Immigration Newsletter

Monday, July 6, 2009

Help Wanted - USCIS Designated Civil Surgeons

To my knowledge, there are only two physicians in the entire State of NH approved to administer the USCIS immigration medical examination.

Dr. Anita U Yap
19 Tyler Street, Suite 203, Nashua, NH 03060(603) 880-3122

Dr. John Fothergill,
Indian Stream Health Care, Inc.141 Corliss Lane, Colebrook, NH 03576(603) 237-8336

-- and while I have no reason to doubt that they do a fine job of administering the exam, that is simply not enough physicians for the population they are serving. You might also notice if you are familiar with NH geography that one physician is located in a city that borders Massachusetts and the other is only minutes from Canada.

Is there no one in the Greater Manchester Area that can perform an immigration physical exam? How about the Capitol region? No one on the Seacoast or the Upper Valley? It doesn't appear to be that hard to sign up. Here are the requirements as listed as at

Doctors interested in being registered as a Designated Civil Surgeon should submit the following to their local District Office:
A letter to the District Director requesting consideration
A copy of a current medical license
A current resume that shows 4 years of professional experience, not including a residency program
Proof of U.S. Citizenship or lawful status in the United States
Two signature cards showing name typed and signature below

I challenge any physician associated with Elliot Hospital or Catholic Medical Center or Concord Hospital or DHMC (or any smaller facility or private practice) to become the next new Designated Civil Surgeon in the State of New Hampshire.

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