In our previous article, (“USCIS Temporarily Waving 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures”), we had advised that lawful permanent residence (green card) applicants are required to complete an immigration medical examination as part of their application process. The medical examinations are performed by civil surgeons. Civil surgeons are physicians whom United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has designated as eligible to perform said examinations and document the results on USCIS Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.
We discussed that USCIS previously considered a completed Form I-693 as valid if the civil surgeon’s signature was dated no more than 60 days before the applicant filed his/her application. We advised due to COVID-19 pandemic and related delays, USCIS is temporarily waiving the 60-day rule for civil surgeon signatures until September 30, 2022.
In addition to the foregoing temporary change, USCIS is extending the validity period for Form I-693 from two years to four years, until September, 2022 if the civil surgeon’s signature is dated no more than 60 days before the applicant filed his/her application.
This temporary extension would allow applicants who were able to comply with the 60-day rule for civil surgeon signatures to complete the application process even if USCIS takes up to four years to process their applications, without the need to undergo another medical examination.
For additional questions on Immigration Medical Examinations or any other immigration matter, please contact the Law Offices of Azita M. Mojarad, P.C. by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at (312) 641-0771.