U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued a policy memorandum that details changes in how it will calculate the validity period of the medical exam that green card applicants submit in support of their adjustment-of-status applications.
Background: Green card applicants are required to undergo a medical exam and obtain a signed Form I-693 from a USCIS-certified physician (“civil surgeon”) to submit in support of their green card application. Under current policy, Form I-693 is valid for one year from the date of its filing with USCIS. The new policy effectively doubles the period of time that the medical exam will remain valid while USCIS adjudicates the green card application.
BAL Analysis: Applicants will be required to obtain their medical examinations no earlier than 60 days prior to the date of filing their adjustment-of-status applications, but should be less likely to need to update an expired medical exam.
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