Basic requirement to get green card has changed

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updated a key requirement to
obtain a green card effective November 1.

The policy changes announced this week would affect the medical and
vaccination examination for immigration purposes, which makes sure there are
no health issues that would deem the applicant inadmissible to the United States.
The medical examination is an indispensable requirement for all foreigners filing
for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident. The results are
submitted to USCIS through Form I-693.

According to the latest USCIS Policy Manual Update, a USCIS designated civil
surgeon must sign the Form I-693, no later than 60 days before filing the
underlying application for an immigration benefit.

Additionally, the form will remain valid for a two-year-period that will begin to
count from the date it was signed by the doctor.

The goal of the new rule is to “enhance operational efficiencies and reduce the
number of requests to applicants for an updated Form I-693,” said the migration
agency.

ith stricter deadlines, it is important that green card applicants calculate well
sufficient time for the performance of laboratory testing or additional testing
required before submitting the results of the medical examination, which must be
completed, signed and sealed by the designated physician.

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