Immigration Medical Exam
The Benefits of an Immigration Medical Exam
Applying for US immigration can be a difficult process. One of the requirements is passing an immigration medical exam, which is performed by a doctor who has been certified by the U.S. government to do so. This physical exam is designed to ensure that applicants are healthy enough to enter the United States without posing a health risk to others. Let’s take a look at why this exam is so important and what you should expect when taking it.
Why Is It Important?
The immigration medical exam helps protect public health in the United States by ensuring that applicants are free from communicable diseases such as tuberculosis or certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In addition, it may identify chronic conditions, such as diabetes, that may need treatment in order for an applicant to remain fit and healthy after they arrive in the country. Even if you have had recent medical care abroad, you must still pass this exam in order to gain entry into the US.
What You Should Expect
The immigration medical exam involves a review of your immunizations and past medical history, followed by a physical examination of all body systems including vision, hearing, heart and lungs. The doctor will also collect blood and urine samples for laboratory testing. Depending on your age and gender, there may also be other tests required such as chest X-rays or skin tests for tuberculosis (TB). After the exam is complete, you will be given a paper form called an I-693 which outlines any necessary immunizations or lab results that require follow up prior to receiving approval from U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
How To Prepare
It’s important to prepare for your immigration medical exam beforehand in order to make sure everything goes smoothly during your visit with the doctor. Make sure you bring any necessary paperwork such as immunization records or proof of recent travel abroad; if you have lost these documents request new copies from your previous healthcare provider before going for your appointment. Also bring along any current medications you are taking or have recently taken; if possible bring along original containers with dosage information printed on them as well as written documentation from your prescribing physician outlining what each medication is used for and how much should be taken each day. Finally, be aware that there may be additional fees associated with some of the tests required during this exam depending on where it is being done; check with both your local clinic and USCIS prior to scheduling an appointment so that you know what costs might apply in advance.
At VIP Medical Center PLLC , we understand how important it is to pass the immigration medical exam. Our team of certified immigration doctors and nurses are here to help make sure you have the best chance of success. We provide a comprehensive service including review of your medical history, physical examination, lab tests and immunizations as required by USCIS. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!