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Medical Examination

Instructions for Medical Examinations

Updated August 28, 2014

In order to be able to formally apply for an immigrant visa, a medical examination is required for all applicants regardless of their age. This examination consists on one x-ray and a blood test for applicants age 15 or older. The x-ray exam is not required in cases of pregnant women. 

In order to be able to get your general medical examination completed, applicants must go to see one of the panel physicians (doctors assigned by the Consular Section) mentioned in this instruction sheet, taking their passport, the letter sent to you by the NVC (if applicable) and the result of the tests. Please remember to mention that these exams are the ones required to apply for the United States Immigrant Visa. The final exam results will not be given to the applicants. The panel physicians are in charge of bringing it 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

$2.032

$880

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

$788

n/a

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

n/a

$452*

* 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

The United States Immigration Law requires 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 required to verify that the applicants have met the 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 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)

$700 each dose (two)

Hepatitis B (up to18 years old)

$470

Influenza (children 6 a 59 months)

$530

Influenza (adults older than 50 years old)

$530

Meningocóccica

$2.000 each dose (two)

Neumocóccica

$950

Rotavirus (babies 2 to 6 months)

$1.980

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, immigrant visa applicants between 2 and 14 years old, must have the tuberculosis screening test called TST (Tuberculin Skin Test) done.
  1. This screening method, in Uruguay, is centralized by the Comision Honoraria de Lucha Antituberculosa y Enfermedades Prevalentes (CHLAEP).
  1. 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.
  1. 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, website: www.chlaep.org.uy. In the interior, CHLAEP offices are located at the capital cities.
  1. 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 Mantoux test result, and the rest of the required test results with them.

Important note:

Only if there are no supplies to perform the PPD Mantoux test in CHLAEP, you can have the tuberculosis screening test called “IGRA” (Quantiferon) done at the British Hospital following the instructions below:

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 “IGRA” test result, and the rest of the required test results with them (no X-Ray test is required for applicants’ between 2 and 14 years old).

This blood test has a cost of Uruguayan pesos 8.600.

General Information on DNA Testing

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.

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 removed HIV infection from the list of communicable diseases of public health significance and removed references to HIV from the scope of medical examinations for aliens.

The final rule went into effect on January 4, 2010. As of this date, HIV infection no longer is an inadmissible condition, and HIV testing is no longer required for medical examinations for visa purposes. Further, applicants who are HIV-positive no longer require waiver processing by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).