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Immigration Physicals Specialist

Wissam M. Shaya, MD -  - Board Certified Family Medicine

Smart Choice Medical

Wissam M. Shaya, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine & Laser Specialist located in Jacksonville, FL

Are you taking steps to become a permanent legal United States resident? If so, get your immigration physical from board-certified physician Wissam Shaya, MD, at Smart Choice Medical, located in Jacksonville, Florida. He is kind, compassionate, and treats everyone seeking immigration physicals like family. To continue your journey, book your appointment online or over the phone today.

Immigration Physicals Q & A

What is an immigration physical?

An immigration physical is a physical exam that anyone applying for a United States green card must complete before they receive permanent legal residency. Both adults and children must undergo this physical.


The purpose of an immigration physical is to make sure that you’re healthy enough to enter the United States, and you don’t pose a public health risk. You must book your physical with a physician who is authorized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), like Dr. Shaya at Smart Choice Medical.


After you complete your physical, you can submit Form I-693, also known as the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. The government requires you to submit this document before your application is considered complete.

What happens during immigration physicals?


During your immigration physical, Dr. Shaya goes over your medical history and tests you or your children for communicable diseases, such as syphilis and tuberculosis. Usually, you must return to Smart Choice Medical two to three days after your tuberculosis test to get the results.


Please note that children under the age of two do not have to take a tuberculosis test.

Next, Dr. Shaya reviews your chart to see if you need any vaccinations. If so, he performs them. The required vaccinations include:


  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Tetanus (Td)
  • Polio (OPV or IPV)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella
  • Pneumococcal influenza
  • Rotavirus 
  • Meningococcal disease


Finally, Dr. Shaya completes Form I-693 and hands it to you in a sealed envelope. You must not open or tamper with this envelope before you send it to USCIS. If you do so, they won’t accept it. 


Remember to request a copy of the form before your provider seals it for your records. 

What should I bring to an immigration physical?

To make sure your immigration physical goes smoothly, make sure to bring the following items with you to your appointment.


  • Form I-693
  • A government-issued photo identification
  • Immunization or vaccination record
  • Medical insurance card
  • Payment for your visit


Examples of acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license, birth certificate with an English translation, or a valid passport.


If your child is under the age of 14, their ID must include their name, date of birth, place of birth, and parents’ full names.


If you’re ready to schedule your immigration physical, reach out to Smart Choice Medical online or over the phone today.