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US VISA - Medical Visit Information

Introduction

Dr Jolly and Dr Gunoy are designated physicians for the US Immigration Services. They carry out the medical examination for visa applications and immigration. The medical visit is an obligatory requirement by US Immigration services involving a physical check-up and examination of your medical history.

Please read this information before booking an appointment. In particular, you will need to have been vaccinated in line with US regulations. And if you are 15 years or older you must also have a chest X-Ray and laboratory tests for syphilis and gonorrhoea only at one of the designated facilities.

NEW for Immigrant status applicants only - According to a new US Immigration requirement all panel physicians must use the electronic healthcase system eMedical. Once you have booked an appointment with us we check to see if you are on eMedical. We will then send an email to all immigrant status applicants to say if you need to carry out the chest x-ray and lab tests BEFORE OR AFTER the medical visit.

All other visa cases (Diversity, K-visa or Non-immigrant visa..) are not affected by eMedical, so they must carry out the chest x-ray and lab tests BEFORE the medical visit and they will not receive an email about the timing of the x-ray and tests.

The 20-30-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.

We can generally provide an appointment within two weeks, but sometimes it can be fully booked several weeks in advance. We use the online booking service IVMIS (see below). 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.


Preparing for the Medical Visit

Immigrant status cases will receive an email to say if you need to carry out the chest x-ray and lab tests BEFORE OR AFTER the medical visit, so do not book the x-ray appointment or do laboratory tests before we advise you.

All other cases (Diversity, K-visa or Non-immigrant visa..)  MUST carry out the chest x-ray and lab tests BEFORE the medical visit.

Note that radio and exams should only be carried out only at the designated centers on our website.

What to do

Who to see

More information

Be vaccinated in line with US guidelines

You should visit your family doctor as soon as possible to update your vaccinations

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

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

Have laboratory tests for syphilis (blood test) and gonorrhoea (urine test) if aged 15 or over


 

Laboratoire Bio-Path PASSY,
1-3 rue Nicolo, 75016 Paris
01 53 92 20 20

Or

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

No appointment or prescription needed
You can eat and drink before the tests

 (Cost about 60€ in 2018)

Can be done in the morning (before midday, Clément or 8.30 am Bio-Path) to get results for an afternoon medical visit.

Note - eMedical cases must not do lab tests before the medical visit

Carry out a chest x-ray if aged 15 or over

Imagerie Médicale Léonard de Vinci,
43, rue Cortambert, 75016 Paris
01 53 65 53 11 (for USA chest x-ray) otherwise 01 47 04 44 20


http://www.centre-radiologie-paris.com/

Doctolib

The US Embassy does not accept chest x-rays from other sources.

No prescription needed but an Appointment is required:

Either
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)

Or Phone 01 53 65 53 11 (for US Visa X-ray appointments)

(Cost about 50€ in 2019)

The result will be given to you on a computer disc to bring to the medical visit.

eMedical cases - must not do exams before the medical visit. The results are sent electronically to the doctor.

If you have ever had convictions relating to drug or alcohol use

Write to us know before the visit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Do not carry out the laboratory tests for syphilis and gonorrhoea before the medical visit as the doctor will prescribe specific tests for you during the medical.

If you are pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant

Write to us know before the visit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Do not carry out the chest x-ray before the medical visit.

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The medical visit

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 the age-specific list of vaccinations on this website.
  • Computer disc of your chest x-ray (if non-immigrant visa).
  • 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.

 


 

 

Making an appointment

We use an Internet booking service to make appointments. Please use this button to Make an appointment

      1. Answer all the questions and select an appointment. Appointments take place only on the hour and half hour e.g. 10.00 a.m., 10.30 a.m. 11.00 a.m.
      2. You will arrive at a page with a pink sign saying “Your appointment is not yet created! Please review the information below and click "Make Appointment" to create your appointment”. Check that all the information on the page is correct, and then click on Make appointment at the bottom of the page.
      3. We will check your information and send you an appointment number. Please note that sometimes the confirmation email may arrive in your spam folder. Important: If you do not receive a confirmation with an appointment number you do not have an appointment. You must start again.

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, but the granting of the visa will be delayed until they receive your medical report or 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 (using your appointment number and passport number) via the following link: Cancel/Change Appointment

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?

If you complete all the necessary tests and vaccinations before the Doctor’s visit, you will receive your completed file immediately. If not, you will have to come back yourself to pick up the medical file 24 hours after the Doctor’s appointment (this will take 5 minutes) We can alternatively send the results directly to the Embassy. If you are not collecting the medical file yourself, please bring a 2kg Chronopost envelope (padded envelope about 28 Euros) to send results to the Embassy.

In eMedical visa cases the file will be sent directly to the immigration services electronically. The eMedical procedure sometimes takes a day or 2 longer to gather results and send the report to the Embassy. This does NOT affect your Embassy appointment. You can still go to the Embassy appointment without the medical report as they are aware of this delay and it takes them up to 14 days to process your visa application. Do not write to us about the transfer of the emedical file as it is sent automatically and we will always contact you if there is a problem with your results.

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)

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 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 (beginning of October to the beginning of February. Check with your local pharmacist to see if it is available at the time of your medical visit. 2019 Vaccinations started October 15th

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

What

When

Place

Results

Medical visit booking - several days in advance

EMedical immigrantstatus visas should book a morning or early afternoon appointment as they have to carry out the x-ray and laboratory tests after the visit.

All others book an appointment from 15h00 onwards.

7 rue de la Pompe, 75116 Paris

"Immigrant status" applicants will receive an email telling them whether to do the x-ray and laboratory tests before or after the medical visit. All others do them before the visit.

Laboratory tests

EMedical case visas will go directly to the laboratory after the medical

All other cases go before 08h30 at Bio-Path PASSY, or before midday at Clément

Do the urine test for gonorrhoea and the blood test for syphilis. Remember not to urinate for at least two hours before the gonorrhoea test. No need to book an appointment

Laboratoire Bio-Path PASSY,
1-3 rue Nicolo, 75016 Paris,
01 53 92 20 20

Or

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

Sent automatically to the doctor

Chest x-ray

EMedical case visas book an appointment for at least 1 hour after your medical appointment

All other cases book an appointment for before midday

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 to bring to the doctor

EMedical x-rays are sent electronically to the doctor

Medical visit

15:00 onwards

EMedical case visas earlier if possible to be able to carry out x-ray and laboratory tests afterwards

7 rue de la Pompe, 75116 Paris

You receive the completed medical file at the end of the visit (if everything is normal and you have completed your vaccinations).

EMedical file is sent to the Embassy electronically.

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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