Medical examination requirement of family based petitions – We have discussed the family-based petition process in several of our earlier blogs but we have not yet discussed the medical examination requirement. A medical examination is a requirement for beneficiaries of family-based petitions. The purpose of the examination is to ensure that the beneficiary is in good health and that their admission into the United States does not cause any health concerns for the beneficiary, or for the rest of the U.S. populous.
How is a Medical Examination Conducted?
A medical examination for immigration purposes is conducted by a USCIS designated civil surgeon. USCIS designates certain doctors who are able to perform the medical exam which is necessary for a green card applicant. A list of USCIS designated civil surgeons can be found here. During your exam, the designated civil surgeon will conduct:
- A review of your medical history and immunization records
- A physical and mental evaluation
- Drug and alcohol screening
- Tests for various diseases and illnesses
What Should be Brought to the Medical Exam?
As per the USCIS website, you should plan on bringing the following to your medical exam:
- Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
- Government-issued photo identification, such as a valid passport or driver’s license. If you are 14 years old or younger, bring identification that shows your name, date and place of birth and parent’s full name. Possible forms of identification include your birth certificate (with an English translation) or an affidavit.
- Vaccination or immunization record.
- Medical insurance card (check with the doctor’s office to make sure the office accepts your medical plan)
- Payment (check with the doctor’s office about acceptable forms of payment). It is also a good idea to call a few doctors to find out how much they charge for the exam. Prices can vary by a few hundred dollars.
How is the Government Notified of the Results?
After your medical examination is concluded, the doctor is required to complete Form I-693. They will fill out the form and hand it to you in a sealed envelope which should be submitted to USCIS. It is important that you do not open the envelope, or the results will be invalidated. Make sure to request an additional copy from the doctor so that you have it for your personal records.
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