Alright! Here we go again! 🙂
If you’ve read my post before regarding what requirements are needed for your interview here, then you would know that one of the most important is the medical examination. The US is leary and very careful when it comes to the health of the people going and living to their country which is well and good, as this is for the common good of everyone.
Personally, I think that the medical is one of the most important part of the immigration process, if not THE most important. It is true they say, the interview is just for formality. It’s actually very, very easy. All you have to say is “Yes” or “No” as long as you have all the required documents with you. If you passed your medical, you’re actually quite good to go.
Just a little disclaimer, I had my medical alone. I didn’t have any child with me, so I don’t know what procedures there are for children. This is my personal experience. It may vary per person.
The US Embassy only accredits medical examination from St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic. Again, you can only have your medical in this clinic. It is located at Ermita, Manila. It is NOT the St. Luke’s in Quezon City or in Taguig. Again, the extension clinic is located at Ermita, Manila, walking distance from the US Embassy.
Before having your medical, here are some things to do and tips to keep in mind:
- Eat a heavy breakfast.
- Bring water with you. They allow it, but make sure it is in a clear container.
- For girls, make sure you don’t have your period. If you do, they won’t allow you to take your urinalysis. A 2 day process will become longer. If you just finished your period, it’s best to go have your medical a week after the last day of your menstruation.
- Dont wear a dress. Before the x-ray, you have to take off all your upper garments. The dressing room is shared by all. If you wear a dress, basically you’re taking off everything. Best to just share that with your loved one. 🙂
- Bring something to tie your hair with. Don’t forget this! During my medical, there were some girls asking for other people’s hair tie because they didn’t bring their own.
- Bring a black ballpen, not a signpen, and lastly;
- Be super healthy a month or a couple weeks before your medical, just to be sure. I’ve read in the forums that drinking one glass of milk every day helps clear up your lungs. I did that, just to be sure. 🙂 Load up on your vitamins. Remember, if something goes wrong with your medical, then you WILL be delayed. No passed medical, no interview.
Address: 1177 J. Bocobo Street, Ermita, Manila
Telephone Numbers: (+63 2)521-0020, (+63 2)521-8647
Working Days/Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:00am to 4:30pm (Make sure to check if it’s a holiday or not, because they close during holidays)
This is what the clinic looks like from the side. My fiance took this while he was waiting for me outside. BTW, you’re not allowed to bring anyone along with you. But, I saw some people who got away with it. 😐
It’s a yellow (weird) 5 floor building. If you’re going to bring a car, then there’s pay parking beside it. If you’re commuting, it’s quite easy to get there. Just ride a bus that will go through Taft Avenue, go down at UN Avenue, then walk to Bocobo St. People in the area know where St. Luke’s Clinic is, so just ask if you get lost. It’s always an adventure in Manila. 🙂
The medical is divided in 2 days.
Day 1 consists of all the tests
Day 2 is the immunizaation and results.
- $ 213.25 – 15 years and older
- $ 185.35 – less than 15 years old
Now, these are the documents that I brought for my medical:
- Original and photocopy of passport
- 4 pcs. recent 2×2 pictures. Make sure that your ears can be seen, and you’re not wearing any earrings. For some reason, they’re strict with that. 😐
- A scanned and printed NOA2
- A scanned and printed NVC letter with MNL case number
- Registration form of St. Luke’s. – You can do this online and print it out. It will make your medical faster, as you don’t need to input information in the clinic anymore. Here is the link: St. Luke’s Online Registration
- Appointment Letter with 2 photocopies (If you have this already, then no need for #3 and #4. Alas, the appointment letter is always sent late, or not sent at all. So, if you already have #3 and #4, I suggest that you already go take your medical. They’ll allow you in anyway.
Now that we’re healthy, monthly visitor is gone, have all our needed documents ready, then it’s time to have the medical. Weeee 🙂
I went there on a Wednesday, since people have advised me to go middle of the week as there are not a lot of people. It is advised not to go on Mondays and Tuesdays, because that’s when most of the people come in.
Warning: If you’ve read my Interview experience post, then you will know that in the Philippines, there will always be people that will bug you in places where documents are needed. St. Luke’s is not much different. Once you get there, there will be people selling ballpens, passport holders. They’ll keep asking you questions if you have this or that. It’s quite annoying. Just ignore them. Make sure all your documents are ready.
I arrived at 5:45 am, and there are not a lot of people yet. I finished at 10:30 am.
Inside, there will be a lot of people who will keep things organized. There will be guards who will point you to the right direction. Don’t hesitate to ask them at all times. There are a lot of chairs, so I’m sure you’ll be comfortable. It’s actually a fun experience, and you’ll meet people there because of all the waiting.
I was most nervous during my x-ray. Just one tiny speck on your x-ray will make them speculate you have TB and you’ll undergo a sputum test. This will delay you for 2 months! Yes, 2 months of waiting, again. As if we haven’t waited long enough. But, that’s procedure, and we have to follow it. We can’t continue on with the interview if we’re not cleared from our medical.
How will you know if you passed the medical?
Well, you will find out on the 2nd day. With your passport and receipt on hand, proceed to the clinic once again. Hand over your receipt to the security guard at the front door, and he will check in the computer if you’re yey or nay. He will stamp something on your receipt:
If he stamped, “immunization” – celebrate as you passed. You’ll have your immunization and results that same day.
If he stamped, “sputum” – well, it’s only 2 months, right? You’ll be delayed and you have to undergo the sputum test.
Here’s what mine looked like:
If everything went well, then by the end of the day, you should have this:
Your vaccination form and your x-ray in the CD.
The bulk of your medical exam results will be sent directly to the embassy. They say that the latest you can have your medical is 3-4 days before your interview, but I suggest that you just do it earlier. Less stress for everyone. Plus, if you do have to undergo a sputum test, then your 2 months will start early.
For me, this is the most nerve-wracking part. Worse than the interview, especially when I looked at what was stamped on my receipt. But, everything turned out well, and 2 weeks after my medical, I had my interview which went by smoothly also.
Good luck on the medical! And, take note of the tips in this post. I hope it helps 😀
A thorough rundown of the Medical: HERE
St. Luke’s Extension Clinic Website: HERE
My Immigration Journey (Tips and Experiences): HERE