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April 2015

USCIS Launches Improved Online Medical Tool

Published: Friday 17 April 2015

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has launched an enhanced tool to help green card applicants find doctors authorised to perform medical examinations. The improved Find a Doctor online locator lets those applying for a green card from within the US enter their address or ZIP code to search for a doctor based on distance. They can also look up directions and find local transportation, and will be provided with a helpful checklist of what to bring with you to your doctor visit. Medical examinations in the United States are typically required for any adjustment of status cases. Typically the doctor will test applicants for communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and syphilis. Only doctors authorised by USCIS, known as civil surgeons, may perform the exams that are required as part of the process for obtaining permanent resident status. If the applicant is applying for a green card from outside the United States, which is a less common course of action when it comes to applying for a permanent US visa, then the immigration medical exam must be conducted by a physician designated by the US Department of State (also known as a ‘panel physician’). To access the new Find a Doctor locator, visit: https://my.uscis.gov/findadoctor