Most green card applicants find that the Immigration Medical Examination can be one of the most excruciating part of the entire journey of immigration. But with the right guidance one can go through it without much of a problem.
Vaccinations are an important part of the Immigration Medical Examination.
WHY ARE VACCINATIONS REQUIRED?
An amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act in September 1996 requires that any person who is in the process of seeking an immigrant visa to show evidence that he has received vaccinations against diseases that are preventable by vaccines.
WHICH BODY DETERMINES THE REQUIRED VACCINATIONS?
The Secretary of Health and Human Services is the body that regulates the Immigration Medical Examination process.
WHAT ARE THE VACCINATIONS REQUIRED TO BE TAKEN?
As recommended by the U S Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices green card applicants are required to take vaccines. The immigrant’s vaccine history, medical history and age will determine which of the vaccines need to be administered.
List of vaccine-preventable diseases:
• Haemophilus influenzae Type B
• Hepatitis A
• Hepatitis B.
o Meningocococcal disease
o Human papillomavirus
• Pneumococcal pneumonia
WHO IS SUPPOSED TO PAY FOR THE VACCINATIONS?
Payment for the vaccinations depends upon the panel physician or Civil Surgeon. Some Civil Surgeons include the cost of some standard vaccinations in the total cost of the Immigration Medical Examination there are some doctors who charge for every extra vaccination in addition to the cost of the Immigration Medical Examination. It is advised that the applicant for the Exam checks up with the Civil Surgeon before he or she shows up for the appointment.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT IN ORDER TO SHOW PROOF FOR THE IMMUNIZATIONS?
If the applicant has already been vaccinated before for certain diseases and wants to avoid being re-vaccinated then the applicant needs to bring in a personal vaccination record or copy of the medical record with entries that have been made by a physician or appropriate medical personnel to the Immigration Medical Examination.
Before the applicant appears for the Exam the applicant should ask the family doctor for a copy of the immunization record.
SHOULD ALL VACCINES IN A SERIES BE RECEIVED BEFORE LEAVING FOR THE US?
It is not required for visa applicants to have received all doses of every vaccine before they leave their country for the United States. What is important is that they should have received at least one dose of the recommended vaccine and as many as possible before they leave the country. Once they arrive in the United States they can finish the series.