If you are applying for a U.S. immigration visa or change of status to a green card while you are here in the USA, one of the requirements you will need is to undergo a medical examination by a designated physician (also known as a civil surgeon).
The purpose of the exam is to determine if you are inadmissible to the U.S. due to a health-related condition.
Here is a step-by-step guide to help you prepare for your immigration medical exam:
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Find a designated physician: You can find a list of civil surgeons in your area on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. Make sure to choose a physician who is authorized to perform the medical exam for immigration purposes. We are accredited and have been for several years. We can be found on the USCIS website: Rapid Response Urgent Care in Pearland, Texas, ZIP Code 77584.
Schedule your appointment: Once you have found a designated physician, schedule your appointment and bring all the necessary documents, including your vaccination records. We operate an open-door policy. You actually do not need to schedule. You can just come in, as we are open every day.
Lab work: Depending on your age, health, and medical history, the physician may require you to undergo some lab tests. However, tuberculosis (T.B.) test is mandatory for everyone taking this exam, including children, A syphilis test, and chlamydia for adults older than 15. In some instances, a hepatitis B and C test, among others, may be required.
Physical examination: During the physical exam, the physician will assess your overall health, check your vital signs, and examine you for any signs of inadmissibility based on U.S. immigration laws. There are two major classes of illnesses that fall under Class A or Class B illnesses.
Class A illnesses are inadmissible, such as untreated syphilis, untreated chlamydia, and untreated tuberculosis; however, if treated within the last year, they will fall or become class B illnesses.
Regular class B illnesses include but are not limited to hypertension, diabetes, hypothyroidism, etc. Those we need to prove are under control, and you follow up with a primary care physician who manages these chronic conditions.
Vaccinations: If you have not received certain vaccinations, you may need to get them before you can be admitted to the U.S. Your designated physician will provide you with a list of required vaccinations.
Follow-up visits: If the physician finds that you have a health condition that requires further evaluation, you may need to schedule follow-up visits.
To prepare for your immigration medical exam, it is essential to: Gather your medical records, including vaccination records, and bring them to the appointment.
Get enough rest and hydration before your appointment to ensure accurate results.
In conclusion, the immigration medical exam is an integral part of the U.S. immigration process, and it is essential to understand the requirements and prepare accordingly.
Following these steps and guidelines can make the most of your immigration medical exam and ensure a smooth process.
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