Patients seeking a change in citizenship or residency status are required by the USCIS and CDC to have certain medical services performed. The services required depend on the age of the patient and the content of their medical records. In general, all patients seeking citizenship will have to have a basic immigration physical in addition to the following services:
- Tuberculin Testing: All patients must receive a tuberculin skin test or tuberculin blood screen. Patients with positive results will have to receive a confirmatory chest X-Ray. This testing must be completed by the Civil Surgeon unless there is a prior history of positive tuberculosis.
- Blood Screening: All patients over the age of 15 must complete a blood draw for Syphilis testing. The blood draw must be completed on-site and will be sent out to LabCorp for testing. Results usually come back in 3-4 days. If a patient does not have documentation for the Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine (MMR) or the Varicella vaccine, additional blood testing may be done to confirm their immunity to these diseases.
- Urine Screening: All patients over the age of 15 must complete a urine screen for Gonorrhea testing. The urine screen must be completed on-site and will be sent out to LabCorp for testing. Results usually come back in 4-5 days.
- Necessary Vaccinations: All patients are required to receive age-appropriate vaccinations. The required vaccinations vary by age group, but most adults are required to have written a proof of the following vaccinations: Tetanus or TDaP (administered in the last 10 years), Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella (Chicken Pox), and the flu vaccine during the months of October-February. Children have different requirements. If patients believe they have received a vaccine, but do not have documentation, there may be laboratory tests that can confirm their immunity. Please contact the clinic for more information. Vaccines do not need to be administered at Immigration Medical Associates, but written documentation must be received prior to paperwork completion.