U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Providers (USCIS) is encouraging sure employment-based adjustment of standing (inexperienced card) candidates with accredited I-140 petitions to complete their medical examinations earlier than the tip of the fiscal 12 months (FY) on September 30, 2022. Consular closures throughout the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a surplus of unused employment-based immigrant visas. In line with USCIS, there are roughly double the standard variety of immigrant visas out there for FY 2022. USCIS said that it remained dedicated to utilizing “as many out there employment-based visas as doable” earlier than the tip of FY 2022, although the company indicated that its efforts had been stymied by lacking or invalid medical examination filings.
Inexperienced card candidates should submit a legitimate Type I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination File, to determine that they aren’t inadmissible to the USA on public well being grounds. USCIS is working to establish and notify candidates whose purposes lack the required Type I-693. Within the meantime, to avoid wasting time and facilitate the inexperienced card adjudication course of, USCIS recommends the next:
For eligible employment-based candidates inside the USA who’ve but to file their inexperienced card purposes, USCIS recommends together with a legitimate Type I-693 on the time of submitting.
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For candidates in the USA with accredited I-140 petitions and present precedence dates, however who filed their inexperienced card purposes with out together with a legitimate Type I-693, USCIS recommends visiting a civil surgeon to get a legitimate Type I-693 earlier than USCIS sends the request. In line with USCIS, candidates shouldn’t ship their medical examinations to the company till formally requested to take action. Type I-693 is legitimate for 2 years from the date that the civil surgeon indicators the shape.
USCIS can be working carefully with the U.S. Division of State to course of employment-based immigrant visas for candidates residing outdoors the USA.
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