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What are health-related grounds of inadmissibility?

In order to keep the United States free from significant threats to public health, all visa applicants are required to undergo medical examinations. Anyone who is found to have a disease that may result in a serious threat to public health may not be eligible for entrance into the United States. There are four reasons for which a person may be considered inadmissible because of health-related issues.

These four categories include a significant communicable disease, those with drug abuse or addiction issues, those who may have either a physical or mental disorder that can cause them to partake in harmful behavior, and finally, any person who is unable to provide proof that they have received all necessary vaccinations.

The vaccines include those for mumps, measles, polio, tetanus and diphtheria, rubella, influenza type B, hepatitis B, and pertussis. It is important to note that any children who are being adopted aged 10 or younger are exempt from this requirement.

Medical examinations must be done by a physician who has been approved and designated by the United States Customs and Immigration Services. In order to prevent confusion, please note that these medical examiners are also referred to as civil surgeons. If you need assistance in finding a civil surgeon, the USCIS has provided a website that can help you locate a designated physician.

If you have questions about medical requirements for obtaining an immigration visa, contact an experienced immigration attorney today.

If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for matters regarding immigration, please contact the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, LLC and we would be happy to provide you with assistance.