NOTICE: Immigrant Visa Applicants Must Complete Tuberculosis (TB) Testing During Medical Examination Process
Due to increased rates of TB infection in the U.S., the U.S. Government now requires more stringent testing and treatment of all applicants before they can immigrate to the U.S.
During the medical exam, the panel physician is required to test for TB.
Panel physicians must conduct tuberculin skin testing (TST) for all children aged two through 14 years of age to determine the necessity of chest X-rays. Families with children ages two through fourteen years of age must plan to be available in Tegucigalpa for an extra 4 days prior to the visa interview to determine if the children also need chest X-rays.
All applicants 15 years of age and older must undergo a chest X-ray before the medical examination can be completed. This requirement includes pregnant women, who can elect to undergo the chest radiograph while pregnant with double lead shielding over the belly, or they can choose to undergo the chest radiograph after the baby is born.
If the tests are positive for TB, they may require treatment before the applicant is eligible for a visa.
The Embassy has no control over the testing and treatment of TB. Applicants must work with the panel physician to complete all tests and TB treatments; applicants are responsible for paying all costs related to TB testing, examinations, and treatment. For more information see Information on Medical Exams
General Information about Immigrant Visas
Please use the links below to find out more information about the regulations and procedures for obtaining an immigrant visa to the United States.
- How to Contact Us
- Interview Schedule for the Current Month (May 2013) (PDF 194KB)
- Interview Schedule for the Next Month
- Forms and Fees
- Information Regarding Medical Exam
- Sample of Birth Certificate (PDF 288KB)
- Waiting Periods / Timeframes
- Instructions to Obtain a Police Certificate
- Information Sheet for Genetic (DNA) Testing
- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services Forms and Fees Page
- Department of State Visa Bulletin
- Transcript of Webchat on Immigrant Visas - October 29, 2010 (PDF 142KB)
- Transcript of Webchat on Immigrant Visas - February 29, 2008 (PDF 46KB)
The Two Stage Process of Obtaining an Immigrant Visa
- The Petition - The petition establishes the right of an intending immigrant to apply for an immigrant visa. It is generally filed by an American citizen or legal permanent resident who has a qualifying relationship with the intending immigrant or by a potential future employer. More information about filing a petition.
- The Immigrant Visa Interview - Once a petition has been approved, the case is sent to the National Visa Center. When the case is ready for processing, it is forwarded to the U.S. Consulate in Honduras and the applicant is scheduled for an interview. More information about visa interviews.
Special Cases Regarding Immigrant Visas
Click on the links below for more information on these items.
- The Diversity Visa Program
- International Adoptions
- Refugee / Asylum Issues
- K1, K2 Visas (Fiancé (e) Visas)
- K3, K4 Visas
- T Visas (Victims of Trafficking)
- U Visas (Victims of Crime)
- V Visas
- Waivers for Immigrant Visa Ineligibilities
- Information for Former or Returning U.S. Residents
Links to Other Immigration Related Agencies and/or Websites
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