USCIS Updates Form I-693

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In a recent development, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has introduced a notable update concerning Form I-693, the Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. This change, rooted in the latest public health advancements and a collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), marks a notable shift in the immigration process. Read on to learn more about this announcement and what it may mean for you.

What Has Changed with Form I-693?

As of November 1, 2023, any Form I-693 that has been properly completed and endorsed by a civil surgeon will now possess indefinite validity. This means that these forms can be used without an expiration date to demonstrate that an applicant does not face health-related grounds for inadmissibility. This adjustment signifies a departure from previous constraints, acknowledging the enduring value of these medical evaluations.

Why the Indefinite Validity?

The decision to grant Form I-693 an indefinite shelf life stems from advancements in public health electronic notification systems. The collaboration between USCIS and the CDC underscores a mutual recognition that the reliability of a Form I-693 should not be constrained by time, provided it meets the criteria of being properly filled and signed post-November 1, 2023. This move not only streamlines the immigration process but also reflects the evolving landscape of public health infrastructure.

What Does This Mean for Immigration Applicants?

For individuals undergoing the immigration process, this update is a beacon of convenience and efficiency. It eliminates the need for re-examination and re-submission of Form I-693 due to expiration, provided the form was correctly completed on or after the specified date.

However, it’s important to note that USCIS officers retain the discretion to request additional evidence or an updated Form I-693 if there are concerns about the accuracy of the applicant’s medical condition or potential inadmissibility on health-related grounds.

Are There Exceptions?

Yes, the policy draws a line for examinations conducted before November 1, 2023. In such cases, the previous policy maintains its stand, with Form I-693 retaining its validity for two years from the date of the civil surgeon’s signature.

A specific exception is made for Forms I-693 filed by Operation Allies Welcome parolees, which enjoy a three-year validity period in alignment with CDC consultation outcomes.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a knowledgeable New York City immigration lawyer from the Lightman Law Firm today.