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
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