You are an applicant on the immigration journey in the United States of America, and you have reached the stage when you are required to appear for the Immigration Medical Examination. Here are some crucial details that you will need to keep in mind before you go in for your exam!
FINDING AN APPROPRIATE CIVIL SURGEON WHO WILL CONDUCT THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION
To help you find a designated Civil Surgeon in your area USCIS, or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services provides a service in the form of a Customer Service number, which can be accessed from anywhere in the country. When you call on this number make sure there is a pen and pad nearby so that you can readily write down the details that the Service provides you with. It would be beneficial to tell the service your zip code, so that the Customer Service will immediately be able to respond with the details of USCIS-approved Civil Surgeons in your area.
If needed you could also make use of the services of the local USCIS office in your area. When you approach them the authorities there too would be able to give you details of the doctors whom you could then approach.
WHO PAYS FOR THE IMMIGRATION MEDICAL EXAMINATION
It is the applicant who is required to pay for the exam. The applicant will have to necessarily pay for every exam and every vaccination that is required to be taken for the exam. This is because the applicant is applying for adjustment of status, so it is the applicant who has to bear the cost of all examinations, tests and vaccinations, if any.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE ONCE THE IMMIGRATION MEDICAL EXAM IS TAKEN
Once the applicant goes through the battery of medical examinations and also gets vaccinations done in accordance with immigration requirements, details of the examination will then be filled up in the form by the USCIS Civil Surgeon. This form is called the I-693 form. The details in the I-693 form will be filled up by the Civil Surgeon, who will then sign it along with his/her stamp and then hand it over to the applicant. The applicant should receive the I-693 form in a sealed envelope only. If the form is in an envelope that is open or torn or has been found to be tampered with it will be rejected immediately by the USCIS authorities. So the applicant has to take care that he places the I-693 form in a sealed cover. The applicant should then hand over the sealed envelope to the Immigration authorities so that the visa application process can then be carried forward.