Notice from the Embassy: Immigrant Visa Applicants Must Complete Tuberculosis (TB) Testing During Medical Examination Process
Due to increased rates of TB infection in the U.S., the U.S. Government now requires more stringent testing and treatment of all applicants before they can immigrate to the U.S.
During the medical exam, the panel physician is required to test for TB.
All applicants 15 years of age and older must undergo a chest X-ray before the medical examination can be completed. This requirement includes pregnant women, who can elect to undergo the chest radiograph while pregnant with double lead shielding over the belly, or they can choose to undergo the chest radiograph after the baby is born. If the tests are positive for TB, they may require treatment before the applicant is eligible for a visa.