Immigration Physicals Specialist

Nader Ewaida, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Hope Internal Medicine and Sleep Clinic

Nader Ewaida, MD

Internal Medicine & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in North Richland Hills, TX

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires immigration physicals for everyone applying to become a permanent resident of the United States. Dr. Nader Ewaida at Hope Internal Medicine & Sleep Clinic provides the required exam, ensures you have up-to-date immunizations, and completes all the paperwork you need for your permanent residency card, commonly called a green card. To learn more about immigration physicals or to schedule an exam, call the office in North Richland Hills, Texas or book an appointment online.

Immigration Physicals Q & A

Who needs an immigration physical?

If you want to become a permanent legal resident of the United States, you have to go through an “adjustment of status” or, as it’s more commonly called, getting a green card. Everyone applying for a green card must have an immigration physical.

You can apply for a green card based on different qualifications. For example, you may apply for permanent residency based on having a family member who’s a US citizen, having a job in the US, or as a refugee.

Why are immigration physicals required?

Immigration physicals protect the health of everyone living in the US by making sure that new residents don’t have a contagious disease that could pose a public health problem.

You’ll be screened for health issues such as:

  • Infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, syphilis, and gonorrhea
  • Physical or mental health disorder that causes harmful behavior
  • Drug abuse or addiction

If you have a contagious disease, you must be treated for the condition before you can take the next step of applying for your green card.

Do I need immunizations?

Yes, you must have all the required immunizations before you can become a permanent resident of the US. If you’ve had your shots, bring your medical records to your appointment at Hope Internal Medicine & Sleep Clinic.

If you haven’t had all the required shots or you don’t have a written record of your immunizations, Dr. Ewaida will administer the vaccinations needed to apply for your green card.

What should I expect during an immigration physical?

Dr. Ewaida reviews your medical history, which includes getting information about:

  • Hospitalizations
  • Institutionalizations for chronic conditions
  • Illnesses
  • Disabilities
  • Drug and alcohol use

You may be asked to undergo a urine test for drugs. If you’ve had chest X-rays or treatment for tuberculosis, it’s important to bring those records to your immunization exam, if possible.

After talking with you about your current health and any symptoms or problems, Dr. Ewaida evaluates your mental status and performs a complete physical exam. If he discovers any potential problems, the doctor orders diagnostic tests.

If you have any questions about getting your green card or the immigration physical, call Hope Internal Medicine & Sleep Clinic or book an appointment online.