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K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC)

By Erika Presson
Last Updated: December 13, 2013


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Paid K1 Visa Fee. CheckScheduled Visa Interview Online. Check. Now it’s time for your K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Extension Clinic! (SLEC)

 

Why do I have to register online for my K1 Visa Medical Exam at SLEC?

Why not? It’s hassle-free. No need to write and cram in line. You’re going to be at SLEC in the wee hours of the morning, I assure you, you’d be sleepy. I kid you not. I had to line up at 4:30am and I was person number 40. (Well, vendors say there’s a lot more people a day after a holiday). Also, there’s a separate line / number queue for those who registered online, and those who are writing their information on-site.

SLEC.ph Website | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

SLEC.ph Website | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

 

Is this registration considered as my QUEUE and/or would it guarantee me a number in line at SLEC?

No. It does not guarantee you a number in line. This registration is mainly to facilitate a faster registration process when you’re at the reception area. You will still line up outside of SLEC. You will still be given a queue number by the guard.

This online registration is NOT a medical appointment reservation/registration.

 

What information do I need in order to register online at SLEC?




1. NVC / MNL Case Number – It is highly suggested (though not required) to send an email to NVC 1.5 weeks before your Medical Exam. Ask them for confirmation of your MNL Case Number. Though sometimes, people are allowed with just saying the “I got my MNL Case Number through a phone call” spiel.

2. Your Personal Information and Contact Details – Remember, all the details you put in here are going to be passed onto your K1 Visa Case at the US Embassy.

3. Your Passport Information (Passport Number, Issuance Date, Expiry Date) –  Keep in mind that your Passport must be valid and not expiring soon. If your passport is expiring within 6 months, it is better to renew your passport before scheduling your K1 Visa Interview at showing up for your Medical Exam.

4. Your Petitioner’s Information – You must provide this information a number of times during the K1 Visa process. Even at the CFO Seminar.

5. Your Nearest Relative’s (in the U.S.) Information – You don’t need to list all your relatives. Just pick one. If not applicable, just put in your petitioner’s information.

Now you’re ready to register for your K1 Visa Medical Exam online at SLEC.ph here.

Review every bit of information before you submit the page. After you submit your registration, they will send you a confirmation email and you need to print 2 copies of this confirmation email when you show up for your K1 Visa Medical Exam at SLEC.

SLEC.ph Registration Page | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

SLEC.ph Registration Page | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

What do I need to bring with me to my K1 Visa Medical Exam?

1. Valid Passport

2. A Photocopy of your Passport Bio page. Same size, not enlarged nor reduced. (I always say bring 2 photocopies just in case)

3. Three (3) pieces 2×2 visa photos (2 for submission to the U.S. Embassy, 1 for SLEC’s clinic file). Don’t forget to put your Full Name, Birthday, Visa Class and Country of Destination at the back with a felt tip pen. SLEC handles not just USA Visa Applicants but other countries as well.

4. Visa Interview Appointment Confirmation Email/Letter (From K1 Visa Interview Scheduling)

5. Two (2) photocopies of your Visa Interview Appointment / Eligibility Letter (If this is not available, See Number 6.)

6. NVC Letter / Confirmation Email (Instructions on NVC and CEAC Status Tracker – Country-specific Instructions: Philippines)

7. Two (2) copies of your Confirmation Page (*some have it sent to their emails*) from your Online SLEC Registration

8. Additional documents that may be required of you if applicable. (Annulment / Divorce papers, Immunization records, Old chest x-ray film, etc. Please check SLEC.ph’s website for more information)

9. Don’t forget your K1 Visa Medical Fee Payment! They do not accept checks or credit cards. It’s currently at USD $245. This must be paid in Pesos using the day’s prevailing exchange rate. For updated fees and peso conversion, please check SLEC’s website.

10. DS-160 Confirmation Page – (Part of the New procedure since December 29, 2014)

*NOTE: Beginning 1 October 2014, new fees will be in place. $245 for Adults / $185 for children 14 years and below.*

 

This K1 Visa Medical Fee is inclusive of what services?

Everything’s included in this K1 Visa Medical Fee. Immunizations / Vaccines. Chest X-ray. Consultations within the clinic and all stages during that 2-day medical exam.

 

How long will the K1 Visa Medical Exam take?

It usually just takes 1.5 to 2 days to complete everything from Physical Exam to Immunization. Some people are extremely lucky to complete everything in 1 day. Some, will have to endure a longer period due to Sputum/TB results and may need to reschedule their visa interviews. Also, it’s a 30-minute to 1 hour waiting time in between steps.

 

When is a good time to have the K1 Visa Medical Exam?

