Immigration Physicals Specialist

CareLife Medical

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Fairfax, VA & Richmond, VA

Becoming a citizen of the United States is a long and complicated process. Part of that process is getting an immigration physical, which you can receive from Fatima Aziz, MD, at CareLife Medical in Fairfax & Richmond, Virginia. To complete this important step in your citizenship process, call the clinic for an appointment or schedule online today.

Immigration Physicals Q & A

What are immigration physicals?

Immigration physicals are exams that the US government requires prospective new citizens to get from an approved medical doctor. At CareLife Medical, Dr. Aziz can provide these exams.

The main purpose of an immigration physical is to protect the safety of the US population. If you meet any of these criteria, you may not pass your immigration physical since they could pose a threat to public safety:

  • Communicable diseases
  • Drug abuse or addiction
  • Disorders associated with harmful behavior
  • A lack of required vaccinations

Even if you don’t intend to hurt anyone, the perception of your threat for any of these reasons could be a roadblock to your citizenship.

What happens during an immigration physical?

Your immigration physical is a two-part process:

Physical exam

During the physical exam, Dr. Aziz comprehensively analyzes your physical health. She listens to your heartbeat, looks into your nose and throat, feels your lymph nodes, and visually examines your body. If you’re an adult, you must also undergo a blood test and chest X-ray.

Mental exam

The process requires a mental exam because of the potential for behavior or a disorder that could cause you to harm others. Dr. Aziz tests your mood, intelligence, and comprehension.

What vaccinations do I need for immigration?

The US requires that you have many vaccinations before you become a citizen. You should get these vaccinations before you come in for your immigration physical:

  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningococcal
  • Polio
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Influenza
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia
  • Rotavirus

If you’ve had these vaccinations, you must bring proof of them to your appointment.

What should I bring to my immigration physical appointment?

You must bring certain paperwork to CareLife Medical for an immigration physical. Required documents and items to bring to your physical include:

  • Vaccination records
  • Passport or other government ID
  • List of current medications
  • Doctor’s fee
  • Form I-693 if you’re adjusting your status

If you’ve ever received treatment for tuberculosis or syphilis or been hospitalized for any mental illness or drug abuse purposes, you must bring certificates to prove that you underwent treatment. 

You must also bring information about any family members with learning disabilities who plan to immigrate to the country with you.

Be sure to answer any of Dr. Aziz’s questions honestly, even if you have some blips in your past medical records.

If you’re on the path to citizenship and need an immigration physical, call CareLife Medical or book an appointment online today.