In about a few days or up to a week prior to the interview, the U.S. Embassy will schedule a medical examination for the K1 fiance/fiancee at St. Luke's Medical Center. This process can truly be a challenging and an exhausting experience for the applicant because he or she will be checked for his/her overall health. This is a time where the K1 fiance/fiancee applicant should be given enough support and prayers from loved ones.
- Moderately Challenging
things you'll need:
- Will and determination
- Money for the fees involved
- Important Documents
- 8-10 Visa Photos
- Support and prayers from loved ones
- Step 1
Visit your family doctor first for a check-up whether you are in good health so that if you have mild illnesses then these can be treated earlier before going to St. Luke's Medical Center in Manila.
It's normal that you will be feeling a little bit anxious for your upcoming interview but keep in mind that the U.S. Embassy will not give you an interview if you can't pass the medical examination at the official clinic they are associated with.
- Step 2
Check the exact location of the approved clinic. Some applicants may experience confusion because there are two facilities called, "St. Luke's": this one is located in Quezon City and the other one is in Ermita, Manila. They must proceed at St. Luke's Extension Clinic located in Ermita, Manila where K1 visa applicants must complete a medical examination.
- Step 3
Look for the correct address and telephone numbers. St. Luke's Extension Clinic is located at 1177 J. Bocobo St., Ermita, Manila, with telephone numbers 521-0020 and 521-8647. They can also visit the website if the applicants have time at http://www.stluke.com.ph for additional info.
- Step 4
Be sure to bring the original approval letter from the U.S. Embassy with you. Have it photocopied and bring 8-10 visa photos with you. You might think this is a lot but you will truly need a lot of pictures when you go there.
Visa photos will be required to be attached on your important forms provided with the letter. This is not indicated on the letter sent to you because it is a requirement not by the US Embassy but by the affiliate medical center.
- Step 5
Make sure to bring the following documents to your K1 visa medical examination:
1. Original and Photocopy of Proof of Payment for the K1 fiance/fiancee Visa Interview. There is an application fee of about $131 non-refundable for each K1 visa applicant. This fee may increase anytime so check what is the current fee payable in U.S. dollars or its peso equivalent and is paid at an accredited branch of Citibank or the Bank of the Philippine Islands or (BPI)
2. NBI Clearance (recent copy).
3. Passport and a photocopy of first and last page of your Passport.
4. NSO (National Statistics Office) issued copy of your birth certificate.
5. Copies of Termination of Prior Marriage (if either the petitioner or the fiance/fiancee has been previously married).
6. Police Clearance (if the fiance/fiancee has resided outside the Philippines after the age of 16. This shall include the residence as an expatriate or overseas contract worker).
7. Evidence of Financial Support and this includes the I-134 (Affidavit of Support) filed by the petitioner and duly sealed and notarized, the Income Tax Returns for 3 previous years and the 3 previous W-2' s of the petitioner.
8. Bring evidence of your ongoing relationship; which include letters, postal receipts, photos, phone bills, and emails. Bring at least 5 copies of both pictures and letters.
9. Forms provided in the K1 packet which are required to be filled up.
- Step 6
Take good care of yourself prior to the medical exam. Sleep early, avoid using the computer so much so that you can rest your tired eyes, eat healthy foods and think positive.
- Step 7
Decide in advance because in the clinic, the medical staff will give you a choice if you want to have vaccinations. As a K-1 fiance/fiancee visa holder, this is a privilege accorded to you. If you have had prior vaccinations, bring the original copy of your vaccination history to determine which vaccinations are appropriate for you.
The vaccinations shall include the following:
5) Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
7) Influenza Type B
8) Hepatitis B
- Step 8
Bring a bottled water because you'll be required to give a sample of your urine which you will have to produce during the medical exam. An x-ray will be taken and also a blood sample to check for HIV. Your height and weight will also be taken during this time and also the inspection of your vision and hearing.
Usually, you'll be checked and interviewed by a female doctor about your medical history like heart disease, drug use, etc. She will also check your breasts for lumps and the genital area to check for venereal disease. It will not take long so try to relax during the whole process.
- Step 9
You need to be patient because this examination could take about half - whole day depending on how early you are and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The clinic usually opens at 7:30 but it is advisable to be there as early as 5:30-6 and expect applicants in a long line.
The required medical examination costs $213.35 each for adults and $185.35 for children 15 years old and younger. Be sure to have the equivalent amount in pesos prior to the medical exam. Remember to check the instructions that come with your approval letter for change in fees.
- Step 1
Tips & Warnings
Dress neatly and as much as possible, use a semi-formal attire.
Remember that the fees are mostly payable in the local currency.
You'll be required to give a sample of your urine which you will have to produce during the medical exam. An x-ray will be taken and also a blood sample to check for HIV.
Your height and weight will also be taken during this time and also the inspection of your vision and hearing. Usually, you'll be checked and interviewed by a female doctor about your medical history like heart disease, drug use, etc. It will not take long so try to relax during the whole process.
The results of your x-ray shall be given to you at a later date, usually a few days or up to a week after your medical. The results of your medical exam shall not be given to you. It shall be given together with your other documents that you had provided to the clinic personnel.
It will be sealed in an envelope and forwarded to the embassy to be opened on the date of your fiance/fiancee visa interview. Remember that you do not need to bring the x-ray to your visa interview.
If you'll decide to have your vaccinations in the US, it is still an option although it will take another place and time plus additional fee to pay as you will have to schedule your vaccinations with an immigration approved medical clinic or doctor.