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Gretna Medical Center

315 Westbank Expressway
Gretna, LA 70053
Phone:(504) 364-1844

Civil Surgeon Immigration Physical Examination- New Orleans

Where can I take the Civil Surgeon Immigration Physical Examination in New Orleans?

Gretna Medical Center is authorized by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to perform medical exams for those seeking a green card or lawful permanent resident in America.  Our clinc is located on the Westbank and serves all of New Orleans and Louisiana. We have a medical immigration specialist that will work directly with you in filling out the documentation correctly and in a timely manner.

  • Immigration physicals are done by appointment, seven days a week including weekends.
  • Download and fill this new patient IMMIGRATION I-693 form before coming in.

Why choose us for an immigration physical examination?

Inexperienced facilities can cause a 6 month delay in your examination, especially if they are not properly set up.

For one example, part of the I693 physical examination requires you to be tested for tuberculosis.  Sometimes, these clinical tests can result in a false positive.  If you test positive for tubercolosis, most clinics will send you directly to a treatment factility which can add 6 months to the entire examination.  However, at our clinic we have an x-ray machine and civil surgeon that can read the results to help to determine if the tuberculosis test was accurate in the first place.

Our clinic has over 10 years of experience handling immigration physical examinations.  We handle the physical examination correct and fast to avoid any delays in your immigration status.  We are located in suite E. 

USCIS or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services requires the I693 form to be filled out by a civil surgeon for those seeking permanent residence.  Gretna Medical Center has a medical immigration specialist that can handle form I-639 in New Orleans Louisiana

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during the immigration physical?

  • The physician will review your medical history and give you a physical exam, a chest X-ray, and test your blood. Normally, exceptions are made to the X-ray when the patient is under the age of 15. In addition to children, pregnant women can postpone the X-ray but this depends on the country you are coming from. Check with immigration services at the department of homeland security for more information if you are pregnant. The direct link is here.
  • A physical will be given and this involves looking at your ears, nose eyes, ears, lungs, heart, abdomen, lymph nodes, skin, and your genitalia.
  • You will be tested for communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and syphilis. The tuberculosis test is done in two parts. You will have to return to the doctor’s office within two to three days to have the results read. The syphilis test is a blood test.
  • The doctor will also check your records to see if you need any vaccinations. The list includes Hepatitis A and B, Influenza, Measles, Meningococcal, Mumps, Pneumococcal, Pertussis, Polio, Rotavirus, Rubella, Tetanus, COVID and Varicella.
  • After the exam, the doctor will complete Form I-693 and seal the form in an envelope for you to submit to USCIS. DO NOT UNSEAL THE ENVELOPE. Make sure you get a copy of the completed Form I-693 for your personal records before the doctor seals the envelope. USCIS will not accept the form if the envelope has been opened or altered.


What do I need to bring for my immigration medical exam?
  • Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Records.  Our facility can provide form I-693 for your convenience and our medical immigration specialist will work with you to fill out the documents correctly.  Vaccinations can be done at our facility if you do not have any previous vaccination records.
  • Government-issued photo identification, such as a valid passport or driver’s license.   Identifications that say “not for federal identification” are not valid.  Bringing your passport is recommended.  If you are 14 years old or younger, bring identification that shows your name, date, and place of birth and parent’s full name. Possible forms of identification include your birth certificate (with an English translation) or an affidavit.  If you are concerned if your photo identification is valid, please call and speak with our medical immigration specialist.
  • Vaccination or immunization record (such as DT, DTP, DTaP, Td, Tdap, OPV, IPV, MMR, Hib, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, varicella, pneumococcal influenza, rotavirus, COVID vaccinations and meningococcal disease)
  • Payment such as cash or credit (check with the clinic if your payment is accepted).  Most health insurance providers will not cover this type of physical examination.
How much does USCIS medical exam cost?
  • Pricing can vary and they start at $400 depending what is needed.  The U.S. government does not set a standard fee and health insurance will not cover the cost.  Therefore, expect to pay out of pocket and check with your doctor for a more accurate price.  
  • For more details on pricing structure at our facility, visit our page on how much does a UCIS medical exam cost?
Is I-693 covered by insurance?
  • Health insurance will not cover the cost of an immigration physical.  Therefore, expect to pay out of pocket and check with your doctor for a more accurate price.
  • For more details on pricing structure at our facility, visit our page on how much does a UCIS medical exam cost?
Why do you need a medical exam for a green card?
  • U.S. law requires that immigrants take medical exams to prove that they are not a health risk to the general public.
  • You might not be allowed to remain if you have a communicable disease, harmful mental disorder, have a drug addiction, or fail to get vaccinated. Gretna Medical Center can provide you with the appropriate vaccinations if you need them.
  • If found inadmissible due to a reason above, you can apply to get a waiver from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 
Where can I find more information?

  • Filling out our contact page is the best way to get a response from us.  You may also call 504-370-9661 and ask to speak with our medical immigration specialist directly but our phone lines can be busy.



Open 7 days a week. Walk-in patients are welcome.

Fax: (504) 367-6022

315 Westbank Expressway Gretna, LA 70053

Business Hours
Monday - Saturday
7am - 5pm
7am - 12 noon
Gretna Medical Center