During my fiancees medical exam for her visa she was diagnosed with TB

U.S. Immigration Legal Advisors in Bangkok, Thailand answers frequently asked complex American Visa questions

Question: During my fiancee’s medical exam for her visa she was diagnosed with TB. I have been told that this makes her ineligible for the visa, is that correct?

Answer by U.S. Immigration Legal Advisors in Bangkok Thailand: Yes and no. If her TB is active and contagious a visa will not be issued. If her TB has been treated to the point where it is inactive and non-contagious a visa can be issued. Some doctors will ask your fiancee to undergo invasive and expensive testing, this is not necessary. The testing starts with a chest x-ray, this is where a doctor can develop a suspicion that your fiancee has TB. A saliva culture is the only test necessary to confirm the existence of TB, and whether it is active or inactive. In your goal to get the visa issued don’t forget to take care of your fiancee’s health. If you have concerns about your doctor’s practices, remember only the Embassy consular officer has the power to decide about the issuance of your fiancee’s visa.

Health waivers are theoretically available for TB, but in my opinion it is better to treat the TB to the point where it is inactive and take care of your fiancee’s health than to waste time pursuing a waiver.

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