Q. Is there a “medical waiver” available for the Green Card Medical exam and if so how can one be eligible for it?
Ans A “medical waiver” can be granted by the USCIS , the immigration body in the USA if the applicant falls in the eligibility criteria. If the applicant is granted medical waiver then he or she is permitted to remain or reside in the U S in spite of having a medical condition that could have otherwise made the person inadmissible.
Eligibility for the medical waiver can come into effect if :
- The applicant is the spouse or unmarried son or daughter or the minor, unmarried adopted child of a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident; or
- The applicant has a son or daughter or lawfully adopted child who is a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident; or
- The applicant becomes eligible for classification as a self-petitioning spouse or child (including derivative children) because of abuse.
Q What does ‘medical grounds of inadmissibility’ mean?
Ans ‘Medical grounds of inadmissibility’ is effective when a health condition which is a public health concern to the United States occurs. Under the U.S. immigration laws, the medical grounds of inadmissibility are divided into four categories:
- Communicable disease of public health significance
- Lack of required vaccinations (for immigrant visa applicants only);
- Physical or mental disorders with harmful behavior
Physical or mental disorders with harmful behavior.