The United States Refugee Admissions Program

Step 3

Medical Screening

Step 3: Medical Screening

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If your case moves forward, you and each family member on your case will be scheduled for a mandatory medical examination. Please bring all available medical and vaccination records with you to your appointment. This will be very important for making appropriate health care arrangements during the resettlement process and after your arrival in the United States. The validity of the medical examination ranges from 3 to 6 months. You may be required to complete another medical examination if you do not depart for the United States prior to the expiration date of your initial medical screening.

Medical Screenings are intended to ensure that you meet the medical requirements for entering the United States, are fit to travel, receive appropriate medical assistance when required, and do not pose a hazard to other travelers.

The Medical Screening includes the following:

  • An assessment of conditions of public health significance
  • Identification of health conditions requiring additional arrangements at pre-departure, travel, and post-arrival phases of resettlement
  • Fitness‐to‐travel assessments, treatment, and medical escorts, when required*

*Individuals with serious medical conditions will be assigned a medical escort to provide support during their journey to the United States.


What can I expect during my Medical Screening?

During your screening, and depending on your age, you can expect to have:

  • Your blood pressure, height, weight, and vision checked
  • Your blood drawn
  • A chest x-ray taken
  • A physical exam performed
  • Vaccinations given

What can I expect after my medical screening appointment?

Once you have completed your Medical Screening, it may take several weeks before the results are finalized and shared with the Resettlement Support Center. As part of this process, you may be required to have further testing. If this is the case, you may be contacted by the doctor or by RSC staff to schedule a follow-up appointment. Medical examination forms have a validity period of 3 to 6 months after the physical examination and, depending on other resettlement processes and checks, you may be required to undergo a repeated health assessment.

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