It depends on you really. I had my K1 Visa Medical Exam a month before my K1 Visa Interview. Some say a week or two before your K1 Visa Interview is good enough. This is, of course, assuming that your K1 Visa Medical Exam is clear, and you don’t have to go through the Sputum Exam. Your K1 Visa validity is tied to your Medical Exam. Usually, its validity is 6 months from your Medical Exam date. I had my K1 Visa Medical Exam on May 15th, and my K1 visa was valid until November 15th. Meaning, I needed to fly out and use my K1 Visa on or before November 14th. So don’t get overly excited to take your medical exam right away if you plan on flying out / having your interview 3-5 months later. Do your own estimates wisely. Oh, and don’t go there on your “red” days if you know what I mean. Everyone’s required to take a urine test. (Some say they don’t do this anymore)

 

Where is this St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic  you speak of located?

SLEC’s address as found on their website is: 1177 J. Bocobo St. Ermita, Manila. It is quite near Robinson’s Place Manila and the University of the Philippines, Manila.

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SLEC K1 Visa Medical Exam Walkthrough

It is highly recommended to be there as early as possible if you want to finish the first part of the Medical Exam before 12 noon and come back for results and immunization the next day. Like I’ve said before, some have been lucky enough to complete everything just in 1 day. (Just an observation, most of them went for the X-ray part before 9am and was able to get results after 12 noon.) Eat a full heavy breakfast too. Food and drinks are not allowed inside the SLEC premises.

The walkthrough found below is based on my experience at SLEC on May 14-15, 2013.

Flowcharts are also available on the SLEC Website.

I took this photo at the 5th Floor in SLEC Manila while waiting for my name to be called at the "Vital Signs" table | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

I took this photo at the 5th Floor in SLEC Manila while waiting for my name to be called at the “Vital Signs” table | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

Day 1

1. Line up as early as 4:30 to 5:30am. Lines grow long very quick. Doors / reception open at 6am.
2. Present the required documents to the guard. The guard will give you a number… and stamp the back of your hand.
3. Take a seat and wait for your number to be called. Registration opens at 7am.
4. Present the necessary documents at the registration window.
5. Pay the necessary fees at the cashier on the 5th floor. They will give you your receipt and a “checklist”.
6. Hand over your checklist to the Nurse’s Station for USA Applicants on the 5th floor for your Physical Exam / Vital Signs / Eye Test, etc. They will call your name. They will perform the necessary tests. They will give you back your checklist and instructions on where to go next.

Nurse's Station (Height, Weight, Eye Test) at the 5th Floor in SLEC Manila | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

Nurse’s Station (Height, Weight, Eye Test) at the 5th Floor in SLEC Manila | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

7. Go to the Immunization Section at the 2nd floor and hand in your checklist to the Nurse’s Station. Wait for your name to be called. This is where the Interview with the Immunization Panel/Tuberculin Skin Test happens. They will determine which Immunizations you’d have to take. Remember, all immunizations are paid for by the medical fee.

8. Go to the Radiology Department on the 3rd floor. Hand in your checklist. Wait for your name. You’ll have your X-ray taken.

Looking at my checklist while waiting for my Physical Exam at the 5th Floor in SLEC Manila | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

Looking at my checklist while waiting for my Physical Exam at the 5th Floor in SLEC Manila | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

9. Head for the Laboratory. Hand in your checklist and wait for your name. This is where you’ll have your blood and urine tests. Wait for additional instructions.

By that time, I was done with mostly everything. The X-rays will be studied by the designated doctor so you’d have to come back the next day for the results.

After completing your K1 Medical Exam Checklist for Day 1, The Nurse will put a stamp at the back of your receipt indicating what time you may go back and get results | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

After completing your K1 Medical Exam Checklist for Day 1, The Nurse will put a stamp at the back of your receipt indicating what time you may go back and get results | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

Day 2

10. Show your receipt to the guard by the door, inside the lobby. He will check on his computer if you’re clear for immunization.
11. If your X-ray is clear, you’ll get a stamp on your receipt that will say “For Immunization”. If your X-ray has anomalies, you will have to undergo a sputum exam which might delay your K1 Visa Process for a few months. (Sorry, I don’t have extensive knowledge on the Sputum Exam subject)
12. If you’re stamped with Immunization, go directly to the 2nd floor and submit your checklist to the Nurse’s Station and wait for your name to be called.
13. After getting your immunizations, you will be asked to go to the 1st floor receiving area.
14. Your results will be released and you have to wait for your name to be called.
15. At this point, you will have these returned to you:

  • Passport (WithaSLEC Stamp and Signature in one of the pages; Proof that you underwent the Medical Exam)

