Understanding the Purpose: Why Immigration Physicals Matter

An immigration physical is an important service provided by your doctor. It’s critical that the physical and all documentation are completely correctly to help the immigration process go smoothly. Our providers at Lawndale Medical Clinic in Houston, TX, offer a wide range of medical services.

What You Need To Know About an Immigration Physical

The purpose of an immigration physical is to ensure people entering the United States are healthy and have all of the immunizations they need. By ensuring good health, it helps limit the spread of diseases including tuberculosis, measles, and others.

If you need an immigration exam, it’s important to bring a few items with you, including:

  • Your detailed medical history
  • Your vaccination records
  • A letter from your doctor detailing any health problems you have and current treatment plans
  • Your health insurance card, if you have one
  • A government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license, work permit, or passport
  • The medical exam fee payment
  • Form I-693, the “Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record”
  • Download Form I-693 from the USCIS website and bring it with you to your immigration exam appointment at Lawndale Medical Clinic

During your immigration exam, your doctor will:

  • Evaluate and discuss your medical history
  • Perform a complete physical and mental examination
  • Test for drug and alcohol use
  • Perform illness and disease screenings
  • Administer any necessary vaccinations to enter the United States

Current required immunizations to enter the United States include:

  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • Polio
  • Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids
  • Pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B
  • Hepatitis B

You must show proof of required vaccinations, according to the Immigration and Nationality Act legislation passed by Congress in 1996. To view or print information about required vaccines for immigration into the United States, please click here. 

Want To Know More About an Immigration Examination?

To learn more about the purpose of an immigration exam and what to expect, call the providers at Lawndale Medical Clinic in Houston, TX. You can reach them in the office by calling (713) 924-4907, so call today.