How to Prepare for Your Immigration Physical
Congratulations on your decision to seek permanent residency here in the United States. We know the process isn’t easy, sometimes taking years as you negotiate the many different requirements and the mountains of seemingly endless paperwork.
But not every step needs to be a difficult or complicated one. Here at Infectious Diseases Tropical Medicine & Travel Clinic in Lansdowne, Virginia, we’ve been providing immigration exams for many years. We understand exactly what needs to be done, what forms need to be filled out, and what information needs to be included.
You can do your part by coming prepared with everything we need. In the following, we outline the reasoning behind the exam and what you need to provide to make the process go as smoothly as possible, bringing you one step closer to becoming a permanent resident.
Bring the right form
The most important form for your physical exam is Form I-693. You can find this form here . The form is 13 pages long, and it comes with complete instructions. You should fill out parts 1-4 (the first three pages) before you come in for your exam. If you’re in any doubt about what to fill in, leave it blank and ask us when you’re here.
Dr. Sarfraz A. Choudhary is licensed by the government as a civil surgeon, and he fills out parts 5-9. Part 10 is reserved for you or the doctor in case there’s any additional information you need to include, which you can discuss with Dr. Choudhary during your exam.
It’s important that you DO NOT sign the form until Dr. Choudhary is finished with his work.
One of the major goals of an immigration exam is to ensure public safety. Vaccines have all but eradicated many contagious diseases in the US, but these same diseases still exist in other parts of the world. To protect US citizens against an outbreak, the government needs to have proof of immunization against:
- Whooping cough
- Hepatitis A and B
So, please bring your vaccination records to the exam. If you don’t have any records of your vaccinations, blood tests can confirm whether you’ve been sufficiently immunized. We can administer any vaccines that may be missing, but be aware that these cost extra.
Tests and X-rays
During your exam with Dr. Choudhary, we take a sample of your blood to test for syphilis, and we collect your urine to check for gonorrhea. So, please refrain from urinating before your exam so you’ll be able to give us enough for an analysis.
The doctor also performs a skin test in order to check for tuberculosis. The result of this skin test won’t be evident until a day after your exam, which is why you’ll be visiting our office twice before the process is complete.
If your skin test shows something suspicious, we may need to take an X-ray of your lungs. This, too, costs extra.
Other medical conditions
Another major part of the exam is to check that you don’t have any physical or mental disorders that are associated with harmful behavior. Also, if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, the doctor discusses this with you.
In fact, if you’ve had any major health concerns, bring any corresponding information with you. You won’t necessarily have to provide any documentation of your health condition, unless Dr. Choudhary asks, but it’s good to be prepared.
At the end of your second visit, Dr. Choudhary completes the form, signs it, and hands it back to you. It’s then your responsibility to submit the form with your application. (We recommend that you make several copies of it before you send it in.)
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us. We want your immigration exam to be as successful as possible, so it’s better to ask beforehand to make sure you’re properly prepared.
If you’d like to go ahead and schedule an exam, you may do so by calling us, or you can use the online booking tool on our website. We look forward to helping you in your journey to become an American resident.