Buyer Beware: Report Says Many USCIS Civil Surgeons Have History of Wrongdoing

According to a news article in the New York Times, dozens of doctors – USCIS civil surgeons – tapped by the federal government to screen immigrants applying for green cards have a history of “egregious infractions.” The report conducted by a federal watchdog agency looked at more than 5,500 doctors across the U.S., and found that 132 had been convicted of crimes, been penalized by state medical boards or had faced some other form of punishment. The report also stated that USCIS does not have policies to ensure only suitable physicians are designated.

What’s an applicant for adjustment of status to do, given that the medical exam report is required for the case? Shop around.


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