Temporary Waiver Extended By USCIS
In today’s blog, we are going to share with you the latest updates on the extension of the Temporary Waiver of the 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures on Form I-693 Green Card Medical Exams by USCIS.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced lately that it is extending a policy that was formerly waiving the requirement for civil surgeons to sign Form I-639, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, within 60 days before filing the application for a green card.
The waiver policy previously issued by USCIS until September 30, 2022, has now been extended until March 31, 2023. What are your thoughts about this extension?
What was the reason for the extension?
USCIS decided that extending the waiver policy is important to grant relief to applicants for the hinders and delays in completing their green card medical examination due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now the waiver will apply to all medical examinations of Form I-693 for green card applicants that haven’t been adjudicated, nevertheless, the civil surgeon signed Form I-693 or when the application was submitted to USCIS.
The USCIS anticipated this extension to be much helpful to Afghan citizens evacuated through the Operation Allies Welcome program, who had done the immigration medical examinations but were not able to apply for adjustment of status in the 60-day duration of a civil surgeon signing their Form I-639.
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