USCIS Launches Enhanced Tool for Green Card Applicants to Find a Doctor

New online tool helps green card applicants find an authorized doctor in their area to perform their medical examination for adjustment of status.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently launched a tool called Find a Doctor, which helps green card applicants more easily locate an authorized doctor to perform the medical examination requirement for applying for permanent resident status in the US.

Anyone filing for Adjustment of Status (for green card or US permanent residency) using Form I-485 usually must acquire a medical exam as part of the application. The medical examination must be performed by a USCIS authorized doctor, or civil surgeon. During the exam, the civil surgeon tests for diseases such as tuberculosis and syphilis and records the results on Form I-693, which is then sealed in an envelope for the applicant to submit along with Form I-485 to USCIS.

The enhanced Find a Doctor tool helps applicants find a civil surgeon who is authorized to perform their medical exam in their area. It also includes helpful information such as a document checklist and what to expect during the exam. The online tool can be accessed at any time and from any device, such as computer, phone, or tablet. To use, applicants must simply enter their zip code or address, and the tool will display a list of authorized medical care centers or physicians in the area accompanied by contact information, directions, and a map pinpointing the listed locations.

To learn more and start searching for a civil surgeon, access the Find a Doctor tool.