Eligibility For The Green Card Depends On The Green Card Medical Too!

As a test to measure whether a green card applicant is eligible for the visa or not it is necessary and mandated by the authorities in the United States of America, to go in for what is called the Immigration Medical. This medical can only be conducted by medical professionals who are approved by either the U S consulate or a body called the USCIS – the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Therefore, it is compulsory that only USCIS approved doctors for the green card are contacted and an appointment is fixed up by the applicant for having the Immigration Medical conducted. This particular condition is applicable to both adults as well as children.

An applicant cannot have the exam conducted by his or her family doctor, unless the doctor has been approved by the USCIS, or government body. So it has to be noted that only a USCIS approved doctor for the green card can conduct the physical examination. A certain fee will have to be paid by the applicant to the doctor – the U S government does not control how much has to be paid to the USCIS Civil Surgeon – this has been left to each individual doctor to decide.


The medical examination is conducted to rule out any abnormality or to preclude any possibilities of the applicant posing any danger to public health. It will be made sure that the applicant is not suffering from any dangerous diseases or has an existing condition – either physical or mental, that could imply that permission for granting him or her a visa or permanent residence cannot be given.

Various vaccinations that have been mandated by CDC will be given. Only those vaccinations that have been stipulated to be taken by the U S Immigration authorities will be administered by the Civil Surgeon.

Some diseases or conditions that make a candidate for the green card are gonorrhoea, infectious leprosy, infectious syphilis, granuloma and existing tuberculosis. Other conditions that can cause inadmissibility are certain diseases that require quarantine and diseases that can be a public health emergency and can cause grave danger to society in general.

An illness that will not cause harm to others – like a heart condition, cancer or certain mental illnesses will not make a person inadmissible for a visa. But such a condition might make the person inadmissible due to the fact that social security or medical illness might not be granted – this is called welfare and the person might not receive such assistance.