An immigration medical examination is required to immigrate to the United States and establish permanent residency (green card holder). Commonly referred to as a "green card medical exam," this is a regulatory step to maintain public safety and eliminate reasons for medical or psychiatric inadmissibility. Anyone desiring a green card or citizenship must demonstrate that they pose no threat to the general public's health.
Language barriers must be addressed and solved before an immigration medical examination may be conducted. Otherwise, the civil surgeon may have no choice but to cancel or reschedule the exam.
A lack of understanding between a doctor and a patient due to linguistic and modulational disparities in healthcare is a general linguistic barrier example. Such language inefficiencies make it challenging to understand prescription instructions and procedures or fully respond to questions during immigration medical exams.
Language barriers can lead to misconceptions that result in confusion and the loss of time, energy, and resources.
It is relevant to consider language barriers during immigration medical exams to avoid the following issues—
Certain strategies can help address language barriers effectively. These are as follows–
Also read: What You Can Expect During Your Visit With Us for Immigration Medical Exam
Getting the necessary medical checkup under the guidance of a competent immigration exam doctor is essential. If you desire to pass an immigration medical test trouble-free, Dr. Steven Gordon can help!
Schedule an appointment today and let Dr. Steven Gordon ease your medical concerns! He is fluent in Spanish, and his staff members are currently attending Spanish language classes at our local community college. For the ease of understanding and convenience of his clients, Dr. Gordon’s website is available in English, Chinese, Hindi, and Spanish.
If you are not fluent in English, be sure to bring an interpreter with you to your appointment. The interpreter can be a friend, community advocate, family member, or professional, as long as the interpreter is fluent in English and the foreign language in question and is willing to sign and certify that on the applicant’s medical form. Even though Dr. Gordon is fluent in Spanish and has conducted thousands of interviews in that language, it is never a bad idea for Spanish speakers to bring a Spanish language interpreter--four ears are better than two!