USCIS Announces Updates to Form I-693 Requirements for Immigration Applicants

Effective from November 1, 2023, USCIS announced that properly completed and signed Form I-693s by civil surgeons no longer expire and can be utilized indefinitely as evidence of an applicant’s health status.

This update comes following consultations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and advancements in public health electronic notification systems. USCIS has decided to remove the time constraints previously associated with Form I-693, provided that the form was properly completed and signed by a civil surgeon on or after November 1, 2023.

However, USCIS officers retain the discretion to request additional evidence or an updated Form I-693 if they suspect changes in the applicant’s medical condition or inaccuracies in the submitted form that may impact the applicant’s admissibility on health-related grounds.

It is worth noting that USCIS is known to go back and forth on this type of requirement and there is no guarantee that this decision will not be reversed sometime in the future. Those completing form I-693 should stay updated on the latest guidance and consult with a knowledgeable attorney.

USCIS notice:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that any Form I-693, Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, that was properly completed and signed by a civil surgeon on or after Nov. 1, 2023, does not expire and can be used indefinitely as evidence to show that the applicant is not inadmissible on health-related grounds.

In consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and based on advances in public health electronic notification, USCIS has determined that a Form I-693’s evidentiary value should no longer be limited to a certain period if it is properly completed and was signed by a civil surgeon on or after Nov. 1, 2023. USCIS officers have discretion to request more evidence or a new or updated Form I-693 if they have reason to believe the applicant’s medical condition has changed since the civil surgeon signed the Form I-693, or that the Form I-693 submitted does not accurately reflect the applicant’s medical condition and the applicant may be inadmissible on health-related grounds.

If an applicant’s immigration medical examinations were completed before Nov. 1, 2023, the prior policy still applies. Before Nov. 1, 2023, civil surgeons did not need to share or report certain information to the CDC electronically. USCIS has consulted with the CDC and determined that a properly completed Form I-693 signed by a civil surgeon before Nov. 1, 2023, continues to retain evidentiary value for two years from the date of the civil surgeon’s signature. This does not apply to Forms I-693 filed by Operation Allies Welcome parolees. Their Forms I-693 retain their evidentiary value for three years from the date of the civil surgeon signature, through policy and in consultation with CDC. For more information see the USCIS Policy Manual, Volume 8, Part B, Chapter 4.

For more information, see the updated guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual.

Source: USCIS, April 2024

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