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Hypertension's effect on EB-2 immigrant visa medical exam

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Hello,

 

My immigrant visa medical exam (for an EB-2 NIW petition) is coming up around Dec 1, 2018 in Apollo Hospitals Chennai.

 

I did some tests myself (basically took Apollo's VDRL health check) and confirmed that I don't have any STDs (I checked for all the tests the state dept and CDC mention on their website). My current employer in India checked for TB as part of the joining process (~8 months ago) and I'm all good there (never had and don't have TB). I also had myself vaccinated at Apollo (basically gave them the list from CDC website) and they gave me vaccinations and records. So I'm good there as well.

 

My only concern now is that I am pretty fat and my blood pressure is all over the place. Thankfully, I am not diabetic. I used my dad's home blood pressure monitor to check, and I get readings like 144/90, 135/85, 124/80 and sometimes 110/62. I am a 34 year old male, moderately active, exercise 3-4 times a week and struggle with weight issues. If I religiously follow the instructions on the blood pressure monitor like resting for 5 minutes before taking blood pressure, I get readings in the 120-130/80-85 range. But that is not what happens in a hospital -- you're walking from the waiting room, you sit down and the nurse takes your BP.  In such cases, I get readings ~140-145/85-90.

 

My doctor in Chennai says that my BP is okay and there is no need for treatment. But he also says he doesn't know the procedures at Apollo for immigrant medical exam. 

 

How much of an issue is high (or borderline high) BP for US immigrant visa medical exam? Anyone have any experience in this regard? I read some posts that you may be referred to a cardiologist. Is that true?

 

Thanks

Arun

 

 

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This is Apollo hospital APHC right?

 

I am sorry I cannot help you with your question but I was wondering if you had an answer to my question:

 

I was just given an IR1 visa interview date of December 14, 2018 at Mumbai. I am planning to get my medical done at Apollo hospital APHC at Chennai. Their website lists the following "required" documents to be brought to the medical appointment:

 

  • The original valid passport
  • 1 Passport biodata page photo copy
  • The original valid interview letter with case number in it
  • 1 Photocopy of the interview letter.
  • 6 US size photographs

 

I submitted all my documents online to NVC and received an interview date via email. I am not sure what an "original valid interview letter" means. Is it just the print out of the email I received with the interview date in it? Am I supposed to receive an interview letter in the mail?

I changed my interview country from Canada to India, so I am not sure what address will they send me a physical interview letter at. I am concerned that I a may not even get a physical interview letter because of the embassy switch. Will I be able to get the medical done with just the email letter?

 

Thanks in advance!

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16 hours ago, darth vader said:

I submitted all my documents online to NVC and received an interview date via email. I am not sure what an "original valid interview letter" means. Is it just the print out of the email I received with the interview date in it? Am I supposed to receive an interview letter in the mail?

There should be PDF attachment. It is a printout of that PDF. They may/may not send you a letter by snail mail. If there is no PDF attachment, call NVC and ask them to resend the email.

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12 minutes ago, foxytiger said:

There should be PDF attachment. It is a printout of that PDF. They may/may not send you a letter by snail mail. If there is no PDF attachment, call NVC and ask them to resend the email.

I already received an email but there was no attachment. Is the email itself considered the "interview letter"?

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9 minutes ago, darth vader said:

I already received an email but there was no attachment. Is the email itself considered the "interview letter"?

Hmm. As long as it looks semi-official with case ID etc, i think you should be okay. Best is to call APHC's call center and confirm.

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Hi Foxytiger

speaking from my own experience, I underwent immigration medical test at Apollo hospital in New Delhi for my K1 visa and I usually have issue of high blood pressure ( family genes I guess 🙁) and my BP reading was 90/150 that time.

 Obviously it must have gone on my health record that I presented to US embassy during my interview but it didn't raised any issue and my visa was granted.

So don't work yourself into worry and keep clam.

Wish you all the best, 

Cheers !! 

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@foxytiger, my fiancé is planning to get his medical done at Chennai too ? Could you pls give me an idea how your experience was there ? Do you think he will have to plan to stay a few days at Chennai to get the results ? Also any recommendation to near by accomodation would be wonderful. 

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Sorry, it was Max and not Apollo in Delhi. 

No, they didn't let me do any additional test. I think all they are looking for is contgious disease and as long as your petitioner can make financial proof available that you won't be a " state charge " in USA in the event of health crisis, then they won't mind. 

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