I-693 Report of Medical Examination Required for Many Types of Visas
Before you are allowed to proceed with many types of immigration visas, you must provide proof of your medical condition. This is done using the I-693 report of medical examination. This report must be completed by a qualified physician. The failure to provide an exam report when required will cause your visa to be delayed or denied.
You Must See an Approved Physician
In order to provide the necessary information, only a physician approved through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is allowed. The results must be provided in a sealed envelope and authorized by the physician. You can find a current list of approved physicians through the USCIS website.
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is legislation that provides details that apply to immigrants. The legislation was originally put in place in 1952 and continues to be updated. Part of this important document applies specifically to health requirements of immigrants. In order to be eligible, an immigrant must not have a communicable disease. The immigrant must provide proof of vaccination against communicable diseases.
Vaccinations Required Before Entry to the United States
The United States takes precautions to protect its citizens from serious illness. Some diseases that are no longer present in the U.S. are still problematic in other countries. There is a list of vaccinations that must have been administered prior to entry into the country. These include:
- Tetanus and Diphtheria
- Influenza (B)
- Hepatitis (B)
It is important to note that additional vaccinations may be required as deemed necessary. A qualified physician knows the latest list of vaccines.
Proper Forms Must Be Submitted
Your medical examination details and vaccination record must be provided on the form required by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This is called the I-693 Report. If you do not submit the form, or if it is not complete, your application will be delayed. Be sure to schedule your doctor’s appointment well in advance of your application so that it is ready on time. You may need to get some vaccinations before your form can be submitted.
The immigration process is often a daunting one. If you fill out the incorrect form or forget to include documentation, the process will be lengthened. Contact the experienced immigration lawyers at Udall Shumway PLC to schedule a consultation.
This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Report of Medical Examination, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at 480.461.5330, log on to udallshumway.com, or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.