Medical examination for immigration to the United States is an integral part of the process of obtaining an immigration visa or Green Card. This examination includes not only a medical examination by a doctor but also vaccination against dangerous diseases.
Outside of the United States, medical examination can only be conducted at specialized medical organizations accredited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When undergoing the medical examination in the United States, it is necessary to consult an authorized government physician rather than a specific medical organization.
If you are located outside the United States, you can refer to the website of the U.S. Embassy in the country where you will have your interview to find a clinic where you can undergo the medical examination.
The medical examination should be completed before the interview. The cost of the service depends on the age, visa category, and country where you undergo the examination. The date for the medical examination should be coordinated in advance. However, it is important to note that the results of the medical examination are valid for only 6 months.
When preparing for the medical examination, it is important to have the following documents: a passport, medical records of preventive vaccinations with the stamp of the medical institution that administered the vaccinations, a confirmation page of the completed visa application form DS-260, as well as documents confirming the presence of chronic illnesses, pregnancy, or disabilities.
All family members immigrating to the United States must be fully vaccinated. Mandatory vaccinations include hepatitis A and B, influenza, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), measles, meningococcal disease, mumps, pneumococcal disease, pertussis, polio, rotavirus, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria, varicella, and COVID-19.
The results of the medical examination are issued within 3 days in a sealed envelope, which you need to send to the embassy on your own. In some cases, medical organizations may directly transmit the examination results to the embassy. If the medical examination is conducted in the United States, you will receive a sealed envelope that you must send to the USCIS.
It is important to note that there are certain diseases with which you may not be allowed entry to the United States, such as smallpox, cholera, tuberculosis, syphilis, and others. Additionally, you may encounter problems with entry to the United States if you have mental health issues or drug addiction.
Medical examination for immigration to the United States not only ensures safety for the country but also protects the health and well-being of immigrants by providing them access to appropriate medical care and vaccination.