Immigration Medical Exam

Catalina A. Grija, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Dacia Medical

Catalina A. Grija, MD

Internal Medicine located in Oak Park, IL

Immigration Medical Exam Civil Surgeon
All immigrants seeking a visa or green card status in the United States are required to have an immigration medical examination. Catalina A. Grija, MD, of Dacia Medical is designated by the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) as a qualified provider of immigration medical exams for individuals in Oak Park, Illinois and the surrounding Chicago communities. It’s an important part of her practice, and a service Dr. Grija is honored to undertake for immigrants. Contact the office today to schedule your appointment.

Immigration Medical Exam Q & A

by Catalina A. Grija, MD

What is an immigration medical exam?

The immigrant medical exam is required by USCIS to screen applicants for possible conditions that would make them inadmissible due to certain health issues, such as lack of appropriate vaccination records against certain communicable diseases. These issues are categorized as class A or class B conditions by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Not all physicians perform these exams. Dr. Grija is certified by the USCIS as a civil surgeon who is qualified to complete the paperwork and examination required by USCIS.

What are class A and class B conditions?

Class A conditions render a person inadmissible and ineligible for a visa, and include:

  • Communicable disease of public health significance per HHS regulation
  • Failure to present documentation of vaccinations against vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Current or past physical or mental disorders with associated harmful behavior or harmful behavior that is likely to recur
  • Drug abuse or addiction

Class B conditions are serious or permanent physical or mental health conditions that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to care for their self, attend school, or work, as well as require extensive medical treatment in the future.

What can I expect during the exam?

You can expect the same attentive care as any of Dr. Grija’s patients. Along with a physical examination, she’ll complete a detailed review of your medical history, current medical concerns, and immunization records. She’ll determine if you have any conditions that might prevent your admission to the US and help you find ways to deal with these conditions. Dr. Grija also arranges for any necessary blood tests or missing immunizations. She’ll fill out and sign the required paperwork, giving you a sealed packet to send to the USCIS. The USCIS makes the final determination regarding your admissibility.

What should I bring to the appointment?

In order to have an immigration physical examination, you must bring the following documents to your appointment:

  • A copy of USCIS Form I-693, which can be downloaded from the USCIS website
  • Your passport
  • Your alien number
  • All immunization records
  • Records stating existing conditions and how they are being treated
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