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USCIS Extends Permanent Validity of Form I-693 Medical Exam Reports for Immigrants

Posted by Ann Badmus | Apr 04, 2024 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has taken a significant step in streamlining the immigration process, announcing a pivotal change regarding the Form I-693, Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. Effective from November 1, 2023, any Form I-693 that has been properly completed and signed by a civil surgeon will no longer have an expiration date and can be used indefinitely. This change represents a substantial shift in how health-related admissibility is assessed, offering a more streamlined and efficient process for immigrants.

Understanding the Change

Previously, the validity of a Form I-693 was bound by time, typically expiring after a set period from the date it was signed by a civil surgeon. This necessitated applicants to frequently update their medical examinations to maintain the validity of their health records, often leading to additional medical and administrative expenses.

The new directive, developed in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reflects advancements in public health electronic notification systems. These advancements have enabled more reliable and sustained monitoring of an individual's health status, thus eliminating the need for a fixed validity period for the Form I-693.


Key Points of the New Policy

1. Indefinite Validity: Form I-693 signed on or after November 1, 2023, will not expire and can be used indefinitely to demonstrate that the applicant is not inadmissible on health-related grounds.

2. Discretionary Updates: USCIS officers can request additional evidence or a new or updated Form I-693 if there is reason to believe the applicant's medical condition has changed or if the existing form inaccurately reflects the applicant's medical condition.

3. Previous Examinations: For medical examinations completed before November 1, 2023, the old policy remains applicable, with those Forms I-693 retaining their validity for two years from the civil surgeon's signature date.

Special Consideration for Operation Allies Welcome Parolees

It's important to note that Operation Allies Welcome parolees are subject to a different standard. Their Forms I-693 will maintain evidentiary value for three years from the date of the civil surgeon's signature, reflecting a tailored approach in line with specific policy consultations with the CDC.

Reasons for Change

This policy change is expected to reduce the bureaucratic and financial burdens on immigrants, allowing them to use their completed Form I-693 without the worry of expiration. It streamlines the process, making it more straightforward and less time-consuming for individuals seeking to establish their eligibility for immigration benefits.

The indefinite validity of Form I-693 is a step in the right direction and actually a reinstatement of previous policy before 2014.

We hope this article helps you understand basic immigration requirements, but please don't consider it as legal advice or legal opinion about your specific circumstances.  Immigration rules are complex so contact a qualified immigration attorney for qualified advice and guidance.

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Ann Badmus

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