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Form I-693

Streamline Your Adjustment of Status: Don’t Forget Form I-693

Navigating the Adjustment of Status application process to receive a green card can feel overwhelming. One crucial but often overlooked form is Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination & Vaccination Record. Filing this form alongside your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status can save you time, money and potential problems down the line, and potentially eliminate the need for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to issue a Request For Evidence (RFE).

Why is Form I-693 Important?

As part of the adjustment of status process, USCIS needs to ensure you meet certain health requirements. Completing Form I-693 with a designated civil surgeon fulfills this requirement and demonstrates you’re free from specific public health concerns.

Benefits of Filing Form I-693 with Form I-485

  • Reduced Processing Time:
    Filing both forms together can potentially eliminate the need for USCIS to issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) specifically for the medical exam. This translates to faster processing times and less waiting for you.
  • Convenience:
    Completing the medical exam early is one less step to worry about later in the process, allowing you to focus on other requirements.
  • Peace of Mind:
    Knowing you’ve fulfilled the medical requirement upfront reduces stress and uncertainty, ensuring a smoother overall application experience.

Who Needs to File Form I-693?

Most applicants filing for adjustment of status are required to submit Form I-693. Exceptions include refugees who already completed an overseas medical exam and individuals born under diplomatic immunity in the U.S.

How to File Form I-693

  • Schedule an appointment with a designated civil surgeon authorized to conduct immigration medical examinations.
  • Complete Form I-693 and attend your appointment with the required documentation (e.g., vaccination records).
  • The civil surgeon will complete the form and provide you with a sealed copy to submit with your Form I-485.


  • Form I-693 is valid for two years from the date the civil surgeon signs it.
  • Always check USCIS instructions for the latest filing requirements and updates.
  • An immigration and green card attorney can provide personalized guidance throughout your adjustment of status journey.

By strategically filing Form I-693 alongside your Form I-485, you can avoid potential delays and move closer to securing your permanent resident status with confidence. The key is to be proactive, informed and well-prepared throughout the process. An immigration attorney can ensure nothing is overlooked and no deadlines are missed.

Contact an Experienced Green Card Adjustment of Status Attorney Today

Mario Godoy and the experienced immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office can assess your immigration application status and help with your Adjustment of Status application. With experience in many different types of immigration cases and an understanding of the impact of new and changing immigration regulations, it can be beneficial for you to contact an immigration lawyer today. Please call 630-345-4164.

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