By Chris Musillo, Esq.

USCIS has announced that it will waive the requirement that the medical exam Form I-693 be signed by the civil surgeon no more than 60 days prior to filing the I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (green card application). This waiver of the 60-day rule is effective from December 9, 2021 until September 30, 2022. The I-693 medical exam will continue to remain valid for two years from the date of the civil surgeon’s signature, regardless of when the I-485 is filed.

This policy will provide additional flexibility to I-485 applicants and allow them to avoid having to undergo a second medical exam in many instances while still encouraging applicants to file the I-485 as soon as possible after completing the medical exam.