What does an immigration exam include?

An immigration physical involves a general physical exam that includes a review of your blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, and overall physical appearance. The doctors listen to your heart and respiration and examine your ears, nose, throat, eyes, lymph nodes, abdomen, skin, and external genitalia.

Your Halper Family Medicine doctor reviews your immunization record, and you undergo a chest X-ray and blood test. Children younger than 15 don’t take the X-ray or blood test. People undergoing an immigration exam also receive screenings for tuberculosis, syphilis, and gonorrhea.

Halper Family Medicine also provides any additional screenings, such as follow-up blood work, or vaccinations necessary to pass the physical.

What forms does an immigration physical require?

The doctors at Halper Family Medicine fill out the results of your exam on the designated form, including the I-693 form.

Bring this form, with part one already filled out, but don’t sign part two until directed to do so by the staff. You’ll also need a passport or a driver’s license. Bring a copy of your immunization records, in English.

What immunizations does the immigration physical require?

You need to be up-to-date on the following vaccinations.

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Polio
  • Meningococcal
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Pneumococcal
  • Pertussis
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
  • Varicella

If you need any of these vaccines, the Halper Family Medicine team administers them for you.

What would cause a person to fail the immigration physical?

You’ll still pass if you have a cold, the flu, or an irregular heartbeat. Conditions such as a communicable disease (including leprosy and tuberculosis) can make you ineligible to receive a green card.

A person who has a history of a mental disorder or physical condition that poses a threat to the safety of themselves or others also means you can’t get a green card. Addiction to or the abuse of drugs is another disqualification.

How do I submit the results of the immigration physical exam?

You’re given the completed form I-693 in a sealed envelope. You submit this to USCIS at your green card interview. Do not open the envelope or it nullifies the exam findings.

To schedule your immigration physical exam, call Halper Family Medicine or book online.