Medical Requirements

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Before an immigrant visa can be issued, all immigrant visa applicants, including adopted children, are required to have a medical examination from one of the Embassy's approved panel physicians. A list of authorized physicians in Korea is automatically sent to each applicant prior to the interview.

Applicants are responsible for making an appointment with one of the authorized physicians and for paying the examination fee directly to the physician.

The medical examination process must be completed before the immigrant visa appointment. Each applicant will be required to show his/her passport as identification at each step of the medical examination process. In some instances an applicant may need a follow-up examination.

The medical exam is valid for 6 months, if a Class A or TB condition exists, the medical exam is valid for 3 months from the time the evaluation is completed. The immigrant visa validity is limited to the validity of the medical examination.

Specific Information

Additional information on the required immigrant visa medical exam, including a list of authorized physicians, is sent to each applicant. Only the approved physicians may perform an immigrant visa medical exam. You can download the Packet 3 instructions given to Immigrant, Fiancé(e) visa applicants.

All applicants 15 years of age or older must have a full chest X-ray. Before leaving the X-ray lab, please make sure that the following information is imprinted on the X-ray itself: first and last name, passport number, date the X-ray was taken and the name of the X-ray lab.

The chest X-ray should be taken by you to your visa interview. If a TB condition exists, you will need the X-ray before you pick up your baggage in the airport in the United States, so please do not pack it into your luggage. Immigrant visa applicants who are younger than fifteen years of age do not need a chest X-ray or blood tests.

All children aged 14 or younger must be accompanied to the medical exam by a parent or guardian (in Korea, adoption agencies generally will take orphans to the exam). The physicians have all necessary forms in their offices. At the conclusion of the examination, the physician will complete a record and hand it to the applicant or parents in a sealed envelope to be hand carried on the day of the visa interview.

Applicants should be aware that the IV physical examination is not exhaustive. If you wish to have a more specialized or comprehensive examination or testing, this is a private matter between you and the physician.


United States immigration law now requires IV applicants (including adopted children) to obtain certain vaccinations prior to the issuance of an immigrant visa.

A physician who conducts medical examinations of IV applicants is now required to verify that immigrant visa applicants have met certain vaccination requirements, or that it is medically inappropriate for the applicant to receive one or more of the listed vaccinations. Certain waivers of the vaccination requirement are available upon the recommendation of the physician.

Only a physician can determine which of the listed vaccinations are medically appropriate, given the age, medical history and current medical condition of the immigrant visa applicant. The list can include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, influenza type B (Hib), measles, meningococcal, mumps, pneumococcal, pertussis, polio, rotavirus, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria toxoids, and/or varicella.

Click here to learn more about immunizations for immigrant visa applicants.

The vaccination requirement can be postponed if an adopting parent signs an affidavit prior to the child's arrival in the United States attesting that, within 30 days of the child's admission to the United States, or at the earliest time that is medically appropriate, the child will receive the required vaccinations. This affidavit must be done on the official affidavit of the U.S. Department of State and must be notarized.

Click here to download the Form DS-1981 (Affidavit Concerning Exemption from Immigration Requirements for a Foreign Adopted Child).

If an adopted child has any kind of birth defect, disability or disease, however minor, U.S. law requires that the adopting parents sign a notarized acknowledgment that they are aware of the child's health problem and are willing to adopt the child regardless. Faxed forms cannot be accepted. Each adoptive parent must sign his/her own acknowledgment; one parent cannot sign for another, even with a Power of Attorney.

List of Panel Physicians

Immigrant and Fiancé/e visa applicants, regardless of age, must undergo a medical examination at a designated facility according to U.S. Public Health Service guidelines ( range of medical examination fees at panel physician hospital is as follows: ₩310,000-₩397,091 for age 15 or older; ₩160,000-₩345,000 for ages between 2 and 14; and, ₩135,000-₩220,000 for age 1 or younger depending on the procedures or tests determined to be necessary by the panel physician. Fees for any required vaccinations are additional. The price is subject to change without notice. Fiancé/e visa applicants are not legally required to receive vaccinations, however the U.S. Department of State encourages fiancé(e) visa applicants to meet the vaccination requirements before admission to the United States. It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange for a medical examination directly with one of the designated facilities.

  • Gangnam Severance Hospital (Visa Medical Center): Online Reservation at, Phone 02-2019-1209, Dogok-ro 235, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (Visa Medical Center, 1st floor)
  • Saint Mary's Hospital: Phone 02-3779-1521, 63 Ro 10, Youngdeungpo-Gu, Seoul
  • Seoul National University Hospital: Phone 02-2072-4918, Daehak-ro 101, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Severance Hospital: Online Reservation at, Phone 1599-1004, Yonsei-ro 50-1, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul


  • Haeundae Paik Hospital: Phone 051-797-0369, Haeundae-ro 875, Haeundae-gu, Pusan

Please give the physician (1) Packet 3 letter, (2) passport, (3) five passport size photographs which were taken within the last six months, (4) current address with zip code, (5) intended U.S. address with zip code, (6) name of prior country of residence, (7) applicant’s email address. The physician will give the medical report and chest X-ray to you in a sealed envelope. Please submit a medical report only to the Embassy. DO NOT OPEN this envelope. The medical report is valid for 6 months. If a CLASS A or TB condition exists, it is valid for 3 months  from the time the evaluation is complete. The immigrant visa validity is limited to the validity of the medical examination.