On October 16, 2018, USCIS announced that it is updating its Policy Manual in regard to the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.  Beginning November 1, 2018, civil surgeons must complete and sign Form I-693 no more than sixty (60) days before an applicant files the application for the immigration benefit.  USCIS will generally treat such Form I-693s as valid for two years from the date of the civil surgeon’s signature.

In essence, USCIS is changing the way it calculates the validity period of the Form I-693, which effectively increases the time period that it will remain valid.  However, adjudicating officers may still request new Form I-693s if they have reason to believe an applicant may be inadmissible on health-related grounds.

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