U.S. Visa Applicants


Medical examination for U.S. visa applicants is performed ONLY at the Ermita branch of St. Luke’s Extension Clinic (SLEC) located at 1177 J. Bocobo Street, Ermita, Manila.



SLEC-Ermita is open from Mondays to Fridays from 7:00AM to 4:30PM except on Philippine holidays.



Visa applicants for Pre-Marital, Command Sponsorship, and Overseas Screening do not require an appointment for medical examination.

Regular Immigrants and K-Visa applicants must register online to schedule an appointment for their visa medical examination. Click here to register.



No. Appointments can only be made through our Online Registration Form.



No. Each individual person must have a separate registration and appointment for their visa medical examination.



Social distancing is strictly observed within the clinic so entry of people is limited to those undergoing the examination.

St. Luke’s Extension Clinic allows only one (1) companion for the following cases:

  • Person with Disability (PWD)

  • Elderly (60 years old and above)

  • Minors (17 years old and below)



For Pre-Marital, Command Sponsorship and Overseas Screening requirements, click here.

For Regular Immigrants and K-Visa applicants, each individual visa applicant must bring the following documents on the day of the visa medical examination...

Each individual visa applicant must bring the following documents on the day of the visa medical examination:

  • Appointment Confirmation email for medical examination

  • Visa Interview Appointment Letter or Letter with Case Number – original and photocopy

  • Valid passport – original and photocopy of the biographic data page

  • 4 pieces 2x2 visa photos with white background (Write your complete name at the back of each photo. All photos should be clean and free from smudges)

  • Accomplished COVID-19 Health Declaration Form

Minors (17 years old and below) not accompanied by their parents must also present:

  • Letter of Authorization/Special Power of Attorney stating that the companion is authorized to sign on behalf of the parent (companion must be knowledgeable of the minor’s medical history)

  • Parent’s government-issued ID – two (2) photocopies per applicant

  • Companion’s government-issued ID – original and two (2) photocopies per applicant.



Click here to see the medical fees for U.S. visa medical examination.



After registering online, applicants may pay at Security Bank either through

  • Over-the-counter payments

  • Through online payment if they have an existing Security Bank online account

Cash and credit card payments can also be made at the clinic cashier.



If you are not able to come on your medical appointment date or if you want a new schedule, you can register online to get a new medical examination appointment. Your previous appointment will automatically be cancelled.



Applicants who have already paid for their medical examination but were not able to come on the appointed date can still use their payment for their next registration. Just present proof of payment at the reception area.



The routine visa medical examination consists of the following tests/procedures:

  • For adults 15 years old and above – Physical Examination, Chest x-ray, Syphilis Test, Gonorrhea Test

  • For children 2 to 14 years old – Physical Examination, Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) test

  • For children less than 2 years old – Physical Examination

  • Other laboratory exams may be requested based on the results of our tests and physical examination



No, fasting is not required for the visa medical examination.



Bringing in of food inside the clinic is not allowed. Applicants may bring in bottled water or drinks although drinking fountains are available inside the clinic.

Several restaurants or stores can be found in the vicinity of the clinic, applicants may go outside for their meals.



Yes.



Yes, pregnant women can undergo medical examination.

Please be advised that a chest x-ray is part of the medical exam. Women are asked to sign a consent form stating that they understand the risk of the procedure in case they are pregnant and are willing to undergo the procedure.

For pregnant women who wish to wait after their delivery to do their chest x-ray, their medical reports cannot be completed and submitted until they have completed all requirements.



Yes, if available. Please be guided of the following:

  • Old chest x-ray films should have been taken at least 3 months prior to the medical examination and must clearly show the patient’s complete name, date of x-ray, and name of the facility/clinic.

  • Immunization records must show the patient’s complete name, vaccines given, date of administration, and the name, signature and license number of the physician. Immunization records from health center should be written on official form. Immunization records from other countries should be translated to English.



Yes. Per U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Technical Instructions, the chest x-ray should be performed only at the accredited panel site.



There is no need to get vaccinated before your visa medical examination. Age-appropriate vaccines are already included in the medical examination package at no additional cost.



No. Only those vaccines appropriate for your age and medical results will be given.



No. Sputum examination is required only for applicants with abnormal chest x-ray results suggestive of active TB or those with signs and symptoms of TB.



No. IGRA is a test that is used to detect latent TB infection, not active TB disease.



No. COVID vaccine is not available at St. Luke’s Extension Clinic and is not currently required by the U.S. Embassy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)



The visa medical examination process may take 1-2 working days to complete because some laboratory tests take a few hours to run and some applicants may be asked to do additional tests or submit required documents. Each visit may take between 2 to 4 hours.



