In order to obtain the Residency Card, also known as the Green Card, it is important to undergo a medical examination in order to demonstrate that as immigrant you do not carry contagious diseases and that you will not become a public burden.

The possibility of becoming a public burden is one of the reasons why a person’s petition for the permanent residency could be denied.

This article provides information on the diseases that may prevent you from obtaining the Green Card and which are the mandatory vaccines you must get.

Mandatory vaccinesWhich diseases will prevent you from obtaining the Green Card?


It is necessary to prove that you have been vaccinated against the following diseases:

  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Measles
  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Rotavirus
  • Influenza
  • Influenza B
  • Whooping cough
  • Chicken pox
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia
  • Meningitis
  • Hepatitis A and B

And any other vaccine that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention deems necessary.

Besides of getting vaccinated, you must demonstrate that you do not carry a disease that could become a public health hazard.

Carrying certain diseases makes it impossible for a person to become a legal permanent resident.

Which contagious diseases will prevent a person from obtaining the Residency Card?

  • Syphilis in its contagious stage.
  • Tuberculosis A.
  • Any other serious mental disease that could be accompanied by a hazardous behavior.

What happens with AIDS and those who have HIV? 

Which diseases will prevent you from obtaining the Green Card?

From 2010 onwards, a person will not be tested for HIV whenever they undergo medical examinations as a requirement to obtain the Residency Card.

What happens if there are any issues?

If the Green Card is denied for medical reasons, the best course of action to take is to obtain the counsel of an immigration lawyer and analyze the possibility of obtaining a waiver or permit to emigrate.


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