While medical immigration exams can be an intimidating step in the process of becoming a qualified citizen of the United States, our physicians and medical staff at Sunshine State Medical aim to make you feel welcomed and comfortable the moment you walk through our doors! Our expert physicians will provide thorough and trustworthy medical immigration exams to any individual seeking residence in the United States, with the hope that you can become a fellow citizen. We serve patients from Orlando FL, Kissimmee FL, Oviedo FL, Lake Nona FL, Casselberry FL, Deltona FL, Winterpark FL, and Boggy Creek FL.
Why do you need a medical exam for immigration?
The ultimate purpose of a medical exam for refugees and immigration is to ensure that the individual who is applying for citizenship does not pose a risk to their community’s health and safety. As such, medical exams for immigration examine and screen for infectious diseases of public health significance, required vaccines, any mental illnesses with a history of violent or harmful behavior, and substance abuse, among other things. In this way, medical exams for immigration are a necessary step to take when seeking permanent citizenship in the United States.
What documents do I need to bring to my exam?
There are several documents that you should bring to the exam to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. The following is a complete list of what you should bring to your medical immigration exam:
- Health insurance card, if you are covered by a medical insurance organization
- I-693 form with part 1 filled out, but leave part 2 unsigned unless directed to sign by your doctor
- List of medications you are taking, as well as the condition(s) you are taking them for
- Medical history records, such as any hospitalizations for psychiatric or mental illness, substance abuse, including the diagnosis, treatment length, and prognosis
- Payment for the medical immigration exam fee
- Vaccination records
- Valid passport or another government-issued photo identification document
The particular vaccines that are required for United States citizenship include the following:
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
- Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib)
- Hepatitis A (HepA) and hepatitis B (HepB)
- Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
- Meningococcal vaccine, for meningitis
- Mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR)
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13), for pneumonia
- Varicella (chickenpox)
If you have not received any of the above vaccinations, we can provide them for you at Sunshine State Medical as part of your medical immigration exam.
What does an immigration medical exam consist of?
In order to ensure that you can safely become a permanent citizen of the United States, a medical immigration exam will consist of several main aspects, including a review of your medical history and immunization records, a physical and mental evaluation, drug and alcohol screening, and diagnostic tests for various diseases and illnesses.
Initially, one of our doctors will ask you some questions about your medical history, including any extended stays at a hospital, any time spent in a psychiatric hospital, substance abuse, or any chronic conditions that have significantly impacted your normal functioning.
After the review of your medical history is complete, our doctors will conduct a physical examination. During the physical examination, your doctor will check your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing while also examining your abdomen, ears, eyes, external genitalia, lymph nodes, nose, skin, and throat. Your doctor may also conduct a mental examination, where your doctor will assess your mood, behavior, judgment, intelligence, and comprehension.
Finally, the immigration medical exam will also consist of a vaccination review, lab work, and blood tests to screen for any communicable illnesses.
How long do immigration exam results take?
If you have passed the physical, your doctor will provide you with a completed I-693 form in a sealed envelope at the end of the exam. However, it can take several months for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to legitimize the results.