United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires all foreign nationals applying for permanent resident status to undergo physical examination. The medical exams are conducted by physicians designated by either USCIS or the State Department. An applicant may not use their own doctor. The USCIS-appointed examining physician decides if each applicant passes this medical exam.
For EB-5 investors to secure permanent residence and their green card, they must be fully vaccinated and they must complete this medical exam before their visa interview. If the investor has a spouse or children who are unmarried and under 21 years of age, they must also complete this medical exam.
The U.S. Public Health Service requires USCIS to screen immigrant applicants for various medical conditions pertinent to public health. This is not a complete physical examination. The doctor is not required to screen for any conditions beyond those set by the Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The examining physician will review an applicant’s medical history and vaccination history, do a chest X-ray, a blood test, and a physical examination. Tuberculosis (TB) testing is required for all EB-5 applicants over the age of two. X-rays can be postponed for pregnant women, depending on their home country, and are generally not required for children under the age of 15.
During the physical portion of the exam, the examining doctor will inspect many areas of an applicant’s body. They will examine an applicant’s heart, lungs, eyes, ears, abdomen, nose, lymph nodes, throat, external genitalia, and skin.
It is essential for EB-5 applicants to complete their required vaccinations before their visa interview to become permanent residents of the United States. Sometimes, an examining physician can provide missing vaccines during the USCIS medical exam. However, it is advisable to complete all required vaccinations before this medical exam, just in case.