If you are completing the USCIS immigration process to become a permanent resident (green card holder – Form I-485) or may also be required for requests for “V” non-immigrant status (Form I-539), the immigration medical exam must be conducted by a physician designated by USCIS (also known as a “civil surgeon”). If you live in the grater Sacramento area, Dr. Paramjit Takhar is certified by the USCIS to perform the physical exams and also provide the required vaccines. Read more below to understand the process and required documents.
Physical examinations are intended to ensure that you don’t have certain serious communicable medical conditions, such as small pox, yellow fever, tuberculosis, cholera or diphtheria. Doctors also check for evidence of other physical or medical disorders or drug addiction. When the civil surgeon conducts your examination, he will check your:
A chest X-ray and blood test may also be required, although children younger than 15 generally aren’t required to have these tests. Blood tests check for several communicable diseases, including gonorrhea, tuberculosis, Hansen’s disease and syphilis.
In order to satisfy immigration requirements, you’ll need to prove that you have been vaccinated against a variety of diseases, including:
IMPORTANT: Do not break the seal or open this envelope. USCIS will not accept Form I-693 if it is not in a sealed envelope or if the envelope is altered in any way.
You’ll be required to bring Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination, with you. Before the examination, you must complete Part 1 of the form. After the exam is completed, the civil surgeon will fill in the other sections of the report. After completing the report, Dr. Takhar will sign and seal it, and send it to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Will the civil surgeon perform a complete physical examination during the appointment?
The immigration examination is only intended to detect the presence of communicable diseases and other medical conditions relevant to U.S. immigration law. If you are concerned about an unrelated health issue, you can make an appointment to visit the doctor again at a later time.