

Vaxigriptetra, Fluarixtetra, Influvac Tetra

Required if visa appointment is during the flu season (October to the beginning of February. Check with your local pharmacist to see if it is available at the time of your medical visit.  2021 Influenza vaccination starts October 26th. If appropriate a third Covid vaccination can be given the same day.

Pneumococcal

Prevenar 13

Required from the age of 65 onwards. For those who have never had the vaccination, the American Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend an initial dose of P13

Download and print this file (PDF) and bring it along to your medical visit completed. If your family doctor fills out the check-list then he/she must mark the date each vaccine was given and countersign each vaccine.

Note for your family doctor:

ALL vaccinations on our list relevant to your age are necessary to obtain your US visa. They may differ from the French vaccination schedule but are obligatory for entry into the United States. 


Frequently asked questions

Who should carry out my vaccinations?

Please see your family doctor in advance to obtain required vaccinations. Your child can see a paediatrician. If you book your medical at least two weeks in advance, we consider that you have time to see your doctor.  .

What can I bring to the medical visit as proof of my vaccinations?

You can bring your carnet de santé (if you have one) or signed vaccination certificates/cards of all previously completed vaccinations. A signed letter from your family doctor listing your vaccinations and the dates they were given will also be accepted. Each vaccination must be dated and signed individually by the doctor. You can also bring blood test results to prove your immunity (for measles, mumps and rubella). Your doctor can prescribe the blood tests but bear in mind that the results make take at least a week to arrive.

What if I arrive at the medical visit and have not completed my vaccinations, nor written to you in advance asking for a prescription?

If you are not up to date with your vaccinations in line with CDC guidelines above on the day of your appointment with Dr Jolly or Dr Gunoy, you will need to make and pay for a new appointment to receive relevant vaccinations. Bear in mind this second appointment may not be available before your USA Embassy appointment.

What if I refuse certain vaccinations?

Dr Jolly and Dr Gunoy will not oblige you to take certain vaccines if you are opposed to them on moral or religious grounds, but you will have to contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (see website www.uscis.gov for waiver information). Applicants must be vaccinated to date in line with the American CDC requirements for visa applicants.

For full information please see the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html

 

 




Vaccinations for a baby, child or teenager from birth to under 19 years old 

Click on the age-group below to see a list of the vaccines he or she needs. (Use the age on the day of their medical visit.)

You can then print out the page to take to your doctor/paediatrician. If he/she vaccinates your child, he/she must date and countersign each vaccine given.

ALL vaccinations on our list relevant to your child's age are necessary to obtain a US visa or for entry as an immigrant into the United States. They may differ from the French vaccination schedule but are obligatory for entry into the United States. However, Dr Jolly and Dr Gunoy will not oblige you to take certain vaccines if you are opposed to them on medical, moral or religious grounds, but it will be noted in your medical file and you must contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website yourself for waiver information: www.uscis.gov.

You will also find examples of current or previous trade names of vaccines, but others exist and are accepted (for example, vaccines from countries outside France)

Important information about polio vaccination - If you live in or have spent more than 4 weeks in Pakistan, Afghanistan or Nigeria you must have had a polio vaccination booster within the past 4-52 weeks.

 

 


 

 


How to do the US medical tests and visit all in one day (the medical file sent to the US Embassy within 1-2 days)

When

Action

Place

Results

Medical visit 

Ideally book an appointment several weeks in advance

7 rue de la Pompe, 75116 Paris

 

Laboratory

 

 

Do the urine test for gonorrhoea and the blood test for syphilis before/after your medical visit depending on your PRS number. Remember not to urinate for at least two hours before the gonorrhoea test.

No need to book an appointment

Laboratoire Clément,
17, avenue d’Elyau, 75016 Paris
01 56 90 33 33

Sent automatically to the doctor

Chest X-ray Ideally book an appointment before/after your medical visit depending on your PRS number

Centre d’Imagerie de Vinci
43, rue Cortambert, 75016 Paris
Tel: 01 53 65 53 11 (for USA chest x-ray)

The computer disc is given to you and the results are sent electronically to the doctor

Medical visit

  7 rue de la Pompe, 75116 Paris

The completed medical file will be sent electronically to the Embassy within 1-2 days (if everything is normal and you have completed your vaccinations).

Doctor Gunita Jolly

MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG
General Practitioner, Adults and Children
Trained at Guy's Hospital, London
Email: gunitajolly@wanadoo.fr

Doctor Denise Gunoy

General Practitioner, Monday clinics, childhood vaccinations, gynaecology, visas & travel information
Trained at University Paris VII Denis Diderot
Email: drdenisegunoy@orange.fr

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