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What are the Immigration Physical requirements?

What is Immigration Physical?

One of the prerequisites for applying for an immigrant visa in the United States is to have an immigration physical. This is a medical test used to determine that a person fits the health requirements for obtaining an immigrant visa in the United States. An immigration physical, unlike a general physical, focuses on specific disorders and illnesses that could endanger the population or impede the individual’s capacity to work. For an applicant to be considered for an immigrant visa, all relevant stages must be performed in line with the law. The USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) requires immigration physicals in order to get a green card or citizenship in the United States.

Before your immigration physicals

It’s critical to make sure you not only pass your immigration physical, but also use the appropriate doctor, forms, and identification. Before you arrange your exam, make sure you have the proper paperwork and identity. To bring to your test, you will require a copy of the USCIS medical form I-693, which can be downloaded from USCIS website. Part 1 should be completed by the applicant, but the form should not be signed. For your visa interview, you’ll also need photo identification, such as a passport, as well as the appointment letter. A copy of the child’s vaccination record is required for children under the age of 15.

Requirements for immigration exam

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) require the following tests for people of all ages, a physical examination is required. Your age and immunization history will determine any additional exam requirements.

An adult examination (15 years or older) usually consists of the following:

  • Physical examination
  • Test for tuberculosis
  • Blood test for syphilis (RPR)
  • Immunizations depending on age and medical history

A pediatric examination (for children aged 14 and under) usually consists of the following:

  • Physical examination
  • Test for tuberculosis
  • Review and update of the pediatric immunizations

Your initial appointment will include a tuberculin skin test. You must come back in two to three days to have the test checked. If your tuberculosis skin test came back positive, you’ll need a chest X-ray to be sure you don’t have active tuberculosis. For an extra fee, this can be done at the clinic. Your medical evaluation can continue if the tuberculosis test is negative.

Your examination results will be given to an Immigration Officer once finished, and they may also be shared with health departments and other public health or cooperating medical authorities.

Vaccination requirement

The USCIS also requires certain vaccines. If you don’t have sufficient documentation that you’ve received the vaccines you will need these vaccines.

Adult immunizations may include:

  • Measles, mumps, rubella vaccine
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis vaccine
  • Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Seasonal influenza (during flu season for certain individuals)

Childhood immunizations, depending on age, may include:

  • Rotavirus vaccine
  • Measles, mumps, rubella vaccine
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis vaccine
  • Polio vaccine
  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type b vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Hepatitis A vaccine
  • Pneumococcal vaccine

Required Documentation for Appointment

Please bring the following essentials to guarantee a smooth and effective appointment:

  • A valid government-issued photo ID, such as a passport, driver’s license, or ID card, is required. IDs from schools are not accepted.
  • For applicants under the age of 14, USCIS will accept additional forms of identification that include the applicant’s name, date and place of birth, parents’ full names, and any other identifying information. Birth certificates (with translations if applicable) and affidavits are acceptable papers as well.
  • If you have a chronic or significant medical problem, save a copy of your medical records (s).
  • If available, your immunization records, including childhood records (with translation if needed), or an affidavit.
  • If you have an alien registration number (A-Number)
  • If you have one, the most recent copy of the I-693 medical form.
  • If necessary, a translator must be present to sign forms.

Please have your medical records translated before your visit if they are not in English. Applicants who do not speak English will be charged an extra fee for a translation service.

Cost of the Exam

For the base examination fee, contact your local provider. The tuberculosis skin test, syphilis blood test, chest X-rays, vaccines, and other blood or medical testing and translation services are all extra.

All examination-related expenses must be paid in full at the time of the examination using a VISA, MasterCard, American Express, debit card, cash, money order, or cheque.

Visit uscis.gov for additional information on the USCIS.

After your Immigration Physicals

What happens after the immigration physicals is determined on your country of origin. In certain countries, the doctor will place the medical exam results in an envelope and provide it to you (the immigration applicant) to take to your visa interview. The physician will transmit it directly to the embassy in certain other countries.

Do not open the results if they are presented to you. They must be brought to the interview in sealed envelopes, along with other necessary documents. The results of the immigration medical check are usually valid for two years.

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