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USCIS Announces Indefinite Validity for Form I-693: Key Updates & Exceptions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Form I-693, Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, no longer has an expiration date if signed by a civil surgeon on or after November 1, 2023. This form can be used indefinitely to show that the applicant is not inadmissible on health-related grounds.

CDC & Immigration

The collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and USCIS helps ensure that immigration processes prioritize public health and safety for both immigrants and the broader population. The CDC and USCIS work together to ensure that applicants are healthy and not inadmissible to the U.S.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government implemented various measures related to vaccination for travelers, including immigrants. These measures included requirements for COVID-19 vaccination for certain immigrant visa categories or for entry into the United States.

Exceptions

There are some exceptions to the form not having an expiration date. USCIS retains the discretion to request evidence if there is reason to believe the applicant is inadmissible on health-related grounds. If there is no evidence that the applicant is unhealthy and the form is properly completed, there is no need to limit the validity period of Form I-693.

Conclusion

If you have questions about Form I-693 or whether this validity period applies to you, it is advisable to consult with an experienced immigration attorney (like those at Berardi Immigration Law) who can provide guidance tailored to your specific circumstances and help navigate this complex area of immigration law effectively.