Americare Medical Center
Family and Internal Medicine Practice located in Sunrise, FL & Davie, FL
A big move is an exciting time for anybody, but if you are moving from another country to the United States, it’s important to remember that you must complete a full immigration physical exam before applying for a green card. The Americare Medical Center performs comprehensive immigration physicals at both of their conveniently located offices in Sunrise and Davie, Florida. To schedule your exam as soon as possible, call Americare Medical Center or book an appointment online today.
Immigration Physical Q & A
What is the purpose of an immigration physical exam?
Immigration physical exams protect the U.S. population from illness and disease. Because the standard of health care in the U.S. is high, all residents, including green-card holders, must be up-to-date on vaccinations, immunizations, and more. There are many health conditions that may prevent you from obtaining a green card, such as:
- Drug abuse
- Addiction to drugs or alcohol
- A contagious disease
- Any physical or mental disorder associated with physical aggression
- Lack of vaccinations
These protocols not only protect the rest of the U.S. population, they also gauge your own health and fitness levels as you embark on this new and exciting transition in your life.
What happens during an immigration physical exam?
An immigration physical exam is typically broken up into two parts. During your first visit, the team tests you for communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and syphilis. Though they perform the tuberculosis test during your first visit, they read you your results when you return to the office two to three days later.
The team also checks your medical records to see if you need any additional vaccinations during your exam. If you are applying to become a permanent resident in the U.S., you must have the following vaccinations:
- Haemophilus influenza type B
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
- Pneumococcal pneumonia
If you are already fully vaccinated, please bring your medical records to your preferred Americare Medical Center location. Without these crucial documents, there is no record of your vaccination history, and your green card application is at risk of rejection.
Next, the team performs a regular physical exam to ensure you are in good health. They record your vitals, height and weight, and lifestyle habits at this time. The team then examines your ears, nose, and throat, as well as your lungs and abdomen. They also complete a full mental health examination to determine whether you are mentally fit to live in the U.S. permanently.
How can I prepare for my immigration physical exam?
To make your immigration physical appointment as quick and easy as possible, there are a number of recommended documents to bring, including:
- Vaccination records
- Medical records or relevant medical documents
- Tuberculosis certificate, if you have one
- An I-693 form (Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record)
- A document providing any special education needs
- Record of any psychiatric hospitalizations
- Information regarding any past acts of violence
For more information on how to prepare for your immigration physical exam, or to schedule an appointment, call or book online today.
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