Immigration Physical Examinations

The US Immigration Medical Exam is an obligatory therapeutic Form I-693 medical exam required for green card candidates or for the individuals who are looking for change of their status to that of perpetual living arrangement in the U.S. counting those looking for haven. It is likewise required for certain non immigrant visas. In the U.S., it is led by a USCIS affirmed common specialist while outside the U.S. an Immigration Physicians certified by USCIS Medical.

What is an immigration medical exam and why do I need to complete one?

Generally, all applicants filing for immigrant visas and some non-immigrant visas, refugees and adjustments of status to that of a permanent resident, must submit Form I-693 medical exam completed by a designated Civil surgeon. Form I-693 medical exam is used to report results of a medical examination to USCIS. The examination is required to establish that you are not inadmissible to the United Status on public health grounds.

Who is a Civil surgeon?

A Civil surgeon is a licensed and experienced doctor (Physician) approved/authorized by the USCIS to conducted immigration medical exam.

Can the applicant have his/her or any physicians perform the medical examination?

Only the licensed and experienced doctors approved by the USCIS, who are familiar with immigration medical policy and updates can perform this exam. Usually called a
Civil Surgeon (In the U.S), or Panel Doctor (Outside of the U.S)

Which form needs to be submitted for the immigration medical exam?

This depends on where the applicant is applying for a Medical Exam. There are two different forms needed by the applicant filing for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident depending on where he/she applying from.

Applicants applying in the United States have to submit Form I-693 Completed by a designated Civil surgeon. Or, Applicants applying outside the United States have to submit Form DS-2053 (Formerly Form OF-157) given by the U.S. Consular.

What Documents are required for the Medical Exam?

Please bring your passport to the appointment.

What happens after the medical exam?

After the medical exam is complete, the Civil surgeon will certify the results on the appropriate forms and place them in a sealed envelope with label on the back – “DO NOT OPEN THE SEALED ENVELOPE.”

Do not accept it if it is not in a sealed envelope. USCIS will return the form to you if it is not in an envelope or if the envelope has been opened or altered.

You, the applicant, not the Civil surgeon, are required to submit the Form I-693 to USCIS.

You need to turn in your envelope with your immigration application.

Follow the instructions on or included with the application or the instructions given to you by the office requesting the medical examination.

How long is my medical exam valid?

The results of the medical examination are generally valid for only 12 months. Applicants should schedule the medical examination as close as possible to the time they file for adjustment of status, but provide for sufficient time for the performance of laboratory testing.