The medical examination for a US visa is an important part of the immigration process. If you are seeking a green card, then you will need to have this exam. The purpose of this examination is to ensure that you do not have any medical conditions that would make you inadmissible to the United States.
The medical exam for US visa consists of several different parts.
Standard Physical Exam
The first part of the green card medical exam is the standard physical. During this part of the exam, the doctor will listen to your heart and lungs. They will also look at your ears, eyes, nose, and throat.
Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Test
All applicants who are over the age of two must have a Quantiferon test done. Children under the age of two must also have a test if they have had contact with anyone known to have TB. As per the new regulations, USCIS is only accepting Quantiferon results for TB screening. If the Quantiferon test is positive, you will need a chest X-ray.
To pass the green card medical exam, you must have several different vaccinations. These are age-based requirements.
Most adults will need the following vaccinations (or titers):
- Tetanus (or Tdap)
- Influenza (during the flu season)
Gonorrhea Urine Test
If you are over the age of 15, you will need to have a gonorrhea urine test. Applicants under the age of 14 must also have a test if they have had any symptoms or a history of gonorrhea. Because gonorrhea is contagious, you must have treatment if you test positive in order to pass the immigration medical exam.
Syphilis Blood Test
You also need to have a syphilis blood test if you are 15 years or older. Just like with the gonorrhea test, applicants under the age of 15 who have a history or symptoms of syphilis must also have this test. If you test positive for syphilis, you must also have treatment before you can pass the immigration medical exam. As per new regulations, the syphilis blood test can only be done at the civil surgeon’s office.
How to prepare for the green card medical exam?
Many people are nervous when it comes to the immigration medical exam. However, there is nothing to worry about. With proper preparation, getting through the medical exam is a breeze. Bring the following items with you to your appointment:
- A copy of your full medical history.
- Any previous chest x-rays.
- Your vaccination records.
- Government-issued identification card.
What illnesses can make you inadmissible to the United States?
Some illnesses can make you inadmissible to the United States, which means that you will not be eligible for a green card. Any illness that causes a danger to yourself or others could cause you to not be eligible for a visa. Examples include:
- Communicable diseases such as tuberculous, leprosy, and smallpox.
- Psychiatric or mental illnesses that make you a danger to yourself or others.
- Substance abuse or addiction.
- Not having vaccinations.
Can any doctor perform a visa medical exam?
You can’t have your regular doctor do a visa medical exam. Instead, you must have the exam from a civil surgeon who has been specifically authorized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Doctors who perform green card medical exams receive special training.
How to find a doctor who performs green card exams?
Visit Statcare for your USCIS Immigration Medical Exam. We are open seven days a week and have four civil surgeons on staff who are authorized by the U.S. government to perform immigration medical exams. Schedule an appointment today.
Do you accept insurance for the immigration exam?
Unfortunately, medical insurance companies do not cover the immigration medical exam. It is health insurance fraud in the US to use your medical insurance for any part of the immigration medical exam. You should save all receipts in the event your employer reimburses you for the exam.
Do I need to bring my vaccination records? What if I do not have any?
Yes, if they are available. If you do not have any don’t worry, you may get all of the required shots or get lab tests to prove immunity.
Will you send the sealed envelope containing my original I-693 to my lawyer, my employer or to the USCIS?
No. We give the sealed envelope and your copy to you at the end of your examination with us. It will be your responsibility to submit the document to whoever is assisting you or directly to the USCIS.
How long is my I-693 exam valid for?
Your I-693 is valid for 2 years from the date of its completion next to the Civil Surgeon’s signature.