Getting an immigration physical exam is an essential step before moving to America. It is mandatory for all immigrants to pass the medical examination conducted by approved physicians designated by the government in order to immigrate to the United States. The medical examination helps to identify any existing health problems of the applicants and to prevent the spread of contagious diseases set forth by the centers for disease control.
Here are the steps to get an immigration medical exam and help you prepare to become a permanent resident:

Find a Designated Immigration Physical Exam Civil Surgeon:

The first step is to find a designated civil surgeon, who is authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to perform the health examination. The list of approved physicians can be found on the USCIS website. Physicians at PHC are authorized

Schedule an Appointment For Your Immigration Medical Exam:

Once you have identified the doctor, schedule an appointment for a time that is convenient for you. The medical examination should take place within 60 days of your immigration application being submitted. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in a delay or denial of your application. Therefore, it is imperative to schedule the appointment as soon as possible to avoid any unnecessary complications.

Complete Pre-Examination Forms For your Green Card Medical Exam:

Before the appointment, the applicant is required to complete a set of pre-examination forms. These forms include personal information, vaccine history, and other medical details. It is important to fill in the forms accurately and truthfully.

Bring Required Documents:

On the day of the appointment, the applicant must bring the required documents, such as a valid ID, a copy of their immigration application, and any previous medical examination and vaccination records. A convenient checklist of what you need to bring is listed below.

  • Passport: A valid passport for identification purposes and proof of identity.
  • Visa or Immigration Application: The relevant visa or immigration application forms and approval notices.
  • Medical Examination Form: I-693, The specific medical examination form required for the U.S. immigration process.
  • Medical History: A detailed medical history, including past illnesses, surgeries, chronic conditions and other medical records.
  • Vaccination Records: Up-to-date immunization records for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis, etc., as per the U.S. vaccine requirements.
  • Chest X-Rays: A chest X-ray may be required to screen for tuberculosis (TB). You may also bring a tuberculosis certificate from your doctor.
  • Laboratory Test Results: Blood and urine tests to check for health conditions and communicable diseases such as syphilis or covid-19, as well as drug screening if necessary.
  • Medical Insurance: Proof of medical insurance coverage, as it may be required for certain types of visas.
  • Identification Photos: Passport-sized photographs to be attached to the medical examination form.
  • Payment for the medical exam.

Please note that the U.S. immigration process is subject to change, so it’s essential to verify the specific document requirements with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country. Additionally, you should consult with a designated civil surgeon, authorized by USCIS, to conduct the required medical examination and provide guidance on the necessary documents for the immigration physical green card application process.

Undergo Medical Examination For your Immigration Physical:

The designated civil surgeon will perform the medical examination, which includes a physical examination, blood tests, tuberculosis screening, and other tests as required. The doctor will check for any existing health problems, such as communicable diseases, mental illnesses, or physical disabilities.


If any vaccinations are necessary, they will be administered during the appointment. The required vaccines for immigration vary depending on the age, health, and previous immunizations of the applicant.

Receive Medical Examination Results:

After the examination, the doctor will provide the applicant with a sealed envelope containing the results of the medical examination. The results will be sent directly to the USCIS.

In conclusion, the immigration physical exam is a crucial aspect of the immigration process. Proper preparation and following the steps above can help ease the stress of going through the health examination and ensure a successful immigration application.

Contact us today if you need an immigration physical for your green card.

About the Author: Fadi Saba, M.D.

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Dr. Fadi Saba, MD, is an experienced and board-certified physician specializing in internal medicine. With decades of experience and a prestigious American Board of Internal Medicine certification, Dr. Saba is dedicated to delivering high-quality healthcare to his patients at PHC Pinellas.

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