Immigration Physical

Empire Medical Services

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Cardiology located in Murray Hill, Flushing, NY

If you have recently immigrated to the United States, it’s important to schedule an appointment for an immigration physical. Qualified to perform medical exams by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Vaijinath Chakote, MD, and his team can help you with your exam. With offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Flushing, and Rockaway Beach, New York, it’s easy to find an Empire Medical Services location that’s convenient for you. Call the office or make an appointment online today to schedule your immigration physical.

Immigration Physical Q & A

What is an immigration physical?

When you want to obtain a green card or United States citizenship, USCIS requires that you have an immigration medical exam. The purpose of the medical exam is to determine if your health condition is stable. People with current or past mental or physical disorders will be assessed in the immigration physical. It is an important step in the immigration process.

It’s not a complete physical examination. An immigration physical is meant to search for certain medical conditions that are relevant to U.S. immigration law. Your physician is not required to examine you for any conditions other than the ones required by immigration services.

What happens during the physical?

An immigration physical includes chest X-rays, blood tests for syphilis, and a physical examination. The physical includes an examination of your:

  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Nose
  • Throat
  • Extremities
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Abdomen
  • Lymph nodes
  • Skin


Dr. Chakote and the team at Empire Medical Services provides a safe environment to make you feel comfortable in the office throughout your visit.

Does this count as my yearly physical exam?

This exam isn’t sufficient as a full, yearly physical examination. Your provider isn’t required to treat you if they discover any previously undiagnosed health matters during the exam. Empire Medical Services can schedule you for a complete preventive physical examination separately to address your health concerns, and also provides workers’ compensation examinations if you’ve been injured on the job.

What if I don’t pass my immigration physical?

If you, for example, test positive for syphilis, you’ll be required to present a written certificate signed by a doctor or public health official to the examining physician stating you have been adequately treated. If you haven’t been treated, you must write an explanation signed by a doctor to give to the examining physician.

Dr. Chakote is an expert in immigration physicals and can help you feel comfortable during your exam, and his compassionate team is available to answer your questions and concerns. Call the office or schedule an appointment online at the nearest Empire Medical Services location today to continue the process of your immigration journey.