Medical examinations are needed for adjustment of status cases (Form I-485). The medical examination must be conducted by a medical doctor who has been designated by USCIS as a civil surgeon.
Note: You cannot go to your personal doctor to have a medical exam for immigration purposes unless your doctor is a designated civil surgeon.
If you are applying for a visa outside of the United States, the Department of State will instruct you to have a medical exam conducted by a Panel Physician overseas prior to receiving your visa.
The medical exam has to be done by a doctor specifically approved for doing immigration physicals. If you live in the Greater Tampa Bay area, I recommend Dr. Karen Juarez, D.O.:
For areas outside the Tampa Bay area, here is the link on the USCIS website where you can locate the nearest approved doctor in your area:
Or you can call call the National Customer Service Center at 1 (800) 375-5283.
After you have selected English or Spanish as your language of choice for the message,
choose #5 for medical examinations from the list of six automated options.
You will be asked to key in your zip code to help determine the list of designated civil surgeons close to you. Have pencil and paper ready to record the names of the civil surgeons provided.
Please refer to the USCIS webpage regarding vaccination requirements.