USCIS Medical Exam
Visit Statcare for Your USCIS Medical Exam
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires an i-693 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, that all physical and mental disorders are addressed, and all the necessary required vaccines have been taken to maintain good health as long as they plan to live here. This Immigration exam can only be performed by USCIS approved Surgery Physician or Panel Physicians who are required to address the communicable disease panel (syphilis, gonorrhea, tuberculosis). Statcare has three approved immigration doctors on staff and will give you the sealed envelope for USCIS purposes as well as a copy of the paperwork.
There are new rules and there have been many changes so it is really important that you don’t risk your paperwork. You can count on Statcare – The Immigration Experts. We do more immigration physicals than anyone else in the tri-state area. We have 7 locations and fill i-693 forms all 7 days a week so you can file for your i485 adjustment of status to a green card completed right away.
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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 specialist are called Panel Physicians when they are outside of the US and are called Surgery Physician 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 specialist on staff is a USCIS doctor or not. You can search for Surgery Physician 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 specialist was not a designated Surgery Physician, 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 USCIS Tb 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 Surgery Physician office – so the charge for you will be $149 if you are 15 and older.
Why come to Statcare for your Immigration Medical Exam?
1. Statcare charges only $129 for Surgery Physician Services.
2. Statcare has three USCIS Surgery Physician working at 5 locations.
3. Statcare is open for Immigration Physicals even on Sat., Sun. & Holidays for your Green Card Medical Exams.
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 specialist they are sending you to. As per the USCIS, you can go to their website and use the Surgery Physician Locator tool and pick any Surgery Physician nationally and get the paperwork done. For convenience, the Surgery Physician 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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Immigration Medical Exam, USCIS Surgery Physician 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.
Naturalization is a specific immigration term used in the United States. If you are born outside the US ( foreign national or a non-US Passport holder) and want to become a citizen of the US, the process through which you pass in terms of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) paperwork, is called Naturalization. Of course, you have to meet certain requirements laid down by the embassy or consulate and can become a U.S. citizen either at birth (for example, as a child of a US Citizen) or after birth (for example, at a certain age such as when you become 18 years of age).
You may be deemed inadmissible to the United States if you are proven to have a communicable disease that can be detrimental to public health as per the Department of State Centers for Disease Control and Prevention policies. Another health-related reason for inadmissibility is having physical or mental disorders that may induce violent or harmful behavior.
The discounted fee is for a USCIS-certified civil surgeon to complete the immigration check-up form (Form I-693) and clear you for the purpose of obtaining a Green Card for US permanent residency. In addition, you will need the following:
- An immigration physical examination by a USCIS civil surgeon is also called a Green Card medical examination*.
- USCIS requires that the RPR test for syphilis be done on-site at the Civil Surgeon’s office. The charge is $20 and this includes blood draw charge.
- USCIS Tb Test (Quantiferon test) – The lab fee is approximately $95 and is NOT included in the $129 fee.
- Immigration Gonorrhea Test specimen collection (the lab fee is approximately $85 and is NOT included in the $129 fee)
- Completion of all Green Card physical forms by the USCIS Certified Civil Surgeon*
- All your vaccination records from your home country. The USCIS mandates you meet all vaccination standards so that your protection from illnesses is at the same level as that of US-born individuals. If you need any vaccinations done, we keep all vaccines in stock, and the vaccines are not included in the discounted fee.
* Items 1 and 5 are included in our discounted Green Card check-up global fee of $129. There are no further discounts.
You can choose any USCIS physician and not just the one recommended by your immigration attorney’s office. Statcare can offer you low rates because we get our customers directly. Statcare has three physicians that are USCIS certified immigration doctors. You can view one of our USCIS civil surgeons’ certificate here because the USCIS website is not updated frequently.
The choice of the medical facility you visit is entirely yours. As long as you go to a civil surgeon certified by the USCIS, you are going to be fine.
We are an independent medical facility and don’t work with any particular immigration law firm. Our patients come from Manhattan (NYC), Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island. They also come from as far away as upstate NY, New Jersey (NJ), and Connecticut (CT). Our patients who come from Pennsylvania and Washington DC do so on a weekend and pay an expedited fee to get their papers completed sooner.
Where you choose to start your US immigration process can make a big difference! Getting it done accurately is key to your future in the US.
You may not bill your health insurance for immigration-related expenses. Neither can the civil surgeon. Feel free to call your health insurance plan. You do not want to start your immigration paperwork entangled in healthcare fraud – a federal crime!
When shopping for a Green Card medical examination price, always ask questions so that you know what your actual costs might be.
USCIS does not regulate what can be charged by a facility for a Green Card medical exam, but you can shop around and get the immigration physical done at the best price possible.
However, often there may be hidden costs that may not be as obvious to you. These include charges for:
- The I-693 Form (per page charge) printing charge (included at Statcare)
- Copies of the I-693 form (included at Statcare)
- Quantiferon Tb test.
- Vaccine administration and supply charges (needle, syringe etc.)
- Chest X-ray charges for getting a chest X-ray done, charges for printing a copy
- Charges for reading the chest X-ray. Often, your X-ray may not even have a report made by a radiologist. At Statcare, you will always get an official report from a radiologist.
- Charges for prescriptions for TB medicines were you to need one.
- Charges for giving you a note summarizing that you got the vaccines.
- Physician visit charges if your Quantiferon shows a positive result.
- Lab charges for syphilis confirmatory tests (TPPA) that are run on every specimen, not just on positive screens.. At Statcare, we don’t run any automatic tests without your consent. However, the labs are mandated by New York State to run a confirmatory test for syphilis if your RPR screen is positive for syphilis. The cost of that confirmatory test (TPPA) has to be paid for separately by you and it will be done only if your syphilis screen is positive.
