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What Happens During an Immigration Physical

Immigration physicals are required to ensure the health of current US citizens. Immigrants, refugees, and status adjusters are all expected to complete an examination before migrating to the US. Completing a physical exam proves that you meet health standards and are admissible to this country. Official Civil Surgeons and Panel Physicians, certified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), must perform an immigration physical.

With two convenient locations in Upper Darby and Havertown, Pennsylvania, our specialized providers at Everest Urgent Care are approved by US Citizenship and Immigration Services, ready to help you through the physical exam portion of your green card process. Here’s what you can expect during an immigration physical.

Medical history

First, the doctors just want to chat a little. Our doctors want to know all about you and your health concerns. They’ll need a lot of information on your medical history. You may find it helpful to write things down before you come to see us. The doctors will ask about hospital stays and significant health events. They’ll ask you about your mental health and if you experience chronic pain. You’ll also be asked about past drug abuse and your overall sense of wellbeing.

Vaccine records

Doctors must check your vaccination status on specific vaccines during your immigration physical. Typically, the US requires immigrants to have had vaccines for the following:

If you’ve had any or all of these vaccines, take paperwork to your appointment for verification purposes. Also, if you have any health concerns like pregnancy or an immuno-compromised condition that prevents you from being vaccinated against anything from the list, let your doctor know.

In addition, you’ll need to get your annual flu shot during the flu season. This extends from October 1 to March 31. Our doctors can even give you your flu shot during your immigration physical.

Checking for tuberculosis

After making sure you’ve had all the proper vaccinations, you’ll take a tuberculosis (TB) test. To do this, the doctor will listen to your lungs while you breathe and check for swollen lymph nodes. Then, they perform a skin test. For the skin test, a doctor will inject a tiny bit of inactive TB protein right beneath your skin. You’ll return to Everest Urgent Care in two or three days to see if there’s been a reaction. 

Checking your overall health

The doctor will give you a physical exam. They’ll check your eyes, nose, and throat. Plus, they’ll listen to your heart and lungs. The doctor will look at your abdomen, skin, lymph nodes, and external genitalia. Also, you’ll likely be asked to complete:

Our doctor will fill out the required I-693 form as part of your immigration process. The I-693 report is required by US Citizenship and Immigration Services to establish you are healthy and not a public health threat.

Ready to set up your immigration physical? Call us today at one of our urgent care centers to set up an appointment. You can also schedule an online consultation with Xiaobin Li, or send us a message.

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