It’s time to get vaccinated! Starting October 1st, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State will demand all Lawful Permanent Residence and Refugee Status applicant’s COVID-19 vaccination documentation.
If you are an applicant of these statuses, you will have to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series and provide documentation of vaccination as long as you complete Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record on or after this date. On the contrary, the documentation will not be required if you complete Form I-693 before October 1, 2021 — and it remains valid.
As an applicant, your documentation will need to be physically inspected by the Civil Surgeon, who will also confirm that you have received all the appropriate doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. A vaccination record, a copy of a medical chart with physician entries, or appropriate medical personnel evaluation is considered to be the proper review of vaccination documentation.
It’s also important to highlight that the Civil Surgeon will be in charge of completing the I-693 form and sustain the COVID-19 formulation and the number of doses given as well.
Exceptions to this new rule will be the blanket waivers that are available for applicants who are too young to receive the vaccine, have a medical contraindication to the vaccine, or who do not have access to one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines in their countries. Individuals may apply for an individual waiver based on religious or moral convictions with USCIS.
If you need more information about LPR and Refugee Status application and COVID-19 vaccination documentation, please call us at 916-895-6363. We will be happy to provide you with the information that you are looking for.
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