If you’re applying for adjustment of status (“Green Card”) from within the United States, you have to submit Form I-693, which is a medical exam and vaccination record completed by a specific doctor. Submitting this form shows that you’re eligible for a Green Card based on health reasons.

Can Anyone Complete the Form I-693?

Only a doctor listed on the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/tools/find-a-civil-surgeon can perform the exam.

How Much Does it Cost to Have the Form I-693 Completed?

Rates vary by physician. We encourage you to do your research and compare charges for civil surgeons in your area. When scheduling the appointment, tell the office that it is for an immigration medical examination.

What Should I Bring to My Medical Examination Appointment?

  • Government-issued photo identification;
  • List of medications you are currently taking;
  • Vaccination records;
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination received, if applicable;
  • Any other medical records, if available;
  • A current edition of Form I-693, available at https://www.uscis.gov/i-693.

What Happens at the Appointment?

You’ll sign the certification at the start of the immigration medical exam to confirm that you agree to the exam and that all the information you provide about the exam is true. During the medical examination, the civil surgeon will perform tests for communicable diseases of public health significance and screen for certain physical or mental disorders, as well as for drug addiction and abuse. The civil surgeon will also make sure that you have all required vaccinations. Additional testing may be necessary.

When all testing has been completed, the civil surgeon will sign Form I-693 and put it in a sealed envelope.

IMPORTANT: Do not break the seal or open this envelope. USCIS will not accept Form I-693 if it is not in a sealed envelope or if the envelope is altered in any way. The civil surgeon should provide you with an additional copy of the signed Form I-693 for your records.

When Will the Form I-693 Medical Exam be Submitted to USCIS?

You can submit it with your green card application or after the green card application is filed.

NOTE: Always check with your attorney before mailing anything to USCIS.

How Long is Form I-693 Valid?

Form I-693 is valid for two years from the date that a civil surgeon signed it.

For more information, contact us at info@enterlinepartners.com and speak with a U.S. immigration attorney in Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Taipei.

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