US VISA - MEDICAL VISIT INFORMATION

2017 Christmas Holiday Closures
Dr Gunita Jolly and Dr Denise Gunoy are away and the office is closed from the 23rd December 2017 to the 2nd January 2018 inclusive.

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Introduction

Dr Jolly and Dr Baker are designated physicians for the US Immigration Services. They carry out the medical examination for visa applications and immigration. Please read this information before booking an appointment using the .

What is the medical visit?

The medical visit is an obligatory medical exam required by US Immigration services. It consists of a physical checkup and examination of your medical history. See What must I do before the medical visit? below.

Where does the examination take place?

We are located in the west of Paris. The exam takes place in our consulting room on the ground floor of the Institut Hospitalier Franco-Britannique, 3 rue Barbès, 92300 Levallois-Perret. The nearest metro, Anatole France (line 3), is a short walk away.

How long does the examination take?

It takes about 20-30 minutes.

How long in advance do I need to book the medical visit?

In general we can provide an appointment within a fortnight. We use the online booking service IVMIS (see here). Sometimes it can be fully booked several weeks in advance, so it is always best to book as quickly as possible. For urgent appointments you should write to us at our email address: gunitajolly@wanadoo.fr

What must I do before the medical visit?

IMPORTANT - Before the visit you must go to our designated radiography centre and laboratories - otherwise your medical file will not be validated. Results from other centres will not be accepted

  1. You must be fully vaccinated in line with US requirements
  2. You have had laboratory tests for syphilis and gonorrhoea (if aged 15 or over) at these centres only: Laboratoire Clément, Paris or BIO PARIS OUEST Saab, Levallois-Perret
  3. You have had a chest x-ray carried out (if aged 15 or over) at the Centre EIFFEL in Levallois-Perret only

If necessary you can carry out the chest x-ray and laboratory tests in the morning (at the precise times given below) for us to receive the results for an afternoon medical visit.

Helpful tip: You can print out a simple pre-medical check list for adults here Pre-Medical visit check-list (adult)

If you have ever had convictions relating to drug or alcohol use do not carry out the laboratory tests for syphilis and gonorrhea before the medical visit, but write to the doctor to let us know before the visit.

To facilitate your visit to the Doctor however, please try to do the X-Ray and laboratory tests as soon as possible. This will allow us to see the results well in advance and identify possible problems.


Vaccinations

How do I update them before the visit?

You should visit your family doctor as soon as possible.

If you are an adult aged 19 or over follow this link to our information pages on Vaccinations. Print out the summary sheet to show to your doctor and check your vaccination history.

Which vaccines do babies, children and teenagers under 19 need?

Please read the information pages here

As an adult I am still confused about which vaccines I need to have had?

In fact the vaccinations schedule for most adults is very simple. You only need to be immunized against:
1) DTP & Polio,
2) MMR (if born after 1956), and
3) Varicella (if you never had chicken pox).
In winter during the influenza season you must also have the Influenza vaccination.
If you are 65 or over you must have the pneumococcal 13 or 23 Vaccination.


I'm 15 or over, when and where must I have laboratory tests for syphilis and gonorrhea?

This must only be done at the following Embassy-approved laboratories. Tests from other centres will not be accepted. You can eat before the tests, and you do not need to make an appointment or bring a prescription to either laboratory. You must show them your passport and pay for your tests (30 € each) directly.

Please note that the test for gonorrhea is carried out on a urine sample. You must not urinate for 3 hours beforehand. If you have urinated during the 3 hours before the test you will be asked to come back again 3 hours later and consequently will not receive your results that day. For women the test can be carried out as a urine test or as a cervical swab.

Either:

Laboratoire Bio Paris Ouest Saab

2 place Général Leclerc, 92300 Levallois–Perret
(next to Metro Anatole France)
Tel : 01 47 57 85 86

Open: Monday to Friday 07h15-18h30, Saturday 8h00-13h00.

