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USCIS Extends Validity of Expiring Medical Certifications I693
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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.

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