All you need to know about an immigration medical exam – Form I-693

If you are looking to obtain an immigration visa, one of the requirements is to undergo a medical examination. The exam is necessary to ensure that you are not a public health risk to the United States. The medical exam must be conducted by a physician who is authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and it should be completed on Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.

The medical exam involves a review of your medical history, a physical examination, and various tests. During the exam, the physician will check for communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, syphilis, and gonorrhea, as well as other medical conditions that could pose a threat to public health. The physician will also review your vaccination history to ensure that you have received all the required vaccines.

After the exam is complete, the physician will complete Form I-693 and seal it in an envelope. You should not open the envelope, as it must be submitted to USCIS in its sealed state. The medical exam results are valid for two years from the date of the exam, so it’s important to time your exam accordingly.

It’s essential to note that the medical exam is only one of the requirements for obtaining an immigration visa. Other requirements include submitting an application, providing biographical and financial information, and attending an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate. However, the medical exam is an important component of the immigration process, and it’s important to ensure that you complete it correctly and on time.

You need to carry the following for the appointment:

  • Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
  • Government-issued photo identification, such as a valid passport or driver’s license. If you are 14 years old or younger, bring identification that shows your name, date and place of birth and parent’s full name. Possible forms of identification include your birth certificate (with an English translation) or an affidavit.
  • Vaccination or immunization record (such as DT, DTP, DTaP, Td, Tdap, OPV, IPV, MMR, Hib, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, varicella, pneumococcal influenza, rotavirus and meningococcal disease)
  • Medical insurance card (Only for blood work)

In conclusion, if you’re planning to immigrate to the United States, you’ll need to complete a medical examination as part of the process. The exam must be conducted by an authorized physician on Form I-693, and the results must be submitted to USCIS in a sealed envelope. Remember to time your exam correctly and keep in mind that it’s just one of the requirements for obtaining an immigration visa.

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