Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications

A new policy memorandum temporarily extends the validity of civil surgeon endorsements on Form I-693 for adjustment of status applicants.

“The endorsement of a civil surgeon on Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, is generally valid for one year. Form I-693 is a requirement and is filed in conjunction with Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status; and Form I-687, Application for Status as a Temporary Resident Under Section 245A of the INA. Some I-485 and I-687 applications remain pending for more than the one-year validity period of the Form I-693.

In a policy memorandum dated December 16, 2010, USCIS extended the validity of the civil surgeon endorsement on Form I-693 until the I-485 application could be adjudicated. This policy was issued in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and it was limited to those applications where no Class ‘A’ or Class ‘B’ medical condition, other than a Class ‘B’ condition annotated in the Other Medical Conditions section, was certified. This policy is in effect until January 1, 2012.

Due to continuing delays associated with some I-485 and I-687 applications, the validity of the civil surgeon endorsement on Form I-693, when submitted in support of an I-485 or I-687 application, is extended until the time of adjudication if no Class ‘A’ or Class ‘B’ medical condition is certified by the civil surgeon on Form I-693, other than a Class B condition in the Other Medical Conditions section of Form I-693. This policy will be in effect until January 1, 2013.”

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