In a recent memorandum, USCIS has once again renewed their policy to extend the
validity of the civil surgeon's endorsement on Form I-693 for cases that
have been pending for longer than a year. Generally, the endorsement on Form I-693
is valid for one year and this form is concurrently filed with Adjustment
of Status applications. However due to various backlog issues, some of these
applications remain pending for longer than the one year period. If USCIS did
not provide this extension then petitioners would be forced to undergo another
examination and submit a new Form I-693 to USCIS after the already submitted medical
examination form expires after one year.
To deal with this problem, USCIS has announced that the validity of the civil
surgeon's endorsement on Form I-693, when submitted in support of a concurrently
filed adjustment of status application, is extended until the time of adjudication
if no Class A or Class B medical condition is certified by the civil surgeon.
This means that if you have filed your I-485
case, along with Form I-693, but your case has been delayed at the service center,
your Form I-693 will not expire after one year and will instead remain valid until
your I-485 case is adjudicated. This is only true for those persons who were not
found to have either Class A or B medical condition. This policy will be in effect
until January 1, 2009.