Immigration Medical Exam & Doctor in Miami and Pinecrest
People coming into the United States as immigrants, refugees, or those who need an adjustment of their status have to undergo the immigration medical exam as set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. URCare is able to provide the immigration medical exam in Miami and Pinecrest. We have an approved and designated immigration doctor on staff to administer the required test and complete the documentation for your application to immigrate to the USA or become a permanent resident.
Individuals entering the United States as non-immigrants or those on short-term transit through the USA do not need to undergo the immigration medical exam. Status adjusters will have their medical exam completed in the USA, while immigrants and refugees have the exam completed before their arrival in the USA.
1. What does the physical examination entail?
The medical examination is conducted by the designated panel doctor, with the assistance of trained and experienced staff. The doctor will record your complete medical history and perform a physical examination. All applicants 15 years of age and older are required to have serologic (blood) tests for syphilis and urine tests for Gonorrhea.
(Applicants under age 15 may be tested for syphilis only if there is reason to suspect the possibility of infection.) The United States Immigration Services (USCIS) now requires a Quantiferon TB test, as well. The cost of the Quantiferon is not included in the fee, but may be billed to your medical insurance.
The U.S. government requires specific vaccinations according to your age. These vaccinations include mumps, measles, rubella, polio, tetanus, diphtheria toxoids, pertussis, influenza type B, hepatitis B, and any other vaccinations recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Current ACIP recommendations also include the varicella, haemophilius influenzae type B, and pneumococcal vaccines. The doctor will review your vaccination history to determine whether you have all the required vaccinations. Make sure you bring your vaccination records with you to your appointment, if you have them available. (Please see separate sheet for all vaccination requirements when age appropriate).
2. How much is the Medical Examination going to cost?
The full medical examination costs $250 for ages 15 and up, which includes the necessary blood tests, urine tests, and all administrative fees. To this fee, you would need to add $180 for the Quantiferon TB, syphilis, gonorrohea Test. If you require vaccinations, these will be charged separately, and the fee schedule for those administered at our facility is attached. Payment must be made at the time of the medical examination by cash or credit card (no checks accepted).
During the months of October through March, an influenza vaccine is required and charged separately. If you have already taken the flu vaccine elsewhere, please bring proof of vaccination when you see the URCare immigration doctor in Miami or Pinecrest.
3. What do I need to bring to the medical examination?
You are required to bring:
- Passport or other photographic identity, such as a driving license or identity card.
- Vaccination records, if possible, to be reviewed by the doctor.
4. How long will the examination take?
Please allow at least one hour for all administrative and medical tasks to be completed by our immigration doctor in Pinecrest during your appointment.
5. How long will it take for the medical results to be released?
In most cases, the medical report will be ready within 7-10 working days after your appointment date. You will be asked to collect your completed Form I-693 with the results in a sealed envelope to present to your lawyer or the INS. Do not open the sealed envelope.
6. Do I need to fast for the blood test?
No, there is no need to fast before your appointment.
7. What happens if I do not have any immunization records?
If you do not have your vaccination records, the doctor will advise you on the vaccines necessary to complete the process, depending on your age and as described separately.
8. Do you accept my medical insurance to cover the medical examination fees?
Unfortunately, the medical examination conducted for an immigrant visa application is not covered by medical insurance. We will submit some tests, such as Quantiferon and MMR titers, to your insurance when possible. Please check with your insurance to see if they cover you for certain blood work, as per the attached sheet.
9. Can I use the results of a recent medical examination at the time of my immigrant visa examination?
Unfortunately, only a medical examination conducted by a Panel Physician and for the purpose of your immigrant visa is acceptable.
10. Are you open on Saturdays?
Yes, we are opened the third Saturday of every month by appointment, available from 9am to 1pm for your convenience.
Thank you for choosing URCare. We look forward to helping you with this important step in the immigration process.