How to Arrange for a Green Card Medical Exam Report

Learn about how to locate a doctor, what the doctor will prepare on your behalf, and how to time your medical exam so that the results will still be valid at your green card interview.

If you are applying for adjustment of status (a green card) in the United States, you will need to have a medical exam done. People applying for immigrant visas from overseas must also have a medical exam done, though the process is slightly different.

(Exceptions to the exam requirement are made for some people who had the exam done before they entered the United States, such as entrants on a K-1 fiancé visa; they can use the results of their earlier medical exam, which should already be in the local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) office’s files.)

Your medical exam can be conducted only by a government-approved doctor.

Where to Find a Doctor on the List to Prepare Your Medical Exam Report

If you're in the U.S., the doctor is known as a "civil surgeon." A list of these doctors is available on the Find a Doctor page of the USCIS website. You can also get this information by calling the Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283.

The U.S. doctor must fill out a USCIS Form called an I-693 in order to report the results of your exam. The doctor will give you your results in a sealed envelope. Do not open the report envelope—doing so will invalidate the results.

If you're overseas, the doctor is known as a "panel physician." To find one, go to the State Department's immigrant visa processing web page for medical examinations and follow the instructions. The fee varies among doctors, so you might want to call a few before choosing one. Overseas doctors fill out a form called DS-2054, and either put it in a sealed envelope or send your results directly to the consulate.

How Long Your Medical Exam Results Are Valid

Timing is important. If you're overseas, you will be instructed to go for the medical exam shortly before your visa interview.

If you're adjusting status from within the U.S., USCIS requires (as of an October, 2018 policy announcement) that your medical exam be no more than two months old when you submit it to USCIS, most likely along with your adjustment of status application. The results will then be good for two years after that, though USCIS can always order you to have a later exam done if it suspects you've since developed a medical ground of inadmissibility.

In the past, due to timing issues, it was possible to file an adjustment application before getting the medical exam, and then bring the results of the exam to your adjustment interview. It's unclear whether that policy will continue; consult an immigration attorney if there's a reason you want to hold off on submitting your medical exam results.

For what happens during the exam, and the purpose of the exam, see What the Medical Exam for a U.S. Green Card Involves.

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