USCIS Makes it Easier to ‘Find a Doctor’ for Immigration Medical Exams11 May 2015
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched an improved online tool, aptly named Find a Doctor, to assist applicants for permanent residence (commonly, “green card”) find doctors authorized to provide the medical examination required for most applications for adjustment of status (I-485s). The website also provides useful information regarding the medical examination process in the immigration context.
Medical Examination Process for I-485 Applicants
Most I-485 applicants, including all those applying as part of an employment-based case, must first undergo a medical exam performed by a USCIS-authorized civil surgeon. Upon completion of the exam, the doctor completes the report of medical examination and vaccination record (form I-693), places it in a sealed envelope, and provides it to the applicant. This sealed envelope must accompany the I-485, for cases that require the aforementioned exam. The USCIS also now issues requests for evidence (RFEs) on long-pending I-485s to ask for updated medical examinations.
Find a Doctor Website
The Find a Doctor feature provides the names and contact information for authorized civil surgeons in the area based on the address or zip code provided by the individual. It also lists what documents applicants should bring to their respective appointments and briefly explains the medical tests conducted during the exams.
The USCIS continues to take steps towards modernizing the immigration system and employing technology to add more convenience to the process. It is helpful to have information on civil surgeons and related immigration medical examinations available in an easily accessible, well-organized format.
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