Medical Requirements

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Overview

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 panel 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 panel physicians and for paying the examination fee directly to the physician. Please note that the applicant should complete the online application form DS-260 and print the confirmation page before visiting the panel physician for the medical examination.

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 Instruction Package given to Immigrant and Fiancé(e) visa applicants.

All applicants 15 years of age or older must have a full chest X-ray.

Immigrant visa applicants who are younger than fifteen years of age do not need a chest X-ray but the tuberculosis must be screened using an Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) test.

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).

Immunizations

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 (http://www.cdc.gov).The range of medical examination fees at panel physician hospital is as follows: ₩310,000-₩406,000 for age 15 or older; ₩228,000-₩351,500 for ages between 2 and 14; and, ₩136,000-₩246,500 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(Korean language only) at gs.iseverance.com, Phone 02-2019-1209, Dogok-ro 235, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (Visa Medical Center, 1st floor)
  • Saint Mary's Hospital: Online Reservation(Korean language only) at cmcsungmo.or.kr, 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(Korean language only) at sev.iseverance.com, 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) Visa interview appointment letter, (2) DS-260 Confirmation page (CEAC Confirmation page) (3) passport, (4) one passport size photographs which were taken within the last six months, (5) current address with zip code, (6) intended U.S. address with zip code, (7) name of prior country of residence, (8) applicant’s email address. Once the medical exam is completed, the hospital will electronically send the medical report to the Immigrant Visa Unit.

Note: For Fiance(e) visa applicants, you will receive a sealed medical report which should not be opened but submitted at the interview. 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.