To become a permanent resident of the United States, you must submit what’s called Form I-693. This form establishes your eligibility to enter the United States based on a medical examination. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires this evaluation to ensure people immigrating to the country don’t have a health condition that might make them “inadmissible.” >Ybarra Maldonado Law Group offers a complete guide to the Form I-693 medical exam for immigration.
What Is Form I-693?
Form I-693 is a Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record required by the U.S. government for people immigrating to the country. Anyone seeking to get their Green Card must submit one of these forms. It’s used to ensure that they’re in good health and don’t have any illnesses that could spread to others.
To complete the form, you must visit the U.S. Department of Health or a doctor who’s certified by the USCIS. They will complete the medical examination and list any health concerns on Form I-693.
Who Needs To Submit Form I-693?
Any foreign national applying for residency in the U.S. or seeking immigration benefits needs to submit this form. This also applies to anyone seeking an adjustment of status. There may be exceptions if you’ve already submitted a medical exam form for a different type of visa.
If you’re a refugee and already completed a medical examination, you only need to complete the examination again for two reasons. This includes if the doctor found a class A medical condition in your previous examination or if it’s been over a year since it took place.
Where Can I Find A Doctor For Medical Exam Form I-693?
There are two types of doctors that are eligible to conduct the medical exam for Form I-693. These are civil surgeons and panel physicians. A civil surgeon, appointed by USCIS, should conduct the exam if you’re applying from within U.S. boundaries. A panel physician certified by the U.S. State Department will conduct the exam should you apply from outside of the country.
If you’re in the U.S., you can find a civil surgeon near you on the USCIS website. On the site, click Tools on the navigation menu. Then click USCIS Tools and Resources. You will get redirected to a new page. Under the section titled “Locators,” click Find a Doctor. Once you enter your zip code, a list of available civil surgeons near you will appear.
You can also speak with a representative directly by calling 1-800-375-5283.
Where Do I File Form I-693 Medical Exam?
After your medical examination is complete, your civil surgeon will give you Form I-693 in a sealed envelope. Do not unseal the envelope or accept it if it’s not sealed.
You must submit the form yourself to USCIS. You can do this either by mail or or in person at a USCIS field office. There will also be instructions included with your application for how and where to file Form I-693 (along with Form I-485).
When Do You Submit Form I-693 Medical Exam?
Applicants attempting to live in the U.S. or adjust their status should submit a completed Form I-693 within 60 days. This is 2 months from the date of filing the application. Following the time of the civil surgeon’s signature, the form has a two-year time stamp to remain valid.
What Is The Cost Of Form I-693?
Filing Form I-693 does not cost. However, the civil surgeons conducting the examination will likely charge a fee. These vary from physician to physician and aren’t regulated by the USCIS.
What Are The Vaccination Requirements For A Green Card?
There are several vaccine requirements before you’re eligible to permanently enter the U.S. You’ll need to check with your physician to make sure that you’re up-to-date on vaccines, as they’re subject to change. As of today, these vaccinations include:
- Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
- Pneumococcal Pneumonia
- Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
We recommend that you receive all required vaccines before interviewing for your Green Card status. In the case that you haven’t, your physician may be able to provide some of the vaccines during your initial examination.
What Might Make Me Inadmissible To The United States?
Besides physical health problems, there are some things that might affect your eligibility. Any drug abuse or addiction problems could prohibit you from entering the United States. If they find you have a history with these problems, you will likely need to complete a drug test. You may also need to certify that you underwent a treatment program for your addiction.
Mental disorders that show harmful behavior may also result in your application being denied. You’ll need to prove that your mental disorder won’t be a danger to yourself or others.
The Department of Health and Human Services also considers the following diseases as grounds for inadmissibility:
- Infectious Leprosy
- Syphilis (during its infectious stage)
- Tuberculosis (TB)
Any disease that a physician finds infectious and harmful to others may make you inadmissible to the U.S.
Spread of the coronavirus has caused mass panic in the United States and all over the world. This leaves immigration services and policies with a big question mark above them. As the COVID-19 pandemic still surges, the U.S. immigration system is at a halt. Entry to the country along both Canadian and Mexican borders is all but restricted. Many immigration court hearings have become suspended until further notice.
With no knowledge of how long this pandemic will last, it’s hard to say how the government will handle immigration cases. It’s safe to assume that if a vaccine becomes available for the virus, it will become a requirement on Form I-693.
Contact Ybarra Maldonado Today
If you have any further questions about Form I-693, Ybarra Maldonado Law Group can help. We specialize in immigration cases in the Phoenix, AZ area. Call us today at 602-910-4040 or visit our website to submit your request for a free consultation.