USCIS I-693 Policy 2 Year Update

In 2018, USCIS revised its policy regarding the extent to which a Form I-693 retains its evidentiary value. This policy is effective November 1, 2018. Before November 1, 2018, the validity period policy provided Form I-693 retained its evidentiary value as long as it was submitted to USCIS within 1 year of the civil surgeon’s signature and USCIS issued a final decision on the underlying immigration benefit application within a year of the Form I-693’s submission to USCIS. This policy contained a maximum 2-year period during which Form I-693 retained its evidentiary value.

The new policy, effective November 1, 2018, addresses these issues by realigning the existing 2-year period (during which Form I-693 retains its evidentiary value) to require applicants to complete their immigration medical examination closer in time to the filing of the underlying benefit application. This revised policy is intended to reduce the need for USCIS to request an updated Form I-693, thereby streamlining case processing and minimizing inconveniences to applicants.

Certain Form I-693 submitted to USCIS before November 1, 2018 may be subject to the previous validity period policy.

Form I-693 Submitted to USCIS Before November 1, 2018

When did civil
surgeon sign?

When was underlying benefit application filed with USCIS?

I-693 retains evidentiary
value through

No more than 1 year before I-693 submitted to USCIS

More than 60 days after civil surgeon signed the I-693

1 year from date applicant submitted I-693 to USCIS

No more than 60 days before underlying benefit application filed with USCIS

No more than 60 days after civil surgeon signed the I-693

2 years from date civil surgeon signed I-693

After the benefit application was filed with USCIS

Before the civil surgeon signed the I-693

2 years from date civil surgeon signed I-693

More than 1 year before I-693 submitted to USCIS

N/A – I-693 not valid at time applicant submits I-693 to USCIS

For full announcement please click here: https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/HTML/PolicyManual-Volume8-PartB-Chapter4.html