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Medical Exam for U.S. Immigrant Visa

April 23, 2012

All immigrant visa applicants, regardless of age, are required by law to have a medical examination.  The purpose of the medical examination is to screen for certain medical conditions relevant to U.S. immigration law.  The medical examination must be done by the approved panel physician, Consultorios de Visa. 

Consultorios de Visa is located on Avenida Independencia #202 next to Clinica Abreu in Santo Domingo.  You may go to Consultorios de Visa any working day between 7:00 am and 10:00 am for your medical examination.  Children ages 2 through 14 can appear for their medical exams only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays.  

You must take your appointment letter and passport three (3) color 2" x 2" photographs and your national identification card.  Because the results of the medical examination can take several days to process, we recommend you go to Consultorios de Visa at least two weeks prior to your scheduled immigrant visa interview at the Consular Section.   

The clinic will send the results directly to the Consular Section.  If your results are not received by the day of your scheduled interview, your visa will not be issued on that day.  You will need to call the clinic to ensure that there are no outstanding tests that need to be completed and return to the clinic to pick up the results yourself.  The Consular Section is unable to review the CD copy of your results provided by the clinic. 

Delays in receiving the results of the medical exam is one of the primary reasons for delays in the issuance of immigrant visas.  Your visa is more likely to be issued quickly if you schedule your medical exam early. 

Please note that medical exams are valid for three to six months.  If other documentation is missing in your case or your case is otherwise delayed, the medical exam may expire and need to be repeated before your visa can be issued.

For more information, please visit our web page at or see the panel physician website at