Earning Additional Practice Revenue as a Civil Surgeon: Part III

Our last two blogs considered the nature of USCIS’ civil surgeon program and the process of applying to become a civil surgeon. Today, we will conclude our consideration of the civil surgeon program by discussing the responsibilities of a civil surgeon.

USCIS has charged the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) with the task of providing instructions to civil surgeons that ensure that their examinations detect those individuals who should be denied admission to the U.S (or adjustment of status) based upon specified health-related grounds. The health-related grounds for inadmissibility include “persons who have a communicable disease of public health significance, who fail to present documentation of having received vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases, who have or have had a physical or mental disorder with associated harmful behavior, or who are a drug abuser or an addict.” See CDC FAQ.

Every civil surgeon must perform a comprehensive examination. This examination must include the following:

  • A physical examination;
  • An evaluation (skin test/chest x-ray examination) for tuberculosis; and
  • For those applicants who are fifteen years old or older, blood tests for syphilis and HIV.
Digging Deeper:
The following resources are invaluable for civil surgeons (or physicians who are considering becoming civil surgeons) who are attempting to determine the nature of the required examination:
1. The Technical Instructions for Medical Examinations of Aliens in the United States provides a very in depth overview of the medical examination requirements.
2. The following link provides all of the details (including relevant F.A.Q., instructions and a 2008 memo) that a civil surgeon may require regarding vaccinations: Civil Surgeon Vaccinations.
3. View the Tuberculosis Instructions here
4. The I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccine is available here.

For more information regarding the civil surgeon program, please visit our prior blogs and the USCIS website.

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