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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Immigration Medical Exam

September 30, 2021 Leave a comment

USCIS announced that effective Oct. 1, 2021, applicants subject to the immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete an immigration medical examination and sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.

The COVID vaccine requirement applies prospectively to all Forms I-693 signed by the civil surgeons on or after October 1, 2021. USCIS is working on updating Form I-693 and the form instructions to incorporate this new requirement. USCIS may grant blanket waivers if the COVID-19 vaccine is:

  • Not age-appropriate;
  • Contraindicated due to a medical condition;
  • Not routinely available where the civil surgeon practices; or
  • Limited in supply and would cause significant delay for the applicant to receive the vaccination.
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