Navigating the Immigration Medical Exam Process

The process of applying for a green card or U.S. citizenship includes an immigration medical exam, which is used to assess an applicant’s physical and mental health status. The experienced providers of Lawndale Medical Clinic in Houston, Texas, perform immigration medical exams. We also administer immunizations to ensure you are up to date with all required vaccinations. 

Purpose of Immigration Medical Exams

Immigration medical exams are used to evaluate a person’s mental and physical health as part of the process of being granted legal entry to the United States. Certain health conditions would deem an individual inadmissible to the U.S. due to public health concerns. Some reasons for being denied admission based on health status include:

  • Not being vaccinated or failing to show proof of required immunizations 
  • Having a condition that renders a person unable to support themselves
  • A diagnosis of a communicable disease of great public health significance
  • A physical or mental disorder associated with behavior that is harmful to self or others
  • Drug or substance abuse or addiction

The Immigration Medical Exam Process

We are authorized to perform immigration medical exams at our clinic in Houston, Texas, due to Civil Surgeon status. That status means our doctors are thoroughly familiar with the immigration process, including the guidelines of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency. We will ensure your I-693 paperwork is complete and accurate before being submitted to the USCIS. Additionally, a copy will be given to you for your records. 

Immigration medical exams include several components and usually take 2-3 visits to complete. When you arrive, you’ll need to bring a valid government-issued ID or passport, vaccination records, and payment for the exam. Some things you can expect to take place during the immigration medical exam include: 

  • Complete physical exam 
  • Review of your medical history 
  • Testing for communicable diseases
  • Review of your immunization records
  • Drug and alcohol screenings 
  • Mental health evaluation

You do not have to navigate the immigration medical exam process on your own. We are here to help by ensuring all the required components are completed and your paperwork is submitted promptly. To schedule an appointment for an immigration medical exam, call Lawndale Medical Clinic in Houston, Texas, at (713) 924-4907.