Immigration Physical Exams Clinic in Fresno, CA
Immigration physical exams are a crucial step for individuals seeking to immigrate to the United States. The primary objective of this examination is to assess whether you may be deemed inadmissible to the U.S. based on health-related considerations. At Fresno Medical Center, Dr. Gurmej Dhillon, MD, and our team of medical professionals specialize in immigration physicals in Fresno, CA. We are open Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Our clinic is located at 6069 N First St # 103, Fresno, CA 93710. Contact us for more information or request an appointment online.
Table of Contents:
What is an immigration physical exam?
What happens at an immigration physical exam?
Do immigration physicals expire?
What can cause you to fail an immigration medical exam?
What are the different parts of an immigration physical?
What immunizations are required for immigration to the United States?
What should I bring with me?
When you require an immigration physical, you need to find a certified doctor who can provide the specialized examination you need. At Fresno Medical Center, we provide comprehensive immigration physicals 5 days a week, so you can easily and conveniently receive your immigration physical when it works best for your busy schedule. Fresno Medical Center has the experience you want in a doctor, so you ensure everything you need is completed correctly.
If you’re seeking a U.S. immigration visa or aiming to change your status to a green card, an immigration physical exam conducted by a designated physician is a necessity.
This mandated immigration physical, stipulated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is integral for both public safety and the elimination of potential grounds for inadmissibility.
Certain diseases of significant public health concern can render an individual ineligible for entry into the United States. The primary objective of this examination is to assess whether you may be deemed inadmissible to the U.S. based on health-related considerations.
The immigration medical examination is distinct from a comprehensive physical examination. Rather, its purpose is to screen for specific medical conditions pertinent to U.S. immigration law. The U.S. government mandates that the physician focus solely on evaluating conditions outlined by the U.S. Public Health Service for immigration purposes, and they will not delve into unrelated health assessments.
The first step of an immigration physical exam is to find a doctor who is certified to perform one. The evaluation must be conducted by a certified physician, like those affiliated with Fresno Medical Center.
Certified doctors at Fresno Medical Center conduct immigration physicals throughout the week, ensuring convenient and easily accessible services for individuals who require them.
There are several components to an immigration physical. It differs from typical medical examinations in that it is only conducted to establish there are no health factors that prohibit immigration such as communicable diseases.
Your provider will review your medical history with you and examine your lungs, heart, eyes, ears, and abdomen. The lymph nodes, nose, throat, skin, and other parts of the body will be checked as well. Blood testing and blood work are employed during an immigration physical to comprehensively scan for relevant conditions.
Your doctor will review your vaccination status and any necessary immunizations can be administered during this appointment. Individuals who are immigrating with their families should anticipate providing information regarding their health as well.
Staff at Fresno Medical Center will also review your necessary documentation including a valid passport, vaccination records, and a list of current medications.
The results of an immigration physical do expire so it is important to file them in a timely manner. However, the results of the physical are valid for a period of 12 months.
Your doctor will certify the I-693 Form and will provide the patient with the results in a sealed envelope. It is important that patients do not open the envelope and instead submit it sealed along with the rest of their application otherwise it may not be accepted.
There are several reasons an individual may fail an immigration medical exam. Not all health conditions or circumstances are relevant to the evaluation however, certain circumstances that pose risk to others are cause for failure of the exam.
Certain communicable diseases that pose health risks to the larger community may be cause for failure. A failure to provide the necessary documentation will also prevent individuals from passing an immigration medical exam.
Additionally, if a patient isn’t up to date with necessary immunizations they will fail an immigration medical exam, however, at Fresno Medical Center these can typically be provided at the appointment.
Drug abuse and addiction can also be grounds for inadmissibility in some cases. Patients with a mental disorder that is linked with harmful behavior may fail an immigration medical exam. Staff at Fresno Medical Center will work with patients to ensure they are fully informed about the necessary documentation and necessary steps to help them pass their immigration medical exams.
Your immigration physical will include several different steps. The first will be a physical examination conducted by your doctor. Immigration exams are not designed to be comprehensive medical exams. Rather, they are intended to screen people who wish to immigrate for specific medical conditions.
At Fresno Medical Center your doctor will discuss your medical history with you and will look at or listen to your heart, lungs, ears, eyes, abdomen, nose, lymph nodes, skin, throat, as well as other parts of your body. Your immigration physical will also include tuberculosis blood testing and blood work that will screen for other conditions.
Your doctor will verify your vaccination status as well, and if you are missing crucial immunizations, you will need to receive them during your appointment.
Currently, people seeking to immigrate to the United States will be required to have received the following vaccinations: polio, tetanus and diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis A and B, measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), meningococcal disease, varicella (chicken pox), pneumococcal disease, Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), pertussis, and seasonal influenza.
By ensuring you have received these vaccines, you are not only protecting yourself but your new community from these dangerous illnesses. If you have received these vaccines in the past, you must bring proof of your vaccination with you to your appointment.
You should bring valid photo identification documents such as a passport or driver’s license, the immigration Form I-693 with your information completed, your alien registration number (if you have one), and proof of any prior vaccinations. By ensuring you bring all of the appropriate paperwork with you, you will help expedite the process, so you can receive your exam documentation as quickly as possible. You may need to participate in follow-up appointments to receive vaccinations or assess the results of your tests. Your doctor at Fresno Medical Center can answer any questions you may have about scheduling follow-up appointments. Once your doctor has certified the I-693 Form, you may be given your results in a sealed envelope. It is important that you do not open the envelope to look at your results and instead deliver the results still sealed with the rest of your immigration application paperwork. The results of your immigration physical will be valid for 12 months.
If you are in need of an immigration physical, contact Fresno Medical Center in Fresno, CA today. Call us for more information or request an appointment online. We are certified to perform immigration physical exams as required by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. We are open 5 days a week, so you can access our clinic when it works for your schedule. We are experienced in providing immigration physicals for individuals and families, so you can rest assured your paperwork will be completed correctly for you to submit with your immigration application. We are conveniently located at 6069 N First St # 103, Fresno, CA 93710. We serve patients from Fresno CA, West Park CA, Oleander CA, Lone Star CA, Burness CA, Locans CA, Mayfair CA, and Muscatel CA.
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