For same day results, (30 Euros each for the syphilis and gonorrhea tests) you must arrive there before 09:00 in order for your results to be faxed to Dr Jolly or Dr Baker by 14:00-15:00. Otherwise the results arrive the following day at 14:00.  The results of Saturday morning tests arrive at 14:00 on Monday.

2017 Christmas Holidays
The laboratory Bio Paris Ouest Saab is closed on the 25th December 2017 and on the 1st January 2018

Or:

Laboratoire Clément

17 avenue Eylau, 75016 Paris (Metro Trocadero).
Tel: 01 56 90 33 33.

Open: Monday to Friday 07:00-19:00 and Saturday 08:00-13:00.

You must arrive there before 12h00 in order for your results to be faxed to Dr Jolly or Dr Baker by 15:00 the same day (30 Euros each for the syphilis and gonorrhea tests).

2017 Christmas Holidays
The laboratory is closed from the 24th December 2017 to the 1st January 2018 inclusive.
The Clément laboratory at 8 avenue Henri Barbusse, Le Blanc Mesnil 93150, is open during this period to receive Dr Jolly’s patients.

At these laboratories you do not need to make an appointment or bring a prescription and you are allowed to eat before the blood test. You must bring along your passport and pay for your tests directly.


I am 15 or over, where must I do the chest x-ray?

This must only be done at the American Embassy-approved centre in Levallois-Perret.
X-rays from other centres will not be accepted:

The Centre Radiologie EIFFEL

44, rue Jean Jaurès,
92300 Levallois Perret,
Telephone: 01 47 31 25 05.

Open: Monday-Friday 09:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00 and Saturday 09:00-12:30.

Christmas closures
The Eiffel Radiology centre is closed on December 25th, 28-30th 2017 inclusive and the 1st January 2018.

No prescription or appointment is needed. You must show them your passport or a photocopy of it, and pay for your chest X-Ray directly (40 Euros).The chest x-ray will be presented in a digital form (computer disc). You will receive the disc immediately, which you must bring along to your appointment with Dr Jolly or Dr Baker.

Do I need to do the chest x-ray if I am pregnant?

If you are pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant please inform us by email before you do the chest X-ray


Your Pre-Visit Checklist

The medical visit

Have you made an appointment? Have you completed all the other items on your Pre-visit check-list (adult)?

What to bring along to the medical examination (for each applicant)?

  1. A valid passport
  2. Your case number for your Embassy appointment
  3. Completed vaccination certificates (or serology results) in line with American CDC guidelines.
  4. Computer disc of chest x-ray (if completed) from the radiology centre EIFFEL Levallois-Perret.
  5. Information about your medical status, past and present (prescriptions, details of major illness or surgery).
  6. Check or cash for payment of medical visit (credit cards not accepted).

Following the visit

When will I receive the completed medical file?

If you complete all the necessary tests and vaccinations before the Doctor’s visit, you will receive your completed file immediately. If not, you will have to come back yourself to pick up the medical file 24 hours after the Doctor’s appointment (this will take 5 minutes) We can alternatively send the results directly to the Embassy. If you are not collecting the medical file yourself, please bring a 2kg Chronopost envelope (padded envelope about 25 Euros) to send results to the Embassy.

How long does the completed medical file remain valid?

Six months if the examination is normal. If you have not received your visa by the end of six months, you will be obliged to repeat and pay for the medical visit, laboratory tests and chest x-ray.



Making an appointment

We use an Internet booking service to make appointments. Please use this link to make an appointment:

  1. Answer all the questions and select an appointment. Appointments take place only on the hour and half hour e.g. 10.00 a.m., 10.30 a.m. 11.00 a.m.
  2. You will arrive at a page with a pink sign saying “Your appointment is not yet created! Please review the information below and click "Make Appointment" to create your appointment”. Check that all the information on the page is correct, and then click on Make appointment at the bottom of the page.
  3. We will check your information and send you an appointment number. Please note that sometimes the confirmation email may arrive in your spam folder. Important: If you do not receive a confirmation with an appointment number you do not have an appointment. You must start again.

