USCIS / Green Card Medical Exam

What Is A Green Card Exam?

Before you can apply for a United States green card, you’ll need to have a specific medical exam. This exam can only be administered by a doctor authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

How Do You Prepare For A USCIS/ Green Card Exam?

You will need to bring:

  • Form I-693. This is the form your doctor will fill out after you’ve had your exam.
  • Government-issued photo ID. This could be a valid passport, driver’s license, or official state ID (for non-drivers). Anyone who is 14 years or younger must have an ID that clearly shows their name, date, place of birth, and the full names of their parents.
  • Vaccination/immunization record. Your doctor will advise you if you need to have any additional vaccinations before applying for your green card.
  • Cash payment. The cost for the USCIS/green card medical exam is paid in cash, it is a self pay service.

Why Would I Need To Have A USCIS/ Green Card Exam?

Before you can apply for a United States green card, you’ll need to have a specific medical exam. This exam can only be administered by a doctor authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

What Can You Expect During A Green Card Exam?

The USCIS medical exam is a simple, straightforward exam. First, your doctor will check your medical records to see whether you need any vaccinations. Then, you’ll be tested for communicable diseases that could affect public health, like:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Leprosy, infectious
  • Syphilis, infectious stage
  • Tuberculosis, active (Class A)

What Is The Follow Up For A Green Card Exam?

Your results should be ready within one week. Once you’re handed the completed Form I-693 in a sealed envelope by your doctor, it’s your job to bring it with you to your local USCIS office. It’s important that you do not tamper with the envelope in any way—the USCIS will not accept it if it has been opened.

What Are The Potential Risks Of A Green Card Exam?

There is a chance that your Green Card Exam will result in you being ruled medically inadmissible to enter or remain in the United States. Reasons for this may include communicative illness, history of drug abuse, lack of required vaccinations, or a physical or mental disorder that causes behavior that could pose a threat to yourself or others.

Are There Other Related Tests To A USCIS/ Green Card Exam?

Regardless of your immigration status, yearly physical exams should be scheduled to best monitor your health and identify any potential issues early on. There are also some jobs for which a pre-employment physical exam may be necessary.


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