Monday, July 18, 2022

EMPLOYMENT-BASED ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS: MEDICAL EXAMINATION REMINDER

As we grow closer to September 30, 2022, USCIS issued a reminder to applicants of the proper process regarding submitting Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. In order to ensure efficient processing, the Service recommends the following when submitting a medical exam Form I-693:

1.)  If you have already submitted your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, then you should not send the Form I-693 separately until USCIS issues a notice requesting the form be sent to them.

2.)  Similarly, if a Form I-693 was not included with your I-485 petition, and the underlying petition (I-130 or I-140) is approved, and your priority date is current on the final action chart, then you may want to schedule an appointment with a civil surgeon so that you can have the completed I-693 on hand when the request arrives. To locate a civil surgeon please visit the USCIS website here.

3.)  If you have not yet filed your I-485 but are planning on filing it in the immediate future, USCIS recommends including a completed form I-693 at the time of filing.

4.)  USCIS has temporarily extended the time that the civil surgeon’s signature remains valid on the Form I-693 until September 30, 2022. Signatures currently are valid for two years from the date the form is signed.

USCIS has the goal of using all the available employment-based immigrant visas (green cards) this fiscal year even with the increased number of immigrant visas available. Should you have any questions regarding your personal case, please reach out to your attorney or contact at MU.

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