USCIS Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

USCIS Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

Generally, all applicants filing for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident must submit a report of medical examination and vaccination record completed by a designated civil surgeon.  The form is used to report results of a medical examination to USCIS.

What is the purpose of the USCIS report of medical examination and vaccination record?

A USCIS medical exam is necessary for most immigrants before being admitted into the U.S. The purpose of the medical examination is to identify applicants with inadmissible health-related conditions for the Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The health-related grounds for inadmissibility include persons who have a communicable disease of public health significance, who fail to present documentation of having received vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases, who have or have had a physical or mental disorder with associated harmful behavior, or who are a drug abuser or an addict.

 

Please note that you cannot choose just any doctor for the medical exam—you will need to use one certified by the USCIS as a civil surgeon or panel physician.

Who needs to submit a medical exam report to USCIS?

 

All immigrants, refugees and certain nonimmigrants, including fiancés, coming to the United States must have a physical and mental examination abroad by a Panel Physician. Persons in the United States applying for adjustment of status to a permanent resident of the United States must have a physical and mental examination in the United States by a Civil Surgeon.

 

If you are applying for an immigrant visa, USCIS requires you to complete a medical exam before moving to the U.S.  USCIS medical exams are also required for both K and V nonimmigrant visa applicants.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires that the following individuals submit a medical exam report:

 

Category Medical Examination Examination Site Examination Location
Immigrants Yes Panel Physicians Overseas
Refugees Yes Panel Physicians Overseas
Status adjusters Yes Civil Surgeons U.S.
Non-immigrants No -- --
Short-term Transit No -- --
Others* No -- --

* Others include migrants who entered the United States without inspection, including those who entered with and without proper documentation

 

For how long is my medical report valid?

USCIS medical exams are valid for one year. Therefore, if you had an exam less than a year ago, you will not need another one as long as you already turned in the results. You will still have to make sure your vaccinations are current before adjusting your status or gaining entry to the U.S.

How do I submit my medical exam report to USCIS?

After completion of the medical examination, the civil surgeon is required to give you, the applicant, the completed medical and vaccination report in a sealed envelope for submission to USCIS. Do not accept it if it is not in a sealed envelope. USCIS will return the form to you if it is not in a sealed envelope or if the envelope has been opened or altered.

It is your responsibility to submit the medical examination and vaccination record to USCIS, not the civil surgeon’s.

If you are applying for adjustment of status, you may submit medical examination and vaccination record in one of the following ways:

  • Submit your medical examination and vaccination record by mail, together with your  Application to Register for Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
  • Submit medical examination and vaccination record by mail, after filing your, to the location specified in your most recent communication with USCIS (for example, a Request for Evidence letter from USCIS).
  • Submit medical examination and vaccination record in person, at an interview in a USCIS field office (if an interview is required).

Other applicants: Follow the instructions on or included with the application or the instructions given to you by the office requesting the medical examination.  It is important to send your medical report to the correct office and in the correct fashion so that your information is not lost or fails to be processed.  If you need assistance, please call or email our experienced immigration attorneys.  [LINK TO CONTACT JCS]

How do I find a doctor to conduct my medical exam for USCIS?

To find a USCIS approved civil surgeon, please visit the “Designated Civil Surgeons Page” provided by USCIS.  [LINK TO USCIS Doctors] http://www.uscis.gov/tools/designated-civil-surgeons/designated-civil-surgeons

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