What is I-693? This form is required if you are applying to become a legal permanent resident of the U.S. The purpose of this form is to confirm that you are not inadmissible to the United States on public health grounds.
In order to get an adjustment of status to permanent resident, also known as a green card, an immigrant to the United States is required to meet certain medical standards. I-693 is used to make sure that an applicant does not have a communicable disease that is a significant risk to public health, has the required vaccinations, is not a drug addict or drug abuser, and does not have a physical or mental disorder involving behavior that may be a threat to the safety or welfare of the applicant or others.
The form is available to download on the USCIS website, where you can also find more information.
The medical examination required for a green card includes a physical examination, a skin test and chest x-ray to check for tuberculosis, and a blood test for syphilis. The doctor will review your medical history and test for communicable diseases. Following the medical exam, your doctor will fill out Form I-693 and put the completed form in a sealed envelope for you to submit to USCIS. You should make sure to get a copy of the completed Form I-693 for your personal records before the envelope is sealed. It is important that you do not open or damage this envelope in any way, as you must submit Form I-693 in a sealed envelope to ensure its authenticity. USCIS will only accept an envelope that is unopened and unaltered.
When you go for your medical exam appointment, you should be prepared with the following:
Only a single dose of a vaccine requiring multiple doses is needed for your I-693 form, but the civil surgeon filling out your form should note on the form that you haven’t completed the doses, and should also tell you to complete the series in the future.
It is possible in some cases to be granted a waiver for the vaccine requirements based on religious or moral beliefs, but this is a separate application process. If you want to apply for such a waiver, you should check with USCIS to obtain a waiver application.
An officially designated civil surgeon must fill out Form I-693 for you at your medical exam appointment. The civil surgeon must then provide the form to you in a sealed envelope. You must, however, sign the form.
Once you have the completed form in a sealed envelope, you may submit it by mail with your Form I-485 (Application to Register for Permanent Residence or Adjust Status). This form may also be submitted by mail after you’ve submitted your I-485, or you can bring it with you to an in-person interview at a USCIS office if you are scheduled for one.
A signed I-693 is valid for two years from the date it was signed by the civil surgeon.
Form I-693 requires a “civil surgeon” to conduct a medical examination of the applicant. Civil surgeons are authorized doctors in the United States who perform these medical examinations for people applying for an adjustment of status to permanent residency.
Note that new immigrants are required to undergo medical exams by a “panel physician” before immigrating to the U.S. Panel physicians are not the same as civil surgeons.
An official civil surgeon is designated as such by the District Director of USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). A civil surgeon must be a licensed physician with at least four years of professional experience. Luckily, you don’t have to figure out who is authorized as a civil surgeon yourself. USCIS maintains a “Find a Doctor” page where you can find a local civil surgeon to complete your medical exam.
There is no filing fee for I-693, but civil surgeons who provide this service will charge you for the required medical examinations. You can call and ask how much this will cost once you’ve found a few civil surgeons in your area, but it should be around $200.
I-693 should be submitted no more than 60 days before you file for your green card. A form that is signed more than 60 days before you file your application will be deemed inadmissible. For this reason, you should file your I-693 either along with your I-485 green card application or as soon as possible afterward. If you file I-693 after I-485, then it will be valid for two years, but you must file before USCIS has finalized adjudication of your application.
All fields are required. Florida Immigration Law Counsel is a law firm. However, the use of the internet or this form for communication with us does not establish an attorney-client relationship. We will discuss your options with you.
Caring and compassionate, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is a Florida immigration attorney dedicated to producing the results her clients need. She has over 17 years of experience helping both corporate and individual clients with an emphasis in employment/investment cases and family adjustment cases.
As the Managing Attorney at Florida Immigration Law Counsel, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez and her team are capable of representing and helping individuals looking to attain a Family Visa, Work Visa, and Citizenship/Naturalization. Her experience successfully representing clients in front of the Department of Justice for cases involving Deportation/Removal Proceedings will lead to success in your case.
Her experience and expertise in immigration litigation has led to multiple Avvo awards and other accolades, including the Clients’ Choice for 2017 Immigration Attorney. Her clients also consistently post positive reviews on her Facebook page. Her experience has also allowed her to teach a new generation of lawyers as an adjunct professor of law at Nova Southeastern University, and she also regularly gives speeches on immigration matters.
Counselor Gonzalez is also experienced in helping corporate clients through the process of filing for Employment Visas, Labor Certifications, and Business and Investment Visas with the Department of Labor. She takes on the entire case from start to finish, simplifying the process for her clients and allowing them to focus on their business.
Fluent in English, Spanish, and Farsi – Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is dedicated to making her clients feel comfortable and assured in making her their go-to immigration attorney in Florida. Her goal is to ensure that those who want to live the American dream have a professional fighting for them and making the process as painless as possible.
Saman’s passion for immigration law stems from her personal life as the daughter of immigrants. Her parents were recipients of the student F1 visa in 1971. Her father came into this country with the goal to improve his life and the life of his children. He earned a PhD in Civil Engineering and Business, instilling in his daughter a strong work ethic that she carries to this day. Saman saw firsthand what it means to be an immigrant and achieve the American Dream.
Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez can personally understand the struggle of immigrants and the children of immigrants navigating through the bureaucratic process of immigration law. Because of this, she dedicates herself fully and provides her personal attention to every case. She prides herself on developing a strong relationship with each and every client, and she is not afraid of pushing the envelope and looking for answers where other attorneys have failed.
Saman Movassaghi makes it her goal to provide you with only the best representation for immigration matters because she believes it’s time for you to live the American dream!