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I want to travel to the United States for medical treatment. What do I need to do?

April 11, 2011

Receiving medical treatment is a permissible activity on a B-1/B-2 visa.  If you want to travel to the United States for medical treatment, you must contact our Visa Information Center to schedule an interview appointment.  If you have an emergency that will not permit you to wait for a normal appointment, make sure to explain your situation to the Information Center and request an emergency appointment when you call.  We grant emergency appointments on a case-by-case, discretionary basis.

In addition to the documents required of all B-1/B-2 applicants, we strongly recommend that applicants whose purpose of travel is to seek medical treatment bring the following documents/information to the visa interview:

  • Detailed information (issued by a hospital or the attending physician in the Dominican Republic) concerning the nature of the illness or disability that requires medical treatment.
  • Evidence that a medical appointment has been scheduled in the United States.
  • Documentation from the U.S. hospital or physician concerning the projected cost of the medical treatment in the United States.
  • Documentation concerning how the medical treatment will be paid for.
  • A letter from the attending physician in the Dominican Republic explaining why the proposed medical treatment is unavailable in the Dominican Republic (if applicable).

Please remember that simply demonstrating that the medical treatment is necessary is insufficient to qualify for a visa; the applicant must also overcome the intending immigrant presumption of Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.