Becoming a naturalized United States citizen is an exciting event and one that many people spend years planning for and pursuing. David Ezeanolue, M.D., C.I.M.E., Alafuro T. Oruene, M.D., Blanche Y. Bonnick, M.D. and the rest of the staff at Apex Medical Center would like to congratulate you on your efforts and help you move toward citizenship. When the time comes to obtain your immigration physical, simply call or use the online scheduling tool to select a time.
To meet the rules set forth by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), only an approved civil surgeon can administer an immigration physical. Unless your doctor has already gone through the process to be designated a civil surgeon, they aren’t authorized to administer this exam to you.
You’ll need to locate a panel physician for your exam. To do this, you can contact the Department of State or use their website to search for an approved civil surgeon in your area. Apex Medical Center has doctors on staff who are approved to complete immigration exams.
The immigration exam is similar to a comprehensive routine physical. First, the doctor reviews your personal and family health history.
Next, you receive a thorough physical examination. The doctor checks your vision, hearing, heart and lung function, lymph nodes, skin, and external genitalia. You also receive a chest X-ray, and the doctor takes a blood sample to screen for various diseases.
Part of the exam process involves a careful review of your immunization history. You should bring a copy of all shot records with you to the exam. If you lack any of the required vaccinations, you can get them during your exam.
If you are in good health, your path to citizenship shouldn’t be impeded by the immigration exam process. However, conditions that can impact your ability to become an American citizen include:
Providing open and honest answers during your immigration exam is essential. Failure to do so can result in denial of citizenship in addition to certain civil penalties.