Immigration Exams Specialist

Calvary Urgent Care

Adults and Pediatrics located in Humble, TX

An immigration exam, also known as a green card medical exam, is required for any immigrant who wishes to become a permanent resident of the United States. With government-approved examining physicians on staff, the team at Calvary Urgent Care in Humble, Texas, is pleased to offer comprehensive immigration exams for Houston-area immigrants who are going through the green card process. To learn more, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Immigration Exams Q & A

What’s an immigration exam?

An immigration physical is an integral part of the green card process for immigrants who wish to establish permanent residency in the United States. The purpose of an immigration exam is to protect public health by ensuring prospective immigrants don’t have any infectious diseases or serious mental health problems that could threaten public safety.   

The exam itself sets strict guidelines for the medical grounds of inadmissibility, or health reasons an immigrant can’t become a permanent resident of the United States. Besides checking for dangerous communicable diseases that pose a threat to public health, the exam asks for proof of required immunizations. 

What does an immigration exam cover?

Immigration exams are fairly exhaustive in that they touch on virtually every aspect of health and wellness, including mental health. 

The first part of the exam is like any other routine physical at Calvary Urgent Care. After your provider measures your height, weight, and vital signs, they check your eyes, ears, nose, throat, and lymph nodes. They also evaluate your heart, lungs, abdomen, skin, and external genitalia. 

A green card medical exam also requires a chest X-ray and blood test; in most cases, children are excused from these components of the exam. 

Finally, your doctor performs a mental health assessment to get a clearer picture of your intelligence, comprehension, judgment, mood, and behavior. 

Which vaccinations are required?

An immigration exam requires those seeking permanent residency to prove they’re up-to-date on mandatory vaccinations. Some immunization requirements are imposed by the Immigration and Nationality Act, while others are required by public health guidelines put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

All green card applicants must have (or receive) the following vaccines before they can become permanent residents:

  • Mumps, measles, rubella
  • Polio
  • Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
  • Pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella
  • Influenza
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia
  • Rotavirus
  • Meningococcal

Bring your personal vaccination record to your exam. If you haven’t yet received all the required vaccines, your provider can administer the ones you lack.  

Can my green card be denied for medical reasons?

Your immigration exam establishes whether you meet the health-related standards for admissibility as a permanent United States resident. In some cases, immigration exams can reveal something that makes you inadmissible. 

Your green card can be denied for any of the following medical conditions or reasons:

  • You have an infectious disease of public health significance
  • You failed to show proof of (or receive) required vaccines
  • You have a mental disorder with associated harmful behavior
  • You abuse drugs or have an addiction problem

If you need to schedule an immigration exam, call Calvary Urgent Care today or click the online booking tool to schedule your appointment at any time.