Make sure to use updated Form I-693 to report medical examination to USCIS!

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Form I-693 must be completed by a designated civil surgeon for all applicants filing for adjustment of status to that of a permanent lawful resident. It's used to report results to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It's required to prove that the applicant is not inadmissible to US on any health grounds.

The medical results are confidential and only used for immigration purposes. The aliens with €K' or €V' type non immigrant visas and refugees who have completed the medical tests abroad need not repeat the examination. They need to submit proof for their completed vaccination records.

Procedure to file Form I-693

The form instruction needs to be understood first. Next fix an appointment with one of the Designated USCIS Surgeons. Next the form needs to be filled and should not be signed. After attending the medical examination in front of the civil surgeon the form needs to be signed. The Form I-693 in a sealed envelope needs to be submitted to USCIS along with Form I-485, Application to register permanent residence or adjustment of status. In order to prove identity to the surgeon you need to take government issued photo identification like a driver's license.

After filling the details the form should be accepted from the civil surgeon only if it's in a fully sealed envelope. Disease conditions like tuberculosis (TB), syphilis, sexually transmitted diseases, leprosy, lack of vaccinations, physical or mental disorders along with harmful behavior or any type of drug addiction are reasons of inadmissibility. In such cases if the conditions are not harmful to public you can apply for waiver. No filing fee needs to be paid for this form.

Processing and filing information

According to recent updates from USCIS, medical examinations completed on or after January 1, 2012, must be reported using the 10/11/11 version of Form I-693. USCIS will reject the form if a medical examination completed on or after January 1, 2012, is submitted using an outdated form. In such cases the applicant should return to the civil surgeon in order to complete and resubmit the current version of Form I-693.

The results of a medical examination by a designated civil surgeon on Form I-693, indicating if the applicant is admissible or not on health grounds is required by USCIS for applicants seeking to adjust to lawful permanent resident status. For only 12 months the results of the medical examination are generally valid. So it's important for applicants to schedule the medical examination as close as possible to the time they file for adjustment of status. Also they should provide sufficient time for the performance of laboratory testing or additional testing required under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC's) Technical Instructions.

After initial processing of the application it will be accepted and checked for completeness. Additional information may thereafter be requested for if form is incomplete or evidences are not provided. Once the applicant has established eligibility for the requested benefit the decision would be informed to the applicant in writing.

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