TB Protocols

Implementation of the new Tuberculosis (TB) Technical Instructions (TIs)

The below information applies to children who are 2 years of age or older at the time of visa application.

October 1, 2010

Effective October 1, 2010, applicants for U.S. immigration in India will be screened by the panel physicians according to the 2007 Technical Instructions for Tuberculosis Screening and Treatment. Prior to this date the applicants were screened according to the 1991 Tuberculosis Technical Instructions.

Note to Adoptive Parents: The TB Technical Instructions require medical screening for all immigrants, including children. Immigration law states that children from other countries who are being adopted by U.S. citizens are applying for U.S. entry as immigrants. Therefore, these children must undergo medical examination, according to CDC’s TB Technical Instructions. This includes the required immigrant TB screening.

Please refer to http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/exams/adoptees-tuberculosis-screening-faq.html for detailed information.