Under US immigration laws, applicants are required to have a medical exam for a green card by an approved doctor. A medical exam for a green card involves testing to make sure you are not inadmissible on health-related or related grounds. Although there is no official list, inadmissibility to the US based on a medical condition includes many serious communicable diseases, mental disorders and drug problems. These are generally conditions and behaviors that pose or are likely to pose a threat to the property, safety or welfare of the applicant or others.
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If you are currently in the US then your medical exam for a green card must be conducted by a physician designated by the USCIS called a civil surgeon. If you are abroad and in need of a medical exam for an immigrant or a fiancee visa, you must see a physician designated by the US Department of State, known as a panel physician. Along with a medical exam for a green card, certain vaccinations are required. These include:
- Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
- Hepatitis A and B
- Meningococcal bacteria
- Pneumococcal bacteria
You will need the most recent version of Form I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. There are parts of the form for you to fill out and also parts that the physician will complete during your exam. At the end of your examination, the physician will sign and seal the form and any supporting documents. Do not open the envelope. It is important that this sealed envelope be opened by a government officer.
Medical Exam for a Green Card Resources
- Finding an Approved Medical Doctor (USCIS)
- Designated Civil Surgeons (USCIS)
- Medical Examination (State Department)
- Medical Examination FAQ (State Department)
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