All immigrant visa applicants, regardless of age, need to complete a medical examination at the St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLMCEC) before the visa interview. Applicants are advised to have their medical examinations done 5-7 working days prior their interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Manila; failure to complete the exam within the prescribed time frame may result in significant visa processing delays. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to register online with SLMCEC at their website: www.slec.ph prior to their visit. Registering online will save processing time and make the visit to SLMCEC faster and more efficient.
SLMCEC is located at 1177 J. Bocobo Street, Ermita, Manila. They can be reached by telephone at (632) 521-0020 and (632) 521-8647. SLMCEC is open from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is best to arrive for your medical examination between 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Applicants are served on a first come first served basis, but the order of release of the medical reports will depend on the complexity of the results of the medical examination.
What is the cost of the medical examination at SLMCEC?
- The medical exam fee is US$245 for adults (15 years and older) and US$185 for children (under 15 years of age).
- SLMCEC does not accept credit card or dollar payments. The fees must be paid in Philippine pesos at the prevailing exchange rate.
What is the validity of the medical examination?
- Medical examinations are generally valid for 6 months.
Will chest x-rays be required?
- Children younger than 15 years old will not need a chest X-ray or serological test unless required by the doctor, but will instead undergo a Tuberculin Skin Test.
- According to the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), chest X-rays for pregnant women are not dangerous if taken with the proper shielding.
- If you have had previous X-rays, please bring them along for a comparative study.
What should I bring to my medical examination?
- DS-260 Confirmation Form (strongly recommended).
- Appointment letter sent by the National Visa Center or an e-mail confirmation from the Visa Information and Appointment Service.
- Appropriate medical examination fee.
- Passport (valid for at least 6 months)
- Three color pictures (2 inches x 2 inches) with a white background(two are for the visa and one is for the medical report).
What happens after I have my medical examination?
- SLMCEC will release the medical exam results directly to you unless instructed otherwise by the Panel Physician. The chest x-ray film and immunization form will also be given at the releasing section.
- You are required to bring the sealed medical report to your scheduled interview at the U.S. Embassy Manila. Tampered pouches will not be accepted in the interview and applicants will be instructed to return the pouch to SLMCEC for reseal.
- The medical examination usually takes two to three working days to process, but can extend up to a few months if there are required tests that need to be completed.
What do I do if I miss my interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Manila because of prolonged and/or additional tests conducted by SLMCEC?
After determining that you are clear to travel, SLMCEC will advise you regarding interview scheduling.