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Immigration Update: COVID Vaccine Requirements

Wednesday, September 29, 2021Written by: Sarah E. Wilkerson

COVID Vaccination Requirements

Beginning October 1, 2021, all individuals submitting a Form I-693 must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. 

The civil surgeon completing the I-693 must physically inspect and confirm the documents proving the applicant received the COVID-19 vaccine. Review of vaccination documentation will require:

  • A vaccination record,
  • Copy of a medical chart with physician entries, or
  • Review by appropriate medical personnel

Self-reported vaccine doses will not signify proper proof. Additionally, the Form I-693 must be completed by the civil surgeon and must document the doses and the formulation of the vaccine.

Exceptions

If the Form I-693 was completed before October 1, 2021 and remains valid, then the applicant will not be required to have the COVID-19 vaccination.

Additional exeptions include:

  • Applicants who are too young to receive the vaccine,
  • Individuals who have a medical contraindication to the vaccine, or
  • Foreign nationals who live in an area where approved vaccines are “not routinely available.”

COVID Vaccination Requirements for Air Passengers to the U.S.

Beginning November 2021, all foreign travelers will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated (with very limited exceptions that may differ than those enumerated above) before boarding a plane to the United States. 

Moreover, all passengers arriving in the United States by air are required to show a negative COVID-19 test obtained within three days of departure, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months.

The COVID-19 vaccine requirements, particularly for air passengers, will be changing as the new policy is implemented. If you have questions, we encourage you to contact our office at (318) 255-9299.

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