Immigration Physical (US, Australia, Canadian, New Zealand)

Martin G. McElya, DO -  - Family Medicine Physician

Neighborhood Medical Center

Martin G. McElya, DO

Family Medicine Physician located in Addison, North Dallas, Dallas, TX

If you’re looking for residency status in a country other than your own, you’re often required to undergo an immigration physical. At Neighborhood Medical Center, Dr. Martin G. McElya provides physicals for several countries, including the United States, and provides his patients in the Dallas area exactly what they need for the necessary forms. To find out more about immigration physicals, call or use the online booking tool to schedule an exam.

Immigration Physical (US, Australia, Canadian, New Zealand) Q & A

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What immigration physicals are provided?

Dr. McElya provides immigration physicals for the following countries. Click the country you are immigrating to for more specific information:

Dr. McElya knows what each country needs and is familiar with the paperwork you need to submit.

What are immigration physicals for?

While each country has its own medical guidelines, the purpose behind most immigration physicals is to ensure that you’re mentally and physically fit for residency. For example, to gain residency in the US, you need to have a physical performed by a doctor who’s cleared by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). During this physical, Dr. McElya checks for the following:

  • The presence of communicable diseases
  • Vaccinations
  • The existence of a mental disorder
  • Substance abuse problems

Any disease that requires you to be quarantined or that poses a public health risk to others would make you inadmissible to the US.

The requirements for Australia, New Zealand, and Canada may differ slightly, but the basic idea is the same: to ensure that you’re not a public health liability in any way.

What vaccines do I need?

Again, each country has its own set of rules governing vaccinations. For the US, the USCIS requires you to have proof of the following vaccines:

  • Diphtheria
  • Haemophilus influenza Type B
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Varicella

If you’re missing any of these vaccinations, Dr. McElya provides them.

Dr. McElya also has the complete list of required vaccinations for Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and checks to make sure you have the necessary immunizations.

Is there a physical examination?

Yes. In the case of the US, Dr. McElya takes X-rays to determine the presence of tuberculosis, and does a full physical exam to check for signs of any potential health problems that may pose a risk to others. This exam includes looking at your:

  • Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
  • Extremities
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Abdomen
  • Lymph nodes
  • Genitalia
  • Skin

During the exam, Dr. McElya also performs a mental evaluation.

Again, the requirements for other countries may be slightly different, but you can expect the same type of exam as for the US.

If you need an immigration physical, Neighborhood Medical Center can help. Call or book an appointment online to get started.

Do I need a passport?

Yes you need to bring your current, non-expired passport with you to your appointment.

Is there a cancellation fee?

Yes. If you cancel your appointment within 24 hours of it's scheduled time, you will be charged $50.

Does insurance cover this?

No. Insurance companies do not cover immigration physicals.

How long does an appointment last?

1-2 hours.

Do I need to fast prior to my appointment?

No. Fasting is not required for lab work.

Can I be on my menstrual cycle during my appointment?

No. If your menstrual cycle coincides with the time of your appointment, you have two options:

  • Return to the office to perform the urinalysis portion of the physical when you are no longer on your cycle.
  • Reschedule your initial appointment for when you are no longer on your cycle.

Do I need to bring any documents or physician letters indicating any and all prescribed medications or diagnosed medical conditions including, but not limited to pregnancy, diabetes, cancer, thyroid conditions, etc?

Yes. You need to bring documentation for every medical condition or prescribed medications. For pregnancy, we need the document to state that you are pregnant and your anticipated due date.

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