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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

USCIS Updates Policy Manual for Submitting Form I-693

Please be advised that Policy Guidance for the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, is being revised by USCIS.  USCIS officers use Form I-693 to determine whether an applicant for an immigration benefit in the United States is inadmissible under the health-related grounds of inadmissibility.  As of November 1, 2018, the updated policy will go into effect.

As such, applicants filing an underlying application (i.e. Form I-485 for adjustment of status) will be required to submit Forms I-693 signed by a civil surgeon no more than 60 days before submission of filing.  This will allow for a two-year period of validity following the civil surgeon’s signature date. Although USCIS will continue to retain the current two-year maximum validity period, a more effective way of calculating the validity period will be implemented in order to enhance operational efficiencies and reduce the number of requests to applicants for an updated Form I-693, including the reduction of delays in adjudicating underlying applications based on fewer requests for updated forms.

Requiring the submission of a Form I-693 signed no more than 60 days before the filing date of an underlying application in some cases, may extend the period of time Form I-693 will be valid while the underlying application is pending. If necessary, USCIS officers will use their discretion to request a new Form I-693 if they believe an applicant may be inadmissible based on health-related grounds.

More information regarding the Updated Policy can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/Updates/20181016-I-693Validity.pdf



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