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Are you wanting to gain permanent residency in the United States? Did you know that to qualify, whether for a child or an adult, you will need to pass a medical exam? Unlike routine checkups and exams for medical treatment, this exam will bring you one step closer to achieving your permanent residency should you pass the screening. By passing this exam, you will be confirmed to be safe to enter and remain in the country so you can become eligible for your visa or green card.

Medical History Review

You can certainly still have health issues and pass the exam, as long as you don’t have the following:

  • Serious diseases (cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuropsychiatric)
  • Communicable disease (gonorrhea, infectious leprosy (Hansen’s disease), infectious stage syphilis, active tuberculosis)
  • Mental disorder
  • Drug addiction

When you come in for your medical exam, you will need to bring a current passport or other documents verifying your identity. Next, we will review your medical history, such as any prior hospital visits, institutionalization for chronic physical or mental issues as well as for a disability or serious disease.

Physical Exam

Your physical examination will entail checking the following:

  • Abdomen
  • Bodily extremities
  • External genitalia
  • Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Lymph nodes
  • Skin

Our doctor, John Abroon, MD, and our team will perform blood draws, check rays, and take a mental status examination. Should you currently be ill and unable to complete all the required tests, you will need to come back when you are feeling better. Once testing is completed, Dr. Abroon will fill out a form and give it to you in a sealed envelope. Your next step will be to take the sealed information to your consultant or USCIS.


You will be required to be up on the following vaccinations to remain in the U.S.:

  • Diphtheria
  • Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A or B
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Varicella

The doctor is happy to administer certain required vaccines as needed. Bear in mind that if you are trying to be granted an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate, you may be denied if your disease requires quarantine or poses a public health emergency internationally. The main concern with passing immigration medical requirements is that you are not infectious or harmful to others. You will need to be able to work and have medical insurance so that you will not be considered a “possible public charge” where you would require government assistance.

Call to Schedule a Visit

Dr. Abroon is pleased to help you take the next step to your U.S. residency with an Immigration Medical exam at our practice in New York, NY. If you have questions or would like to schedule an exam, please call our experienced team today at (212) 288-0900.