Immigration Physicals Specialist

Duck Lim, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Valley Medical Center

Duck Lim, MD

Internal Medicine located in Granada Hills, CA

When you apply for a Green Card in the United States, you typically need an immigration physical performed by a doctor. Duck Lim, MD, performs immigration physicals at his office at Valley Medical Center: Duck Lim, MD, in Granada Hills, California. Dr. Lim speaks Korean and his friendly staff includes a Spanish-speaking nurse. If you’re in need of an immigration physical, call or schedule a consultation online today and learn more about the medical process for residency in the United States.

Immigration Physicals Q & A

What is an immigration physical?

If you’re new to the United States, you must take certain steps to stay here legally. A medical exam, also known as immigration physical, is an important step in the United States immigration process.

A medical exam is required for lawful permanent residence — or what’s usually called a Green Card. The exam must be performed by a doctor who will make sure you don’t have contagious diseases or medical conditions that might be passed along to people living in the United States.

What happens during an immigration physical?

An immigration physical will include an extensive physical check-up to assess your overall health and wellness. Dr. Lim performs a physical exam that includes drawing and testing your blood, along with testing your urine. He’ll perform an electrocardiogram of your heart and a chest x-ray, which can show whether you have heart problems, pneumonia, emphysema, a collapsed lung, cancer, and several other medical conditions.

United States immigration laws also require you to receive vaccines during your immigration physical. These vaccines prevent a variety of diseases that are passed from one person to another, including:

  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • Polio
  • Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
  • Pertussis
  • Hepatitis B

If you’ve been vaccinated for any of these diseases or others, you should bring your vaccination records with you to Dr. Lim’s office.

Dr. Lim also tests for tuberculosis, which calls for an initial test and then a follow-up visit. To get the results, you’ll come back to his office about two to three days after your first appointment.

What should I expect after my immigration physical?

After the exam, Dr. Lim fills out your I-693 form, or what’s formally known as the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. You’ll need to send this form to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It’s also a good idea to make a copy of the completed form for your records.

If you’re new to the United States and interested in applying for permanent legal status, call or schedule a consultation online today with Dr. Lim and take an important step in applying for a Green Card.