Immigration Medical ExamCorona, CA
Immigrants applying for a green card or citizenship are required to have a comprehensive medical exam to ensure you are in good health and have all your required vaccinations. Spending a few minutes preparing for the exam and gathering the right paperwork can help you get through the process more quickly and efficiently.
Medicross Clinic and Urgent Care in Corona is authorized by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to perform an immigration medical exam. Dr. George Chidi, MD and our team will make sure everything is in order, so the medical portion of your application is approved.
Immigration medical exams make sure anyone applying for a green card or citizenship is in good physical and mental health and is not suffering from any communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis or syphilis. The applicant must be able to show they have received all required vaccinations, have no history of drug abuse or addiction, and are not suffering from mental illness with a history of violence.
The medical exam, the report from our doctor, and the vaccination record will determine if the health-related standards for a green card or citizenship are met.
How the Exam Works
The immigration medical exam is different from a routine physical. Our doctor will review the immunization and medical history, do a skin test or chest x-ray for tuberculosis, and perform a blood test for syphilis. The applicant should be prepared to discuss their medical history and current conditions as well as any medicines they are taking.
Women are expected to complete the exam even if they are in the middle of their menstrual cycle. If the applicant is pregnant, she will need to give consent to having a chest X-ray taken.
The main health-related reasons for denying an application can include:
- Communicable disease: A diagnosis of gonorrhea, leprosy, syphilis, or tuberculosis must be treated before a green card application can be approved
- Drug and alcohol abuse: Our doctor may ask for a drug test or proof of completion of a treatment program. Anyone currently abusing drugs or alcohol will have their application denied
- Mental illness with a history of violence: Mental illness with a history of violence either against themselves or others, could lead to a denial of the green card application
- Inability to work: If poor health prevents the patient from being able to support themselves financially, they may be denied
Several documents are needed to ensure the exam goes smoothly. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, these documents can include:
- Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
- Immunization or vaccination records
- A government-issued photo ID, such as a passport or driver’s license
- Health insurance card
The physical exam is fairly standard and involves checking the eyes, ears, nose, and throat. We will also listen to the heart and lungs. We will use a mental status exam to check judgment, mood, and behavior. The applicant must receive any missing required vaccinations before being admitted as a permanent resident.
If there is confusion over whether a certain vaccine is needed, a blood test can help to determine immunity. Our doctor will also ask questions about any prescription medication, as well as any past/present drug and alcohol use.
Everything You Need in One Location
Going to an urgent care facility for an immigration medical exam provides multiple benefits. We can help provide the examinations and treatment patients need, so they do not have to visit more than one location. Medicross Clinic and Urgent Care can also help to provide treatment without the need for calling ahead.
When the examination is complete, our doctor will prepare a form provided by USCIS with the results and findings. Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, will be handed over in a sealed envelope. Do not open the envelope; submit the medical exam with the application. Make sure you receive a copy of the completed form for your records before the envelope is sealed. If the envelope has been opened or tampered with, USCIS will not accept the form.
Call Us Today to Learn More
While the immigration medical exam seems complicated, our team can answer all of your questions and make sure you complete the process successfully. Call Medicross Clinic and Urgent Care at 951-878-1117 if you have any questions or concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the exam?
The immigration medical exam identifies green cards or citizenship applicants who have health-related conditions that make them inadmissible. We will then send this information to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. These conditions include communicable diseases that threaten public health such as tuberculosis, failure to show proof of vaccination, drug abuse or addiction, or a physical or mental disorder with a history of violence.
What vaccines are required?
All applicants are required to show they have the proper vaccinations against diseases such as mumps, measles, rubella, polio, tetanus, hepatitis A and B, meningitis, and the flu. If you are not sure you have been vaccinated against these diseases, your blood can be tested to check for immunity. Medicross Clinic and Urgent Care is equipped to give you any vaccinations you may be missing.
What does the exam involve?
The exam includes a head-to-toe physical examination, a skin test or chest X-ray for tuberculosis, and a blood test for syphilis. You will be asked a series of questions to determine your mental health. You should also be prepared to discuss your medical history and current conditions, as well as any medicines you are taking.
What should I bring to my exam?
You will want to bring your vaccination records, a copy of your medical history if you have it, a government-issued photo ID (such as your passport or driver's license), and your health insurance card. Applicants also need to bring Form I-693, which is called the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. This is where Dr. George Chidi, MD and our team will record your exam results.
What happens after my exam?
You will receive your Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, in a sealed envelope. Do not open the envelope; submit the medical exam with your application. Make sure you get a copy of the completed form to keep for yourself before the envelope is sealed. If the envelope has been opened or tampered with, USCIS will not accept the form.
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