There are no appointments available before my US Embassy visit. What can I do?

Please remember that the Immigration service will always see you without a medical file completed, but the granting of the visa will be delayed until they receive your medical report.

How do I cancel or change my medical appointment?

You should cancel, check or change your appointment yourself (using your appointment number and passport number) via the following link: . In the case of a last minute cancellation (less than 48 hours beforehand) you might be asked to pay a cancellation fee.

What should I do if I have previous convictions relating to alcohol or drugs?

You must inform the doctor at gunitajolly@wanadoo.fr. In this case you must carry out the chest x-ray before the medical visit, but not the tests for syphilis or gonorrhea, as the doctor will prescribe specific tests for you during the medical.

If you have any other questions please write to gunitajolly@wanadoo.fr

For more information

US Immigration service web site:

USA VISA Medical Examination: Vaccinations

(For anyone, baby, child or teenager under 19, see the next section.)

I am an adult aged 19 years or older. Which vaccinations do I need?

  1. Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough (DTaP) & Polio
    You should have had the triple primary vaccination with DTaP and Polio. You should also have had a DT (diphtheria and tetanus) booster within the last 10 years. If you have never had a Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination you must have a combined DTap & Polio vaccination now. The individual Whooping cough vaccine no longer exists. 
  2. Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
    If you were born in 1957 or later you should have had one dose of MMR.  If you have no written proof of vaccination you can either get the MMR vaccination carried out, or, get a blood test to show immunity to all three infections (serology levels). If your blood results only show immunity to one or two of the 3 infections then you will need a full MMR vaccination. Individual vaccines against the 3 infections do not exist. NB: You will not be required to take the MMR vaccine if you are pregnant as it is a live vaccine.
  3. Varicella (Chicken pox)
    If you never had chicken pox you will need to start a course of 2 vaccinations, 1 year apart, or carry out a blood test to see if you are immune.
    You do not need vaccination if you had chicken pox as a child (or adult). We do not need written proof of you having had the disease.
    NB: You will not be required to take the Varicella vaccine if you are pregnant as it is a live vaccine.
  4. Yearly seasonal influenza vaccine
    Only available/required if visa appointment during the flu season (September to February)
  5. Pneumococcal
    Pneumococcal vaccination is required from the age of 65 onwards. For those who have never had the vaccination the American Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend an initial dose of PCV13 followed at least a year later by PPSV23.
  6. For full information please see the CDC website:

ALL vaccinations on our list relevant to your age are necessary to obtain your US visa. They may differ from the French vaccination schedule but are obligatory for entry into the United States. However, Dr Jolly and Dr Baker will not oblige you to take certain vaccines if you are opposed to them on medical, moral or religious grounds, but it will be noted in your medical file and you must contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website yourself for waiver information: www.uscis.gov.

Helpful tip:

Print this Personal Vaccine Check-list (or save this PDF file) and bring it along to your medical visit completed. If you family doctor fills out the check-list then he/she must mark the date each vaccine was given and countersign each vaccine.

Frequently asked questions

Who should carry out my vaccinations?

Please see your family doctor in advance to obtain required vaccinations. Your child can see a paediatrician. If you book your medical at least two weeks in advance we consider that you have time to see your doctor.  Print out this paper to show to him/her. It is important to explain that: ALL vaccinations relevant to your age (see below) are necessary for US immigration.

It is your responsibility to make sure your doctor understands that they may differ from the French vaccination schedule but are obligatory for entry into the United States.

What if I do not have time to see my own doctor?

If any vaccinations are missing please inform us well in advance (more than 48 hours) so that a prescription can be sent to you to buy the vaccines. Bring vaccines to the Doctor’s appointment and Dr Jolly or Dr Baker will vaccinate you during the medical consultation. Vaccinations must be kept cold.  Vaccines are not kept at the hospital.

What can I bring to the medical visit as proof of my vaccinations?

