U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the governmental agency that receives and decides applications for permanent residency and citizenship, among others, has released new guidance on its policies relating to medical exams. The policy alert was released by USCIS on May 30, 2014 and took effect on June 1, 2014.
USCIS requires that applicants for some immigration benefits, such as permanent residency, must submit a medical exam to USCIS before the agency can make a decision on the application. Medical exams are administered by certain civil surgeons who are designated by the U.S. government; not just any doctor can administer the required exam and complete the accompanying form I-693.
Previously, applicants only had to submit their medical exam to USCIS prior to one year from the date the medical exam was signed by the civil surgeon. Now, there are several new policies that drastically change how USCIS treats medical exams
The following is a summary of the most important changes:
If you have any questions about the new medical exam policy, or have received a Request for Evidence instructing you to submit a new medical exam, please feel free to contact the attorneys at Minsky, McCormick and Hallagan, P.C.
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