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USCIS Advises Family-Based I-485 Applicants to Include I-693 at the Time of Filing to Potentially Speed Up Processing Time

Recently, USCIS announced that it is expanding potential interview waivers for family-based adjustment cases. Given the potential interview waivers, USCIS advises applicants filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, to include Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, at the time of filing to potentially speed up processing times. By doing so, it may prevent the need for an issuance of a Request for Evidence (RFE).

As a reminder, USCIS has extended the Temporary Waiver on the “60-day Rule” through March 31, 2023. The “60-day Rule” allows a temporary waiver of the requirement that the civil surgeon’s signature on an applicant’s Form I-693 be dated no more than 60 days before an applicant files the application for the underlying immigration benefit. Note that USCIS cannot provide the exact methods in determining which cases warrant waiver of interviews. However, the agency did note that the determination can happen at several points in the adjudication process.

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