Immigration Medical Exam Guide

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Quick Overview

The Green Card Medical Exam, also known as the Immigration Medical Exam is necessary for individuals that seek to adjust status in the United States or apply for an immigrant visa abroad. It is not possible to obtain an immigrant visa or adjust status without a medical examination. The Green Card medical exam must be conducted by a doctor approved by the USCIS. The medical examination fee is paid directly to the doctor. It is not included in the download fee.

LIST OF APPROVED DOCTORS: A complete list of approved immigration doctors can be found in the Immigration Medical Exam Guide available for instant download on this page.

The purpose is to evaluate whether you have certain diseases that needs further treatment. You may be asked to complete more tests at different health offices if needed. Only civil surgeons designated by the USCIS may perform medical examination. The US immigration doctor must sign and endorse the form before it is returned to you. In case you have performed X-rays, you should be provided with the films once you are cleared. Your Green Card Medical Exam results will be presented to an immigration officer. Your results may be shared with certain health departments and with other public health authorities.
Overview of Contents
  • Medical Exam Overview
  • List of Applications Requiring a Medical Exam
  • Medical Exam in the United States
  • Medical Exam Abroad
  • Green Card Applications and the Medical Exam
  • Panel Physician Checklist
  • Clearance Requirements
  • List of USCIS Approved Immigration Doctors List
  • Examination Forms for Examination Within the U.S.
  • Examination Forms for Examination Outside the U.S.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • List of All USCIS (formerly INS) Offices Nationwide
  • United States Embassies and Consulates Directory
  • All required immigration forms are included

Product Description

For applications outside the United States, Immigration Medical Examinations are required for individuals applying for immigrant visas (Green Cards) and for applications within the US, Green Card Medical Exams are required for the following:
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Green Card Employment
  • Green Card Investment
  • Green Card Lottery (DV Lottery)
  • Green Card Marriage
  • Green Card Relatives
  • Green Card Special Immigrants
  • Anyone adjusting status to permanent U.S. resident (Green Card)
Immigration Medical Examination Validity:
Green card medical examinations are generally valid for 12 months. Individuals that are legal residents but changing status to U.S. citizens may be required to re-take the immigrant medical exam. The medical examination must be completed before you can adjust status or obtain an immigrant visa. Proof of treatment or follow up tests must be provided before the application of temporary or permanent residency is approved. Children may be subject to additional immunization requirements.