Starting October 1, USCIS together with america Division of State (DHS) shall be requiring inexperienced card candidates, in search of both refugee or lawful everlasting standing to be totally vaccinated for COVID-19 and present proof of it at their medical examination. This new I-693 Medical Examination vaccine requirement will apply to any everlasting resident applicant (with exceptions permissible) who has a medical examination (by the Civil Surgeon or Panel Doctor) scheduled on or previous October 1st, 2021. Inexperienced card candidates are already required to be vaccinated for different illnesses that may deem them inadmissible to america equivalent to Mumps, Measles, Rubella, Polio, and so on.
Based mostly on the Middle for Illness Management and Prevention’s (CDC) tips, “the applicant should full the COVID-19 vaccine sequence and supply documentation of vaccination to the civil surgeon in particular person earlier than completion of the medical examination. The COVID-19 vaccination requirement will differ from earlier necessities in that the complete vaccine sequence (1 or 2 doses relying on formulation) should be accomplished along with the opposite routinely required vaccines. COVID-19 vaccinations can now be given at any time, with out regard to the timing of different vaccinations.”
The timelines for the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines are outlined under. When you have solely acquired the primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on the time of your medical examination then you may be allowed to return to finish your medical examination after receiving the second dose.
What serves as proof of vaccination?
The next types of documentation function proof of COVID-19 vaccination:
- Medical vaccination document
- Copies of your medical chart with dates of receiving the vaccine
Exams exhibiting pure immunity from a previous an infection is not going to function proof for immigration functions as a result of the “period of immunity because of pure an infection continues to be being investigated and won’t shield the applicant all through the immigration course of,” based on the CDC.
Extension to I-693 Validity On account of COVID
In the event you accomplished your I-693 Medical Examination previous to October 1, 2021 and it’s nonetheless legitimate then you’re exempt from this COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Bear in mind, the medical examination isn’t required to be submitted to USCIS with the preliminary I-485 utility submitting. It is not going to be rejected if you don’t embody the medical examination info within the preliminary submitting and so long as you submit it throughout the validity window (from the date the civil surgeon indicators it) try to be okay.
Efficient August 12, 2021, USCIS is briefly extending the validity interval of an in any other case legitimate Kind I-693 in circumstances the place:
- The civil surgeon’s signature on Kind I-693 is dated not more than 60 days earlier than the applicant information Kind I-485;
- Not more than 4 years have handed because the date of the civil surgeon’s signature; and
- The choice on Kind I-485 is issued on or earlier than September 30, 2021.
If you’re an I-485 applicant and have a precedence date that can most certainly be present quickly (as much as 4 years with the COVID extension), then it might be a good selection to have the medical examination able to go in a sealed I-693 medical examination envelope. Take a look at this Full Medical Examination Information together with particulars on the very best time to arrange and submit the I-693 medical examination to USCIS.
Who’s exempt from the vaccine requirement?
There are some causes you will be exempt from the vaccine requirement together with age, current medical circumstances, incapability to amass a vaccine because of restricted provide, ethical or spiritual causes. People who’re underneath 12 years outdated are at present too younger to obtain the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johson & Johnson vaccines. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is at present authorised for youngsters 12 years outdated or older and the Moderna and Johson & Johnson vaccine is authorised for these 18 years and older. To qualify for the spiritual exemption you need to submit a waiver request to USCIS and await their approval.