You can bring your carnet de santé (if you have one) or signed vaccination certificates/cards of all previously completed vaccinations. A signed letter from your family doctor listing your vaccinations and the dates they were given will also be accepted. Each vaccination must be dated and signed individually by the doctor. You can also bring blood test results to prove your immunity (for measles, mumps and rubella). Your doctor can prescribe the blood tests, but bear in mind that the results make take at least a week to arrive.

What if I arrive at the medical visit and have not completed my vaccinations, nor written to you in advance asking for a prescription?

If you are not up to date with your vaccinations in line with CDC guidelines above on the day of your appointment with Dr Jolly or Dr Baker, you will need to make and pay for a new appointment to receive relevant vaccinations. Bear in mind this second appointment may not be available before your USA Embassy appointment.

What if I refuse certain vaccinations?

Dr Jolly and Dr Baker will not oblige you to take certain vaccines if you are opposed to them on moral or religious grounds, but you will have to contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (see website) for waiver information www.uscis.gov). Applicants must be vaccinated to date in line with the American CDC requirements for visa applicants.


My Vaccination Checklist

(For anyone, baby, child or teenager under 19, see the next section.)

Remember to bring this vaccination sheet duly completed to your medical visit. If your doctor fills this out, he or she must date and countersign each vaccination individually.

ALL vaccinations on our list relevant to your age are necessary to obtain your US visa. They may differ from the French vaccination schedule but are obligatory for entry into the United States. However, Dr Jolly and Dr Baker will not oblige you to take certain vaccines if you are opposed to them on medical, moral or religious grounds, but it will be noted in your medical file and you must contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website yourself for waiver information: www.uscis.gov.



Vaccinations for a baby, child or teenager from birth to under 19 years old

 

Click on the age-group below to see a list of the vaccines he or she needs. (Use the age on the day of their medical visit.)

You can then print out the page to take to your doctor/paediatrician. If he/she vaccinates your child, he/she must date and countersign each vaccine given.

ALL vaccinations on our list relevant to your child's age are necessary to obtain a US visa. They may differ from the French vaccination schedule but are obligatory for entry into the United States. However, Dr Jolly and Dr Baker will not oblige you to take certain vaccines if you are opposed to them on medical, moral or religious grounds, but it will be noted in your medical file and you must contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website yourself for waiver information: www.uscis.gov.

You will also find examples of current or previous trade names of vaccines, but others exist and are accepted (for example, vaccines from countries outside France)..

NB See also .



How to do the US medical tests and visit all in one day

 

To complete the necessary exams, you will need to start before 09h00 in Levallois-Perret or before midday in Paris.  The pre-visit laboratory tests and x-ray are not carried out at the hospital, but at separate designated centres in Levallois-Perret or Paris.

  • Book an afternoon appointment with Dr Jolly or Dr Baker (from 14h00 onwards)
  • Start the day with the urine test for gonorrhea and the blood test for syphilis. Remember not to urinate for at least three hours before the gonorrhea test.
  • At the laboratory BIOPARISOUEST Saab, 2 place général Leclerc, 92300 Levallois-Perret, you must arrive before 09h00.
  • If you prefer the laboratory CLEMENT, at 17 avenue Eylau, 75016 Paris, you must arrive before 12h00.  In both cases arrive as early as possible to avoid a queue (if it is not possible to book an appointment). 
  • Next, go as quickly as possible to the x-ray centre EIFFEL, 44 rue Jean Jaurès 92300 Levallois-Perret.

This allows Dr. Jolly or Dr Baker to receive your results by the time of your appointment in the afternoon and for you to give her your chest x-ray results. In this way, they can give you your completed medical file at the end of the visit (if everything is normal and you have completed your vaccinations).

Doctor Gunita Jolly
MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG
General Practitioner, Adults and Children
Trained at Guy's Hospital, London
Appointments: 01 46 39 22 00/36
Mobile: 06 26 92 76 68
Email: gunitajolly@wanadoo.fr

English Doctor in Paris