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Hepatitis B and form DS-230

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Good Morning Everyone,

I need help filling out a DS-230 application for immigrant visa.


-Beneficiary has Hepatitis B.

-Petitioner has looked at CDC listing of communicable diseases for immigration purpose and Hepatitis B is not listed. http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/laws-regs/ifr/final-rule.html

-Affidavit of support is more than enough


On DS-230 part II where it asks if the Beneficiary has a Communicable disease of public health significance should I check yes or no?

1- I am not sure yet if that is considered communicable disease

2- I am afraid that if I put yes, the visa will be denied outright and the disease is not even listed by the CDC

3- I am afraid that if I put NO, it will be considered as lying and visa will be denied

4- I am afraid of calling NVC to ask and alerting them because that brings me to # 2

I need you input, perhaps someone has a better idea :blush: pretty please



N400 Mailed: 12/09/2016

Priority Date: 12/13/2016

Biometrics Appmt: 01/13/17


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Just to let anyone doing research (like I was doing) know, I will tick "NO" for the question about the communicable diseases of public health significance. Based on the fact that Hepatitis B is not listed by the CDC as such, and taking into account that at the time of medical exam the beneficiary will disclose to the doctor his full medical history.



N400 Mailed: 12/09/2016

Priority Date: 12/13/2016

Biometrics Appmt: 01/13/17


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To be honest I don't know much about this, but I have been doing a little research.

The UCIS website (http://uscis.gov) confirms that hepatitis B is not a communicable disease of "public health significance" for immigration purposes. The list only includes nine infectious diseases: severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), tuberculosis, leprosy, HIV, syphilis, chancroid, gonorrhea, granuloma inguinale and lympho-granulom.

Immigration law requires that all individuals applying for permanent U.S. residency establish that they have been vaccinated against mumps, measles, rubella, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, influenza type B, pertussis, varicella, pneumococcal pneumonia, and influenza. Non-immigrant (or temporary) visa applicants are not required to comply with the vaccination requirements, but must if they later apply for change of status.

Source: Keep in mind this is from 2005.


Vaccination Requirements from USCIS



I believe that you would check "No", since it's not on the list of communicable disease list. But he must be have vaccinations done correctly during Medical Exam. The fact that he has Hepatitis B should not be hidden.

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