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Immigration Medical Exams - Frequently Asked Questions


What is a ‘medical waiver’ and what does it do?

A ‘medical waiver’ permits an immigration applicant to be allowed into, or remain in the U.S. despite having a health condition identified as medical grounds of inadmissibility. Terms and conditions can be applied to a ‘medical waiver’ on a case by case basis.

You are eligible for a waiver if:

  • You are the spouse or unmarried son or daughter or the minor, unmarried adopted child of a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident; or
  • You have a son or daughter or lawfully adopted child who is a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident; or
  • You are eligible for classification as a self-petitioning spouse or child (including your derivative children) because of abuse

What are ‘medical grounds of inadmissibility’?

‘Medical grounds of inadmissibility’ is a term used when an applicant has a health condition which is a public health concern to the U.S. Under the U.S. immigration laws, the medical grounds of inadmissibility are divided into four categories:

  • Communicable disease of public health significance
  • Lack of required vaccinations (for immigrant visa applicants only);
  • Physical or mental disorders with harmful behavior
  • Physical or mental disorders with harmful behavior

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Are all physical or mental disorders considered ‘medically-related grounds of ineligibility’?

No, the Civil Surgeon or Panel Physician must determine that there is no harmful behavior associated with the disorder in question. If you have a history of a physical or a mental disorder, there must be a harmful behavior that is likely to recur in order for it to make you ineligible. If your condition has no associated harmful behavior, then you can proceed with your application process.

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