Visit Statcare for Your USCIS Medical Exam
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires a medical exam for anyone looking to get a green card. The aim of the USCIS medical exam is to ensure that someone who comes to live in the United States is healthy and has all the necessary vaccines to remain in good health as long as they live here. Like many required medical exams, there is some confusion about who can give you the exam, what to do after it and how to make sure you’re getting a test done by an Approved immigration medical services provider.
We understand all those worries, which is why we’ve made it easy to understand the USCIS medical exam process.
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What Is a USCIS Medical Exam For?
The USCIS medical exam ensures that all immigrants are healthy and current with all mandated vaccines. A person cannot get a valid green card without passing through an adjustment of status. This requires completing a USCIS medical exam on the 2019 version of Form I-693. This I-693 medical examination must be administered by a USCIS certified doctor. These approved medical doctors are called Panel Physicians when they are outside of the US and are called Civil Surgeons if they reside within the US.
Make sure if you’re looking to get a USCIS medical exam you research first whether or not the medical doctor on staff is a USCIS doctor or not. You can search for Civil Surgeon Locator on the USCIS website. Immigration officers will check the credentials of the immigration doctor who signed your I-693 Immigration form. If the medical doctor was not a designated Civil Surgeon, they will send your I-693 form back so that you can re-do it and submit form I-693 again. Please don’t waste your time (or money) on an exam that isn’t going to be valid to obtain a green card.
Everything You Need for a USCIS Medical Exam in One Place.
At Statcare, we offer USCIS medical exams for the low price of $129. We also do blood tests (for USCISTb Requirements and Syphilis Screening) and urine tests (Immigration gonorrhea test) that are required for the immigration physical at all of our Statcare locations. So, whether you need an Immigration doctor in Queens NY, Immigration doctor in the Bronx, Immigration doctor in Manhattan, or an Immigration doctor in Manhattan; there is a Statcare location near you.
Don’t make an extra trip to the lab, when you can get urine tests, X-Rays (if the Tb test results are positive), and blood tests all done inside one building. Plus, we’re open every day of the year, including weekends and holidays for extended hours. Patients love us for the freedom, flexibility, and cost-effective approach we take to USCIS medical exams. Anyone 15 and older will need an RPR test charged additionally at $20. This test has to be done at the Civil Surgeon’s office – so the charge for you will be $149 if you are 15 and older.
Why come to Statcare for your Immigration Medical Exam?
4. On-site Blood draw and Urine collection. Save a trip to the Lab!
5. On-site X-Rays if you need it for positive TB Test results (Quantiferon Test). Save a trip to Radiology!
6. Statcare will never bill your insurance as others might.
7. The adjustment of status vaccination requirements varies by age. Statcare will send you to the free clinic to get all your shots that you might be missing. This will save you money. All immigration medical vaccines are also available On-site if you want us to give them to you.
8. Statcare is open for Immigration Physicals late all weekdays; till 9 PM in Brooklyn.
9. Statcare Immigration Doctors offices are located close to Subway, LIRR, and Bus stops
10. Statcare provides walk-in immigration physical and Green Card medical exam facility. An appointment is recommended for fast service.
What to Avoid When Taking a USCIS Medical Exam?
We know that you may research a few options when looking for the place to take your USCIS medical exam, but not every facility has your best interest in mind. Here are a few red flags to look out for when you think you found a deal that might be too good to be true.
1. Any office that promotes an all-inclusive flat fee including all tests (RPR, gonorrhea test for immigration, USCIS TB test), and all adjustment of status vaccinations. Vaccines are not one-size-fits-all, you need to get a specific dose administered by a professional.
2. If they require anything but original, verifiable documents only. Avoid any possible hold-ups by only using supporting documents that are true and are verifiable (such as government records of vaccinations).
3. Immigration doctor offices that don’t do several USCIS medical exams per week. The I-693 immigration form requirement is constantly changing and you need to work with a facility with a trained staff that can get your form filled accurately and completely. The USCIS Tb Test requirements have changed in the past two years and they now require a specific immigration gonorrhea test.
4. Places that mention insurance covering the cost of USCIS medical exams. Immigration-related medical expenses aren’t normally covered and you can call your health plan about this. Any small mix up can result in a denial of your green card or your citizenship can be revoked in the future for healthcare fraud. That’s a big mistake you don’t want to make.
