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USCIS Extends Waiver of 60-Day Rule for Medical Examination Form I-693

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended the temporary waiver of the requirement that a civil surgeon’s signature on Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, be dated no more than sixty days before the date it is accepted by USCIS. Pursuant to the extension, Form I-693 dated more than sixty days prior to USCIS acceptance will remain acceptable until March 31, 2023.

Form I-693 is required for applicants seeking to adjust status from within the United States to become lawful permanent residents. The form is signed by a civil surgeon following a medical exam to establish that an applicant is not inadmissible to the United States on public health grounds.

Normally, USCIS considers a completed Form I-693 to be valid for two years from the date of the civil surgeon’s signature, but only if it is received and accepted by USCIS within sixty days of the civil surgeon’s signature (commonly referred to as the “sixty-day rule”).

Due to processing delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS previously waived the sixty-day rule until September 30, 2022. On September 29, 2022, USCIS extended the waiver until March 31, 2023.

The temporary waiver of the sixty-day rule applies to all Forms I-693 submitted with applications that have not yet been adjudicated, regardless of when an application was submitted.

© 2022, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 279
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About this Author

Curtis Chow, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Immigration Attorney
Associate

Curtis Y. Chow is a member of the Immigration, International, and Employment Practice Groups of Ogletree Deakins, representing employers in all aspects of U.S. immigration law and compliance, as well as international employment matters.  Based in the Columbia, South Carolina office, Curtis represents clients across the United States and internationally in a broad range of industries, including technology, retail, manufacturing, automotive, air transportation, biotechnology/biopharmaceuticals, education, entertainment, and professional services.

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