Jeffrey S. Liva, MD, MPH, MS
Occupational Medicine Physician located in Paramus, NJ
Dr. Jeffrey Liva, an authorized immigration doctor, serves New Jersey residents living near the Bergen County area. Dr. Liva offers immigration physicals to individuals arriving in the United States and applying for their green card, or permanent resident status. For more information on this service, contact the office.
Immigration Doctor Q & A
Do you need an examination before applying for a green card?
Any person who wishes to apply for a green card in the US must get a complete medical examination from a specific doctor chosen by immigration officials. The specially certified doctor is known as a civil surgeon and received training that helps identify certain health problems common in other countries. The applicant must provide specific documents that the doctor fills out during the examination. Along with the physical examination, the doctor talks to the applicant to determine if they have a history of health problems that may affect their future in the US.
Do you need to bring anything to the exam?
The green card applicant needs to bring several documents with them to their appointment, including a Form I-693 that’s filled out to the best of their ability. Print out the most recent version of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. They shouldn’t sign the document until after the doctor examines them and tells them to do so. The person must also bring a photo identification card of some type, including a passport, driver's license, or student ID. You can also bring a birth certificate with a valid English translation or an affidavit that supports the document. Lastly, bring an up-to-date vaccination record, a medical insurance card, and a proper form of payment to the exam.
Why would someone fail the examination?
A person can fail the immigration physical examination in a number of ways. For example, they may have an incomplete immunization record or lack of a photo ID, both of which disqualify the person. However, applicants can try again once they gather all the materials needed to complete the examination. Diseases that fall into one of the following three categories also are cause for disqualification:
- Quarantinable diseases (SARS, viral hemorrhagic fevers, etc.)
- Diseases that pose a public health emergency (pandemic flu, smallpox, polio, etc.)
- Any infectious disease in an active state (tuberculosis, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV infections)
During the examination, Dr. Liva performs blood tests that help determine if any of these conditions are present. If they are, the person's application will be denied.
Dr. Jeffrey S. Liva, MD, MPH, MS accepts all major forms of insurance. If you do not see your insurance listed here, please call our office and confirm with our staff. We are happy to assist you.