In this blog, Madhav Devani, MD, of Ross Bridge Medical Center in Hoover, Alabama, goes over everything you need to know regarding getting an immigration physical.
What is an immigration physical?
Let’s start with the basics. What is an immigration physical and why do you need it?
An immigration physical is a medical exam required by the United States government for people living outside the U.S. who want to apply for an adjustment of status, or U.S. citizenship. Its purpose is to ensure the safety of both the intending immigrant and the general public. The intention behind the exam is to remove the potential obstacle of inadmissibility based on health-related grounds.
How to prepare
There are multiple important documents that you need to bring with you for your immigration physical. These include:
- A valid, government-issued form of photo ID, including a driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate
- Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
- Vaccination records
- Insurance card
If you forget to bring any of these with you, it may cause delays in completing your exam. Be sure to gather these documents beforehand and make sure any required forms are filled out prior to your arrival.
During the physical
When you come to our office, we’ll begin your exam by checking your weight, height, and vital signs. Next, we’ll review certain health details, such as your medical history and vaccination records. Then we’ll perform a complete physical examination to ensure that you meet the health requirements for immigration.
Additional testing may also be conducted, including:
- Blood pressure screening
- Blood sugar screening
- Chronic disease screening
- Communicable diseases screening
- Drug screening
Once your physical is complete, we’ll fill out your I-693 form and return it to you in a sealed envelope, ready to be sent to the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Be sure to ask for a copy of the form for your records before the envelope is sealed.
What if I need treatment?
In some cases, we may discover something during your immigration physical that could require treatment, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or another chronic illness. Should you find yourself in this situation, we’ll discuss your treatment options with you to help you reach the requirements for immigration. We can also help you manage any chronic illnesses to get you in tip-top shape as soon as possible.
Starting a new life in the United States or continuing to flourish here is certainly something to celebrate. Let us help you get through the necessary steps as quickly and smoothly as possible. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ross Bridge Medical Center today.