Once you have collected all the documents necessary, filed copies of them and sent the needed, original papers to USCIS you will then have to wait for the Green Card Medical exam. This is a compulsory exam that all applicants going through the visa process have to undertake.
The Green Card Medical could prove to be expensive – the exam involves some physical examinations and the necessary vaccinations – the applicant has to go in for a body check-up, TB testing and some blood tests, if required. The Immigration Medical could cost anything between 200 and 500 USD. For the vaccinations the applicant might have to pay more. It is important to talk to your health care worker and confirm which vaccines have been taken by you before. A certificate stating the same could help.
You might have to take a break from your daily routine or work, as the exam could last for around 2 to 4 hours at least. Also, it could happen that the vaccinations could require you to have a follow up.
A USCIS –approved Civil Surgeon will have to conduct the entire procedure of the Immigration Medical Exam for you – this is mandatory. There are some tools that could help you in your search- a site like www.easyIME.com gives applicants a free listing of Doctors in the area of their choice – you could try it out. An appointment too can be scheduled with the doctor online.
On the fixed date and time do show up at the Surgeon’s! A form called the I-693 form will have to be filled up and signed by the doctor taking your exam – it will be handed over to you to in a sealed envelope, which will then have to be forwarded to the authorities at USCIS.
For the immigration aspirant, whether the green card application is founded on the basis of employment, visa lottery, political asylum, family or through any other means – the mandatory thing is that the applicant and/or family needs to have appeared for the Green Card Medical and should have filed it on record.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE EXAM – THE PROPER STEPS TO ENSURE SUCCESS
(Please note that this piece is about filing the green card application in the United States of America – this is also known as Adjustment of Status. Filing an application for the green card from abroad requires a different form.)
If you are suffering from common or routine conditions like a cold or the flu do not worry too much. These will not stop you from your green card process. The Immigration Medical will check for conditions that are related to immigration.
First. Download and fill up the Immigration Medical form, which is also known as the I-693. This form pertains to details about you and your health – remember, even if you harbor the smallest doubt do not hesitate to take the services of a good immigration lawyer – it is better to be safe, than to be sorry! A small mistake in filling out the form could set you back by weeks or even months. Always seek out a proficient and experienced lawyer – there are many lawyers but you will need to find the one who is most suitable to be of service to you.
Secondly, find a USCIS-approved Civil Surgeon in your area.
Thirdly, carry all the necessary documents with you.
We shall look at what all has to be carried to the Medical Clinic shortly!
Some doctors are employed by USCIS or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in the role of Civil Surgeons. Civil Surgeons are doctors appointed by the USCIS to specifically conduct the Green Card Immigration Medical – an examination that is a mandatory part of the immigration process and that needs to be undertaken by all those visa applicants who are looking to apply for the green card or to adjust status in the United States of America.
A RANGE OF CRITERIA
A whole set of criteria exists that have to be met by these Civil Surgeons, before these roles can be applied for. Doctors who reside in the United States and work as qualified doctors are called Civil Surgeons, while those who stay in foreign countries are called panel physicians.
QUALIFICATIONS TO BE MET
Certain professional and personal qualifications need to be met by the Civil Surgeon. The doctor has to possess a valid license in the state in which the doctor practices. At least 4 years of work experience as a practicing doctor needs to be there. This excludes the time spent by the doctor in internship or as a resident. The doctor should have been eligible to work as one in the United States.
What the doctor needs to do is to submit all required details to the USCIS office in his or her city. A letter needs to be written to the District Director, USCIS as an application for the post. Copies of the medical license and a CV should also be enclosed. 2 signature cards displaying the name and valid signatures should also be attached.
Immigration is altogether a complex process, full of laws to be kept in mind and paperwork to be completed. Going through the immigration process is definitely not everybody’s cup of tea. Here are some tips to help you make a smart decision:
Compare Advice: Always speak to more than 1 attorney – this way you will be able to make a comparison and choose the preferred lawyer. This is a good way of checking out various attorneys to get a sense of their work experience, judgment and analytical capabilities. Also, speaking to more than 1 Immigration lawyer will help you arrive at a conclusion faster, as you can easily ascertain their overall personality and commitment to their work. A lawyer’s work philosophy is also very important for a visa or green card applicant, and if a lawyer is laid-back and complacent it could gravely damage the applicant’s progress. So always, speak to more than 1 lawyer before arriving at a choice.
BE WARY OF LAWYERS WHO PROMISE YOU THE MOON
There is no guarantee in immigration – it is as simple as that. Even the best lawyers cannot guarantee success. Any lawyer who claims that he or she has succeeded in each immigration case is just showing you a mirage. Evaluate that closely before making your choice.
STAY AWAY FROM LAWYERS WHO APPROACH YOU OUTSIDE IMMIGRATION OFFICES
Some lawyers usually loiter around hallways of USCIS offices or other offices of immigration to get business. This is not ethical and it is advised not to encourage such practices.