Sacred Heart Medical Group PC
Family Medicine & General Practitioners located in Greenbelt, MD
Physical exams are an important (and required) part of the immigration process in the United States. Working with a provider who understands the immigration process is essential for avoiding potential delays in your application. At Sacred Heart Medical Group PC, Gabriel Oboite, MD, and his team offer comprehensive immigration physicals at the practice in Greenbelt, Maryland, helping patients of all ages get the documentation they need to complete their immigration paperwork. Call the office or book an appointment online today to schedule your physical.
Immigration Physical Q&A
Why do I need an immigration physical?
The United States has specific health requirements that must be met as part of the immigration process. The overall goal of the immigration exam is to protect the population from specific diseases or health risks.
Four general health-related areas can result in inadmissibility to the United States.:
- Communicable (contagious) diseases determined to be a public health threat
- Failure to provide proof of required vaccines
- Drug abuse or addiction
- Any physical or mental condition that involves harmful behavior
The exam includes evaluations and tests to assess your health and wellness in these four key areas.
What happens during an immigration physical?
An immigration physical is not as comprehensive as an annual physical exam. An annual physical is designed to evaluate your overall health, while an immigration physical focuses solely on the medical and health requirements associated with the citizenship process.
At the start of an immigration physical, Dr. Oboite asks about your medical history, including any hospitalizations or medical treatments you’ve had. He also asks about medications you’re taking and which vaccines you’ve had.
Then comes the physical exam. Typically, immigration physicals include evaluations of your:
In addition, adults have a chest X-ray and a blood test. If you don’t have all the required vaccinations, you may receive them during your exam.
Next, Dr. Oboite will assess your mental fitness, evaluating your comprehension, behavior, and mood. Specifically, he’ll be looking for mental or emotional issues that could involve harmful behaviors to yourself or others.
How can I prepare for my immigration physical?
Your exam is an integral part of your immigration process, so it’s important to prepare for your exam ahead of time. Before you come in, gather these documents to bring with you:
- Your passport or other government-issued photo ID
- List of medications you take regularly
- Vaccination records
- Other health records that support your application
- Required government immigration forms
Gathering these items ahead of time helps ensure you don’t forget anything, which could wind up delaying your immigration application.
Scheduling an immigration physical is an important part of your immigration application process. To learn more about immigration physicals or schedule one for yourself or a family member, call Sacred Heart Medical Group PC or book an appointment online.