Providing your identity document is not the final step in the green card application process. In fact, you must pass an immigration physical if you want to apply for permanent residency in the US. A USCIS-approved civil surgeon takes the examination.
During the physical, you will undergo a thorough body checkup, vaccinations, tests for infectious diseases, and a mental and physical evaluation. The Immigration Physical Exam's goal is to determine whether a person is eligible for admission on public health and safety grounds.
Ultimately the immigration physical is the second most important part of the immigration process. With that in mind, here is everything you need to know about an immigration physical that will help you pass the exam with flying colors.
Listed below are categories of people who need to undergo an immigration physical:
Non-immigrants, those with short-term transit visas, and other categories of residents, including those who entered the country without inspection and those with and without official papers, are exempt from the requirement to undergo a medical examination.
Testing positive for the medical conditions listed below can lead to you failing your physical exam:
These categories can be sub-divided into particular diseases that require quarantine, including:
All candidates, including those requesting adjustment of status for permanent residency, must be immunized against the following diseases, according to their age:
Concerning COVID-19, the USCIS may provide a general waiver if:
You can expect the following steps during an immigration physical:
Following the physical, the attending physician will complete Form I-693. The civil surgeon may send the exam results immediately to the American embassy or consulate in select nations. In other cases, the applicant receives the test results from the civil surgeon and any x-rays in a sealed envelope, both of which must be brought to the visa interview. The USCIS will not accept the form if the envelope has been tampered with. Therefore, in the latter scenario, ensure you obtain a second copy of the completed Form I-693 for your records.
At Health One Family Medicine, Dr. Parikh is a designated United States Civil Surgeon by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is authorized to perform immigration exams for all ages. We understand that the immigration process can be long and confusing - Health One Family Medicine provides all necessary medical services to complete your immigration exam in a convenient and timely manner.