For those considering immigrating to the United States, or for those already here but worried about potential screenings and exams, an Immigration Medical Exam can be helpful. An Immigration Medical Examination is typically an elective procedure for those interested in pursuing medical studies outside their country of citizenship. Fees. A complete Immigration Medical Exam (which not including blood tests or vaccines), performed by a licensed physician, and other paperwork processing usually costs between $200 and several thousand dollars. Many people do require some vaccinations or lab tests, though if you don’t, it adds to the overall cost of the test. However, it’s very unlikely that this particular exam alone will lead to a positive visa application.
Inadmissibility. One of the primary reasons for obtaining an immigration medical exam is to prevent inadmissibility to the United States as a result of past health problems or current illegal drug or crime ties. As a result, it is almost always required that anyone entering the country must first meet with an immigration doctor and take a physical exam. The exam is used as a means of determining whether a person is eligible for certain classes of immigration, such as relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina and certain national security categories. The tests are also used to rule out possible financial inadmissibility.
Inadmissibility due to public charge. If you have a criminal record, such as misdemeanor or felony charges, and if you have previously been ordered to take part in an immigration program because your public charge did not allow you to stay in the country, you could face inadmissibility when applying for a fiance visa or any other type of immigration program. For example, if you are accused of aggravated assault, a public charge of drunk driving in California, or any other type of misdemeanor or felony, and if the allegations were brought against you while you were in the country illegally, you may find that your criminal conviction will prevent you from obtaining a fiancee visa. In some circumstances, you might even find that the charges against you were actually made against a US citizen or legal resident, which would cause you to be denied entry to the United States under the terms of an inadmissible act.
Health-Related Considerations. An immigration judge is likely to look at your health-related factors, such as age, current employment, family history, country of birth, earnings, and medical history. If you do not meet the requirements for some immigration benefits, such as temporary protection and attorney immigration, you may find that your health-related factors will lead to your inadmissibility. For example, an individual who has serious health issues, such as diabetes mellitus, HIV, epilepsy, or cancer, is likely to face inadmissibility for any type of benefit or program based on health-related grounds.
Form I-693: An individual applying for an immigrant status must fill out an I-693 form. This form must be filed with the USCIS by a licensed medical practitioner in order to provide proof that the applicant is in good health. Examples of documents required to complete the form include passport, immunization records, copy of I-9th bill, immunized records of dental visits, prescription history, blood work, and chest x-rays. If you are applying for lawful permanent residence (green card) or have already qualified for either one of these two options, you will also need to submit a form I TN, which is used to apply for naturalization. For immigrants already settled in the United States, a form I TN must be filled out and filed along with the application.
Penalties. Although penalties for illegal immigrant drunkenness or drug use are minor, they can include fines, jail time, community service, probation, and removal from the United States. If you have any prior criminal record, the penalties for failing to appear at a mandatory doctor’s exam could be severe, including possible deportation and charges as serious as criminal trespass.