Green Card Applicants - COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

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The CDC just announced that “green card applicants will now be required to establish that they have received a complete COVID-19 vaccine series in order to be deemed eligible for permanent residence I-485 form.”

USCIS announced September 14, 2021, that, effective October 1, 2021, applicants who are dependent on an immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before it such medical examination can be completed and the civil surgeon signs Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.

Applicants will have to provide documentation that they completed the COVID-19 vaccine series (one or two doses, depending on the vaccine). This will apply potentially to all Forms I-693 signed by the civil surgeons on or after October 1, 2021.

USCIS may grant waivers if the COVID-19 vaccine is:

  • Not age-appropriate;
  • Contraindicated due to medical condition;
  • Not routinely available where the civil surgeon practices; or
  • Limited in supply and would cause significant delay for the applicant to receive the vaccination

For more information regarding this topic you can contact us by phone or text at 225.400.9976 or email us at We look forward to hearing from you soon!