USCIS Updates Medical Exam Procedures

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it would be updating the policy regarding the time period during which a Form I-693 submitted in support of a related immigration benefits application is considered valid. This update supersedes any previous guidance on this topic. 

USCIS uses Form I-693 to determine whether or not a foreign national applying for an immigration benefit in the U.S. is inadmissible under health-related grounds. USCIS designates civil surgeons across the country who are responsible for conducting immigration medical examinations. Civil surgeons will then record the results of the examinations on Form I-693. 

USCIS is updating the way the current validity period is calculated. This update aims to enhance operational efficiencies and reduce the need to request updated Form I-693 from applicants. This updated policy will take effect November 1, 2018. Once this policy is in effect, a Form I-693 will only be valid when a civil surgeon signs it no more than 60 days before the date an applicant files the application for the underlying immigration benefit and USCIS adjudicates the application within two years from the date of the civil surgeon’s signature. 

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