The medical examination for Form I-693 is an important step in the green card process. It is conducted by a USCIS-designated civil surgeon and verifies that the applicant does not pose a health risk to other people. The exam checks for infectious diseases, vaccination records, and testing for alcohol and drug abuse. The exam must be conducted within sixty days of filing the adjustment of status application with USCIS. It must also be signed by a doctor who is eligible to conduct the exam, either a civil surgeon or panel physician. The exam consists of a tuberculosis test, blood test, urine test, and a check for drug use. The doctor will also take a brief health history and verify that you are up to date on all your vaccinations. They will also fill out form i-693.
The Purpose of Medical Exam
The purpose of the exam is to ensure that the applicant does not have any health-related reasons to be denied a green card. This includes diseases that are of concern to the public, such as tuberculosis and leprosy. The doctor will also conduct a blood and urine test to check for drug and alcohol use. Applicants should make their immigration medical examination appointment soon after receiving the National Visa Center (NVC) letter that indicates that their interview has been scheduled. This way, the results of the exam will still be valid when USCIS adjudicates their adjustment of status application or responds to a Request for Evidence.
Medical Exam Preparation
The medical exam cost can vary, so comparing prices before scheduling an appointment is best. Some medical insurance plans cover these costs. Vaccinations needed for form i-693 include diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). The doctor will also note if the immigrant has been vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine is widely available, but your doctor can apply for a medical waiver if it’s not in your country or you are religiously or morally opposed to receiving vaccinations.
Applicants must bring proof of identity to their appointment, such as a government-issued passport or driver’s license. Those who are under 14 years of age or mentally incompetent must have their legal guardian sign on their behalf. The doctor will provide the applicant with a copy of the completed I-693 in a sealed envelope. This copy should not be opened. The doctor will also provide the applicant a set of chest x-rays for their file.