Why is Immigration Medical Exam required?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) mandate a medical examination for all prospective immigrants to the United States to safeguard public health. This examination must be conducted by designated civil surgeons (for those applying from within the U.S.) and panel physicians (for those applying from outside the U.S.). Additionally, U.S. military physicians are authorized to perform these medical exams at military treatment facilities for military personnel and their dependents. The immigration medical exam comprises:

  • A physical and mental examination
  • A review of immunization records
  • Testing for drugs and alcohol
  • An evaluation for illnesses and diseases

How to get a Medical Exam?

Many green card applicants worry about medical inadmissibility potentially delaying or denying their applications. However, there is no need for concern. Immigration Medical Exam (https://immigrationmedical.us) offers a comprehensive guide on the immigration medical exam, covering topics such as:

  • Requirements for the medical exam
  • Costs associated with the medical exam
  • Required vaccines
  • How to find a designated doctor for the medical exam
  • How to schedule an appointment with the doctor
  • Necessary medical examination forms (I-693 and I-485)

Medical Exam Cost

Immigration Medical Exam is offering you the lowest cost available around Chicago, Schaumburg, Naperville, Lisle, Libertyville that, is ‘$160’. Furthermore, we are providing you facility of required vaccines and lab tests. The breakup of cost for each category is given as below;

  Immigration Medical Exam Cost $160 (excluded the cost of required vaccines)
$170 (included the cost of certain vaccines)
Vaccine Cost Influenza Vaccine $25
Td Vaccine $55
Lab Test Cost Gold Quantiferon TB or T-spot $100
Gonorrhea testing $45
Syphilis Testing $45
* We offer you a 10% off happy new year discount). Now you can get Immigration Medical Exam for $159.

Note: Here, we accept local lab bills paid by your insurance for the services as mentioned above, but it will likely not cover the cost of immigration physical’. Therefore, you must pay the immigration medical cost before receiving your immigration package.

Schedule Medical Exam

The process of scheduling a medical exam depends upon the location from where you are applying.

  • When to Schedule: You have two options to schedule your medical exam;
  • Option 1:  If you want to file the green card application along with the required documents and medical exam results, you are advised to schedule it before starting the green card application process. This process is named as ‘concurrent filing.’ Concurrent filing is not made compulsory by the USCIS or state department. It is entirely your choice to go for concurrent filing or the second option (explained below).

Note: In the case of option 1, medical exam results must be signed by a civil surgeon no more than 60-days before filing the green card application process. The medical exam results are valid for two years.

  • Option 2:  If you want to submit medical exam results on the interview day or directly submit it to USCIS via mail, you can schedule the medical exam after filing a green card application (Form I-485). Currently, in the case of the 2nd option, USCIS extended the validity period of medical exam results from 2 years to 4 years due to COVID-19 processing delays.

How to Schedule

The immigration medical examination is conducted by Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Citizenship designated civil surgeons. To schedule the immigration medical exam;

  • Use the tool ‘find doctor’ available:
  • You can also access the immigration medical Call Center at 847-490-0060 or an immigration medical exam near me to locate a nearby civil surgeon authorized to perform an immigration medical exam:

We have licensed and experienced doctors who receive ongoing special immigration-oriented medical training and policy updates.

What to bring in Immigration Medical Exam?

To ensure a smooth medical exam process, it is essential to prepare the following documents in advance, based on your location at the time of your application. Here’s what you will need to bring with you:

  • Vaccination or immunization records
  • A copy of your medical history
  • Copies of any previous chest X-rays (optional)
  • A letter from your doctor outlining the treatment plan for any current health problems or past medical conditions
  • A government-issued photo ID (passport, driver’s license, travel permit, work permit, or state ID)
  • Payment for the medical exam fee (the most reasonable price in your area)
  • Your health insurance card, if applicable (verify with the doctor’s office before your appointment if they accept your insurance)

During the exam, you may look for the following

  • Tuberculosis tests as per the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Urine and Blood tests for gonorrhea and syphilis for all applicants 15 years and older
  • Drug and alcohol screening
  • Vaccination screening

The doctor is authorized to complete the medical examination and report the results on Form I-693 to Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Citizenship to show that they don’t have any contagious or infectious disease that could cause harm to others. Your doctor (civil surgeon) will provide a copy of this form at their office. USCIS periodically updates this form; sometimes, doctors forget to replace the old copy with updated (new) ones.

Unfortunately, if you submit an expired form, USCIS will reject it and ask you to resubmit the latest edition of the form, which will prolong your immigration process. To address this concern, we provide you with the updated I-693 form on our website. Note: You are advised to complete your portion of the form before going to your appointment to save time. But don’t sign the form until the physician or civil surgeon instructs your to do so. The physician or civil surgeon will complete their portion of the form at the end of your exam.

Contact Time

  • You can access our offices for Immigration medical exams during the following regular office timings;
Day Timing
Monday 08:30 AM – 05:00 PM
Tuesday 08:30 AM – 06:00 PM
Wednesday 08:30 AM – 05:00 PM
Thursday 08:30 AM – 06:00 PM
Friday 08:30 AM – 02:00 PM
Saturday 08:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Sunday Off

Tips for Successful Medical Examination

  • To ensure a smooth experience, make sure to arrive on time for your scheduled medical exam. It’s advisable to arrive 15-20 minutes early to prevent any delays.
  • Be sure to bring all required documents with you.
  • Upon arrival, your appointment and documents will be verified at reception. After a security check, you will be directed to the clinic area.
  • Please cooperate fully with the clinic staff.
  • If you require special assistance such as a wheelchair, an interpreter due to language barriers, or any other specific needs, inform us in advance when booking your appointment.

After the Exam

  • Once your medical examination is completed, a civil surgeon or panel physician will ask you to sign the form. Do not forget to sign the form, as USCIS will not accept the unsigned form.
  • The civil surgeon might refer your identification or classification to another health department if required to do so based on the CDC’s guidelines.
  • After completing all the requirements, the civil surgeon will provide you with one copy of completed Form I-693 for your record in a sealed envelope. Don’t take the form if its seal is opened, and don’t try to open it; otherwise, USCIS will not accept it.
  • If USCIS determines that your I-693 is insufficient or incomplete in any aspect, the USCIS will send you a letter to resubmit the additional evidence.
  • Once you have successfully submitted your application at the USCIS platform, you have to wait for the decision of USCIS about the acceptance or rejection of the application.
  • If you have completed all requirements fairly and perfectly, your application for a green card will surely get approval.