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Faqs About Failing The Immigration Medical Examination

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A medical examination is required if you are applying for a temporary visa or a green card. The results of the examination can have a bearing on whether you can enter or remain in the country. There are some instances in which a failed result could mean a label of inadmissible by the government. If you have an examination coming up, here is what you need to know.

What Happens If You Fail?

Failing to pass the medical examination could mean that you are deemed inadmissible. An inadmissible status essentially means that you are barred from legally entering or staying in the United States. There are several conditions that could result in an inadmissible status, including failing to have the required vaccinations and a history of mental illness or drug abuse.

Unfortunately, you will not be aware of the results from the medical examination until they are received by the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS. The results are given to you in a sealed envelope that you are not allowed to open. If the envelope is opened, the DHS will not accept the results.

What Can You Do?

If you are deemed to be inadmissible, how you proceed depends on the reason for the denial. For instance, if you are denied for not having the required vaccinations, you can choose to have the necessary vaccinations or provide proof that you have met the requirements.

If you have a history of mental illness, you will need to prove that your disorder does not make you a threat to yourself or others. This could require obtaining documentation from your treating psychiatrist. You also might be required to show that you have had any criminal issues that resulted from past occurrences.

Is There Anything You Can Do Before the Exam to Avoid Denial?

Before you have the medical examination, there are a few steps you can take to potentially lower the likelihood that you would be deemed inadmissible. One is to review the DHS's requirements for medical examinations. If you are in doubt whether you can pass the exam, speaking with an attorney is a good idea.

You can also obtain your medical records that can show you have been treated for any diseases that could lead to a failed examination. If possible, ask your doctor to provide you with a written statement that explains your diagnosis and treatment.

Being prepared for the medical examination can make a difference. Work with your attorney and other immigration advocates to ensure you are ready. Contact a service provider, like John R. Vigil, MD Medical Examination Services, for more help.

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