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. We are designated for those whose visa exam is in Paris or are from Portugal. As an emergency measure we are permitted to carry out the visa medical visit for Ukrainians whose embassy visit is in Frankfurt, Germany.  We are not designated for other nationals whose visa appointment is in Frankfurt.

We hope that your medical exam is as stress-free and uncomplicated as possible.

UKRAINIAN VISA REQUESTS July 2022 We have no appointments available until September. You must write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Appointments must not be booked directly on Doctolib or they will be cancelled. We are sorry for this necessity.

 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. Depending on your age the exam will be followed by a chest x-ray (15 years and older) and laboratory tests (18-44 years old) at our designated centres 5 minutes away (see below).

How to book an appointment:

  • Use this French booking site link: Doctolib  
  • Telephone our office on 0145 24 69 50 giving your name, date of birth, telephone number and if possible your 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 send us your PRS Number if you are K visa, NIV or Diversity. Either give it to the secretary when you book or send it by email.

It is very important to be vaccinated in line with US regulations. You can start updating your vaccinations as soon as possible. This is explained below.


What you must do before the medical

1. UPDATE YOUR VACCINATIONS

We will need to see printed proof of 2 DATES of COVID-19 vaccination if you belong to an eligible age group. Both dates are important (or only 1 in the case of Janssen). We cannot use your QR code

Delays in completing medical reports are usually due to us waiting for you to complete your vaccinations. To avoid this please go to see your family doctor as soon as possible to update your vaccinations in line with our list of vaccinations below (following US guidelines). If you do not have a doctor please write to us and say which adult vaccines you are missing:

An adult aged 19 or over, follow this link to Adult Vaccinations. Please do not write to us asking if there any others as this list contains all the vaccines you need as an Adult

A child under 19, follow this link to Child Vaccinations. Children must be fully vaccinated before the visit.

2. BOOK A CHEST X-RAY APPOINTMENT (only if aged 15 and over)

If aged 15 years or older you should book an appointment for a chest x-ray to take place after your medical. We only accept chest x-rays from the designated clinic below. This can be as early as an hour after your medical visit. Do not carry out the x-ray before the medical.

Imagerie Médicale Léonard de Vinci, 43, rue Cortambert, 75016 Paris  CLOSED AUGUST 1-15TH

  • 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 2022). The result will be given to you on a computer disc and is also sent electronically to the doctor. You do not need to take the result 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.

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

* 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.


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. If the embassy has it then ask us for a copy well in advance. It is best to always keep a copy of your passport.
  • 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, 2 dates. 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

The doctor will send you with prescriptions to carry out your chest x-ray and laboratory tests.

Laboratory tests (if aged 18-44 years old)

If aged 18-44 years you will be sent to to carry out your laboratory tests after the medical visit.  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 (if applicable). You will be sent by the doctor to one of our designated laboratories below. Do not go before the visit:

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

 

When will the Embassy receive the completed medical file?

All files are sent electronically (instantly) to the embassy as soon as they are complete. This can therefore be within 1 day. To complete the file we need your vaccinations up to date and the chest x-ray and laboratory results if applicable.  It 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: compulsory if aged 19 years or older

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

ALL vaccines on this list are required by the American government to obtain the US visa . No other vaccinations will be asked of adults.
 
COVID-19
We need to record the first 2 vaccination dates. You must show 2 printed sheets (not the QR codes), one for each date, and give a copy to the doctor.
 
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) & Poliomyelitis
To do if no booster for 10 years. Bring your vaccination records to the medical visit. Please bring written proof of vaccination during childhood (if you have it).
POLIO - you need a polio vaccination booster within the last 4-52 weeks if you live or have spent more than 4 weeks in Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Iran, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Uganda , Ukraine, and Yemen.
 
Rubella, Mumps, Measles (MMR)
To do if you were born from 1957. If you do not have written proof of vaccination, you must get vaccinated, or if you prefer, take a blood test to see if you are immune to the 3 diseases. Ask your doctor for a prescription. If you are only immunized against 1 or 2 of these diseases, you must be vaccinated again with MMR. Individual vaccines do not exist. A history of Rubella, Mumps, Measles disease is not sufficient as proof of immunity
If you are pregnant, you will not be asked to be vaccinated with the complete MMR because it is a “live” vaccine.
 
Hepatitis B New May 2022

All those aged 0 to 59 years must be vaccinated against hepatitis B


Varicella
If you have never had chickenpox disease you should get vaccinated. If you prefer you can take a blood test to see if you are immune. Ask your doctor for a prescription. We do not need written proof of your history of the disease but the approximate date. If you are pregnant, you will not be asked to get vaccinated against chickenpox because it is a “live” vaccine.
 
Pneumococcal
The Pneumococcal vaccine is compulsory from the age of 65. The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) requests a first vaccination with the Pneumococcal PPSV23 vaccine
 
Influenza (seasonal flu vaccine)
The vaccine is required if your medical exam takes place during the flu season (early October to February or as long as the vaccine remains available in pharmacies). Check availability with your pharmacist.
 

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 may 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 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 AND ADD THE NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH OF YOUR CHILD 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 - Due to the spread of wild polio virus you must have had a polio booster within the past 12 months if you live in or have spent more than 4 weeks in Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Iran, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Uganda, Ukraine, and Yemen

 

 


 

 

Doctor Gunita Jolly

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

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