If you're in the process of applying for an immigration visa to the United States, you already know that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires you to undergo an immigration physical. An immigration physical is required to assess your physical health and helps identify conditions that could lead to inadmissibility based on the specific immigration requirements. In other words, it’s a very important part of your immigration process, and bringing the right documents can help make the process go even smoother.
But what do you need to bring to your exam? Here's a list of what you need to bring to your immigration physical, courtesy of Drs. Ines Munoz De Laborde and Svetlana Burkhead here at Physicians Medical Urgent Care.
1. Valid passport or identification
Your identity will be confirmed during the examination, so be sure to bring a valid passport or another form of internationally accepted government-issued photo identification. Make sure that any form that you bring is not yet expired.
Children under the age of 14 should bring a birth certificate or a valid passport.
2. Vaccination records
You should bring your vaccination records (if you have any). The immigration medical exam typically requires proof of vaccines for diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), and hepatitis B. These diseases post the biggest risks for public health.
If you don’t have a history of vaccines, or if you’re not quite up-to-date, you’re not out of options. Drs. Ines Munoz De Laborde and Svetlana Burkhead can review your immunization options with you.
3. Medical history and past medical records
Bring any previous medical history records, including any prior chest x-rays, a list of any existing conditions, and the names of any medications you are currently taking. Bring a list of any herbal supplements you take as well.
4. Payment and/or insurance information
Bring your preferred method of payment for your exam. The cost may vary depending on any specific tests you need. You can call our San Jose, California, office at 408-207-4637 for a list of accepted insurances and methods of payments.
5. A certified translator
Not sure if you need a translator? Dr. Munoz speaks English, French, Spanish, and Italian, but if you speak another language, you may consider bringing a certified translator with you to assist in communication during your immigration physical.
Tip: Ensure that your translator is familiar with medical terminology.
6. A list of questions and concerns
Prepare a list of any questions that you would like to address during your exam. Feel free to ask specific medical questions, questions about vaccines or tests that you need, or questions about your paperwork.
7. Comfortable clothing
While not required, consider wearing comfortable clothing for your examination. You may be asked to undress for certain parts of the physical, so choose clothing that is easy to remove and put back on.
What to expect after your immigration physical
After your exam, you may need to sign a few forms. If you are helping your child through the process, you (as a parent or legal guardian) may sign the required Form I-693 on behalf of children under age 14.
Once everything is signed, our team provides you (and your family) with your medical records and all necessary paperwork in a sealed envelope. Don't break the seal! The USCIS requires that your forms from your immigration physical remain in the sealed envelope.
Schedule your immigration physical in San Jose, California
If you’re unsure of what you need to bring or have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to confirm the exact documentation and requirements needed for your immigration medical examination.
Call 408-207-4637 to make an appointment for your immigration physical.