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Medical Exams for U.S. Bound Refugees

Minnesota Department of Health Refugee Health Program


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Types of Medical Exams

  • Overseas Visa Medical Examination

    • United States Public Health Service

  • Domestic Refugee Health Assessment

    • Minnesota Department of Health

  • Adjustment of Status Medical Examination

    • US Citizenship and Immigration Services

      • Needed to obtain a Green Card

      • Adjusts status from temporary to permanent resident


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Overseas Visa Medical Examination

  • Mandatory for refugees and immigrants

  • Completed by Panel Physicians trained and overseen by CDC

  • Is exclusionary in nature

  • Results recorded on form DS-2053, etc.


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Medical Screening for Entry into the United States

“Excludable”conditions:

  • Communicable diseases of public health significance

  • Physical and mental disorders with associated harmful behaviors

  • Psychoactive substance abuse and dependence

  • Other physical or mental abnormalities, disorders or disabilities

*Note: every immigrant regardless of their arrival category must have this screening completed in order to come to the USA

Refugee Health Program, Minnesota Department of Health


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Communicable Diseases of Public Health Significance

  • Infectious tuberculosis

  • Hepatitis B

  • Human Immunodeficiency Viral infection (HIV)

  • Syphilis

  • Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) e.g. chancroid, gonorrhea, granuloma inguinale, lymphogranuloma venereum

  • Hansen’s disease (leprosy)

10/20/08


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Quarantinable Diseases Designated by Presidential Executive Order

  • Cholera

  • diphtheria

  • infectious tuberculosis

  • plague

  • smallpox

  • yellow fever

  • viral hemorrhagic fevers

  • SARS

  • pandemic flu

10/20/08


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Events that are reportable as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) to WHO

  • Polio

  • Smallpox

  • SARS

  • Influenza

  • Other public health emergencies of international concern

10/20/08


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Types of Medical Exams

  • Overseas Visa Medical Examination

    • United States Public Health Service

  • Domestic Refugee Health Assessment

    • Minnesota Department of Health

  • Adjustment of Status Medical Examination

    • US Citizenship and Immigration Services

      • Needed to obtain a Green Card

      • Adjusts status from temporary to permanent resident


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Domestic Refugee Health Screening: Best Practices

  • Exam w/in the first 90 days of arrival

  • Public health clinics &/or private providers

  • Goal:

    ...to control communicable disease among, and resulting from, the arrival of new refugees through:

    • health assessment

    • treatment

    • referral


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National Guidance on Domestic Refugee Health Screening

  • Developed in collaboration with

    • Centers for Disease Control, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ/CDC)

    • Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

    • NIH Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dq/refugee/rh_guide/index.htm


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Types of Medical Exams

  • Overseas Visa Medical Examination

    • United States Public Health Service

  • Domestic Refugee Health Assessment

    • Minnesota Department of Health

  • Adjustment of Status Medical Examination

    • US Citizenship and Immigration Services

      • Needed to obtain a Green Card

      • Adjusts status from temporary to permanent resident


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What is a “Green Card”?

  • Refugees: adjusts immigration status from Lawful Temporary Resident (LTR) to Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR); provides permanent work authorization.

  • Immigrants: permission to reside and work in the United States


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Adjustment of Status Exam (Green Card Exam)

  • Civil Surgeon MUST perform the full physical exam needed for immigrants, asylees

  • ONLY immunizations are needed for refugees

  • Local public health may act as civil surgeon for refugees

  • www.uscis.gov for needed information and forms


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Requirements to be a Civil Surgeon

  • Licensed physician

  • Four years professional experience beyond internship and residency

  • Good standing with local and state medical boards

  • Must apply to local USCIS office (not applicable for LPH MD acting as civil surgeon)


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Refugees and Adjustment of Status

  • No medical exam unless arrived with Class A condition, then exam is required

  • Vaccination requirements only

  • I-693 can be signed by state or local health department officials who meet definition of civil surgeon

  • Place original signed I-693 in envelope, seal and give to refugee

  • Give copy of completed I-693 to refugee


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Immunizations for Adjustment of Status Exam

  • NEW POLICY 2008

    All vaccinations recommended by the ACIP are required for everyone applying to adjust their status.


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