Immigration Exams Specialist

Verretta Deorosan, MD

Internist located in El Segundo, Los Angeles, CA

When you need an immigration physical, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that a designated physician perform the exam. Dr. Verretta Deorosan is a board-certified internal medicine specialist in the El Segundo neighborhood of Los Angeles, California who is designated by the USCIS as qualified to perform mandatory immigration exams for those applying for visas or permanent U.S. residency. Call the office today to schedule an appointment and obtain complete details about the records and forms you’re required to present at the time of your physical.

Immigration Exams Q & A

What is the purpose of an immigration physical exam?

The purpose of an immigration physical exam is to help determine whether visa or green card applicants have any serious or communicable diseases, mental disorders, or drug problems that might make them ineligible for admission to the U.S.

Is it just a physical exam?

A complete physical is included, but the examination also requires a very thorough review of your health history, immunization records, and hospitalizations. The doctor may also review your employment history, military file, or other records that might indicate previous health issues. She also asks detailed questions about past behaviors to determine whether you have a history of drug abuse or harmful behavior.

She also inquires about symptoms that may indicate cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, and neuropsychiatric disorders and checks for symptoms that indicate you have a disease that might prohibit admission to the U.S. After you’ve answered all the required questions, Dr. Deorosan performs a physical exam.

Will I need lab tests?

Lab work required by the USCIS includes:

  • TB skin test
  • HIV blood test
  • Blood test for syphilis      

What vaccinations do I need?

The list of required vaccines is quite long and may vary slightly according to age group but includes most of the vaccines that U.S. children are required to have to attend school. If you’ve had a full series of vaccinations, bring that record and an English translation if necessary. The doctor will administer any vaccines you cannot provide a written record of or those that you simply haven’t received.

Some of the vaccines required by USCIS include:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Meningococcal
  • Varicella
  • Pneumococcal
  • Influenza

What might make me inadmissible to the U.S.?

There are several physical and mental health issues that may make you inadmissible according to USCIS requirements, but waivers are available as well that might grant you admission. These issues include:

  • A communicable disease such as tuberculosis
  • A physical or mental disorder that may cause you to harm yourself or others
  • Lack of proper vaccinations

There is no waiver available for drug addicts or drug abusers.