Validity of medical reports may range from 3 months to 6 months depending on the classification.

For medical reports with no significant findings, the report is valid for 6 months starting from the date of the medical exam.

For those who undergo TB screening, the validity is only 3 months starting from the date of the MTB culture results.



US visa applicants with expired medical reports are required to undergo repeat medical examination which entails doing all the required examinations and tests again and paying the corresponding fees

Applicants are asked to confirm first with the US embassy if they are eligible to do a repeat medical examination.



Applicants whose previous medical examinations were processed using eMedical (not paper-based) should have a new Healthcase prior to their new medical examination.

To check whether you have a new Healthcase, click here.

US visa applicants whose medical reports were paper-based (e.g. K1/K2 visas) do not need a healthcase. You may proceed to register online for a medical appointment. Click here.

US visa applicants with valid medical reports (not yet expired) cannot undergo a repeat medical examination. You will have to wait until your medical report expires prior to requesting for a new healthcase for you to do a new medical examination.



Medical reports of US visa applicants are printed on Department of State forms which are considered the property of the US Government and SLEC is not authorized to give out copies. We are only authorized to give out a copy of the immunization worksheet which the applicants can present to their receiving physicians in the states.



Immunization is a basic requirement of the medical examination. Applicants who do not receive immunizations are identified as Class A and are considered as inadmissible.



All laboratory results and exams must be completed before the medical report can be submitted regardless if the case is expedited or not.



eMedical is an electronic health processing system that is used by panel clinics accredited to do immigration medical examination for US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. All results of the medical examination will be uploaded via eMedical and electronically submitted directly to the embassies.



Starting October 1, 2021:

  1. Applicants who have received COVID-19 vaccination should provide the proper documentation of their vaccination.

  2. Applicants who have been given ONLY the first dose dose of any of the following vaccines (Sinovac, Sinopharm, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca or Moderna) can also proceed with their medical examination but will have to complete their 2nd dose first before their medical examination report can be submitted. Other age-appropriate vaccines required by the US will be given after the 2nd COVID vaccine dose.

  3. Applicants who receive the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine may proceed with their medical examination.

  4. Applicants who do not have access to COVID-19 vaccines yet because of vaccine shortage can still proceed with their medical appointment. It would be helpful if they can provide a certification from their local health unit or barangay stating that the COVID vaccines are not yet available for them.

  5. Applicants whose age is not yet appropriate for COVID-19 vaccination may proceed with the medical examination.

  6. Applicants who cannot be given COVID-19 vaccine due to medical reasons (severe allergy or anaphylaxis reaction) may proceed with the medical examination. Kindly provide a certification from your doctor for the reason why vaccine was not given. Please note that asthma is not considered a contraindication to COVID-19 vaccine.



All applicants 2 y/o and above who will enter SLEC will have to provide a negative RT PCR test prior to entry to the facility. RT PCR swabbing is available at SLEC-Ermita and can be scheduled 1 day before yore medical appointment.

  • RT PCR is required. COVID Antigen or Antibody tests will not be accepted.

  • Nasopharyngeal swab is required. Saliva test will not be accepted.

  • Test should be done in a DOH-accredited testing facility.

  • Test should be done within 3 days of the medical appointment. (If the appointment is on Friday, RT PCR can be done Tuesday-Thursday).

  • A printed copy of the result should be submitted

  • Applicants with signs and symptoms will not be swabbed at SLEC-Ermita and will be referred to SLMC-BGC for swabbing

  • Applicants with positive RT-PCR tests are not allowed to proceed with the medical examination and will only be processed after completing the required isolation/quarantine period.



Applicants with signs and symptoms of possible COVID or are close contact of a COVID case will not be allowed entry into the building and will have to postpone their medical examination until they have completed the required isolation/quarantine period.

  • Applicants with asymptomatic or mild COVID, will need to complete 10 days of isolation. Applicants with severe COVID (hospitalized and oxygen requiring) will need to complete 21 days of isolation.

  • Contacts of COVID-19 cases need to complete 14 days of quarantine.

  • If they develop symptoms during the quarantine period, isolation of 10 days (starting from the first day of symptoms) is required.



Applicants who recently got infected with COVID-19 are required to present their (+) RT PCR result and medical clearance from their private physician or local government unit on the day of their medical examination.

If you have COVID-19 infection more than 3 months ago or if you cannot present the original (+) RT PCR result, you will be required to do another RT PCR test.