The USCIS Civil Surgeon is approved to conduct the immigration medical exam that is a mandatory part of the entire visa process, for immigration to the United States. These doctors are trained to conduct the exam – apart from this, they are also trained in immigration laws and policies. Immigration regulations keep changing and doctors who are appointed as Civil Surgeons by USCIS, or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services are regularly updated or aligned with the changes in policy.
The results of the Immigration Medical have to be reported in form I-693; this form is regularly held with the Civil Surgeons, and is also called the Medical Examinations of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status.
VALIDITY AND CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION
The validity of the immigration exam is for a year before the I-485 is filed for. Once the I-485 is filed for the results of the physical will remain valid as long as the I-485 is pending. Therefore, it is always advisable for the immigration physical to be done well in advance.
The results of the green card medical are confidential. Moreover, it is conducted for immigration reasons only.
WHY THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION SHOULD BE CONDUCTED:
A medical examination is required to be conducted as it becomes vital to prove that the applicant becomes admissible into the country and there is no danger to public health due to the existence of any disease or health condition in the applicant.
PARAMETERS FOR CONDUCTING THE IMMIGRATION PHYSICAL:
The tests of the immigration green card examination are held in accordance with the instructions laid down in the Technical Instructions for the Medical Examination of Aliens. All the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDCs’ publish this document.
DOCUMENTATION FOR THE EXAMINATION:
Government – regulated documents, like birth certificates or other translated affidavits if necessary can be accepted.
There are no photographs required if the applicant appears for the medical inside the United States. If appearing from outside the country then 3 pictures are required to be carried along.
There is no medical examination required to be taken for non- immigrant visas and other categories of visas to the United States, and if arriving at a particular port of entry. However the authorities overseas, like the Consular Officer for example, could instruct the applicant to go in for a medical exam if there is reason to believe so.