USCIS Removes One-Year Extension Policy for Form I-693

USCIS has issued an update regarding a policy change related to Form I-693, the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record form. Prior to 2002, this form was considered valid and sufficient for admissibility purposes as long as it was reviewed within one year from the date of the civil surgeon’s signature on the form. In 2002, USCIS (known then as INS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the validity of the civil surgeon endorsement on that form beyond the one-year period in certain circumstances. The extension has been continually renewed each year since 2002.

CDC has now raised concerns and USCIS is revising its policy to include discontinuing the annual extension policy. This revised policy takes effect on June 1, 2014 and applies to all Forms I-693 that support a benefit application adjudicated on or after that date.