Immigration Medical Examinations
Depending on the immigration benefit sought, an applicant may be required to undergo a medical examination. Immigration medical examinations conducted inside the United States must be performed by a civil surgeon who has been designated by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)
Immigration medical examinations conducted outside the United States must be performed by a panel physician who has been designated by the Department of State.
Civil SurgeonA medically trained, licensed and experienced doctor practicing in the U.S. who is certified by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service). These medical professionals receive U.S. immigration-focused training in order to provide examinations as required by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and USCIS. For medical examinations given overseas, please see Panel Physician.
IMPORTANT: medical examinations will not be recognized if they are given by a doctor in the U.S. who is not a Civil Surgeon; please make sure that your appointment is with a Civil Surgeon or your results and documents will be invalid.
Civil Surgeons’ Responsibilities
Civil surgeons must perform the immigration medical examination according to the Technical Instructions for the Medical Examinations of Aliens in the United States (Technical Instructions or TIs), published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. These Technical Instructions include:
Each of these documents and subsequent updates can be obtained from CDC’s website and are linked on the right side of this page.
CDC does not mail hard copies of these documents; it is the responsibility of the civil surgeon to obtain these documents online and comply with the requirements of the Technical Instructions.
Failure to comply with the Technical Instructions may result in the revocation of civil surgeon designation by USCIS.
Civil Surgeon Seminar Series
USCIS, in coordination with CDC, provides regular instruction on how to perform the immigration medical examination according to the Technical Instructions and correctly capture results of the exam on Form I-693.
For more information on upcoming seminars, please contact USCIS Customer Service and Public Engagement at email@example.com.
Questions and Updates
For currently designated civil surgeons:
USCIS Civil Surgeon Locator
Last updated: 03/28/2013
GeoSalud, March 29, 2013