USCIS Revises Validity Period for Report of Medical Exam and Vaccination Record

November 29, 2018

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective November 1, 2018, it has revised policy guidance for the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.

The updated policy requires applicants to submit a Form I-693 that is signed by a civil surgeon no more than 60 days before filing the underlying application for an immigration benefit. The Form I-693 would remain valid for a two-year period following the date the civil surgeon signed it. As such, USCIS is retaining the current maximum two-year validity period of Form I-693 but “calculating it in a different manner to both enhance operational efficiencies and reduce the number of requests to applicants for an updated Form I-693.”

USCIS officers use the form to determine whether an applicant for an immigration benefit in the United States is inadmissible under the health-related grounds of inadmissibility. By specifying that the I-693 must be signed no more than 60 days before the applicant files the underlying application for which the I-693 is required, the validity of the form “is more closely tied to the timing of the underlying application,” USCIS said.

Additionally, requiring submission of an I-693 that was signed no more than 60 days before the date the underlying application was filed may, in some cases, maximize the period of time the I-693 will be valid while the underlying application is under USCIS review, the agency said. “Officers will still have the discretion, as they have always had, to request a new Form I-693 if they have reason to believe an applicant may be inadmissible on the health-related grounds. Delays in adjudicating the underlying application will also be reduced if fewer requests for updated Forms I-693 are necessary,” USCIS noted.

Read the USCIS announcement here and find additional details in this related USCIS policy alert here.