Unpaid medical bills handed to collections (for a visitor). Could that affect chances of getting another US visitors visa?

Asked 5 months ago - Silver Spring, MD

My father has some unpaid medical bills from a hospital in Maryland that were the result of a medical emergency during his last visit to the States. The bills have been recently turned over to a collection agency. Will not paying this bill affect his chances of obtaining a US visitors visa in the future?

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Brett D Weiss


    Contributor Level 18

    Answered . Many foreign countries will pay the bills for their citizens who need medical care in the US. You may want to check with his embassy.

    The legal analysis of any situation depends on a variety of factors which cannot be properly represented or... more
  2. Guerline Ladouceur-Laurore


    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . If the bills are not astronomical, he should pay them as anything may affect the ability to get a visa.

    This answer is not intended to replace a consultation with an attorney and does not create an attorney-client... more
  3. Aggie Rachel Hoffman

    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . Probably not, unless he also overstayed his visa. Seeking emergency medical care is not a crime. Neither is a civil lawsuit.

    The herein content is for general informational purposes only, and may be predicated on incomplete facts. It... more
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