PART C – Civil Surgeon Designation and Revocation


Legal Authorities
42 CFR 34 - Medical Examination of Aliens
INA 212(a)(1) - Health-related grounds
INA 232, 8 CFR 232 - Detention of Aliens for Physical and Mental Examination
Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons


Date Details
April 08, 2014
Technical Update

Civil Surgeon Applications and Evidentiary Requirements

This technical update clarifies that an applicant for civil surgeon designation must, at a minimum, submit a copy of the medical degree to show he or she is a Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy.

January 28, 2014

Civil Surgeon Designation and Centralization of the Designation Process at the National Benefits Center

​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to centralize the civil surgeon designation process at the National Benefits Center, effective March 11, 2014.

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