I am a patient seeking medical treatment in the United States. How do I find out more information about requesting an appointment with a ChooseUSHealth hospital partner?
As a patient in the United States, will I have access to an interpreter?
As a patient in the United States, will I have assistance with travel?
As a patient in the United States, will my treatment provider understand my unique needs?
As a patient in the United States, how will I stay informed about the steps in my treatment?
Does ChooseUSHealth offer guidance in selecting a hospital partner for my treatment?
Do I need a visa to travel to the United States for medical treatment?
The required presumption under US law is that every visitor visa applicant is an intending immigrant until they demonstrate otherwise. Therefore, applicants for visitor visas must overcome this presumption by demonstrating:
- That the purpose of their trip is to enter the United States temporarily for business or pleasure;
- That they plan to remain for a specific, limited period;
- Evidence of funds to cover expenses in the United States;
- That they have a residence outside the United States as well as other binding ties that will ensure their departure from the United States at the end of the visit.
The consular officer may ask for further documents at your visa interview, which may include:
- Medical diagnosis from a local physician, explaining the nature of the ailment and the reason you need treatment in the United States;
- Letter from a physician or medical facility in the United States, stating they are willing to treat your specific ailment and detailing the projected length and cost of treatment (including doctors’ fees, hospitalization fees, and all medical-related expenses);
- Proof that your transportation, medical, and living expenses in the United States will be paid; this may be in the form of bank or other statements of income/savings or certified copies of income tax returns (either yours or the person or organization paying for your treatment).
*Travelers coming to the United States for tourism or business (B-1 or B-2 category visa) purposes for 90 days or less from the following 38 qualified countries may be eligible to travel without a visa if they meet the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) requirements: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
For more information, please visit the US Visas portion of the US Department of State website.
How do I obtain a visa to travel to the United States for medical treatment?
Quick Links – How to Apply for a Visa at the US Embassy and US Consulates in China
US Embassy of Beijing, China
US Consulate General in Chengdu, China
US Consulate General in Guangzhou, China
US Consulate General in Shanghai, China
US Consulate General in Shenyang, China
Quick Links – How to Apply for a Visa at the US Embassy and US Consulates in Brazil
US Embassy of Brasília, Brazil
US Consulate General in Recife
US Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
US Consulate General in São Paulo, Brazil