I-693 Signed Earlier Than 60 Days Before Applying for an Immigration Benefit?

No problem! USCIS will accept it, for now. Today, USCIS announced it is waiving, temporarily, the requirement that the I-693 be signed by a civil surgeon no earlier than 60 days before filing for an immigration benefit (e.g., I-485 to adjust your status while you are present in the United States).  That means if you already had your required medical exam with a USCIS-approved civil surgeon (includes military physicians at Fort Wainwright or Eielson Air Force Base) and the I-693 was signed and returned to you in a sealed envelope more than 60 days before you submitted your immigration application package, USCIS will accept it as valid and will not consider it expired and send you a deficiency notice months into the processing of your case. This extension is good news for those who paid the fee for the required medical examination only to run into delays in completing and submitting the immigration application to the USCIS. This waiver is valid until September 30, 2022. In a similar move earlier this year, USCIS temporarily extended the validity of the signed I-693 from two years to four years for certain applications in an effort to mitigate the delays applicants and beneficiaries were suffering under the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information about U.S. immigration benefits, visit our website at https://polarislawgroupak.com/immigration-laws-services/ or schedule a free, 15-minute consultation by visiting our “Contact” page https://polarislawgroupak.com/contact/ or clicking on this link: https://calendly.com/polarislawgroupak/15min   

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