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Immigration

  • Sana Loue
Chapter

Abstract

All non-US citizens who wish to obtain permanent resident status, that is, a green card or “mica,” whether through an application for a visa at an embassy or consulate of the USA or through an application for adjustment of status in the USA, must undergo a medical examination to determine whether they may be legally admitted to the USA or whether they are inadmissible because of a medical issue. Some nonimmigrants, such as fiancé(e)s, are also required to have this medical examination. The examination can only be conducted by a physician in the USA who has been authorized to conduct this examination for immigration purposes by the US government (civil surgeon) or a physician outside of the USA who has been authorized to do so by the US Department of States (panel physician).

Keywords

Mental Disorder Medical Examination Harmful Behavior Physical Disorder Green Card 
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Suggested Readings

  1. Loue, S. (2011). Illness, inadmissibility, waivers, and other health-related issues. In I. Scharf (Ed.), The waivers book: Advanced issues in immigration law practice (pp. 183–215). Washington, D.C.: American Immigration Lawyers Association.Google Scholar
  2. Loue, S., Hornik, P., & Walker, R. (2011). Developments in medical grounds of inadmissibility. In 2011–2012 Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook Washington, D.C.: American Immigration Lawyers Association.Google Scholar

Suggested Resources

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010, June 1). CDC requirements: Technical instructions for physical or mental disorders with associated harmful behaviors and substance-related disorders. Retrieved November 8, 2010 from http://www.cdc.gov/imigrantrefugeehealth/pdf/mental-health-cs-ti.pdf;
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010, June 1). CDC immigration requirements: Technical instructions for physical or mental disorders with associated harmful behaviors and substance-related disorders. Retrieved November 8, 2010 from http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/pdf/mental-health-pp-ti.pdf.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Technical instructions for medical examination of aliens in the United States. Retrieved November 8, 2010 from http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/exams/ti/civil/technical-instructions/ civil-surgeons/medical-history-physical-examination.html.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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