- Blood draw charges for doing the blood test required for the Green Card check-up.
- Charges for any photocopies you may need while you’re there.
- Charges for a third physician visit, if you were to need one.
- Charges for expediting the USCIS I-693.
Statcare USCIS-certified civil surgeon will complete your immigration medical examination form. We have three USCIS civil surgeons on staff and can finish your paperwork any day of the week including Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.
Our price for an immigration physical examination is only $129.
Vaccines are not included at any civil surgeon office. Anyone that is selling you an all-inclusive package is not being honest with you because people from different countries and different age groups have varying requirements. There just cannot be a “one size fits all.”
Don’t be surprised when your paperwork gets rejected. We see these cases all the time! Vaccines in the US are expensive and no medical office can put it out of their pocket for you. Cutting corners on US Green Card immigration paperwork is not a risk that you should be taking.
We get cases where the previous civil surgeon has kept no records. At Statcare, we maintain all scanned records as per federal guidelines and stand behind our product. That is credibility, honesty, integrity, and dependability you can count on!
We pride ourselves on being a completely transparent business. When you trust us with your US immigration paperwork, we take this responsibility seriously. Doing an immigration medical exam is only one of the things our office does. It is not all that we do. That is the biggest difference between us and others, as you might have noticed.
We provide immigration medical exams as a service to immigrants because like you, we were immigrants too! We understand your challenges because we went through similar challenges ourselves. Doing immigration physicals is our passion. Do check out all the other services we provide!
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; Brooklyn, NYC; the Bronx at Bartow Avenue (Co-op City); the Bronx at E. 174th Street; Jackson Heights, the Queen; Midtown Manhattan in Manhattan and Jamaica, Queens.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).
A word of caution for those who rely on vaccination documents obtained from their home country: Any lies or falsification on your application will automatically disqualify you from US citizenship, regardless of how many years have passed since your citizenship status. The USCIS vaccination requirements are for your protection. Do not try to bypass them in any way. You will be discovered or the person who knows your weakness will exploit you. When we give you the vaccines, we will record the lot number and show you the expiration dates on the vaccines. We only do what is right. For this reason, we do not take over immigration medical exams where someone else has left off. We cannot certify the work if it is not done by us.
If you are shopping for a bargain price or one fixed price for “everything,” please do not call our staff. We cannot help you. Your request is unrealistic and assumes everyone gets the same medical care at all ages in all countries, which is clearly not a possible scenario.
Please note that our staff cannot answer questions pertaining to any particular medical situation. You have to see the Civil Surgeon for that. Our staff answering your phone calls are not medical doctors and cannot give you medical advice.
We are certified by the USCIS for immigration and naturalization medical exams. We do more immigration medical exams than anyone in the tri-state area!
We are open 7 days a week, including holidays. We are open until 8 PM on weekdays. Our Brooklyn office is open till 9 PM on weekdays. No appointments are required. Just walk in!
We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards. No personal checks.
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.
If you are a green card applicant, please read this carefully so you can get organized before your visit.
What you need to do for the first visit:
- Bring your passport, driver’s license, or a government-issued photo ID.
- Search and bring all your vaccine records and blood test results for vaccination-related antibodies when you come in. It may save you money.
- If you have it handy, please bring a summary of your medical history from your physician. If you had originally seen a panel physician in your country before coming to the US, please bring a copy of the Panel Physician’s documentation.
- From October through March, if you got a flu vaccine, please bring the proof with you. Otherwise, we can give you the flu vaccine at our office at the same price that you get it anywhere else.
This is all the homework you need to do for the first immigration medical visit.
What we do at the first visit:
We will provide the latest copy of the USCIS I-693 form for the US immigration medical examination. And we don’t charge you for it. This avoids mistaken use of older versions of the I-693 Form. We understand most of you are still struggling to get a Green Card.
If you want to see what the I-693 form looks like, click here to see a copy of I-693. You can bring the Form I-693 (Medical Examination of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status) if you want to. But please do not fill out the form yourself. US immigration officials are very particular and any mistakes or ‘white-outs’ will impact the integrity of your application for a Green Card.
On your first visit, you will receive a medical check-up. Also, blood will be drawn and sent to a lab for the communicable diseases – a TB test (Quantiferon) for Tuberculosis screening and the RPR screening test for Syphilis. A urine sample will be collected for the immigration Gonorrhea test.
If you have received all the required vaccines but do not have proof of the vaccination, you can opt for the blood test to check if you have protective antibodies from a prior vaccination in your blood. This blood test is not included in the global fee.
If you need certain vaccines, we will give them to you on the first day of your visit. You will have to pay for these vaccines separately:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
- TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Influenza (Flu Vaccine)
Our prices for vaccines for a Green Card medical exam are extremely competitive but they change depending on the vaccine manufacturers who vary their price every couple of months. You will be informed about the most current price at all times. There are no surprises when you come to our office.
What you need to do for the second visit:
Just show up for the appointment. Bring in any documents that the provider may have asked for.
What we do at the second visit:
When you come back on your second visit, we will have the results of the Quantiferon Tb test and of the RPR blood test for syphilis. If the Quantiferon test is positive, then you will need a Chest X-Ray.
We do digital chest X-rays in our office using the latest technology and have it read by a radiologist. If the chest X-ray is abnormal, you will need further things done before you can be medically cleared for immigration (Green Card).
All Chest X-Ray reports will be issued in 2 business days. We can even mail them to you if you so desire. Once you have provided us with all your documentation, we will have the sealed envelope ready for you in 7 days. You can pay an expedite fee and pick it up in 3 days as well, provided you have otherwise met all of the requirements.
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