USCIS Immigration Medical Exam Specialist

Esther Chen MD

Aesthetics & Family Medicine Physician located in Los Gatos, CA

Immigrants, refugees, and some nonimmigrants such as fiancés and domestic partners who are coming to the United States require the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) medical exam. Esther Chen, MD, in Los Gatos, California, is certified as a civil surgeon by USCIS, so she can perform this exam on-site when you need it. She speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese, and is happy to converse in your preferred language. Book your appointment at the Esther Chen MD office online or by calling today.

USCIS Immigration Medical Exam

What is needed before a USCIS immigration medical exam appointment?

When you come to your appointment, please:

  • Write Page 1 (do not sign yet) on I-693 form, and print them out.
  • Bring a photo identification (USA Driver’s License, or a Passport from your home country)
  • All your vaccines records (English, or Mandarin Chinese are both accepted)

What is the purpose of a USCIS immigration medical exam?

The main purpose of a USCIS immigration medical exam identifies applicants who are inadmissible for immigration because of disease, failure to vaccinate, or other health reasons. The exam also verifies your overall health and wellness, including mental health. After this exam, Dr. Chen completes form I-693, which you should download and print from the USCIS website to bring to your appointment. 

Communicable diseases

Diseases that can exclude you from immigration eligibility are called “communicable diseases of public health significance,” and include tuberculosis, syphilis, gonorrhea, and leprosy. Other diseases in this category include those named in a Presidential Executive Order, such as yellow fever and smallpox, and all diseases that the World Health Organization names as public health emergencies of international concern, such as polio. 

The list of diseases can be very long and might change over time. Dr. Chen lets you know if you have any disease of concern. If you previously received treatment for any communicable diseases, be sure to bring medical records proving that to your appointment.


As an immigrant, you must have new vaccinations (or proof of previous vaccinations) for certain diseases:

  • Haemophilus influenzae type B
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
  • Varicella

If you don’t have the necessary vaccinations, Dr. Chen can administer them. There are also other things that could exclude you from immigration, including drug abuse and untreated psychiatric conditions. Be sure to have all medical records forwarded to Dr. Chen ahead of your exam, and bring a comprehensive list of all medications, to make the process smooth and easy.

What does the doctor check during the USCIS exam?

Expect a physical exam with laboratory testing, including blood tests, and urine tests. 

How do I get the results?

Dr. Chen gives you the results in a sealed envelope after your exam. Submit it with your application, keeping it sealed.

Esther Chen MD is a skilled and experienced USCIS medical examiner, and she’s here to help you complete your I-693 form now. Book online or by phone today.