Immigration Physical

Dominion Family Healthcare

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Reston, VA

Immigrants into the United States have a medical eligibility requirement as part of the process. An immigration physical must be performed by a physician who has received civil surgeon designation by the U.S. government. Dr. Bijal Katarki of Dominion Family Healthcare in Reston, Virginia is authorized to provide green card physicals. Call the office, or request an appointment online to schedule your examination.

Immigration Physical Q & A

What is done in an immigration physical?

If you’re applying for permanent resident status, commonly called a green card, you’ll need to have a particular physical examination to prove you meet immigration standards for health. You’ll need to bring certain documentation to your appointment with Dr. Katarki, including the following:

  • A valid passport or government-issued photo ID
  • Vaccination records
  • A list of current medications
  • Records relating to past health conditions that have been successfully treated, such as tuberculosis, syphilis, and psychiatric conditions

If you’ve had a standard physical examination before, this part of your green card physical will be familiar. Dr. Katarki examines your eyes, ears, nose, and throat, as well as your arms and legs, skin, external genitalia, and abdomen. She will also listen to your breathing and heart. If necessary, you may need to answer questions about your medical history, including diseases and conditions that may run in your family.

Dr. Katarki evaluates the results of her exam with your medical records and immunizations and consults with you on any further action needed, such as additional immunizations or treatments. Blood and urine samples are taken for lab testing.

What vaccines are required for U.S. immigration?

At the time of writing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists these vaccines as necessary for immigration:

  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Seasonal influenza
  • Tetanus and diphtheria
  • Varicella

If your vaccination record is missing or incomplete, you can choose to have a blood sample taken for testing. If your vaccinations are up-to-date, your blood will show antibodies for each of the covered diseases. If no antibodies are present for a disease, you’ll need that immunization to qualify for your green card.

Is a drug test required when taking an exam test for immigration?

A specific drug test isn’t required as part of an immigration physical. However, blood and urine samples are taken to evaluate your overall health, and it’s possible that these tests may reveal evidence of soft and/or hard drug use. Dr. Katarki will likely also ask you about drug and alcohol consumption as part of your physical exam.