5. Mentioning that the USCIS medical exam can be done in one or two days. It takes at least two visits as there are blood tests and urine tests that take up to 3-4 days when performed by a national lab such as Sunrise or Quest Lab. Any office that does it quicker may not be using a proper lab company or doing a bedside test to fill the form. This is a mistake. Statcare helps you get started at any time of the week as we are open all 7 days so the I-693 form can be completed quicker.
6. Any attorney office that mandates you only use the medical doctors they are sending you to. As per the USCIS, you can go to their website and use the Civil Surgeon Locator tool and pick any Civil Surgeon nationally and get the paperwork done. For convenience, the Civil Surgeon locator shows you the nearest office around your zip code. Choose the location that best serves your needs and offers an affordable price. We have three USCIS approved doctors on staff.
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We can help with services beyond a USCIS medical exam. We offer a full-service urgent care with a talented, experienced staff and minimal wait times. Take a look at all the services we offer.
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Immigration Medical Exam, USCIS Civil Surgeon FAQs
Trying to find information on the Green Card medical exam? You have come to the right place! Read these FAQs and consumer tips to get the USCIS Form I-693 filled out correctly.
Remember, you do need to physically be here in our office for us to perform the USCIS immigration medical exam and sign and complete your paperwork. We have several locations in Hicksville, Long Island; Astoria, Queens; Jackson Heights, Queens, Brooklyn, NYC; the Bronx at Bartow Avenue (Co-op City); and the Bronx at E. 174th Street. People come to us from all over New York (NY State), including New York City (NYC) and Manhattan, as well as from New Jersey (NJ) and Connecticut (CT).
An immigration medical exam involves a few steps. The Green Card medical exam to any USCIS certified civil surgeon involves two visits as the lab takes a few days to report the results.
Statcare has three USCIS-certified civil surgeons on staff. The Green Card medical exam is done all 7 days a week including weekends, and the whole family can come and get it done at the same time or separately. We are also open in the evening, all 7 days a week.
All blood tests are drawn at our facility. If you need a Chest X-Ray, it will also get done at our facility. We are a one-stop-shop for all your immigration medical needs!
The HIV test is not required anymore. The USCIS released a new 9-page I-693 form in 2016. As of August 01, 2016, the USCIS requires a special Gonorrhea Test on all adults above age 15. As of Oct. 1, 2018, the USCIS is mandating the IGRA for tuberculosis testing instead of the PPD test. The IGRA blood test for TB (Quantiferon) is expensive and we can get it done at the most reasonable cost compared to anywhere else in NYC, NY, NJ, or CT. Also, the USCIS is updating its forms once again as of October 1, 2018. So, just in the last several months, there has been a slew of changes in this process.
Yes. You need to let us know that you are pregnant. This is important as certain vaccines and procedures cannot be done during pregnancy. There are antibody levels that we can do in lieu of the vaccines.
If you don’t want vaccinations, you are required to file separate waiver paperwork with USCIS. Once they allow you the waiver, bring that document with you. The Civil Surgeon will review it, fill the individual waiver request, and attach that waiver evidence with your I-693 Form. In almost 30 years of combined experience doing the I-693 forms, only one successful immigrant brought that waiver to us (in our Brooklyn Office). It is that rare of an occurrence, in our experience. In every other situation, your refusal has to be documented on the form, and a notation made that the applicant does not meet the immunization requirements.
Our Civil Surgeons recommend that you consider getting blood tests done instead. These antibody tests can prove that you have immunity and don’t need vaccinations for that disease.
However, laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable only for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, and varicella as per the latest 2020 Vaccination Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons published by the CDC which handles all public health-related guidelines in the US.
INS: Immigration and Naturalization Service
BCIS: Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services; a transient name for the INS
USCIS: US Citizenship and Immigration Services. INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) was the old name for this federal agency. They changed the name from INS to BCIS for a short time and then to USCIS in 2003.
Green Card: Permanent Resident Card
IGRA: Interferon-Gamma Release Assays, or sophisticated blood tests that can screen for TB within 24 hours
PPD: Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) is used to screen for tuberculosis (TB)
NY: New York, including New York City (NYC)
NYC: New York City or Manhattan
NJ: New Jersey
VDRL: A blood test for syphilis screening
Hep B: Hepatitis B