Everything You Need to Know About USCIS Doctors and Your Immigration Medical Exam

Everything You Need to Know About USCIS Doctors and Your Immigration Medical Exam

Mar 13, 2024

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Everything You Need to Know About USCIS Doctors and Your Immigration Medical Exam


Introduction

A crucial step in the U.S. immigration process is the medical examination, intended to protect public health. USCIS doctors, or civil surgeons, are specially designated to conduct these exams, ensuring applicants meet health-related standards for admission and residency. This guide demystifies the process, helping you approach your medical examination with confidence.


Who are USCIS Doctors?

USCIS doctors are licensed physicians authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to perform medical examinations required for many immigration applications. Their evaluations are pivotal, covering vaccinations, physical and mental health assessments, and screenings for various conditions.


Finding a USCIS-Approved Doctor

Locating an approved civil surgeon is straightforward:

  • Visit the USCIS website and use the "Find a Doctor" tool.

  • Contact the USCIS Contact Center for recommendations. Make your appointment once you've identified a nearby doctor, and ensure you understand what documents to bring and the fees involved.


Preparing for Your Medical Examination

Preparation is key:

  • Gather vaccination records, photo ID, and any relevant medical history.

  • Understand that the exam will include a physical assessment, chest X-ray, blood tests, and review of vaccination history. Being well-prepared can streamline the process, making it as smooth as possible.


After the Examination: What Happens Next?

The USCIS doctor will complete Form I-693 (Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record) and seal it in an envelope for you to submit to USCIS. This report is typically valid for two years from the date of the exam.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I see any doctor for my USCIS medical exam? No, only a USCIS-approved civil surgeon can conduct the exam.

  • What if I have a medical condition? Disclose all conditions to the civil surgeon, who will assess them according to USCIS guidelines.

  • How much does the exam cost? Costs vary by location and doctor; inquire directly with the civil surgeon's office.


Conclusion

The medical examination is a vital step in ensuring the health and safety of U.S. communities and the immigrants joining them. By understanding the role of USCIS doctors and preparing adequately for your exam, you can navigate this phase of the immigration process more effectively.


Resources

For further details on finding a USCIS-approved doctor and preparing for your medical exam, visit the USCIS Find a Doctor page and consult their FAQs for additional guidance.

Approaching your medical exam with thorough preparation and knowledge can significantly ease this part of your immigration journey, moving you one step closer to your goal of living in the United States.

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