What to Expect During U.S. Immigration Medical Examinations
If your client is applying for U.S. lawful permanent residency he or she will need to undergo a medical examination. The purpose of the medical exam is to ensure the client is not inadmissible to the U.S. on public health grounds.
Who can conduct this exam?
The first step in preparing for the medical exam is to find a physician that is authorized to conduct exams for U.S. immigration purposes. If the client is applying for his or her green card overseas, the U.S. consulate or embassy will provide a list of authorized civil surgeons prior to the client’s visa interview. The list of authorized physicians is also available on the U.S. State Department’s website.
If the client is applying within the U.S. (known as Adjustment of Status), the list of authorized physicians is available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s website.
What should the client bring to the exam?
Generally, the client should bring his or her:
· Government-issued photo ID (e.g. valid passport, driver’s license);
· Vaccination or immunization record;
· List of medications client is currently taking;
· All medical records relating to chronic illnesses, treatments, or prior chest x-rays; and,
· Form I-693 (If applying within the U.S.)
What will the doctor examine?
Generally, the doctor will conduct a standard physical. This includes as an examination of your client’s eyes, ears, nose, throat, extremities, as well as heart beat and breathing.
What vaccinations are required?
Currently the list of vaccinations required for immigration purposes include:
· Hepatitis A
· Hepatitis B
· Influenza type b (Hib)
· Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
The client may also undergo a tuberculosis (TB) screening, a syphilis blood test, and a gonorrhea urine test.
Please refer to the U.S. consulate, embassy, or the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) for the most up-to-date list.