U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Thursday that it would temporarily extend the validity period of required medical exams for Green Card applicants.

Key Points:

Background: USCIS cited the COVID-19 pandemic and related delays in announcing the extension. Previously, a completed Form I-693 remained valid for two years from the date of the signature from a USCIS-authorized physician (also known as a “civil surgeon”), provided the date of the signature was no more than 60 days before the applicant filed for adjustment of status.

Additional Information: USCIS requested in its announcement that those applying for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence (i.e., applying for a Green Card) file Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, together with Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. The agency said this may eliminate the need to issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) and would help alleviate delays. More information on the extension is available here.

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