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The Immigration Medical Exam Explained

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What is the immigration medical exam? Learn more in this helpful blog post.

The immigration medical examination is an important part of the immigration process. It is required for all green card applicants. If you complete your medical exam at the wrong time or choose a physician who is not authorized by the government, then it could delay your visa. En español.  Schedule an immigration medical exam near me.


What Is The Immigration Medical Exam?

The immigration medical exam consists of several parts. It must be performed by a doctor (Civil Surgeon) who is certified by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. During the exam, the Civil Surgeon will:

  • Review your vaccination records and medical history
  • Perform a mental and physical examination
  • Perform drug and alcohol screening
  • Test for various illnesses and diseases

The purpose of this exam is to make sure that you don’t have a health condition that could make you “inadmissible” to the United States. If you are inadmissible to the U.S., then you cannot receive a green card.

Although it is normal to feel nervous during this step of the immigration process, there is no need to worry. If you are adequately prepared, it can help you avoid issues that could delay or deny your application. Even if you do have a condition that could make you inadmissible, you might be able to request a waiver.


The Immigration Exam Process

The immigration examination takes place over two visits. Avoid immigration doctors who tell you that you can get the exam done in one day.  It takes at least two visits. Here is what to expect at each visit.


1st Visit

Patients under the age of 15 are not required to complete gonorrhea or syphilis tests.


Things to Bring To The First Visit

  • Government-issued identification or passport. Children under the age of 14 can present an alternative form of I.D. It must have the child’s name, date of birth, and parents’ full names.
  • Medical records from your previous doctor.
  • Prior chest x-rays if you have them.
  • Payment for the medical exam (Just $129).
  • All vaccine records.

Other Helpful Tips

Here are some other helpful tips for your first visit.

  • If you need someone to translate for you, ask them to come along to your first visit.
  • Make sure you schedule your examination before your scheduled interview date, otherwise, it could hold up your visa application.
  • Starting on November 1st, 2018, the medical exam results form (I-693) must be signed by a civil surgeon no earlier than 60 days before your green card application is submitted. So, don’t schedule your medical examination more than 60 days before you plan to submit your green card application.

2nd Visit

During your second visit, a physical exam will be performed by one of our immigration doctors.

This can only be completed if all vaccines are up-to-date and records have been collected. The doctor will:

  • Ask about your medical history, including all hospitalizations, drug and alcohol use and will review any previous chest x-rays.
  • Perform a mental examination.
  • Conduct a physical examination of your heart, lungs, stomach, skin, eyes, ears, throat, and nose.

Exam results are valid for two years. Contact us at (917) 310-3371 to schedule your immigration exam today.  We are open 7 days a week and have offices in Brooklyn, Queens, and more. Schedule an immigration medical exam near me.

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