Immigration Physical Exams

Eli S. Djebiyan, MD -  - Internal Medicine

The Medical Group of Englewood

Eli S. Djebiyan, MD

Internal Medicine located in Englewood, NJ

Before an individual can obtain a US green card, they must undergo a specific type of exam known as an immigration physical exam. Immigration physical exams are designed to make sure that the individual doesn’t have certain illnesses and that they’re up-to-date on all of their vaccinations. If you’re in need of an immigration physical exam, please contact The Medical Group of Englewood in Bergen County, New Jersey, to make an appointment.

Immigration Physical Exams Q & A

What is an immigration physical exam?

An immigration physical exam is a special exam in which a doctor makes sure that you don’t have any conditions that would prevent you from being allowed to enter or remain in the United States. The immigration physical exam is different from a regular physical exam and must be performed by an authorized physician.

Immigration exams don’t screen for anything other than certain serious health problems and shouldn’t be used as a substitute for an annual wellness exam.

What happens during an immigration physical exam?

During an immigration physical exam, one of the doctors at The Medical Group of Englewood will talk to you about your medical history and your vaccination history. The doctor will also give you a thorough physical examination, and you will need to undergo a blood test and a chest X-ray.

During the physical examination, the doctor will inspect your ears, eyes, nose, throat, arms, legs, abdomen, lymph nodes, and skin. They will also listen to your heart and lungs.

What illnesses will deny you a green card?

Only certain illnesses and conditions will make you unable to get your green card. If you come to your immigration physical exam with a minor illness, such as a cold, you don’t need to worry about having your application denied. Some of the illnesses that may make it impossible for you to get a green card include:

  • Serious communicable diseases: Such as active tuberculosis
  • A physical or mental disorder that poses a threat to others
  • Drug addiction or drug abuse

What vaccinations do people need to have get a green card?

The United States government requires you to have the following vaccinations to get a green card, including:

  • Varicella
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Rubella
  • Rotavirus
  • Polio
  • Pertussis
  • Pneumococcal
  • Mumps
  • Meningococcal
  • Measles
  • Influenza type b
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis A and B

If you don’t have all of the vaccinations you need, the doctor can administer them during your immigration physical.

How are the results of an immigration physical exam submitted?

When the immigration physical exam is complete, your doctor will either give you the results of the exam or submit them on your behalf. If the doctor gives you the results, you can deliver them yourself.


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