Sima Stein, MD
Pediatrician located in Bay Area, San Jose, CA
U.S. immigration law requires that all visa applicants, both adults and children, undergo a medical exam performed by an approved physician. Not only does Dr. Sima Stein of Sima Stein, MD serve pediatric patients, but she is also a board-certified physician who is also authorized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to administer immigration medical examinations on patients of all ages. Dr. Stein has offices in San Jose, California, for your convenience and offers a one-day turnaround of the paperwork required to complete the process. Call Sima Stein, MD today for an appointment or book your visit online.
Immigration Medical Examination Q & A
Why do adults and children need an immigration medical exam?
The USCIS requires the immigration medical examination for anyone seeking a visa. To avoid significant delays in obtaining you or your child’s green card, the USCIS “strongly recommends” you receive exam results before your scheduled visa interview. Also, USCIS will not accept exams performed by unauthorized physicians.
Dr. Stein is approved to perform comprehensive immigration physicals by the USCIS and does everything she can to expedite this process for her patients. She offers faster turnaround on required paperwork than anyone in the community. But because it can take time to receive results of some of the required tests, it’s essential you schedule your or your child’s exam in a timely fashion.
For identification purposes, USCIS also requires you bring your or your child’s passport, identification card, or other travel documents to the visit. You’ll also need to bring the visa interview appointment letter you received.
What is involved in an immigration medical exam?
Generally, the immigration medical exam includes a medical history review and physical examination. Anyone over the age of 15 also requires a chest X-ray and a blood test for syphilis.
A significant portion of the immigration medical exam involves a careful review of your or your child’s medical history and immunization record. Every child must be up-to-date on vaccinations required by the U.S. These requirements may be different than those in the country from which you’re immigrating.
Dr. Stein is also required to review any medications you or your child regularly takes, including the dose, and current health conditions that require ongoing treatment. If you have access, it’s beneficial if you bring your or your child’s medical records along on exam day.
You can also expect a general exam that’s meant more as a screening tool than a truly comprehensive physical.
Why are so many immunizations necessary?
The list may seem long, but the vaccinations are designed to protect you or your child from illnesses that can pose a serious health risk. Dr. Stein avoids duplicating vaccinations if she has appropriate records indicating you or your child has already received the required immunization.
Required USCIS immunizations include:
- Hepatitis A and B
- Influenza and influenza type b (Hib)
- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
- Varicella (chicken pox)
To schedule your or your child’s comprehensive immigration medical exam, contact Sima Stein, MD by phone, or book online today.