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Are Medical Tests Required for a Green Card?

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For those applying for a marriage-based Green Card, a medical examination is an important part of the process. This test will essentially be used to determine if there are any health-related grounds for inadmissibility—for instance, not having all the required vaccinations.

You may feel anxious before this process, but that’s completely normal. So no need to worry, our immigration attorneys are here to guide you through what to expect before, during, and after your Green Card medical exam.

What To Expect

Your medical exam will be performed by a government-authorized physician that will be determined based on where you’re applying from.

  • Within the U.S. You will see a civil surgeon who is designated for such exams by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • From Abroad. You will see a panel physician authorized by the U.S. Department of State.

To schedule your exam, use the USIC “Find a Doctor” online tool, which can help you locate a local physician that is authorized to perform Green Card medical exams. You may schedule it before sending your Green Card application in or after filing. Either way you do it, it’s important that you get all the documents and results you need to be sent over in a timely manner; your immigration attorney can help you with this process so you don’t miss any important deadlines.

The test itself will consist of four parts:

  1. A review of your medical history and immunization records
  2. A physical and mental evaluation
  3. Drug and alcohol screening
  4. Tests for various illnesses and diseases

When you get your results, you must bring the sealed, unopened envelope with all necessary forms to USCIS or your Green Card interview, depending on when you scheduled your medical exam before or after filling out your application.

Do you have any questions about how a medical-related condition may affect your Green Card application? At Maney Gordon Zeller, our full-service immigration team is committed to providing you with the honest answers you need during your immigration journey. We are standing by ready to review your application materials today!

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