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Immigration Medical Exams - Frequently Asked Questions


What happens if I test positive for HIV?

In case you test positive for the HIV virus, you must file a waiver application according to the above instructions. You must also show that your admission to the U.S.:

  • Poses minimal public health danger
  • Holds minimal possibility of spread of infection
  • Will not incur costs to any government agency without prior consent from that agency

Note:Individuals seeking admission as Refugees from outside the U.S. are not required to submit documentation of individual eligibility for HIV treatment or health care coverage with Form I-602. They are already considered to have the required consent based on their eligibility for federally funded programs and the assurances provided to USCIS by HHS.

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How do Civil Surgeons and Panel Physicians determine drug abuse or addictions?

Using the CDC guidelines, Civil Surgeons and Panel Physicians review the applicant’s medical history during the immigration medical exams and ask questions considered necessary to determine whether or not there is any current or past use of any drugs or other psychoactive substances (other than strictly experimental). Applicants may also be required to undergo additional testing for substance abuse. If the Panel Physician or Civil Surgeon finds that you have a history of drug use or drug addiction, he or she will discuss the medical treatment options.

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