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Medical Examination

Instructions for Medical Examinations

Updated June 12, 2014

In order to be able to formally apply for an immigrant visa, a medical examination is required. This examination consists on one x-ray and a blood test for applicants age 15 or older. To get these exams done you have to go to one of the laboratories mentioned below, taking your passport and this instructions with you. The x-ray exam is not required in cases of pregnant women. Applicants must pick up their exams’ results from the laboratories in order to be able to get the general medical examination done. 

This exam is mandatory for ALL applicants, no matter their age.

In order to be able to get your general medical examination done, you must go to see one of the doctors mentioned below, taking your passport and the letter from the NVC (if applicable, since if you are applying for a fiancé/e K1 visa, the appointment will be scheduled by the Consular Section) with your appointment date and time to the doctor’s appointment.

You have to ask for an appointment date and time at the clinic/s and to the doctor via telephone before going in person. Please remember to mention that the exams are the ones required to apply for the United States Immigrant Visa. These exams will not be given to the applicants. The doctor is in charge of bringing them to the Consular Section at the Embassy of the United States in Montevideo.

The fees for all medical tests and exams are to be paid by the applicants.

Panel Physicians Appointed by the Consular Section:

Dr. Javier Pietropinto / Dr. Pierre Kleist
Medical Exam’s Fee: $2.000.00
British Hospital: Av. Italia 2420 / Phone: 2487-1020 

Laboratories

Radiology

VDRL Test

British Hospital
Av. Italia 2420
Phone: 2487-1020

$1.948

$877

Consultorio Radiológico Dr. Gabriel Benquet:
Yí 1480 entre Mercedes y Uruguay
Tel. 2900-4236/2900-4489

Consultorio Radiológico Dr. Gabriel Benquet
Yí 1480 between Mercedes and Uruguay
Phone: 2900-4236 / 2900-4489

$712 n/a

Clínica Médica Dr. Luis Castillo
Agustina Contucci de Oribe 2518
Phone: 2508-8484

n/a

$449*

* These prices are all in Uruguayan pesos and include 10% of IVA and all local official stamps. We haven’t been notified of any changes; verify al fees when scheduling your appointment.

Important Notice for Immigrant Visa Applicants Concerning Vaccination Requirements

Recent changes to United States Immigration Law now require Immigrant Visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations (listed below) prior to the issuance of an immigrant visa.

Panel physicians who conduct medical examinations on behalf of immigrant visa applicants are now required to verify that the applicants has met the new vaccination requirement, or that it is medically inappropriate for the applicant to receive one or more of the listed vaccinations:

Mumps, Measles, Rubella, Polio, Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids, Pertussis, Influenza Type B (HIB), Rotavirus, Hepatitis A & B, Meningococcal disease, Varicella, Pneumococcal and Influenza.

In order to assist the panel physician and to avoid delays in the processing of the immigrant visa, all visa applicants should have their vaccination records available for the panel physician’s review at the time of the medical examination.  Visa applicants should consult with their regular health care provider to obtain a copy of their immunization record, if one is available.  If you do not have a vaccination record, the panel physician will work with you to determine which vaccinations you may need to meet the requirement.  Certain waivers of the vaccination requirement are available upon the recommendation of the panel physician.  Only a physician can determine which of the listed vaccinations are medically appropriate for you, given your age, medical history and current medical condition.  It is advisable that you postpone all vaccinations until you have your medical interview.

In the event that you require any of the following inoculations, you should be aware that there are additional fees:

Vaccine

Fee

Hepatitis A (pediatric)

$750 each dose (two)

Hepatitis B (up to18 years old)

$450

Influenza (children 6 a 59 months)

$530

Influenza (adults older than 50 years old)

$530

Meningocóccica

$1.080 each dose (two)

Neumocóccica

$950

Rotavirus (babies 2 to 6 months)

$1.830

Varicela adults

$1.150

Tuberculosis Exam Technical Instructions

Immigrant visa applicants between 2 and 14 years old must have a Tuberculosis exam done, as detailed below:

  1. Before having the interview with the Panel Physician (doctor assigned by the Consular Section), immigrant visa applicants between 2 and 14 years old, must have the tuberculosis screening test called TST (Tuberculin Skin Test) done. 
  2. This screening method, in Uruguay, is centralized by the Comision Honoraria de Lucha Antituberculosa y Enfermedades Prevalentes (CHLAEP).
  3. In order to be able to have the PPD Mantoux test done, the applicant should go to one of to the CHLAEP offices, with their own doctor’s orders (not the Panel Physician’s). The result of this test has to be re-checked at the same office, 48 hours after it was done.  The test results will be given to the applicant that same day.
  4. CHLAEP’s address in Montevideo: Av. 18 de Julio 2175 (esq. A. Beisso), phone numbers’: 2400-1444, 2409-8489, fax number: 2401-4775, email: chlaep@adinet.com.uy, www.chlaep.org.uy. In the interior, CHLAEP offices are located at the capital cities.
  5. In the same way adults attend the Panel Physician’s interview carring with them the X Rays and VDRL test results, done before the inteview, applicants between 2 and 14 years old must attend their Panel Physician’s interviews taking the PPD test result, and the rest of the required test results with them.

General Information on DNA Testing

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing is the most accurate and widely available technology to test a biological relationship.  The types of tests used by the DNA scientific community continue to evolve; currently, the Polymerase Chain Reaction-Short Tandem Repeat (PCR-STR) and the Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) methods are the two tests that we believe to be the most advanced, offering the best results.

These tests are preferred over older technologies such as human leukocyte antigens (HLA) and human blood alleles (ABO) blood typing because they do not require blood samples and are more accurate when all parties are not available for testing and/or when the other possible father (in a paternity case) or mother (in a maternity case) is thought to be related to the tested party.

The preferred specimen collection technique for DNA testing is by cheek or mouth cavity swab.  When mouth swabs are taken, cells are collected from the inside cheek using a long cotton swab.  Cheek swabs are preferred over blood samples because they are easier to collect, non-invasive, painless, and easier to ship.  The accuracy of a DNA test conducted with a cheek swab is equivalent to a test conducted using a blood test, and, unlike blood, cheek swabs are not considered to be bio-hazardous.

Any DNA testing for visa or citizenship purposes must be processed by a lab that is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). Names of AABB accredited labs can be found in this link.

For more information on this subject please send an e-mail to: MontevideoIV@state.gov

HIV Testing Information

On November 2, 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS/CDC), published a Final Rule in the Federal Register that will remove HIV infection from the list of communicable diseases of public health significance and remove references to HIV from the scope of medical examinations for aliens.

The final rule goes into effect on January 4, 2010. As of this date, HIV infection will no longer be an inadmissible condition, and HIV testing will no longer be required for medical examinations for visa purposes.

Further, applicants who are HIV-positive will no longer require waiver processing by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).