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USCIS Announces New Guidance on Form I-693 Validity Period


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently issued significant policy guidance regarding the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. This updated guidance, effective from April 4, brings pivotal changes to the evidentiary value of medical examinations for immigration purposes.

Extended Validity Period

Under the new guidance, immigration medical examinations conducted on or after November 1, 2023, and properly documented on Form I-693, will no longer have an expiration date. This means that these medical examinations retain their evidentiary value indefinitely. Prior to this update, such forms were valid for a period of two years from the date of the civil surgeon's signature.

Rationale Behind the Change

The decision to extend the validity period stems from USCIS's collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), taking into account advancements in public health electronic notification systems since November 1, 2023. The improved data sharing and reporting mechanisms have rendered it unnecessary to set an expiration date for recent medical examinations.

Continued Validity for Previous Examinations

For medical examinations completed before November 1, 2023, the previous policy remains in effect. These forms retain their evidentiary value for two years from the date of the civil surgeon's signature. This distinction is primarily due to the differences in data sharing protocols with the CDC before and after November 1, 2023.

Special Considerations for Operation Allies Welcome Parolees

It's important to note that the extended validity does not apply to Form I-693 filed by Operation Allies Welcome parolees. For this specific group, their medical examinations retain their evidentiary value for three years from the date of the civil surgeon's signature. This adjustment reflects a policy decision made in consultation with the CDC.

USCIS Officer Discretion

Even with the extended validity period, USCIS officers retain the discretion to request additional evidence or a new Form I-693 if they suspect changes in the applicant's medical condition or inaccuracies in the submitted form. This provision ensures the integrity and accuracy of medical assessments in immigration proceedings.

Verma Law Firm is Here to Help

The latest guidance from USCIS regarding the validity period of Form I-693 marks a significant development in immigration policy. By extending the evidentiary value of recent medical examinations indefinitely, USCIS aims to streamline immigration processes while maintaining public health standards.

Applicants need to stay informed about these policy changes to navigate the immigration landscape effectively. Should you have any questions or require assistance navigating these changes, don't hesitate to contact us. Our experienced immigration attorney is well-equipped to provide guidance and support.

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