USCIS recently announced new policy changes regarding Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. Starting June 1, 2014, USCIS has limited the validity period for all Forms I-693 to one year from the date that USCIS receives the form. This updated policy applies to any Form I-693 supporting a benefit application that USCIS adjudicates on or after June 1, 2014.
USCIS states that if you are applying for adjustment of status, you may submit Form I-693 in one of the following ways:
- Submit Form I-693 by mail, together with your Form I-485, Application to Register for Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, to the location specified for your Form I-485 (see: Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-485).
- Submit Form I-693 by mail, after filing your Form I-485, to the location specified in your most recent communication with USCIS (for example, a Request for Evidence (RFE) letter from USCIS).
- Submit Form I-693 in person at an interview in a USCIS field office (if an interview is required).
To ensure that your medical examination is still valid at the time that USCIS adjudicates your application, you should schedule the medical examination as close as possible to the time you file for adjustment of status, respond to a RFE, or attend an interview (if applicable).
Clients may have their applications for adjustment of status pending for many years. During this time, it may be necessary to obtain a renewed medical exam when more than one year has passed. We are now seeing an uptick in RFEs for adjustment applications, especially for employment-based applications that have been pending for more than one year.
At a liaison meeting with USCIS in St. Louis, we were assured that USCIS requires a new I-693 to be submitted only when there is movement in the case and the case is close to being adjudicated. If you have additional questions on how to submit Form I-693, or on how to ensure that your application is valid, please contact Mahadevan Law Office, LLC for a consultation.
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Nalini S Mahadevan, JD, MBA
Immigration Attorney St. Louis, Missouri
The information is not meant to create a client-attorney relationship. This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Situations may differ based on the facts.
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