Dr. Leslie Nowitz, UT Physicians family medicine specialist, is a designated civil surgeon by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This designation, which he has had for about 20 years, permits him to perform immigration physicals.
Most applicants for adjustment of immigration status are required to have a medical examination, which includes a basic physical, blood work, tuberculosis skin testing, and vaccination verification. The immigration physical form, I-693, is available at UT Physicians Bellaire Family Medicine, where Nowitz cares for patients.
Same-day appointments are available, and the immigration physicals take about 30 minutes. The basic cost is $150.
“I grew up in South Africa and remember that I had my immigration physical done by a physician there, which included a chest X-ray that I very carefully had to bring on the plane and through customs with me – I was careful not to bend it!” Nowitz recalled.
Today, with Houston as the most diverse city in the United States and immigration reforms in discussions, immigration physicals are in demand. Only a certain number of physicians are designated as a civil surgeon.
UT Physicians Bellaire Family Medicine is located between Chimney Rock and Bellaire Boulevard at 5420 Dashwood, Suite 100. To make an appointment, please call 713.486.2900.
-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School