In order to apply for citizenship or a green card in the United States, you have to get a special medical examination called a Citizen Immigration Exam. Learn what exactly this examination is, why it’s required, the documents you need to bring to the exam, and how Washington Occupational Health Associates (WOHA) can help you get your Citizen Immigration Exam taken care of right away.
What Is The Citizen Immigration Exam?
The Citizen Immigration Exam is a medical exam that checks the health and health history of any immigrant applying for either a green card or citizenship for the United States.
This exam differs from a typical annual physical because it cannot be performed by one’s regular physician. Applicants must go see a civil surgeon who has been specially designated by the relevant immigration authorities to perform the exam.
Why Is An Exam Required?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the purpose of this medical examination is to “identify applicants with inadmissible health-related conditions for the Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).”
During the exam, the civil surgeon will be looking for the following issues:
- Any health-related grounds for inadmissibility, like communicable diseases of public health significance
- No documentation of vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases
- Current or history of a physical or mental disorder with associated harmful behavior
- Drug abuse or addiction.
What You Need To Bring To Your Citizen Immigration Exam
There are several important items and documentation you will need to bring with you to your exam appointment:
- Your current vaccination record
- A list of any prescription medications you are taking.
Additionally, if you have ever had a positive Tuberculosis Test (PPD – Purified Protein Derivative) and received treatment, you will need to provide a letter from your doctor detailing the treatments you underwent.
Also, if you have ever tested positive for syphilis, you must provide a letter from your doctor detailing the treatment you received.
And, if you have ever been treated or hospitalized for a mental illness or substance abuse, you will need to provide records including the diagnosis and treatment details.
How WOHA Can Help
WOHA is one of the most experienced and trusted providers of occupational, environmental, and preventive medicine. Our top-notch civil surgeons will do more than just perform your Citizen Immigration Exam. They will also review all of your paperwork and put together a packet you can take to USCIS as well as provide you with copies of everything for your records.
Our DC Clinic is conveniently open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and our Citizen Immigration Exam prices start as low as $325. We don’t accept insurance; however, you may be eligible for reimbursement through your employer.
To learn more about WOHA and our Citizen Immigration Exams, please call us at (202) 463-6698 or visit our website.