Saturday, March 28, 2009

US Immigration: Medical Examination - What do they look for?

I thought I'd post it here for quick reference when someone asks me what do medical examiners actually look for when they are examining immigrants/aliens prior to going to the USA for immigration purposes.

Below is a set of guidelines that tells the medical examiners specifically what to look for:

If you are planning to immigrate and are having medical exam, having a high BP is not a reason for you to be banned from immigrating to the US, although the doctors will feel safer to "clear" you if you are being managed appropriately, taking your medications, and your BP is controlled. That way, even if you suddenly suffer from a stroke on your first day upon setting a foot on the US soils, the medical examiner will not be apprehended for "clearing" you.

However, the major concerns are:
1. Communicable diseases - Tuberculosis is easily transmittable. However, if just diagnosed, based usually on x-ray (presents as nodule at the apex), then you will be required to have treatment for 9 mos, but they can clear you, I believe, as early as after two weeks upon starting treatment, but you have to continue treatments.
2. STDs - HIV, AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, etc. Of course, there is no treatment yet for HIV or AIDS so don't bother if you have this. With other treatable STDs, have them treated first.
3. Mental or Psychological issues - No to drug abuse! Psychological problems that will pose threat to the public safety or yours (e.g. suicidal, homicidal tendencies), or will be a burden (I believe mental retardation used to be a factor to prevent one from coming to the US since this will be of so much burden to the government, but I did not find that anymore in the guidelines, probably it is now acceptable unless there is homicidal/suicidal/violent tendency).

Of course, vaccination requirements must also be met as part of preventive measures of the government, especially for minor immigrants.

For a full set of information, check out

Now, if you are already in the US and is currently applying for permanent residency, you will probably need another medical exam (or not; I believe it depends on how long you had the last medical exam done by panel physician), here is the link to the guidelines that medical examiners use to examine the applicant:

DEFINITION of TERMS in my simple words:
Panel physicians are the medical examiners in the Philippines designated by US embassy to conduct your medical screening prior to immigration
Civil surgeons are the medical examiners in the US designated by US embassy to conduct your medical screening prior to approval of your application for permanent residency or citizenship(?)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Got on sale!


Got this from JC Penney last week (it's almost spring! This light winter coat = shearling = was the last piece, size small. I was very hopeful it would fit me, and IT DID!
Original price: $200.00
Sale Price: $9.97

mas mahal pa yung panties na binili ko...on sale din at 3 for $21.00

Monday, March 16, 2009

Citizen Eco-Drive Watches


I got this Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watch #BL5250-02L
as Valentine's gift for hubby. He was not expecting it, and he is not used to having "expensive" watches (only wore something like $10 worth of watches). He loved it. Of course, I had to get Citizen Women's Eco-Drive Silhouette Crystal Accented Gold-Tone Watch #EW8842-57D
for myself as well (he gave me a different toy as his gift for me).

I had been eyeing these Citizen Eco-Drive at and they sound so high-tech, not requiring batteries; only exposure to some light, sun or artificial.
However, after two weeks from purchase, mine had scratches all over. It was supposed to be scratch-resistant! My husband's had no scratch whatsoever (he was impressed!), and he had been subjecting his to more "trauma." I rarely wore my watch.

I made a phone call to amazon. They had me return it for a full refund. I got my money back. Too bad. I wanted it so much. I want to make another purchase of the same watch, but it was a disappointing experience. Should I trust Citizen again???