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Your pursuit of immigration requires a crucial checkpoint – the immigration medical examination. This guide delves into the intricacies of this process, shedding light on the role of USCIS-authorized civil surgeons, cost considerations, and vaccination prerequisites.

The Role of Civil Surgeons

Designated civil surgeons are the sole authorized medical professionals to conduct immigration medical examinations. It’s vital to note that a regular primary care physician lacks the approval for this specific examination. Only examinations conducted by USCIS-authorized civil surgeons are recognized for immigration purposes.

Understanding Costs

The fee structure for civil surgeons is not regulated by the USCIS, leading to potential variations in costs. It’s advisable to contact the chosen medical professional in advance to discuss pricing details and schedule the examination.

Locating a Civil Surgeon

Utilize the USCIS locator tool to conveniently find a civil surgeon in your area. Click Here to access the tool and streamline the process of identifying an authorized medical professional for your immigration medical exam.

What to Anticipate During the Examination

Once you’ve scheduled an appointment with a civil surgeon, the standard medical examination will commence. The USCIS Form I-693 – Report of Medical Examination will be completed, and you will receive a sealed original copy. This sealed envelope is exclusively for the USCIS Officer assessing your case. If you wish to retain a copy, feel free to request one from the civil surgeon.

Vaccination Requirements

Age-appropriate vaccinations are a crucial aspect of immigration medical exams. The civil surgeon will document any exemptions based on your age during the examination. US permanent residence applicants are required to be vaccinated against specific diseases, including Mumps, Measles, Rubella, Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Haemophilus influenza type B, Hepatitis B, COVID-19, and any other vaccine-preventable diseases recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices. Learn more about these requirements.

Vaccination Decision and Consequences

Declining mandated vaccines might lead to the denial of your application for legal permanent residency. For comprehensive details about the medical exam, vaccination requirements, possible exemptions, and related queries, refer to USCIS Vaccination Requirements.


Armed with this knowledge, navigate your immigration medical exam confidently. From choosing a civil surgeon to understanding costs and vaccination mandates, this guide ensures you are well-prepared for this crucial step in your immigration journey.

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