When it comes to looking for a country to gain new opportunities and helping to find a new life for you and your family, America is still a popular destination. Over 800,000 people a year apply for a green card (lawful permanent residence) with an approval rate of about 88%, meaning a lot of new faces will be staying here for the foreseeable future.
Migrating to the US is a process, which includes checking up on your health and having an immigration physical. To better understand, let’s explore the reasons for getting one, the vaccinations you need, and what the procedure looks like.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires this medical exam to ensure American public safety from diseases and conditions that can transmit to the population. The five primary health reasons for the physical are as follows:
Vaccinations required by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Immigration and Nationality Act include:
The USCIS guidelines do change over time, so you need to stay updated on which necessary vaccinations are current.
Like annual health exams, this physical requires relevant medical history and vaccination results but can get accomplished in various ways. You can get this exam if you’re applying either inside or outside of the US, and if you’re doing it inside you can do it before or after starting the green card process.
You need to bring records of the vaccines you’ve had, medical history, any medical imaging results like x-rays, a letter from your regular medical provider with treatment plan information, a government-issued photo ID, and a health insurance card if you have one.
The exam consists of tuberculosis screenings and a physical exam to test your eyes, nose, ears, throat, heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, abdomen, skin, lymph nodes, and external genitals.
A mental examination can screen comprehension, judgment, mood, and behavior to assess any abnormalities or evidence of violent behavior. Administered blood and urine tests check for drug use or the presence of STDs or other conditions.
If you need to become a permanent resident in America, we can help you with the immigration exam. Make an appointment today with Dr. Okafor and Sugarland Primary Care Physicians to help get a green card and protect your health.