Before you can be issued a green card in the US, you will probably need to submit to a medical exam performed by a doctor who has been approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). The USCIS refers to these doctors as “civil surgeons”, and a partial list of them appears below. The doctor will be mainly looking for the presence of a serious communicable disease, some of which can result in the denial of your green card application.

You can look for a civil surgeon anywhere in the United States by starting from the USCIS “Find a Doctor” web page and punching in your desired search location. If you are applying for an immigration visa from overseas and coming to Columbus once your permanent residence application is approved, you will probably need to submit to a medical exam performed by a panel physician approved by the US state department.

What to Bring With You to the Exam

You will need to bring the following items with you to the exam:

  • Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record;
  • A government-issued ID;
  • Your vaccination record, if you have ever been vaccinated;
  • Proof of insurance; and
  • Payment. Expect to be charged at least $300 for the exam; prices vary from doctor to doctor.

The doctor will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and complete USCIS Form I-693.

If You are HIV Positive

You don’t need to worry that your green card application will be turned down simply because you tested positive for HIV. A few years ago the US government removed HIV from the list of diseases for which a prospective immigrant can be excluded from the United States.

Following is a partial list of USCIS-approved physicians civil surgeons in the Columbus, Ohio area.

Dr. Yaw Ayesu–Offei

Dr. Ayesu–Offei specializes in Internal Medicine and has been practicing medicine since 1992.
Address: 1570 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 1, Columbus OH 43211
Phone: (614) 291-5657

Dr. Mary Wynd

Dr. Wynd practices Family Medicine and has been practicing medicine since 1985.
Address: 1581 Dodd Dr., Suite 301, Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 688-6492

Dr. Mohamed Hashi

Dr. Hashii specializes in Family Medicine and has been practicing medicine for more than two decades.
Address: 2330 Morse Rd., Suite A Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: (614) 428-8100

Dr. Oman Awale

Dr. Ayesu–Offei specializes in Family Medicine and has been practicing medicine for more than two decades.
Address: 2330 Morse Rd., Suite A Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: (614) 428-8100

Dr. Blayre Tuggle

Dr. Tuggle specializes in Internal Medicine and has been practicing medicine since 1982.
Address: 909 Morse Rd. Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: (614) 261-8188

Dr. Mazhar Hussain

Dr. Hussain specializes in Internal Medicine and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years.
Address: 5059 North High St. Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: (614) 987-7537

Dr. Winnie Moazampour

Dr. Moazampour specializes in Family Medicine and has been practicing medicine for over 20 years.
Address: 4701 Olentangy River Road Suite 1, Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: (614) 818-1477

Dr. Feng Chen

Dr. Chen specializes in Internal Medicine and has been practicing medicine since 1982.
Address: 4845 Knightsbridge Boulevard Suite 210, Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: (614) 273-0480

Dr. Maria Soto

Dr. Soto specializes in Family Medicine and has been practicing medicine for more than 25 years.
Address: 1365 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220
Phone: (614) 457-5477

Dr. Ronald Bloomfield

Dr. Soto specializes in Internal Medicine and has been practicing medicine for 35 years
Address: 1880 MacKenzie Drive Suite 210 Columbus, OH 43220
Phone: (614) 224-9052

Once You Complete the Exam

After your examination is completed, you will be given a completed Form I-693 in a sealed envelope. Do not break the seal, and include the envelope with your green card application package.

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