Part of the process of applying for legal permanent residence (a green card) includes a medical examination, fingerprinting, and other procedures. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated a medical requirement to obtain U.S. permanent residence, a green card. All green card applicants are required to undergo a medical examination to make sure there are no health issues that would make them inadmissible. Effective December 9, the immigration 60 day medical exam rule has been waived through September 30, 2022, to help applicants affected by pandemic-related processing delays.
USCIS extended the validity of the I-693 Medical Exam from two years to four years in August to help expedite processing delays due to Covid.
The Trump Administration added a new rule that a medical exam Form I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record is valid only when a civil surgeon or USCIS designated physician signs it no more than 60 days before the date an applicant files the application for the underlying immigration benefit. Medical exams that were signed more than 60 days before filing an immigration application were considered expired by USCIS, and applicants would have to get and pay for another medical examination.
USCIS implemented the new 60-day policy on the validity period of Form I-693 Medical Exams required for adjustment of status applications effective November 1, 2018. The policy imposed a filing deadline that applicants must file Form I-693 less than one year from the date of the medical exam.
A knowledgeable, experienced green card attorney can help ensure that you meet the requirements for permanent legal residence, and can assist with interview preparation and provide other information and advice as needed. Call Godoy Law Office today at 630-912-0322 to learn more about how we can help you achieve your American Dream.
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