Immigration medical exams are performed in order to verify that you are in good health and admissible to become a United States resident and in order to determine if you need any medical care after you immigrate to the US or adjust your status to become a permanent resident citizen.
These INS Examinations can only be performed by approved USCIS Certified Civil Surgeons. Dr. Luke Conovaloff and Dr. Shoji are approved USCIS Certified Civil Surgeons working at Playa Vista Medical Center and are able to provide this service to those needing an INS examination.
Currently INS examinations are performed ONLY on Tuesdays through Thursdays between 10-4p on a walk in basis. Please call the clinic at 310-862-0400 to confirm one of one our USCIS Certified Civil Surgeons are working the day you want to come in.
If the patient does not speak English, they will need to bring a translator to the appointment. Please bring all immunization and medical history documentation to your appointment.
Dr. Shoji or Dr. Conovaloff will perform and physical assessment and determine what tests and titers are required. If other titers are needed, they will be determined during the visit (it will be unknown until the MD examines the patient).
Pricing starts at $140.00 for adults and $170.00 for children. All vaccines and testing are an additional charge depending on what is required. Paperwork can take up to 2 weeks to complete so please make sure you schedule your visit to the clinic to allocate plenty of time to complete the exam.
INS Examinations FAQs
What does an immigration doctor do for your medical exam?
Immigration medical exams are performed in order to verify that you are in good health and admissible to become a United States resident and in order to determine if you need any medical care after you immigrate to the US or adjust your status to become a permanent resident citizen. These USCIS immigration exams are called I 693 (i693) and they verify your medical condition in order to determine if you need any medical care after you immigrate to the US or adjust your status to become a permanent resident.
What does USCIS Doctor do?
On March 1, 2003, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) transitioned into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). A USCIS doctor is responsible for performing an immigration medical exam and filling out the form I693 (A USCIS I693 form).
What is a civil surgeon?
According to the USCIS, a civil surgeon is a doctor, selected by USCIS to conduct medical examinations of aliens in the United States who are applying for adjustment of status to permanent residence or who are required by USCIS to have a medical examination.
Does our office have immigration doctors? How to find Immigration Clinics that perform immigration exams?
Yes. Drs. Conovaloff and Dr. Shoji are both accredited USCIS civil surgeons and perform immigration physical exams, or immigration medical exams for the USCIS. They will fill out the I 693 form for you. Therefore, you will find our immigration clinic very cost effective compared to other immigration clinics that are in the Los Angeles area. Both physicians are very competent in performing the immigration physicals.
What is a green card medical exam?
The Immigration Medical Exam is necessary for people who are looking to adjust their status in the United States or apply for an immigrant visa if they are going abroad. It is not possible to get an immigrant visa or even to adjust status unless you have a green card medical exam or a immigration medical exam. The immigration medical exam must be performed by a USCIS approved Civil Surgeon, and our office has an immigration doctor on staff.
Are Drs. Conovaloff and Dr. Shoji Immigration Doctors located in Los Angeles? How Do I use the civil surgeon locator?
Yes, our office is qualified to do immigration medical exams and is located in Los Angeles. You may need to contact USCIS to use the Civil Surgeon Locator for a city other than Los Angeles.
Do adjustment of status applicants need an immigration medical examination?
Most individuals who are seeking adjustment in status need to have an immigration doctor or a USCIS Civil Surgeon perform the immigration medical examination. This is done by filling out the I693 (or I-693 / I 693) Medical Examination of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status. There are a few exceptions of Refugees, Fianceés (K-1, 2, 3, 4) and Spouses or (V-1, 2, 3, 4) applicants that do not need the medical exams.
What medical tests may be required during the Physical examination?
- Tuberculosis skin test (TB)
- Gonorrhea (required)
- Syphilis for applicants 15 years or older (required)
- Mental defect
- Narcotic drug addiction
- Psychopathic personality
- And additional tests
Where do I get the exams done?
Please call our office at 310-862-0400 to check availability for the USCIS Certified Civil Surgeon exam. Drs. Conovaloff and Dr. Shoji are both approved USCIS Certified Civil Surgeons in Los Angeles, California.
What happens after I do the medical exam?
The office will fill out the I 693 form for you, and the results will be sealed in an envelope that you give to USCIS. You should not open the sealed envelope unless instructed by USCIS.
For more information about the USCIS, please visit their Web Site.