Civil Surgeon Exam - New Orleans
Where can I take the Civil Surgeon Immigration Exam 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 in the New Orleans area. Gretna Medical Center is centrally located in the Westbank and we have a medical immigration specialist that will work directly with you in filling out the documentation correctly.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during the exam?
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, 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 should I bring to a civil surgeon 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 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.
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). The direct website is located here.