Immigration medical examinations conducted inside the United States must be performed by a certified civil surgeon who has been designated by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In order to apply for a U.S. green card, you must undergo a medical examination. The purpose of the examination is to ensure that you are not inadmissible to the U.S. on public health grounds.
However, you cannot simply undergo a medical examination with your regular doctor. Instead, a civil surgeon who has been specially designated by the relevant immigration authorities must perform the required medical examination. The civil surgeons who are qualified to perform green card medical examinations receive special, ongoing training about immigration issues.
How to find a civil surgeon or an authorized physician
If you are applying for your green card from within the United States, otherwise known as “adjusting status,” you can use the list of qualified civil surgeons from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The easiest way is probably by checking the “USCIS Civil Surgeons Locator” page of the USCIS website.
If you’re adjusting status, you can alternately call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 or make an INFOPASS appointment to pick up the list at your local USCIS office.
What the doctor will examine?
During your examination, the doctor will speak with you, review your medical and vaccination history, and perform a physical examination, as well as necessary immunizations and blood work.
Current screenings include tuberculosis, syphilis, gonorrhea, other communicable diseases, drug abuse, addiction, physical or mental disorders and other medical conditions.
Required vaccinations are aged based and may include:
- Hepatitis A and B
- Haemophilus Influenzae type B
- Measles, mumps,rubella
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