Immigration Physical FAQs | AFC Urgent Care Paramus

September 13, 2022

Immigration Physical FAQs for New Residents

An immigration physical is a necessary step you must take if you are planning to immigrate to the United States. Immigration medical examinations are used to check if new residents meet the health standards for admission, ensuring the health and safety of all communities.

At AFC Urgent Care Paramus, our U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Designated Civil Surgeons are ready and available to conduct immigration physicals. Read some of the frequently asked questions about immigration physicals below, and walk-in to the clinic to receive your physical exam today.

How do I prepare for an immigration physical?

Immigration medical exams are slightly different from standard physical exams. The purpose of the exam is predominantly to screen a patient for certain medical conditions that are of concern to the U.S. government and public health.

To prepare for your physical, there are several items you will need to bring. A valid passport with required photos, vaccine records, Form I-693 filled out, and a list of medications you have previously taken or currently take.

If you’ve been hospitalized for mental illness, alcohol abuse, or any other serious condition, you may need to provide hospital records from your stay. For best results, it’s important that we have a clear picture of your medical history.  If you have any questions about these requirements, or how to best prepare for your immigration physical,  please call the clinic at (201) 262-2010.

What should I expect during the exam?

An immigration physical is a routine part of the application process to become a permanent resident of the United States. During the visit, you should expect a physical exam, a review of your medical history (including vaccine history), and a few tests

During the physical portion of the exam, your doctor will examine your ears, eyes, throat, nose, skin and extremities. Please be ready to answer general questions about your health and wellness, including a review of your medical history. Your medical history includes– but is not limited to– past surgeries, illnesses, drug use, and any medications you currently take.

Immigration physicals may include blood tests and/or x-rays to look for diseases such as tuberculosis and syphilis, as these illnesses pose public health risks. The doctor may also check for any mental disorders or mental illnesses that are connected with harmful behavior, as well as any signs of drug abuse or addiction.

What happens after the exam?

After the immigration physical examination is complete, AFC Urgent Care Paramus will certify form I-693 with the test results of the immigration exam and medical records in a sealed envelope. These results are to be presented to the Department Of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. It’s critical that you do not open the sealed envelope, as the test results could then be considered invalid and not accepted.

Immigration Physicals at AFC Urgent Care Paramus

AFC Urgent Care Paramus can perform the required immigration physicals in accordance with the Department Of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. Our clinic stays open seven days a week, making immigration physicals accessible to everyone. Simply walk-in to AFC Urgent Care Paramus to receive your exam today. Call the clinic at (201) 262-2010 if you have any questions pertaining to immigration physicals or other general urgent care treatments.

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