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Immigration Medical Exams - Frequently Asked Questions


What happens after the medical exam?

After the medical exam is complete, the Panel Physician (if you are abroad) or the Civil Surgeon (if you are in the U.S.) will certify the results on the appropriate forms and place them in a sealed envelope. Do not open the sealed envelope. Turn in your envelope with your immigration application.


Who gives the medical exam?

Immigration medical exams are given by licensed and experienced doctors, called Civil Surgeons (in the U.S.) and Panel Physicians (outside of the U.S.). Doctors who qualify as Civil Surgeons or Panel Physicians receive special and on-going immigration oriented medical training and policy updates.

Note: A medical exam performed by a doctor not approved by the USCIS will not be recognized.

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How do I find a designated Civil Surgeon in my area of the U.S.?

You can receive the names of USCIS-designated Civil Surgeons in your area by calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283. You will need to provide your zip code so that they can give you the Civil Surgeons nearest to you. Be sure to have a pen or pencil ready to write down the names and telephone numbers when you call. If you have online access to the web, you can find a selection of qualified doctors on the USCIS Civil Surgeons database. At your local USCIS office, a list of Civil Surgeons is also available. It will be sent to you when you receive your appointment for an Adjustment of Status interview.

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