Form I-693 is known as Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. Earlier this year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a temporary extension on the validity period for the form from two to four years due to Covid-19-related processing delays — the pandemic created huge processing delays that affected applicants’ ability to complete the required immigration medical examination.Do you need help navigating immigration forms and hearings? Contact Attorney Eric Price. As Los Angeles’ best immigration attorney, Price has extensive experience helping immigrants obtain legal status in the U.S. by providing a unique and well-thought-out immigration strategy. Our firm is devoted to changing the lives of all immigrants in the United States by uniting families across the nation. Contact Attorney Eric Price today to learn more.
What Is Form I-693?
Form I-693 ensures that everybody who enters the United States is in decent health. USCIS won’t reject applicants with non-communicable health conditions, such as diabetes. But, they do reject people with communicable diseases as they can be deemed a public health risk and therefore inadmissible.
Every permanent residency applicant has to prove their medical records are in order, and they won’t bring anything into the country that might harm or endanger the population.
Form I-693 Requirements
People seeking green cards have a burden of proof to show they are not a threat to public health in the United States by providing:
- A partially filled out Form I-693 (your doctor will take care of the rest)
- An official vaccination certificate showing all vaccines you’ve received. If this form was written in a foreign language, you must provide authorized translation.
- List of chronic medical conditions and medications currently taking
- If you’ve been hospitalized, you must present written certification of the diagnosis and the treatment course as well as the prognosis.
- If you have/had syphilis, you must provide a written certificate from your physician stating whether or not you’ve had the appropriate treatment.
- A report disclosing and detailing any disabilities anyone in your immigrating family has and any requirements you need due to the condition.
- If you tested positive for TB, you will need a written certificate from your physician showing that you received medical treatment and detailing the treatment plan.
Why Was The Validity Period Extended?
The Covid-19 pandemic caused many USCIS offices and operations to shut down. This caused a logjam of cases to be processed, resulting in long delays. It wouldn’t be fair if someone’s application was deemed ‘late’ just because it was sitting in the pile of backed-up applications. So, USCIS issued an extension.
What Is Considered A Valid I-693 Application?
USCIS considers I-693 applications valid if:
- The signature of the civil surgeon is dated no more than 60 days prior to the applicant filing Form-1485.
- No more than four years have passed since the date the civil surgeon signed the application.
- The decision on Form I-485 was issued on or before September 30, 2021.
What Happens If I Receive A Request For Evidence (RFE) Asking For A New Medical Exam?
If you receive a Request For Evidence (RFE) asking for a new medical exam that is based on the fact that your I-693 expired after two years, but it remains valid under the extension, you can respond to t he RFE by citing, printing, or mentioning the policy alert.
If you are looking to take advantage of the Form I-693 extension, it’s important to find an experienced immigration attorney who can walk you through the process. An attorney will ensure your application isn’t rejected due to a lack of evidence or missing requirements. An attorney will tell you exactly what documents must be attached to your application and will ensure everything is filed on time.
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Form I-693 FAQs
Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about Form I-693.
Who Is Required To Submit Form I-693?
Anybody who applies for permanent residence in the United States must file Form I-693. Failure to properly complete the form and submit the required commendation can result in a rejected application.
How Do I Complete Form I-693?
To fill out Form I-693 as an applicant, you must provide the following information:
- Your full, legal name
- Your address
- Your sex
- Your date of birth
- Your place of birth (city, town, village, and country)
- Or A-Number (Alien Registration Number)
- The number of your USCIS online account
How Do I Find A Doctor For The I-693 Exam?
The medical exam for the I-693 can’t be performed by your family doctor. It can only be performed by one of the following two types of authorized doctors:
- If you are applying from the U.S., you must go to a civil surgeon ( a USCIS-designated doctor)
- If you are applying from abroad, you must go to a panel physician (a United States Department of Health-authorized physician.
Will A Health Condition / Sickness Affect My Ability To Get A Green Card?
Common health problems like an illness related to old age or the flu typically won’t affect your ability to get a Green Card. But, if your condition carries any chance of infecting other people, you will be deemed inadmissible.
What Diseases & Illnesses Can Prevent Me From Getting A Green Card?
The following disease can prevent you from being admitted a green card:
- Active tuberculosis
- Infectious-stage syphilis
- Hansen’s disease (infectious leprosy)
What Are The Required Vaccines?
To complete your exam, you must show proof of the following vaccines:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Pneumococcal disease
- Meningococcal disease
- Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB)
What Happens If I Don’t Meet The Requirements?
If you have any questions surrounding the next steps or what to do if you are unsure if you meet all of the requirements, contact an immigration attorney. Your attorney will be there with you through the entire process and will answer any questions you may have along the way. Working with a skilled immigration attorney will increase your odds of being approved for a Green Card.