USCIS Not Extending Validity Dates of Medical Examination Reports
USCIS NOT EXTENDING VALIDITY DATES OF MEDICAL EXAMINATION REPORTS FOR PENDING I-485 ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS APPLICATIONS
THIS ARTICLE MAY BE RELEVANT TO THOSE WHO HAVE FILED AN I-485 APPLICATION TO ADJUST STATUS TO THAT OF A LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENT OF THE U.S.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is in the process of sending out Requests for Evidence (RFEs) for certain I-485 Applications to Adjust Status to U.S. Permanent Resident (I-485) which appear to be ready for adjudication. The RFEs request that applicants submit a new Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.
Technically, the results of the medical exam are valid for one year. However, because of quota backlogs which apply to certain immigrant visa categories, many I-485 applications remain pending with USCIS for more than one year. Due to this delay, each year since 2004 USCIS had automatically extended the validity of the medical until the time that the I-485 application was adjudicated by USCIS, even if adjudication took place years after the I-485 and medical results were filed with USCIS. USCIS issued the most recent extension of I-693 validity on September 4, 2013 which is set to expire on May 31, 2014.
Unfortunately, USCIS has announced it will not grant an extension this year. The American Immigration Lawyers Association has received confirmation from USCIS that effective June 1, Forms I-693 submitted to USCIS will only be valid for one year. Therefore, it is likely that the medicals will be invalid by the time USCIS is able to adjudicate I-485 cases which are subject to quota backlogs.
The USCIS has started to issue RFEs to notify I-485 applicants that the Form I-693 provided in support of their adjustment applications is about to expire. The RFEs are requesting that applicants provide updated Forms I-693.
We will notify our clients when/if we receive such RFEs so that a timely response may be submitted to USCIS.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.