To obtain the Green Card, it is essential to be given a medical examination.

In this way, immigrants can prove that they are in good health and are not a burden for the nation (one of the 40 reasons why a Green Card is rejected) or that they do not suffer from any infectious disease.


What Vaccines Are Mandatory for the Medical Examination of the Green Card?

You have to be vaccinated against the following diseases: mumps, rubella, measles, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, rotavirus, influenza (also called flu or influenza in some countries), influenza B, whooping cough (pertussis), varicella, pneumococcal pneumonia and meningococcal disease, hepatitis A and B, and other illnesses that the Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deems appropriate. Some time ago, the human papillomavirus vaccine was required too, but not any more.

The only purpose of the examination and the vaccines is to prove that the individuals who intend to migrate do not suffer from diseases that are considered a danger to public health like: syphilis (infectious stage), gonorrhea,

tuberculosis and leprosy. Some serious mental illnesses that include harmful behavior among their symptoms are also considered dangerous.

What Documents Do You Have to Bring to the Appointment with the Doctor?

Immunization records, reports of possible learning disabilities or mental disabilities, a medical report in case you suffered from tuberculosis in the past (the report must specify what the treatment was and how long the disease lasted).

What Will the Examination Be Like?

The doctor will review the documentation and submit the immunization records. In addition, you will have a blood test and x-rays taken. All children under 15 years of age may be exempted from having these two tests taken. In the case of pregnant women, some consulates allow the x-rays to be postponed.