Green Card Aspirants

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE IMMIGRATION MEDICAL EXAMINATION ANSWERED!

Q: I am in the process of taking on the Immigration Medical Examination. But I am pregnant. Can I still appear for it?

If you are pregnant you can still take on the medical examination. But some parts of it could be postponed until your baby is delivered. Every case differs, however, and depending on the circumstances of your case the Civil Surgeon will decide, whether to conduct all parts of the Examination or not. You should discuss all your concerns or any existing issues with your family doctor before you go in for the Immigration Medical Examination, and meet the Civil Surgeon or the Panel Physician.

Q: I have some religious or moral beliefs. What if the vaccinations in the Immigration Medical Examination are contrary to my religious beliefs or convictions?

In the event of your holding some religious beliefs or convictions that do not permit you to go in for vaccinations you may still be eligible for an immigrant visa or adjustment of status. But for the vaccinations you may be required to apply for a waiver of vaccination requirements.

Q: Who will be paying for the vaccinations?

The applicant for the Green Card or Immigrant visa is supposed to be paying the appropriate fee for all vaccinations directly to the Civil Surgeon, as agreed upon with the Civil Surgeon. You should remember to ask for the price of the vaccinations before the medical examination is held or during the administration of the vaccinations.

Something More About The Immigration Medical Examination

The Immigration Medical Examination conducted by USCIS Civil Surgeons consists of a physical examination, including an evaluation of mental status and all relevant diagnostic tests. A review of systems determines the presence and severity of class A and class B conditions.

WHAT ARE CLASS A AND CLASS B CONDITIONS?

Class A conditions are medical conditions that are inadmissible. These include:

  • Active TB
  • Active Syphilis
  • Physical or mental disorders with associated harmful behavior
  • Drug abuse or addiction.

Class B conditions are not inadmissible conditions. These include:

  • Physical or mental abnormalities
  • Diseases
  • Disabilities that constitute a substantial departure from normal health or well-being.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE USCIS CIVIL SURGEON?

The role of the USCIS Civil Surgeon is manifold:

  • He must follow the TIs** and any updates (including verifying the applicant’s identity; reporting any medical results to the appropriate authority etc.) as required by law.
  • He must report the results of the medical examination on Form I-693 for immigration purposes.
  • He must notify USCIS if contact information has changed.