When applying for certain immigrant visas, such as an application to adjust status, individuals must complete a medical exam with an authorized civil surgeon or panel physician. The exam is documented through Form I-693, which must be submitted with the immigrant visa application. The purpose of this exam is to determine whether the applicant would be considered inadmissible on heath-related grounds. During the exam, the civil surgeon or panel physician reviews the applicant's vaccination record to ensure that the applicant has complied with all vaccination requirements.
The CDC has recently added COVID-19 to the list of Class A Inadmissible Conditions. Therefore, beginning October 1, 2021, applicants who must complete a medical exam will be required to submit proof that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The civil surgeon or panel physician completing the Form I-693 must physically inspect and confirm the documents proving the applicant received the COVID-19 vaccine, and the doses and formulation of the vaccine must be documented.
Self-reported vaccine doses will not be accepted as sufficient proof.
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.
The civil surgeon or panel physician may also grant banket waivers to the following individuals:
The CDC specifically mentioned that those who refuse an approved COVID-19 vaccination that is "medically appropriate and available to the applicant" will be considered inadmissible to the U.S.
The COVID-19 vaccine requirements will likely continuously change as new policy is implemented. If you would like additional information about how immigrant visa applicants will be affected by these changes, we encourage you to contact our office at (318) 255-9299.Tags: Immigration