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Author Topic: US Work VISA coming from the UK --> Blood test necessary??  (Read 2740 times)

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Offline newbie76

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US Work VISA coming from the UK --> Blood test necessary??
« on: April 23, 2012, 03:20:51 PM »
Hi all,

I am a UK citizen and I am looking into applying for a work visa for the USA.

Does anybody know if a blood test or a declaration is required and if I will be excluded on the basis of being HIV positive?

Many thanks,

Marco.
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Offline nycpoz

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Re: US Work VISA coming from the UK --> Blood test necessary??
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 10:14:22 PM »
There is no blood test required for work visa.. I am assuming you are applying for either H1-B or L1,2 visas... there was HIV testing required at the time of Greencard but it was also revoked in 2010

Offline newbie76

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Re: US Work VISA coming from the UK --> Blood test necessary??
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2012, 09:37:35 AM »
Thank you very much for your reply.
However, having done some research,I have read that you need to declare any significant health condition and your physician should support your application declaring your condition is stable, you are unlikely to need medical assistance whilst abroad etc.

 http://london.usembassy.gov/add_mental.html
25th Apr 07: The worst day of my life
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30th Apr 07: cd4 126 18% VL 110000
19th May 07: Started Truvada/Sustiva
20th Jun 07: cd4 218 25% VL 435
13th Aug 07: cd4 374 20% VL 64
20th Dec 07: cd4 435 24% VL <50
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Offline nycpoz

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Re: US Work VISA coming from the UK --> Blood test necessary??
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2012, 11:31:04 PM »
newbie - I am not sure about this link, but I have been on H1-B for last 5 years and I never had to do any declarations.. only time I declare something was when I came first time to US on F-1 visa (student) and I had to give proof of measles and TB vaccination..

I know numerous friends who came to US on h1b and they didn't have to go through any medical testing/declaration ...

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Re: US Work VISA coming from the UK --> Blood test necessary??
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2012, 11:54:25 PM »
newbie - I am not sure about this link, but I have been on H1-B for last 5 years and I never had to do any declarations.

You were diagnosed 3 years ago, correct?
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Offline osric

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Re: US Work VISA coming from the UK --> Blood test necessary??
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2012, 02:11:36 AM »
As part of the lifting of the travel ban, HIV is no longer on the list of "communicable diseases" that need to be declared, and you certainly don't need blood test.

This PDF at the US State Department web site sums it up:
http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/HIV_Q&As.pdf

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Q: How will this change affect how applicants complete their visa applicant forms?
The DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application, DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Application, and DS- 230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration forms contain the following question: "Have you ever been afflicted with a communicable disease of public health significance or a dangerous physical or mental disorder, or ever been a drug user or addict?" Effective January 4, 2010, HIV- positive visa applicants will no longer have to answer "Yes" to this question based solely on their HIV status. Applicants who are HIV-positive, and can otherwise answer "No" to the question, should answer "No" beginning on January 4, 2010.

There's more info at the CDC's web site: http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/laws-regs/hiv-ban-removal/final-rule-technical-qa.html

(I ran across this info last year when I was researching how to get a visa to work in the UK, which I never did.)

Offline newbie76

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Re: US Work VISA coming from the UK --> Blood test necessary??
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2012, 04:40:16 PM »
Thank you all for taking the time to replying to my query!
25th Apr 07: The worst day of my life
27th Apr 07: cd4 202 14%
30th Apr 07: cd4 126 18% VL 110000
19th May 07: Started Truvada/Sustiva
20th Jun 07: cd4 218 25% VL 435
13th Aug 07: cd4 374 20% VL 64
20th Dec 07: cd4 435 24% VL <50
20th Oct 08: cd4 725 31% VL <50
30th Nov 09: cd4 725 30% VL <50
01st Nov 10: cd4 755 33% VL<50
11th Nov 11: cd4 754 32% VL<50
01st May 12: cd4 864 40% VL<50
01st May 13: cd4 615 VL 609 :-/
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Offline nycpoz

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Re: US Work VISA coming from the UK --> Blood test necessary??
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2012, 10:41:49 PM »
You were diagnosed 3 years ago, correct?

Yes that's correct Ms Philicia.. but when I was going through my F1 and H1-Bs (5 yrs ago) I never had to go through any blood tests.. all I submitted was proof of vaccination to TB and measles.

Offline newbie76

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Re: US Work VISA coming from the UK --> Blood test necessary??
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2012, 05:52:37 AM »
I am sorry to resurrect this thread, but I now have a question regarding applying for a US IMMIGRANT VISA. From the link Osric posted it is clear HIV is not relevant:

Q: How will this change affect how applicants complete their visa applicant forms?
The DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application, DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Application, and DS- 230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration forms contain the following question: "Have you ever been afflicted with a communicable disease of public health significance or a dangerous physical or mental disorder, or ever been a drug user or addict?" Effective January 4, 2010, HIV- positive visa applicants will no longer have to answer "Yes" to this question based solely on their HIV status. Applicants who are HIV-positive, and can otherwise answer "No" to the question, should answer "No" beginning on January 4, 2010.

However, looking at the Medical Examination page on the US Embassy in the UK, a blood test for immigrant Visa applications is required indeed:

"The Medical Examination

Immigrant Visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination and certain vaccinations prior to the issuance of an immigrant visa.

The medical examination consists of a chest X-ray and blood test, which includes testing for venereal disease."

http://london.usembassy.gov/immigrant-visas/medical-examination.html

Do they test for other venereal diseases but not HIV?
25th Apr 07: The worst day of my life
27th Apr 07: cd4 202 14%
30th Apr 07: cd4 126 18% VL 110000
19th May 07: Started Truvada/Sustiva
20th Jun 07: cd4 218 25% VL 435
13th Aug 07: cd4 374 20% VL 64
20th Dec 07: cd4 435 24% VL <50
20th Oct 08: cd4 725 31% VL <50
30th Nov 09: cd4 725 30% VL <50
01st Nov 10: cd4 755 33% VL<50
11th Nov 11: cd4 754 32% VL<50
01st May 12: cd4 864 40% VL<50
01st May 13: cd4 615 VL 609 :-/
14th May 13: VL <50

Offline arlvarunner

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Re: US Work VISA coming from the UK --> Blood test necessary??
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2012, 12:20:05 AM »
This is a fantastic site for all people living with HIV who are curious about the travel restrictions of various countries around the world. Everytime I go somewhere, I check this site out first.

Here is the link to the US travel restrictions concerning HIV. As you will see, there are none.

http://hivtravel.org/Default.aspx?PageId=143&CountryCode=US
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Offline newbie76

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Re: US Work VISA coming from the UK --> Blood test necessary??
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2012, 03:12:57 PM »
arlvarunner. Thank you for the link to this great website!

25th Apr 07: The worst day of my life
27th Apr 07: cd4 202 14%
30th Apr 07: cd4 126 18% VL 110000
19th May 07: Started Truvada/Sustiva
20th Jun 07: cd4 218 25% VL 435
13th Aug 07: cd4 374 20% VL 64
20th Dec 07: cd4 435 24% VL <50
20th Oct 08: cd4 725 31% VL <50
30th Nov 09: cd4 725 30% VL <50
01st Nov 10: cd4 755 33% VL<50
11th Nov 11: cd4 754 32% VL<50
01st May 12: cd4 864 40% VL<50
01st May 13: cd4 615 VL 609 :-/
14th May 13: VL <50

 


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