Depending on your type of immigration case, you may be required to obtain a medical examination as part of the immigration process. The medical exam is done by designated medical professionals who complete USCIS Form I-693 as part of the process. We explain the medical examination and who is qualified to perform one here.
Who can perform a medical examination for immigration purposes?
Medical examinations for immigration purposes can only be performed by designated civil surgeons. The medical examination cannot be performed by your primary care physician or any other physician. Examinations performed by physicians that are not designated by USCIS as civil surgeons will not be accepted.
How much does a civil surgeon charge?
USCIS does not regulate the fees charged by civil surgeons for the completion of a medical examination. The cost of the medical exam will vary from physician to physician. You should call ahead to verify the price and availability.
How do I find a civil surgeon?
USCIS has a location tool to help you find a civil surgeon in your area. Click Here
What should I expect during the medical examination?
The civil surgeon will perform a routine medical examination and complete the USCIS Form I-693 Report of Medical Examination. The civil surgeon will provide you with a sealed original of the completed examination. DO NOT OPEN. This is to be opened only by the USCIS Officer reviewing your case. If you would like a copy, ask the civil surgeon to provide you with a copy of the original.
What are the vaccination requirements?
You are required to receive vaccines that are age-appropriate for you. The civil surgeon will annotate Form I-693 to indicate that you were not required to receive a particular vaccine because it was not age-appropriate at the time of the medical examination. Under the immigration laws of the United States applicants for US permanent residence (Green Card) are required to receive vaccinations to prevent the following diseases:
- Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids
- Haemophilus influenza type B
- Hepatitis B
- Any other vaccine-preventable diseases recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices
You can find the requirements for vaccinations here: CDC Immigrant Health Vaccine Requirements
Can I be forced to be vaccinated for immigration purposes?
If you refuse to receive the vaccines required for immigration purposes, as mandated by the immigration laws of the United States, your application for legal permanent resident status may be denied. More information about the medical exam, vaccinations, exemptions, and other related questions can be found here: USCIS Vaccination Requirements
Additional Outside Resources
- USCIS: Designated Civil Surgeon
- CDC Immigrant Vaccine Requirements
- USCIS Vaccination Requirements
- USCIS Form I-693 Report of Medical Examination
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