    SLEC Passport Stamp | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

    SLEC Passport Stamp | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

  • DS-3025 – Vaccination Record Sheet (Only one copy will be returned to you; Make sure you make multiple photocopies because you need it for your Adjustment of Status [AOS] in the US)
  • SLEC Medical Exam Receipt
  • SLEC Chest X-ray CD *SEALED* (This *might* get asked of you at your Point of Entry [POE]; Take care of it and DO NOT OPEN or TAMPER with it; In my case, it wasn’taskedofmeandiscurrently just locked away in my file case)
  • Your complete medical results will be released to you. Please read the update below dated January 8th.
    (NEW PROCEDURE, From the Official U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines K1/K2 Visa Instructions – December 2014)
US Department of State Form DS-3025 Vaccination Worksheet, St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC) Receipt, and SLEC Chest X-ray CD | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

US Department of State Form DS-3025 Vaccination Worksheet, St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC) Receipt, and SLEC Chest X-ray CD | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

Note: You might get feverish and/or your arms that had the vaccines may hurt for few days to a week. It is normal.

US Department of State Form DS-3025 Vaccination Documentation Worksheet from St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC) | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

US Department of State Form DS-3025 Vaccination Documentation Worksheet from St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC) | K1 Visa Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila (SLEC) | © SLEC.ph (www.mrspresson.com)

Now, you’re ready for your K1 Visa Interview »

 

Update as of 8th of January 2015:
This information is directly lifted from the Official U.S. Embassy K1/K2 Visa Instruction Packet (Page 6) available online:

SLMCEC will release the medical exam results directly to the applicants unless instructed otherwise by the Panel Physician. Applicants are required to bring the sealed medical report to their scheduled interview at the U.S. Embassy Manila. Tampered pouches will not be accepted in the interview and applicants will be instructed to return the pouch to SLMCEC for reseal.

It is important that you have your medical examination report with you when you come to the Embassy for your visa interview. Otherwise, your visa application will be refused or you may be asked to return for another appointment.

The photos below are from my good friend, Jen G. (We know each other from high school! :D)

All the documents and items that will be returned to you after the St. Luke's Medical Exam (SLEC) | Photo by: Jen G. ; Medical Exam Date 13 January 2015 | ©2015, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

All the documents and items that will be returned to you after the St. Luke’s Medical Exam (SLEC) | Photo by: Jen G. ; Medical Exam Date 13 January 2015 | ©2015, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

Receipt at  St. Luke's Medical Exam (SLEC) | Photo by: Jen G. ; Medical Exam Date 13 January 2015 | ©2015, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

Receipt at St. Luke’s Medical Exam (SLEC) | Photo by: Jen G. ; Medical Exam Date 13 January 2015 | ©2015, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

Medical Results will be given back to the applicant at St. Luke's Medical Exam (SLEC). DO NOT Open it/Tamper with it else you will have to return to SLEC to have it resealed. | Photo by: Jen G. ; Medical Exam Date 13 January 2015 | ©2015, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

Medical Results will be given back to the applicant at St. Luke’s Medical Exam (SLEC). DO NOT Open it/Tamper with it else you will have to return to SLEC to have it resealed. | Photo by: Jen G. ; Medical Exam Date 13 January 2015 | ©2015, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

These are the items that will be given back to the K1 Visa Applicant after Day 2 of the Medical Exam:

  • Sealed envelope to be opened by the consular officer during interview.
    (Stapled behind it is DS-160 Confirmation form)
  • DS-3025 Vaccination Sheet (Now with the applicant’s photo.)
  • St Luke’s Medical Exam Receipt
  • Chest X-ray CD
  • Interview appointment confirmation with note
  • Passport with SLEC’s Stamp

***Do not forget to bring all these with you on your K1 Visa Interview!***

 

 

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Disclaimer: I do not work for nor am I affiliated with St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic, Manila and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. This guide was made with the sole intention of helping other K1 applicants to register on SLEC.ph online and help them about the workflow during the Medical Exam day(s). For the full disclaimer, please click here.



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  1. Hello,

    I think that you have done an excellent job of outlining the entire process. Thank you so very much for spending so much of your time to help others like me and my Fiancee. This is my first time on this site but from I have read so far you are spot on.

    I have just recently returned from Manila and i have to leave my fiancee there do to a suspicious chest X-ray. I can tell you this about the sputum test; Even if you pass the 3 to 4 day test,,, if you have any anomalies in your chest X-ray that you can not substantiate as being something other than TB and prove to them with prior chest X-rays and doctor’s notes,,, you will have to wait the eight (8) WEEKS for the hospital to process the sputum for any type of drug resistant strains of TB.

    Be prepared to go back in person to get your test results. I myself was in the Philippines with my fiancee and I was concerned that i may have brought it back home with me and possible spread it around.

