Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: Vaccinations Required for Immigrant Visa Applicants

Individuals applying for an immigrant visa or for a change in immigrant status must meet the requirements for vaccinations as set forth by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Failure to comply with this requirement will prevent the applicant from obtaining their visa.

United States immigration laws require immigrant visa applicants to show proof of vaccination, or receive vaccinations for the following diseases that have been eliminated or are close to being eliminated from the American population:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Influenza type B (HIb)
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal
  • Mumps
  • Pneumococcal
  • Pertussis
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus and Diphtheria
  • Varicella.

Civil Surgeons conduct medical examinations and provide clearance for immigrant visa applicants requesting a change of immigrant status in the United States.  Panel Physicians conduct the medical exam and verify vaccinations for those seeking immigrant visas from outside the United States.  Applicants should bring their vaccination records with them to their appointment to assist the doctors in determining the validity of their immunizations.  For those without vaccination records, or for those who did not receive vaccinations, the physician will determine which vaccinations are necessary for medical clearance.

Individuals who did not receive the required vaccinations, have proof of their vaccinations, or were certified as being inappropriate to receive the vaccinations can be granted a waiver by the Immigration Naturalization Service (INS).  Those who are religiously or morally opposed to receiving vaccinations must apply for a waiver from the INS.  Orphaned children under the age of 10 are exempt from the vaccination requirements so long as the prospective adoptive parents sign an affidavit that the child will be vaccinated within 30 days of their arrival in the United States.

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