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What you need to know about the immigration medical examination

Civil surgeons conduct examinations within the United States for immigrant aliens seeking benefits. That includes those applying for a green card or adjustment of status. Only a medical doctor authorized and designated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) can legally perform these physicals.

Civil surgeons must perform the immigration medical examination according to the Technical Instructions for the Medical Examinations of Aliens in the United States (Technical Instructions or TIs). If you are in the United States and are seeking adjustment to your status and want to obtain certain immigration benefits you most likely will need a medical examination from a civil surgeon. The examination involves a complete medical history and physical examination, and review of your laboratory results. You will be tested for communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, syphilis and gonorrhea and your vaccination records will be reviewed for completeness. When you are medically cleared the Immigration Medical Form I-693 will be completed for you to submit to USCIS.

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