Vaccination Requirements for Immigrant Visa

Required Vaccinations
The following vaccinations are required for an immigrant visa:

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Influenza type b (Hib)
Tetanus and diptheria toxoids

Effective December 14, 2009, the HPV and zoster vaccines are no longer required.

Vaccination Records and Suitability
In order to assist the panel physician, and to avoid delays in the processing of an immigrant visa, you should carry records of all the vaccination you have with you to the medical examination.

Please note that vaccination done in USA/home country may or may not be valid as that depends upon the type of vaccine taken (some can be taken only once in a lifetime, some need to be taken every few years, some need to be taken in multiple doses and sometimes an interval between doses) and the doctor/hospital you are visiting for medical examination.

The panel physician will work with the applicant to determine which vaccinations are needed for each applicant to meet the requirement.

Only a panel physician can determine which of the listed vaccinations are medically appropriate for the applicant, given the applicant's age, medical history, and current medical condition. Certain waiver of the vaccination requirement are available upon the recommendation of the panel physician. If some of the vaccines are medically inappropriate for a particular applicant, the physician will determine that and note it accordingly.

2009 Technical requirements for panel physicians