Visas for Medical or Emergency Situations (B-1/B-2)
Occasionally applicants need to travel for emergency or medical situations, such as visiting an ailing family member, attending a funeral, seeking medical treatment, or donating an organ for transplant to a family member.
How To Apply
To apply, please refer to the instructions on the Nonimmigrant Visa Application Procedures page. In addition to the basic documentary requirements, as specified on the application procedure Step 2, the following supporting documents may or may not be requested from the applicant and are only required at the discretion of the consular officer:
- For Those Visiting an Ailing Family Member
Applicants may be asked to present an up-to-date statement from a U.S. physician indicating the condition of the patient, including contact information so that, if necessary, the consul may contact the physician.
- For Those Attending a Funeral
Applicants may be asked to present a death certificate or other documentation of the family member's death.
- For Those Donating an Organ, Bone Marrow, etc., for Transplant to a Family Member
The applicant must bring the following to the interview:
1. Results of the medical tests below completed in the Philippines within the last four weeks, to establish in advance donor compatibility:
a) Blood typing
b) Tissue cross match
c) Tissue Typing of HLA
d) Renal arteriogram
e) Screening for HIV
f) Screening for hepatitis
g) Screening for herpes
h) Screening for CMV
i) Screening for syphilis
2. A letter or certification from the physician and medical facility in the United States stating that the applicant is an acceptable organ donor.
3. A written proof that arrangements have been completed for the organ donation and an indication of where and by whom the medical procedure will be performed.
4. An estimate in writing of the likely cost from the U.S. facility or physician that will perform the medical procedure.
5. Proof that financial arrangements for payment of estimated expenses have been made.
6. Current physician’s statements from the U.S. facility concerning recipient’s medical condition.
7. A U.S. physician’s statement estimating the length required for the procedure and for the organ donor’s recovery from it.
- For Those Seeking Medical Treatment in the United States
The applicant should bring the following to the interview:
1. Written proof that arrangements have been completed for the medical treatment and an indication of where and by whom the medical procedure will be performed.
2. Written estimate of the likely cost from the U.S. facility or physician that will perform the medical treatment.
3. Proof that financial arrangements for payment of estimated expenses have been made.
4. A physician's statement estimating the length of time required for the procedure and for the patient's recovery from it.
- In certain cases, additional documents may be requested
- All documents must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted, unless specified. The applicant must submit these documents to the interviewing consular officer during the interview. The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit does not accept documents before the interview. Any documents received will not be returned and will be destroyed. Please note, however, that presentation of the documents will not guarantee visa issuance. Applicants must still qualify for the type of visa being sought.
Last Update :: 01/27/2010
Nonimmigrant Visa Unit (NIV) is open for business Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on U.S. and Philippine Holidays.