Tools and Resources
Currently Designated Civil Surgeons
This page offers information for physicians USCIS has already designated as civil surgeons.
Depending on the immigration benefit sought, an applicant may be required to undergo a medical examination. Immigration medical examinations conducted inside the United States must be performed by a civil surgeon who has been designated by USCIS. (Immigration medical examinations conducted outside the United States must be performed by a panel physician who has been designated by the Department of State.)
How to Become a Civil Surgeon
If you are interested in becoming a civil surgeon, please go to our “Prospective Civil Surgeons” Web page for more information.
Tune in to our Podcast for additional information on how to become a Civil Surgeon.
Civil Surgeons’ Responsibilities
Civil surgeons must perform the immigration medical examination according to the Technical Instructions for the Medical Examinations of Aliens in the United States (Technical Instructions or TIs), published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. These Technical Instructions include:
Each of these documents and updates can be obtained from CDC’s website and can be found on the right side of this page.
Civil Surgeon Seminar Series
USCIS coordinates with CDC to provide regular instruction on how to perform the immigration medical examination according to the Technical Instructions and correctly capture results of the exam on Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. PowerPoint presentations from the recent Civil Surgeon Seminar series can be found on the right side of this page.
|If your inquiry/request is...||Then|
|An immigration-related question or question about completing Form I-693||Send inquiry to USCIS Customer Service and Public Engagement at email@example.com|
|A question about a completed Form I-693 that is being adjudicated at a USCIS service center (as opposed to a field office)||Send inquiry to USCIS Service Center Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|A medical question about the immigration medical examination or the Technical Instructions||Send inquiry to CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/cdc-info/requestform.html|
|To update your contact information, add additional office locations, or terminate your designation as a civil surgeon||Send request to the civil surgeon coordinator at your local USCIS field office. You can find the address of your local USCIS field office by using the Local Office Locator. You can also send your request You can also send your request to USCIS at email@example.com|
USCIS Civil Surgeon Locator
A public list of designated civil surgeons is available online through the Civil Surgeon Locator
This page can be found at www.uscis.gov/civilsurgeons
Civil Surgeon Letters
- Notification of Significant Updates for All Civil Surgeons
- Civil Surgeons Letter: information on the Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination
- Civil Surgeon Letter: Clarification of Signature Policy (46 KB PDF)
- Civil Surgeon Letter: 2010 Update to Technical Instructions and Form I-693 (60 KB PDF)
- Civil Surgeon Letter: Changes to TB Testing Requirements (52 KB PDF)
Civil Surgeon Seminars
- Immigration Basics (1.71 MB )
- Communicable Diseases (1.29 MB )
- Physical or Mental Disorders (1.34 MB )
- Vaccination Requirements (1.74 MB )
- Vaccination Requirements
- Changes to the Vaccination Requirements for Purposes of Adjustment of Status and Completion of I-693