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

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 or the year
  • 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 US file umber if you are K visa, NIV or Diversity. Either give it to the secretary when you book or send it by email.
  • Do not register your American file on the IVMIS booking site until you have an appointment confirmed via Doctolib or the secretary.

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

UPDATE YOUR VACCINATIONS

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 you will have to wait until your medical appointment to discuss the missing vaccines with Dr Jolly or Dr Gunoy.

We will need to see printed proof of at least 1 COVID-19 vaccination for everyone from 5 years old during the 12 months before the medical visit. Bring printed proof of at least 1 vaccination. No QR code accepted.

If you do not bring proof of all vaccinations or blood tests showing immunity your file will not be completed immediately. Both the doctor and the Embassy will wait for you to send the remaining proof to complete the file. You can still go to your Embassy interview while waiting to complete the medical file.

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.

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CHEST X-RAY

You will carry out a chest X-ray (from 15 years old) and laboratory tests (18-44 years old) after the medical.

PREGNANT WOMEN MUST BOOK A CHEST X-RAY APPOINTMENT FOR 1 HOUR AFTER THE MEDICAL VISIT. ALL OTHERS CAN WALK-IN WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT TO THE X-RAY CENTRE AFTER THE MEDICAL VISIT WITH A PRESCRIPTION PROVIDED BY OUR DOCTORS;

If pregnant you must book an appointment for a chest x-ray to take place after your medical. We only accept chest x-rays with Dr. Frédéric Zeitoun or Dr. Daniel Szwarc from the designated clinic below. YOU CAN NOT GO WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT: the de Vinci Centre, 43 rue Cortambert, 75116 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"

In the case of pregnancy, prior consent must be signed with Dr. Jolly or Dr. Gunoy prior to the X-ray.

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* 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • ATTENTION: Our doctors and secretaries will never contact you to ask you to pay the fees by phone or email. You must refuse to give your credit card details if someone contacts you claiming to be from our offices

 


 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 by 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. You must not go before the medical visit.

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 gonorrhoea (if applicable). You will be sent by the doctor to one of our designated laboratories below:

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. The Embassy may take 2 weeks to access and review your medical file. If  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 2 weeks 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. Bring your vaccination records to the medical visit. Please bring written proof of vaccination during childhood (if you have it).

COVID-19

We will need to see printed proof of at least 1 COVID-19 vaccination for everyone from 5 years old during the 12 months before the medical visit. Bring printed proof of at least 1 vaccination. No QR code accepted.

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) & Poliomyelitis

To get a booster if you have not had one in the past 10 years. If you have ever been vaccinated against pertussis the booster does not need to include it.

POLIO special case - you need to have had a polio vaccination booster within the last 4-52 weeks if you live or have spent more than 4 weeks in certain countries designated as at high risk. You must consult the list of all current countries affected on the CDC page here: Polio vaccination

Rubella, Mumps, Measles (MMR)

To show proof of vaccination if you were born after 1957. You can either 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, or 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

All those aged 0 to 59 years must be vaccinated against hepatitis B. Get at least 1 vaccination but you must complete the course after the medical visit.

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. If you have had varicella we need the approximate date written and confirmed by a doctor. 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 checklist 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 the 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

Download the following Child Vaccination Checklist, and print it out,  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.

We will need to see printed proof of at least 1 COVID-19 vaccination for everyone from 5 years old during the 12 months before the medical visit. Bring printed proof of at least 1 vaccination. No QR code accepted.

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 certain countries designated as at high risk. You must consult the list of all current countries affected on the CDC page here: Polio vaccination

 


 

 

Doctor Gunita Jolly

MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG
General Practitioner, Adults and Children
Trained at Guy's Hospital, London

Email general medicine and gynaecology: gunitajolly@wanadoo.fr
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