What Should I Expect During An Immigration Physical?

August 18, 2023

The pandemic took a toll on the whole world, and everything was forced to stop. Now, the world is back to normal, and everything is back to running almost as smoothly as it was pre-pandemic. Like before, immigration physicals are a continuing need as more and more visa workers and permanent residents are being allowed into the U.S.

An immigration medical examination is a requirement for entering the country and becoming a permanent resident i.e., a green card holder. This physical is sometimes called a ‘green card medical exam’. It is a regular step in the procedure to maintain public safety and remove the reasons for inadmissibility for prospective immigrants. The information used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to assess whether a foreign national satisfies the health-related requirements for admissibility includes the immigration medical examination, the medical examination report that results from it, and the vaccination record.

Getting all of your papers and other forms gathered is the best approach to getting ready for your immigration physical. This will facilitate a smooth physical process throughout. The complete checklist for your paperwork is as follows:

  • Passport or any kind of official photo identification issued by the government (such as an identity card, laissez-passer, or travel document)
  • Form I-693 copy (unsigned)
  • Records of vaccinations or immunizations
  • Your medical records, copied
  • Proof of health insurance, if necessary
  • Earlier chest X-rays (if any)

Certain conditions can make you inadmissible during the immigration process. They include:

  • Lack of vaccination documentation
  • A contagious illness that threatens public health
  • A mental condition that is associated with bad behavior
  • Drug addiction or misuse


Usually, the immigration physical consists of three main parts; the physical examination, the required test, and a review of your documents.

The Physical Examination:

During the physical, the doctor would examine your heart, lungs, lymph nodes, skin, extremities, eyes, ears, nose, and throat. They would also analyze your size and weight, take your blood pressure reading, test your hearing and vision, as well as tuberculosis skin testing.

The Tests:

You will be tested for any physical or mental disorders, including substance abuse problems and sexually transmitted illnesses like gonorrhea or syphilis. You must tell your doctor about any past drug or alcohol misuse and any violent behavior. A gonorrhea urine test, an x-ray, and blood tests for syphilis may be part of an immigration physical.

In other countries, the panel doctor will report the outcomes immediately to the American embassy or consulate. In some nations, the applicant will receive a sealed envelope with the findings of their medical examination and an x-ray, both of which must be brought to the interview.

The Review:

This is a thorough examination of past medical history and vaccination records. Your past medical history includes any surgeries you've had, illnesses you've had in the past, drugs you're taking now, and any ongoing conditions you may have. Additional questions about drug and substance abuse will be asked of you. All immigrants must produce proof of immunization or submit to testing for diseases that vaccines can prevent.

If you require an immigration physical, then visit a nearby urgent care center today to get an USCIS-certified immigration physical from an expert provider!

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