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A Primary Care Physician Answers Immigration Medical Clearance FAQs
The green card application procedure is not complete without immigration medical clearance. The purpose of the immigration medical test is to ensure that all green card applicants are physically and mentally capable of permanently adjusting to life in the United States. This article covers some of the important questions you might have regarding the immigration medical process.
How can one prepare for immigration medical clearance?
Although there is no way to "study" for a medical exam, being prepared is always helpful. The medical clinic will ask for some paperwork, including:
- Valid passports or other government-issued photo identification
- Immunization records
- Filled Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
- Minimum number of U.S. passport photographs
- Declaration of any learning difficulties
- Tuberculosis certification from the doctor
- Medications list
- Insurance card
Individuals will need to declare if they have a history of aggressive or violent conduct that resulted in injury to humans or animals. The doctor has to know this information to establish if the conduct was due to drug or alcohol misuse or another underlying mental or physical health issue.
For applicants who are under 14 or do not have a driver's license, please bring a valid school ID. If none are available, applicants can bring any form of identification that verifies their entire name, date of birth, and place of birth, in addition to their parents' full names.
Who can perform the clearance exam?
Individuals cannot visit just any medical clinic for an exam. Only a government-approved (or USCIS-certified) civil surgeon can perform the immigration medical clearance. It is not uncommon for doctors to request DNA samples as part of a family history screening. One has to book an appointment to schedule the clearance.
What are COVID-19 vaccination requirements?
The COVID-19 virus meets the criteria for a contagious illness that warrants quarantine. As of October 1, 2021, compliance with this COVID-19 vaccination requirement is mandatory. Those applying for a green card must provide proof of a single or two-dose COVID-19 vaccination. It is best to bring one's immunization record to the doctor's appointment to be safe. If the COVID-19 vaccine is not routinely offered to people of your age or where you live, individuals may qualify for exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
What is the scope of the clearance exam?
There are many aspects to an immigration medical exam, including:
- Assessment of medical history and immunization records
- DNA test (if required)
- Examination for different conditions
- A psychological and physiological checkup
- Assessment for alcohol and drug use
The doctor will inquire about any prescription medications. Individuals with a history of drug abuse do not qualify for a green card. However, they are still eligible if they prove they have fully recovered.
The Immigration and Naturalization Act specifies that certain immunizations must be administered as part of the immigration medical examination. Due to their importance to public health, the CDC has made the following vaccinations required in the United States:
- Haemophilus influenza B
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Rubella, measles, and mumps
- Meningococcal bacteria
- Pneumococcal pneumonia
- Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
Individuals should bring official proof of vaccination status to the appointment if they have previously had any of these vaccines.
What might cause one to fail the clearance?
If the following apply, the person might fail the immigration health clearance:
- Drug misuse or addiction
- A mental or physiological condition linked to aggressive conduct
- No proof of immunization records
- Infection with a highly contagious condition that threatens public health
How much does the exam cost?
The USCIS medical examination form for green cards requires no filing cost. However, the cost of the medical service varies depending on the doctor. Not all primary care physicians will take health insurance. Individuals should expect the price to vary, depending on their situation. Prices for medical services, such as shots, X-rays, and medications, are set by individual medical clinics. In this case, the USCIS will not be able to help with the costs.
What happens after the medical examination?
After the examination, the doctor will provide the necessary paperwork in a sealed envelope. If you get an envelope, you should not open it as the USCIS will not accept broken envelopes. Please keep it sealed to submit it with Form I-693. The test scores are valid for a full calendar year.
Schedule your immigration medical clearance
You should book an appointment so that one of our USCIS-approved physicians may examine you for your immigration medical exam at the medical clinic. If you have any inquiries or would like to arrange an appointment, please reach out.
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