Applicants for a green card (adjustment of status) in the US, normally must have a medical examination. The exam can’t be done by any physician. The medical exam must be done by a physician authorized by a physician approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

“USCIS designates certain doctors (also known as civil surgeons) to perform the medical exam required for most Green Card applicants. Military physicians are authorized to perform immigration medical exams at a military treatment facility within the United States for U.S. veterans, members of the U.S. military and designated dependents.”

Outside of the United States, immigration medical exams must be conducted by a panel physician – which is different than a civil surgeon. The US Department of State designates panel physicians when immigration medical exams are required as part of the processing of a visa at a US Embassy or consulate.

What do applicants need to bring to the immigration medical exam?

Applicants need to bring the following items. An experienced immigration lawyer can explain if anything else is required and what these documents mean:

  • “Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
  • Government-issued photo identification, such as a valid passport or driver’s license. If you are 14 years old or younger, bring identification that shows your name, date, and place of birth, and parent’s full name. Possible forms of identification include your birth certificate (with an English translation) or an affidavit.
  • Vaccination or immunization record (such as DT, DTP, DTaP, Td, Tdap, OPV, IPV, MMR, Hib, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, varicella, pneumococcal influenza, rotavirus, and meningococcal disease)
  • Medical insurance card (check with the doctor’s office to make sure the office accepts your medical plan).”
  • Payment. Applicants should check with a few doctors to find the best price

What happens at the Exam?

The doctor will conduct a physical examination and medical history. The doctor will test for communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, syphilis, and gonorrhea.

When the exam is finished, the doctor will complete Form I-693 and seal the form in an envelope for you to submit to USCIS. The applicants are entitled to a copy of the completed form.

Applicants have the right to notify their local state medical board if the doctor’s behavior or actions are questionable. Applicants can also make an appointment wither the local field office if they question the exam or the form I-693.

Doctors Near Buffalo, New York

A search on the USCIS physician locator form – in May 2020 revealed the following eligible local approved Buffalo physicians.

St. Lawrence Clinic

Dr. Pearay Ogra
25 Roma Avenue
Buffalo NY 14215
5.67 miles away

Northeast Medical, P.C.

Dr. Tajinder Pal Singh
2865 Genesee Street Suite 1
Cheektowaga NY 14225
7.95 miles away

WNY Medical PC

Dr. Qamrunnisa Rahman
4979 Harlem Road
Amherst NY 14226
8.81 miles away

Dr. Alfredo Rodes
1310 French Road
Depew NY 14043
9.42 miles away

Dr. Qamrunnisa Rahman
8770 Transit Road
East Amherst NY 14051
14.22 miles away

Dr. Kapil Chatrath
325 Essjay Road
Williamsville NY 14221
11.03 miles away

Trinity Medical Primary Care

Dr. Peter McQuiller
3041 Orchard Park Road Suite E
Orchard Park NY 14127
8.91 miles away

Preston Health Care

Dr. Adebukola Abiola
626 North French Road Suite 5
Amherst NY 14228
12.36 miles away

Moog Family Wellness Center

Dr. Lisette Deon
7060 Seneca Street Plt 23 Floor 1
Elma NY 14059
12.45 miles away

Contact your experienced immigration lawyer in Buffalo, NY to discuss when a medical exam is required, what happens at the exam, and which doctors to see for the exam.

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