Purpose of Vaccinations
Certain illnesses have been determined preventable by public health authorities through vaccination. Public health officials look to decrease the chances of an outbreak when possible; with immigration rates to the United States as high as they currently are, vaccines serve as a useful defense.
Current Vaccination Requirements
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is responsible for providing the vaccination requirements of United States Citizens. The vaccines detailed below are required for immigrants seeking an adjustment of status.
When you apply for permanent residency, you must first be vaccinated for the following diseases: Rubella, Tetanus and Diphtheria, Polio, Pertussis, Mumps, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Influenza, Varicella, Rotavirus, Haemophilus Influenza type B (Hib), Pneumococcal disease, Measles and Meningococcal Disease.
The illnesses detailed above have been found far less effective to individuals who have been vaccinated against them. Less effect leads to decreased chances of transmission and a contagious outbreak in the United States.
Vaccination Record Review
The medical exam that you are required to submit with your permanent residency application will include a review of your vaccination record. You should bring a record of the vaccines you have already received to your medical exam.
Do not seek an appointment with a separate health care provider to receive all required vaccines prior to your appointment with an authorized civil surgeon or panel physician. The civil surgeon or panel physician will review your vaccination record and determine the vaccines necessary.
Waivers for certain vaccinations are available to those who refuse to be vaccinated. Waivers are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by USCIS in consultation with the CDC.
If you plan to request a waiver for a vaccination requirement, consult an immigration attorney.
How to Make an Appointment with a Civil Surgeon or Panel Physician
As referenced above, the medical examination, which includes the vaccination record review/administration, needs to be conducted by a civil surgeon or panel physician. To find an authorized physician in your area, visit: www.uscis.gov. The provided website contains a tool that allows you to search through zip code or by state to find a civil surgeon or panel physician near you.