    Nevertheless, you will get no where trying to get any information out of Elaine other than “you will need to come back in person” to get your vaccination shots.

    It really does seam stupid to me that if they are truly trying to stop the spread of TB, and they know that your fiancee is infected and you yourself have been in close contact with TB (like sleeping with and kissing someone with TB) That they might just want to inform you and your fiancee right away so as get proper medical attention ASAP.

    Best of luck to all of you and Happy New Year.

    Rand

    • You’re welcome! I try my best to outline everything so people who don’t exactly have the “extra money” to hire assistants or lawyers wouldn’t have to. And to be frank, anybody who hasn’t hit an immigration/law enforcement snag before (criminal background, overstaying, illegal presence in the US, etc.) CAN do this entire process on their own. Plus, it makes it easier for people to understand the process in its entirety and not be intimidated by it. It all really boils down to – read all the resources that’s available to you online and as provided by the US government and your local agencies.

      It’s an extremely tedious process, and all you have to do is read everything and follow it to the dot – what happens before the process, during, and after EVERY immigration stage. Like I always say, this immigration process we all are going through only truly ends with naturalization / US Citizenship. It’s a continuous process prior to that “final stage”.

      Thank you for this information! Sorry to hear that you and your fiancee would have to go through additional hoops with the Sputum Exam but it’ll soon be over. Hang in there and Good luck!

  2. Jairus Uriel says:

    To MRS. PRESSON, thank you, you’re blogs are really helpful. I had my medical exam at st. Lukes today and just an update.. as of december 2, they have a new policy. You can have urine test even if you have period (i was talking to the nurses). And actually they give numbers no more. The processing and the test procedures are also very fast. I just waited longer for physical exam but not an hour. Also when you go back for results, they require copy of DS160. anyways again thank you and God bless!

  3. Perry Moore says:

    Received a letter fro NVC saying it will forward the file to US embassy in PH. Using the case number, I used the tracker and it said “Ready”. Does this mean we can proceed with paying Visa fees and getting an embassy interview? It would seem so, but the letter said to wait until the embassy contacts me and may take weeks. Thus, it is unclear.

  4. perry says:

    About the timeline: My approval notice indicates a valid date to Feb.20, 2017 for my fiance. If I understand, she needs to arrive in USA by that date. If she does the med exam on Dec 15, the visa is valid until June 15? But- upon arrival we need to be married within 3 months or by May 20? It seems the calculation is not 6 months but 5 months from med exam. Am I correct?

  5. gilced says:

    I just receive the mail from USCIS related to my I-485 and the letter said that “Your vaccination record was not properly completed in your overseas medical examination report” so I need to submit an I-693 form and go to a US civil surgeon that will complete my I-693. I wonder if it’s because of the new template of form 3025. I notice on the old template (e.g the image presented above) the check box for the waver are being checked unlike on my form 3025 there’s no check on the check box. I’m still within the year since I took my medical exam in Philippines and I didn’t decline any vaccinations that I need to take from St. Lukes, so I wonder what went wrong. Honestly it is quite frustrating.

    • USCIS has ultimately the last say / prerogative on the matter of accepting your application and supporting documents.

      I have also written articles on the knowledgebase regarding the I-693 and the transcription. http://mrspresson.com/knowledgebase/693-report-medical-examination-vaccination-record-really-required/

      The only thing you’re not required to do because your medical exam is within 1 year is taking another round of medical exam. USCIS rules did not say that you’re just supposed to submit your DS-3025 (though it worked for some).

      With submitting documents with USCIS, you really have to follow the rules to the dot, and it was indicated in the requirements list on the I-485 instruction page that an I-693 is required. This is also why I have noted on my checklist that I have submitted an I-693 transcription of my DS-3025. http://mrsprsn.us/AOSChecklist

      Good luck!

  6. neitaro says:

    hello!
    is the visa fee different from the medical fee?
    so $265 for the visa and $245 for the medical, for a total of $510?

  7. Reyes says:

    Hi Erika,
    I am very curious about this whole medical process for non-immigrants. As you can notice, even at St. Luke’s website, their option just says Immigrant. Even at the USCIS Visa Application website, there was no mention of medical for non-immigrants.
    The reason that I am saying this is that when the K1 comes to the US, they will also do the medical exams here and they will disregard the results from the Philippines. I remember this because I was so frustrated when I got here because of that. Immediately upon arrival in the US, I already have a letter from the USCIS to report or consult with a medical office meaning I needed to pay again. Some vaccines were honored because they cannot be repeated within a very short span of time but x-rays and other tests were repeated.
    Unfortunately we do not know what happens within our government agencies. We can only speculate.

  8. perry says:

    You need to validate the links to the St. Lukes clinic, they do not work. Can you send the correct ones to make an appointment?


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