What You Need to Know: Immigration Medical Exams

Immigration Medical Exams

Ready to become a permanent resident of the United States? When you apply to get your green card, you’ll be asked to undergo a medical examination as part of the application process. Physicians Immediate Care has provided reliable medical exams to thousands of immigrants wishing to start a new life in the US, and we want to let you know what to expect. Here’s what you need to know about your required medical exams.

Who needs a medical exam for immigration?

If you are within the United States when you apply for a green card, a medical examination within the U.S. is usually required.

Who can perform the examination?

For most applicants, the doctor conducting your exam must be authorized by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Known as civil surgeons, immigration medical exam doctors are chosen by USCIS to conduct fair and accurate exams.

What does the immigration medical exam consist of?

The medical exam for immigration involves two visits to a healthcare provider. Your second visit must be with a USCIS-approved civil surgeon.

First visit: During your first visit, you will receive tests and vaccinations, if necessary, for several communicable diseases. At Physicians Immediate Care, our medical team is trained to conduct all tests needed for your green card application. This includes tuberculosis blood testing for patients aged 2 years and older, syphilis blood testing for patients aged 15 and older, and gonorrhea urine testing for patients aged 15 and older.

During the first visit, your medical provider will also check your vaccination records and provide all vaccines needed. If you wish to be tested for immunity to certain illnesses before receiving a vaccine, this can be done using a blood test called a titer test.

At a Physicians Immediate Care clinic, your first immigration medical exam visit can be conducted on a walk-in basis or scheduled in advance, call 312-234-0217 for more info”

Second visit: Your second appointment must be booked in advance to ensure you can meet with one of our civil surgeons. At this appointment, your civil surgeon will read your test results, and the completion of all paperwork relating to your medical exam, including form I-693. You will receive a copy for your records, and a sealed copy will be sent to USCIS as part of your application.

What vaccinations will be provided?
Depending on your test results, age, and medical history, the following vaccines may be given:

  • Mumps, Measles, and Rubella (MMR)
  • Pertussis
  • Influenza
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tetanus and Diptheria Toxoids
  • Haemophilus influenza Type B

Your civil surgeon will let you know which vaccines you need and will administer them at your appointment.

What should I bring to my USCIS immigration medical exam?

At your first immigration exam visit, you should bring the following:

  • Government-issued photo identification
  • All vaccination records, if applicable
  • Form I-693 (Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Payment for all exams
  • Translator, if needed

How much does the immigration medical exam cost?

The cost of the exam can vary depending on what tests and vaccines are needed. The immigration physical starts at $350 (includes the exam, TB test, and labs) and pricing may go up from there depending on what other services need to be completed.

Where can I go to get my USCIS immigration medical exam?

To get your exam, you will need to visit a healthcare provider that has a trained civil surgeon on-site. See our civil surgeon locator to find a Physicians Immediate Care clinic that offers immigration exams near you.

Our clinics are open extended hours, seven days a week for your convenience. At clinics where immigration medical services are offered, all staff are trained on USCIS requirements. With our extensive experience and training, we complete your exam and paperwork right the first time, avoiding stressful delays.

It’s time to take the next step towards getting your green card. Walk into a Physicians Immediate Care location near you or make an appointment online for your first visit today. We hope to call you “neighbor” soon!


Questions? Contact us at 312-234-0217.