Immigration I-693 Medical Exams in Lakewood, CO
AFC USCIS Civil Surgeon Doctor Conducts I-693 Immigration Physicals in Lakewood
The requirements of the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are numerous, but our knowledgeable staff and highly experienced certified Civil Surgeon are here to help guide you through the process. We ensure that all USCIS requirements are met completely and accurately.
What we do…
We will assist the applicant with successful completion for medical requirements of the application for the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. Our USCIS Designated Civil Surgeons are experienced with the medical requirements of these examinations. Individuals applying for citizenship, seeking permanent residency, immigration status change, or a Green Card are required to obtain an immigration physical prior to approval of their application. In order to remain valid, it is mandatory that immigration physicals are completed by a Designated Civil Surgeon.
For immigration physicals at AFC Lakewood, we do the necessary testing on site and have some of the required vaccines in our office. Please call (720) 408-6189 to make an appointment for your immigration physical, as this ensures that the certified Civil Surgeon is available. Please allow approximately an hour to complete the physical exam.
Can any doctor in the U.S. perform an immigration physical as required by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services?
No, only a licensed US Civil Surgeon who has been authorized by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to conduct immigration physicals and immigration exams for the Department of Homeland Security may perform the immigration physical.
What basic services and procedures are included within the immigration physical?
The basic immigration physical includes the following:
- Basic physical examination
- Required blood work
- Tuberculosis skin testing
- Vaccination status verification
- Copies of laboratory results
- Certified and sealed I-693 form
Please note that there may be additional services required (such as required vaccinations and follow-up chest X-ray for TB testing) that are available through our clinic if needed.
What do I need to bring to the immigration physical?
Please bring the following items to your immigration physical:
- Valid, government issued picture ID such as a driver’s license or passport (preferred).
- Immigration Physical Form I-693, pre-completed with your information. (Click here https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-693instr.pdf to obtain a copy of the I-693 form)
- Proof of prior vaccinations
- Alien Registration number if you have one (starts with an A)
- You will also be required to fill out a patient information sheet
What if my immunization records are from a foreign country and in a foreign language?
If you have any immunization records, please bring them into the clinic. It is best to have them translated to English, but we will try to interpret them as needed. We will attempt to apply all applicable immunization records, even foreign records, to your INS immunization requirements.
What is included in the actual immigration physical examination?
The full INS immigration exam is simple; it requires four steps and two office visits as follows:
Basic immigration physical exam and mental status evaluation (exam sometimes performed on the second visit)
Blood test: Applicants age 15 and older are required to have a serologic blood test for Syphilis (RPR). Applicants under age 15 may require Syphilis testing at the discretion of the Civil Surgeon, or if there is reason to suspect the possibility of infection.
Tuberculosis skin test: Applicants age 2 and older are required to have a tuberculin skin test (TST). This test requires a return visit to the office 48 to 72 hours after administration. If the test reading is greater than 5 mm of induration, a chest X-ray is required. The cost of the X-ray is not included in the price of the immigration exam but may be scheduled through our office for an additional fee.
Proof of vaccinations or blood Titer to prove immunity. Most adults require proof of vaccination for Tetanus-Diphtheria Td (within the last 5 years), Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella (Chicken Pox). Blood Titer is a test which proves that a person has immunity or antibodies for a particular disease. The immigration doctor will review your vaccination history with you to determine whether you have all the required vaccinations. The cost of additional vaccinations is not included in the price of the basic exam, but are offered through our office for an additional fee. Please bring all vaccination records to your scheduled appointment for the immigration physical.
What occurs after the immigration physical?
After the immigration physical examination is completed, the doctor will certify Form I-693 with the test results of the immigration exam and vaccination history. The physician will then place the results within a sealed envelope to be presented to the INS department. DO NOT OPEN THE SEALED ENVELOPE. Turn in the envelope along with your immigration application. A copy of your blood test results will be provided for you to keep after results have been discussed with the examining doctor. The examination will only be valid up to a year after the immigration exam date. Click here to visit the Official US Citizen & Immigration Services website for more information.
What happens to the immigration physical test results?
Your results will be presented to you. You, or your representative, will need to share the results with an immigration officer. Your results may be shared with certain U.S. health departments. Please note that medical examinations are generally valid for 12 months before requiring an up-to-date physical.
If I have a health plan, will it cover these services?
Most health insurance plans do not cover immigration physicals. You will need to pay for the service directly. We will provide you with formal insurance forms that you may attempt to bill yourself. Some of our clients do get reimbursed, but we cannot guarantee it. Here are some helpful links to applicable U.S. Government Citizenship and Immigration web sites, application instructions, applicable forms, etc.
Official U.S. Government Citizen and Immigration Services site: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis
I- 693 Instructions: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-693instr.pdf
PDF download for: I-693 Form http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-693instr.pdf