Immigration Medical Examination And Admissibility Conditions

US Immigration laws stipulate that a medical physical exam is required for all immigration visas and even for some non immigration visas. Refugees and applicants who have filed for adjustment status also need to go in for the immigration medical exam, which is also known as the Green Card Physical Examination. The main reason behind administering the Green Card Physical is to explore possibilities of any health conditions that could prevent the applicant from immigrating.


USCIS-approved Civil Surgeons are specially designated and can administer the examination inside the country. Panel Physicians can run the exam outside of the country.

All medical conditions, as per CDC norms are classified into Class A and Class B categories.

If medical conditions of the applicant fall under Class A then the applicant cannot gain admission into the country.

4 conditions that would make the applicant inadmissible on the basis of medical health are:

Those people who have any form of communicable disease that could cause concern to public health like: chancroid, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS, leprosy (infectious), infectious syphilis, infectious TB (Class A TB) and any other communicable disease of public significance.

Those applicants who have to apply for immigrant visas or file for adjustment of status but have not received all the vaccinations as mandated by CDC.

Those people who display physical or mental anomalies, these disorders could also be associated with harmful behavior. There could be physical or mental disorders which could have existed in the past though these disorders are not current in the present they are likely to recur in the future and might even lead to harmful behavior. Such conditions could lead to the visa being refused.

Individuals who are found to be abusers of drugs. Drug addicts too could fall under the scanner.

All other medical conditions fall under Class B. Medical conditions falling under Class B also involve physical and mental conditions, certain diseases and other disabilities of serious or permanent nature. Class B category diseases could entertain waivers that could be applied for by applicants.


It would not help the applicant very much if he or she is tense or nervous before taking the examination. It is very natural for all of us to feel a bit apprehensive, especially about the results of any examination, but it could reflect in the outcome ultimately, if the applicant is tense. So it is best to stay calm and collected before the exam is due.

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