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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
For what reason, can you fail an exam and therefore have your visa application refused?

I am a bit worried about my cholesterol and general fitness levels :blush:

Primarily they are looking for communicable disease, not overall health. Cholesterol or fitness level should have no effect on the outcome of the examination. Not to say that you shouldn't do something about it anyway!! :)

They are looking for:

- severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)

- tuberculosis (TB)

- leprosy

- human immunodeficiency virus (HIV/AIDS)

- syphilis (infectious state)

- chancroid (STD, similar to syphilis and herpes)

- gonorrhea

- granuloma inguinale (STD, donovanosis)

- lymphogranuloma (STD, chlamydia)

- alcohol/drug abuse

- mental illness including depression

You can read more about it here:


From that page:

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 United States. 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; and

- drug abuse/drug addiction.

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Oh boy, like on what scale of things do they look for depression? i mean im not suicidal or anything but i do have a history of it in the family. im generally in good spirits...i just have my down days.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Oh boy, like on what scale of things do they look for depression? i mean im not suicidal or anything but i do have a history of it in the family. im generally in good spirits...i just have my down days.

Depression comes under the category of "mental illness" and in of itself is not disqualifying. What they are looking for in mental illness is the type of mental illness that may cause harm to you or someone else. Paranoid schizophrenia is a good example. Depression to the point of suicide attempts is also a good example.

They would be more interested in clinical depression, being actively treated with antidepressant medication. They aren't going to be concerned with someone who has "down days." Having a history of something in your family is not disqualifying, they are concerned with you.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Ireland

As far as I know...and I'm not a Doctor!!..a person who test positive to TB would be given a tablet/tablets to treat it. These take about 6-9 months to take effect and the person would be monitored throughout the entire process by their Doctor.

In regards to the visa issue, I think the person would have to remain in their home country to under-go treatment, and have the Doctor issue an all clear to the Embassy after the 6-9 months treatment.

03.04.2009......Posted I-130 to U.S. Embassy

03.04.2009......Ordered Police Certificate for Visa Purposes from Local Garda Office (ordered over the phone)

03.05.2009......I-130 received at Embassy

03.06.2009......Received Police Cert

03.18.2009......I-130 Approved

09.10.2009......Medical Exam

09.23.2009......Embassy receives Notice of Readiness

10.13.2009......Received our interview date

10.29.2009......Successful interview!

11.5.2009........Visa received in post

11.7.2009........All the family flew to the US together :)

12.20.2009......Received Welcome to America letter

12.24.2009......10 year Greencard received in the mail

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You cannot have treatment if it is not active. It may never become active at all. But it is there, in your system, and you will always test positive for it. Once you have TB you always will have TB.

I am going to have her get tested for it now. She has been delaying, as she is afraid of doctors, but enough is enough. I need to put my foot down on this.

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