If you or your loved one is applying for an adjustment of status (a green card), you will typically be required to complete and submit Form I-693. A clean copy of this application form — the official Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record — is provided online by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): you can access it here.
Form I-693 is used to provide the documentation needed to prove that an applicant is not prohibited from immigrating to the U.S. for health or medical reasons. In this article, our skilled immigration lawyer in Los Angeles provides an overview of the most important things immigrants need to know about Form I-693.
You Must Complete Part 1 With Your Background Information
Part 1 of Form 1-693 is designed to be completed by the applicant, not by the civil surgeon. It is crucial that you complete this section of the form before you actually go in for your medical appointment. The good news is that the parts of this form that applicants are required to fill out are relatively straightforward. You simply need to provide some basic background information about yourself. This includes:
- Full name;
- Current address;
- Date of birth;
- City of birth; and
- Country of origin.
A Medical Exam Must Be Administered By a Designated Civil Surgeon
You cannot simply go to any medical professional to get the required medical exam. Instead, you must go to a designated civil surgeon. Not sure where to find one? That is not a problem: USCIS provides a comprehensive list of doctors who are qualified to administer these medical exams.
Getting a medical exam — especially one this important — can be intimidating and stressful. You should remain calm. Remember, this generalized anxiety is entirely normal.
If you have any specific concerns about your health status or your health history, it is strongly recommended that you speak to an experienced immigration attorney in Los Angeles before getting the medical exam. Your lawyer will be able to advise you on your legal rights, your legal options, and your status.
Be Prepared: What You Need to Bring With You to an I-693 Medical Appointment
It is important to come to the examination prepared with the appropriate materials. The last thing most people want to deal with is a delayed or a rescheduled medical appointment. You should bring the following materials with you:
- A copy of Form 1-693, with Part 1 completed;
- Valid government issued photo identification;
- Your medical records;
- Comprehensive vaccination or immunization records; and
- Your medical insurance card/payment for the services.
Get Help From a Los Angeles Immigration Attorney Today
At the Goldstein Immigration Lawyers, we have deep experience handling the full range of immigration law issues. No matter the circumstances of your case, our immigration lawyer is here to help. With an office in Los Angeles, we serve communities throughout the region. For a strictly confidential immigration law consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us today at (213) 262-2000.