USCIS Assists Immigrants with Doc Finder

bigstock-Hispanic-medical-worker-isola-15690200Immigrants who have applied for permanent residency (green card) must jump through plenty of hoops. To make the requested effort a little easier, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched an enhanced tool for finding an authorized doctor to perform required medical exams.

The tool, called Find a Doctor, lets users enter their address or ZIP code to find a doctor. Results list doctor names and locations and are based on proximity to the information entered by the user. USCIS has added enhancements to the tool, including access to directions. Additionally, users can use a search function on the site to find local transportation. Users can access the information from any connected device.

The service is indeed valuable to green card applicants who are usually required to have a medical exam before being granted permanent resident status. Doctors included in the locator tool results must be USCIS approved.

The doctors who perform the exams test for communicable diseases like tuberculosis and syphilis. Tuberculosis testing is in two parts and requires a follow-up visit to the doctor’s office within two to three days. Syphilis testing is performed through a blood draw.

Immigrants visiting doctors for purposes of the green card application must bring:

  • Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
  • Valid passport, driver’s license or other form of government-issued photo ID. Applicants who are younger than 14 years of age must bring a birth certificate, an affidavit or other identification showing name, date and place of birth and parents’ full name.
  • Vaccination or immunization record—DT, DTP, DtaP, Td, Tdap, OPV, IPV, MMR, Hib, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, varicella, pneumococcal influenza, rotavirus and meningococcal disease
  • Medical insurance card—check with the doctor’s office to make verify the types of insurance accepted
  • Payment for the doctor—checking with several doctors about price can sometimes reveal a difference of several hundred dollars.

During the exam, the doctor will check records to determine if any vaccinations are needed. Once the exam in complete, the doctor complete the Form I-693 and then seal it in an envelope for submission to USCIS. The agency won’t accept the form if the envelope has been opened or altered.

The doctor will also check your records to see if you need any vaccinations.

After the exam, the doctor will complete Form I-693 and seal the form in an envelope for you to submit to USCIS. Make sure you get a copy of the completed Form I-693 for your personal records before the doctor seals the envelope. USCIS will not accept the form if the envelope has been opened or altered.

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