Medical Certifications for Applicants for Adjustment of Status Extended

A recent Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) memorandum has extended the validity of civil surgeon endorsements on Form I-693, Medical Examination of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status, for some applicants for adjustment of status. While civil surgeon endorsements are typically valid for just one year, the BCIS in October 2002 extended this validity period until the adjudication of the adjustment of status application was completed. This extension, however, did not apply to individuals with Class A or Class B medical conditions.

This extension was originally in effect only until January 2003. However, due to a backlog in adjustment of status adjudication, the BCIS has extended this policy until January 2004. Form I-693, when filed concurrently with Form I-485 is extended until the adjudication of an applicant’s adjustment of status, as long as that applicant does not have a Class A or Class B medical condition.

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