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Immigration Physical Exam

A Plus Medical

Internal Medicine Physicians located in Takoma Park, MD

To be issued a green card in the United States, you need to pass a health exam called an immigration physical. At A Plus Medical in Takoma Park, Maryland, designated civil surgeon Eric Aigbedion, MD, and Bunmi Adewunmi, CRNP, provide immigration physicals to make sure your vaccinations are up to date and that you don’t have any dangerous physical or mental health conditions. To find out more about immigration physicals or to book yours when you’re ready, call A Plus Medical or request an appointment online today.

Immigration Physical Exam Q & A

What are immigration physicals?

Immigration physicals are physical examinations that you must get as part of the process of becoming a United States citizen. You must get your immigration physical from a physician designated as a civil surgeon in order for it to be valid. At A Plus Medical, Dr. Aigbedion is a civil surgeon who can provide physical exams according to all guidelines and requirements so you can obtain a green card.

The results of your physical exam show that you have all the required vaccinations and that you don’t have any communicable diseases. They also show that you don’t have any unmanaged mental illnesses that could put yourself or those around you at risk of harm. 

When you attend your immigration physical appointment, you must bring records of your vaccinations, a valid passport or government ID, paperwork proving your management or recovery from certain illnesses, a current list of your medications, and the I-693 form.

What happens during an immigration physical?

When you arrive for your immigration physical, you should give the form I-693 directly to Dr. Aigbedion. He asks about your medical history and reviews the information you give him regarding your vaccinations. If any of your vaccinations aren’t up to date, he can provide them at your appointment or another time before performing the exam. 

After the exam, Dr. Aigbedion fills out the form I-693 and gives it back to you in a sealed envelope to submit at your green card interview. The exam includes two components:

Physical exam

The physical exam component is similar to any other physical exam from a doctor. Dr. Aigbedion takes your vitals and examines your eyes, ears, nose, throat, abdomen, skin, and other parts of your body. If you’re an adult, he also gives you a chest X-ray and blood tests.

Mental exam

Dr. Aigbedion gives you a brief mental exam to test your comprehension, intelligence, mood, judgment, and behaviors. 

What prevents me from passing my immigration physical?

There are certain inadmissible conditions that can stop you from passing your physical. They include:

  • Current untreated mental disorders associated with harmful behavior
  • Past mental disorders associated with harmful behavior that might reoccur
  • A history of drug abuse or addiction
  • Communicable diseases
  • A lack of up-to-date vaccinations

Dr. Aigbedion might ask about countries you’ve visited recently and any existing symptoms to help find out if you have any communicable diseases that could threaten public health, including cholera, plague, smallpox, and COVID-19.

If you’re looking to secure a green card, schedule an immigration physical at A Plus Medical, or request an appointment online today.