As part of the immigration process, applicants must submit Form I-693, “Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.” A government-authorized doctor must perform a medical examination on the applicant and complete the document. USCIS uses this form to screen applicants for health-related conditions that make a candidate inadmissible to the United States. Those seeking entry to the United States will need to have their medical records translated for the immigration application.
What health conditions make a candidate inadmissible to the United States?
There are four general categories of conditions the USCIS screens for:
- Communicable diseases of public health significance.
- Lack of proof of having received required vaccinations.
- Physical or mental disorders with associated harmful behavior or a history of associated harmful behavior.
- Drug abuse or addiction.
Why do you need your medical records translated for the immigration application?
The physician conducting the medical examination will need to have a complete history of the applicant’s health condition. Some of the most common medical records they will need to review in addition to a physical exam are:
- Vaccination records
- Medical history or transcripts
- Chest x-rays
- Letters from the applicant’s regular physician that describe treatment plans and health conditions.
- Government-issued photo identification
Using a professional translation service to provide accurate, legal translations of medical records is critical. Because the physician relies on the information provided by the applicant to complete Form I-693 correctly, translation errors can delay the process or result in the applicant’s disqualification. A qualified translator will understand what the physician and the USCIS need for the paperwork and help ensure it is accurately reflected in the translated documents.
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