Frequently Asked Questions
Are all Civil Surgeons the same?
Not at all! Dr. Fernandez is the most experienced Civil Surgeon performing USCIS Medical exams in the Triangle area. He has performed over 19,650 exams, and his success rate for the I-693 form is over 99.9%. That is why our referral rate from clients, their friends & family, local immigration attorneys, the United States Military and community help centers is so high.
Not only has he and his staff been trained in the 4 part USCIS seminar, they also train other physicians around the country and their office staff on how to properly perform the I-693 medical exam and fill out the paperwork!
Do all Civil Surgeons charge the same amount for these exams?
Unfortunately, there is no set pricing for these types of exams, so you need to know the right questions to ask before making an appointment! Some offices will quote a very low cost, but not tell you about all the additional charges that may apply. This can cost you several hundred dollars more than you thought! Make sure you know what your total cost will be, and what vaccines are required! We are happy to tell you your total cost and the vaccines needed before your appointment. We have the lowest prices around!
What to bring
Please bring an unexpired photo ID such as driver's license or passport. If you have questions as to whether or not a form of ID is valid, please give us a call. Also, bring any vaccination records, chest x-rays and TB skin test records that you have so we may review it and see what vaccines are required.
Depending on your circumstances and current vaccination records, it normally takes 1-3 business days before your paperwork is ready. This is usually done over 2 visits. If you are pressed for time, everything can be done in 1 visit as well. Please call us for more information.
Why are medical exams needed?
Medical examinations verify good health and admissibility to the United States on medical grounds. The exam can identify medical conditions that require follow-up medical care after immigration to the U.S. or adjustment of status to permanent residence.
What are the vaccination requirements?
Depending on your age, they would be Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Polio, Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis, Hepatitis B and Influenza. USCIS recommends that you do not try to fulfill your vaccination requirements before meeting with the Civil Surgeon, in case it is not medically appropriate for you to have one or more of the required vaccines.
What if vaccinations are contrary to my religious or moral beliefs?
If you have firmly held religious or moral beliefs that do not permit vaccinations, you may still be eligible for adjustment of status. You will need to apply for a waiver of vaccination requirements
What if I have other questions regarding the medical exam?
Give us a call at (919) 661-0801 and speak with one of our trained immigration health specialists. You may also visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov.