USCIS Introduces Updated Guidelines on Form I-693 Validity

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released new guidelines (PDF, 317.28 KB) regarding the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. Effective November 1, 2023, any Form I-693 that has been appropriately completed and signed by a civil surgeon will no longer have an expiration date and can be utilized indefinitely as evidence to demonstrate the applicant's non-inadmissibility on health-related grounds. 

Following consultations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and advancements in public health electronic reporting, USCIS has determined that the evidentiary value of a Form I-693 should not be restricted to a specific timeframe if it meets the requirements and was signed by a civil surgeon on or after November 1, 2023. USCIS officers hold the discretion to request additional evidence or a new/up-to-date Form I-693 if there are concerns that the applicant's medical condition has changed since the initial signing or if there are doubts regarding the accuracy of the submitted Form I-693, which could potentially render the applicant inadmissible on health-related grounds. 

For applicants who underwent immigration medical examinations prior to November 1, 2023, the previous policy remains in effect. Before this date, civil surgeons were not obligated to electronically share or report certain information to the CDC. USCIS has collaborated with the CDC to affirm that a properly completed Form I-693 signed by a civil surgeon before November 1, 2023, retains its evidentiary value for a period of two years from the date of the civil surgeon's signature. This exception does not apply to Forms I-693 filed by Operation Allies Welcome parolees, whose Forms I-693 remain valid for a duration of three years from the date of the civil surgeon's signature, as per established policy and consultation with the CDC. Further details can be found in the USCIS Policy Manual, Volume 8, Part B, Chapter 4. 

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