This month, we’ve been discussing the medical exam that all immigrants must pass before being allowed to live, work, or study in the United States. Although we’ve discussed Class A medical conditions that can seriously compromise immigration plans, we haven’t discussed Class B medical conditions – health issues that are cause for concern, but that do not necessarily bar immigrants from entering the country.
Let’s take a closer look at a few examples of Class B medical conditions:
- Inactive tuberculosis. While active tuberculosis is considered a Class A medical condition, inactive tuberculosis or latent tuberculosis is not. Latent tuberculosis has no symptoms and is not infectious.
- Serious or permanent disabilities. Disabilities that do not affect your ability to care for yourself or your ability to work should not be a concern. However, if you have a serious mental or physical disability that needs professional care or extensive care, then it may be considered a Class B condition.
- Terminal diseases. Most non-infectious diseases are not a concern during your immigration medical exam. However, diseases in which a patient quickly degenerates, falls seriously ill, or diseases that are ultimately terminal, are a concern. For example, those diagnosed with ALS or cancer may receive a Class B classification.
- Untreated medical conditions. A civil surgeon reviewing your case will want to know that any potentially serious medical issues you have are being treated and controlled. If you discover that you have an illness, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, but are not being treated for it, you may be asked to take care of your health before you can pass your medical exam.
Though these conditions are serious, a Class B medical condition will not necessarily ruin your plans for immigration. If you have a Class B medical condition, you are allowed to fill out a waiver form and continue the process of immigrating or securing permanent residency.