Monthly Archives: March 2010

Drug Addiction, Alcoholism, and Immigration Medical Exams

Drug Addiction, Alcoholism, and Immigration Medical ExamsAll applicants for immigrant visas, as well as certain non-immigrant applicants, are required to undergo a medical exam performed by a civil surgeon that has been designated by authorities to be qualified to administer the exams. During the exam, physicians are allowed (and sometimes required) to ask questions about an applicant’s prior or current drug and alcohol use. Pursuant to 42 CFR 34.1, medical examinations are allowable for a.) aliens applying for a visa at an embassy or consulate outside the United States; b) aliens arriving in the United States; c.) aliens required by immigration officials to have a medical exam in connection with determination of their admissibility; and d.) aliens applying for adjustment of status in the US.

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