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USCIS Physicals

Downtown Medical Group

Primary Care & Internal Medicine located in San Francisco, CA

A medical examination is required for most adjustment of immigration status applicants. If you’re applying for permanent residency in the United States, you must pass an immigration medical exam to obtain your green card. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that applicants of all ages have a medical exam by an authorized physician. The designated civil surgeons at Downtown Medical Group in Union Square in downtown San Francisco, provide immigration medical exams that meet all USCIS guidelines to men, women, and children. To schedule a USCIS medical exam, call (415) 362-2630, or make an appointment online.

USCIS Physicals Q & A

What is a USCIS medical exam? 

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that all adults and children applying for adjustment of immigration status in the US have a medical examination conducted by an authorized physician, known as a designated civil surgeon. A USCIS medical exam is designed to assess your physical and mental health to determine if you have any health concerns that could affect your eligibility for residency in the US. 

How should I prepare for my USCIS physical? 

A USCIS medical exam is conducted according to the guidelines set forth by the USCIS, so you need to have the proper paperwork with you to avoid delays in the reporting of your results to the government.

Bring the following documents to your doctor’s office at the time of your medical exam:

  • Government-issued photo ID (valid passport, driver’s license, etc.)
  • Birth certificate or signed affidavit (applicants under 14)
  • Form I-693 
  • Vaccination records

You should also bring your insurance card if applicable and payment for any fees required for your medical exam. To make sure you have the most up-to-date information, check with the friendly team at Downtown Medical Group to make sure you know exactly what you need to bring before your appointment.

What happens during an USCIS medical exam?

Your USCIS medical exam is similar to a routine physical. Your Downtown Medical Group physician carefully reviews your medical history and performs a comprehensive physical exam to determine if you have signs of a health condition or any communicable illnesses, such as tuberculosis.

Your doctor also asks you a series of questions to assess your mental and emotional health and check for signs of substance abuse or behaviors that could be harmful to yourself or others.

When your exam is complete, your doctor completes your I-693 form and seals it in an envelope. You must submit this sealed envelope to USCIS.

What immunizations are required to pass an immigration physical? 

The USCIS requires that all residency applicants be up-to-date on all age-specific immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). CDC requirements vary based on age and other factors, but most individuals are required to have the following vaccines:

  • MMR
  • Tdap
  • Influenza (during flu season)
  • Varicella
  • Pneumococcal (age 65 and older)
  • Hepatitis B (age 18 and younger)

Downtown Medical Group keeps all major vaccines in stock on-site, so you can receive any needed immunizations during your appointment.

To schedule an appointment for a USCIS medical exam call Downtown Medical Group today or make an appointment online.