What Should I Expect During An Immigration Physical?

May 10, 2022

Immigration physicals are very important and are even more requested as more permanent residents and visa workers are allowed access into the U.S at the end of the COVID pandemic. The immigration physicals are an overall evaluation of your health and work in the same vein as a primary care appointment. Additionally, patients will need various forms of paperwork to complete their physicals. Learn more about an immigration physical and what it is all about so that you can prepare accordingly and pass the test.

What happens during the test?

When you go in for an immigration or green card physical/medical examination, your medical history will be reviewed thoroughly by a qualified doctor and you will be asked some related questions to confirm the information on your records. You will also undergo a basic checkup as well as a comprehensive series of tests where certain conditions will be checked for. Some of the things the doctor will look out for during the physical exam and tests include the presence or absence of;

  • Drug addiction or abuse (and what category of drug is abused)
  • Communicable diseases like gonorrhea, syphilis, tuberculosis, and so on.
  • Any mental disorder can cause uncontrollable behaviors with the tendency to harm oneself and others around.
  • Any condition that can make the patient unable to support him or herself.

In addition to this, patients will be vaccinated for some health conditions as required by the immigration procedure or by the CDC. Some of the vaccinations received will be against COVID-19, Meningococcal, Hepatitis A and B, Rotavirus, Pneumococcal pneumonia, influenza, varicella, influenza (type B), pertussis, tetanus, and diphtheria toxoids, polio, mumps, rubella, and measles.

How to prepare for an immigration physical?

Since you already know what to expect when you get there, you might need to also understand what you should bring along. This is so that you can avoid going back and forth, wasting time, and missing your appointment. The following are the documents you need to bring with you when coming for a green card medical exam;

  • A valid passport or any other government-recognized means of identification (photo-based) such as a travel permit, driver’s license, work permit, state ID, etc.
  • Your complete and up-to-date medical history, immunization, and vaccination records
  • The medical examination or doctor’s fee
  • Health insurance card, if any.
  • Passport photos
  • Copies of any previous X-rays, if any
  • List of medications, if any
  • Certificate of treatment if you have been successfully treated for certain diseases like Tuberculosis or Syphilis.
  • Report of the condition of those with learning disabilities.

Immigration Physicals at AFC Urgent Care Citrus Park

After your examination, your result will be handed to you in a sealed envelope or sent directly to your embassy depending on where you are applying from. However, under no circumstance should you open the envelope to see what’s inside. On that note, if you need an immigration physical soon, visit a nearby urgent care center to get an USCIS-certified immigration physical from an expert provider!

AFC Urgent Care Citrus Park provides same-day immigration physicals for patients on a walk-in basis. Just contact our office to prepare and then visit for your physical once you are ready! 

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