Last year of 2007, my daughter and I went to St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLMCEC) for the vaccination needed for our visa. It is located in 1177 J. Bocobo St., Ermita, Manila, Philippines. You can phone them anytime at (632) 521-8647, (632) 521-0020. The U.S. immigration law requires that all intending immigrants be vaccinated against certain vaccine, preventable diseases before they can be admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Vaccinations currently required are as follows: mumps, measles, rubella, polio, tetanus and diphtheria toxoids, pertussis, influenza type B, hepatitis type B, varicella, and pneumoccocal. “K” visa applicants as nonimmigrant visa applicants are technically not subject to the vaccination requirement. “K” visa applicants who refuse to comply with the vaccination requirement will not be denied a visa on that basis. As a matter of expediency, however, it is encouraged that “K” visa applicants meet the vaccination requirement before they are admitted into the U.S. Bring your vaccination records for the panel physician’s review. You should bring records to show that you have already received vaccinations against certain vaccine, preventable diseases. The panel physician will review the vaccination records and will determine if you meet the vaccination requirement. Only the panel physician can determine which vaccinations are medically appropriate. This could mean that you may be required doses of vaccines that you have already received. Administering a second dose, however, will not endanger your health. After you have been admitted to the U.S. in “K” status and apply for adjustment from nonimmigrant to a permanent resident (green card holder), the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will use the panel physician’s vaccination assessment to determine your admissibility on medical grounds. Applicants who have not fully complied with the vaccination requirement will have to do so before may finalize their adjustment of status in the U.S.
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