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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is revising guidance for the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.

Generally, all applicants who file for an adjustment of status to a lawful permanent resident are required to submit a Form I-693 that is completed by a designated civil surgeon. In particular, Form I-693 is used to determine if an applicant is inadmissible to the United States based on public health grounds.

As of November 1, 2018, the revised guidance will require applicants to submit a Form I-693 that is completed by a civil surgeon no more than 60 days before filing the underlying application for an immigration benefit. The Form I-693 would remain valid for a two-year period following the date the civil surgeon signed it.

The purpose of this revised guidance is to enhance operational efficiencies and reduce the number of requests to applicants for an updated Form I-693. The validity of Form I-693 will be more closely tied to the timing of the underlying application, and in some cases, the validity period of Form I-693 may be maximized while the underlying application is under USCIS review.

Please do not hesitate to contact our offices for any questions or concerns you may have regarding this matter.