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Health and Vaccination Requirements for U.S. Immigrants

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New Canaan immigration attorney medical requirementsApplicants for immigration to the United States may be anxious about the medical exam that is required as part of the visa application process, particularly when seeking multiple visas for family immigration. Applicants must satisfy a long list of physical health, mental health, and vaccination requirements before their immigration visa can be approved.  

You may be relieved to learn that very few health conditions are grounds for denial of a U.S. immigration visa. The following details are current as of August 2018, but be aware that they are subject to change over time:

Medical Reasons for Denial of a Visa

The Immigration and Nationality Act, section 212(a), spells out four health issues that make a person ineligible for a U.S. visa:

  1. Testing positive for one of the following communicable diseases that pose a high risk to public safety: active tuberculosis, gonorrhea, infectious leprosy, or infectious syphilis. 
  2. A history of behavior associated with a physical or mental disorder that poses a threat to the property, safety, or welfare of the applicant or others. This includes a history of harmful or violent behavior resulting in injury to people (including attempted suicide or self-harm), animals, or property. Harmful behavior attributed to alcoholism would fall under this category. 
  3. Drug abuse or drug addiction as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). “Drugs” are defined as the controlled substances listed in Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act. Note, however, that an applicant is admissible if the abuse or addiction is in remission as defined by DSM criteria.
  4. Failure to have the required vaccinations. An applicant may present valid vaccination records or submit to blood tests proving immunity to the disease. Otherwise, they must receive the vaccinations for the following diseases: diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, influenza (including Hib), measles, meningococcal, mumps, pneumococcal, pertussis, polio, rotavirus, rubella, tetanus, and varicella.

Waivers of Inadmissibility for Health or Vaccination Issues

A foreign national who is denied a U.S. immigration visa due to one of the health requirements may, in some circumstances, receive a waiver of that health requirement. An experienced immigration attorney can guide you through the complex process of obtaining a waiver of inadmissibility.

Trust an Experienced Fairfield County, CT Immigration Lawyer 

If you or a family member is concerned about possible denial of an immigration visa due to a medical condition or vaccination issue, seek the advice of an experienced Stamford immigration attorney as soon as possible. At Gonzalez Law Office, LLC, we stay on top of the latest immigration regulations and can advise you on the best way to achieve your immigration goals. Contact us at 203-323-1440 to schedule a confidential consultation. 





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