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What is an Immigration Physical?
If you are entering the United States for a longer period of time, you will need to apply for a green card. The green card gets you citizenship or a visa for residency.
An immigration physical, or green card physical, helps verify that a person has the necessary vaccines needed to prevent the spread of common infectious diseases.
Who is required to get an Immigration Physical?
Immigration physicals or exams are meant for individuals immigrating to the United States. The purpose is to determine whether a person meets the health standards to enter the country. They will be approved or denied after the exam. The examinee will need medical reports and vaccine records.
What is covered in an Immigration Physical Exam?
An immigration physical is made up of 3 main parts:
- An actual physical
- Any tests the doctor feels are necessary
- A thorough review of your medical history
The physical exam also includes:
- Check your height and weight
- Measure your blood pressure
- Lung function evaluation,
- Tuberculosis skin test, and
- Hearing and Vision test
During the physical, the examining physician will determine an individual’s physical and mental state, including checking for sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea or syphilis, and substance abuse issues.
This is a review of your past medical history, including surgical history, past illnesses, any current medications, any chronic conditions, and answering drug and substance abuse screening questions.
Immigrants must show proof of vaccinations or undergo testing for vaccine-preventable diseases.
- Haemophilus influenzae type B
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Meningococcal disease
- Pneumococcal pneumonia
- Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids