USCIS Revises & Updates Two Essential Forms

This week, USCIS announced that it has revised two forms: Form I-765, the Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-693, the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, based on legislation changes.

The new Form I-765 was revised this week to include additional eligibility codes, in accordance with a recent Homeland Security interim final rule regarding the duration of Optional Practical Training for F-1 nonimmigrant students. The older version of this form, published on July 30, 2007, will continue to be accepted by USCIS up to July 8, 2008; after that date, however, only the revised Form I-765, dated April 8, 2008, will be accepted by USCIS. All requests using previous versions of the form will be rejected by USCIS.

In addition, USCIS this week revised Form I-693, the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. This form was revised based on changes to the Tuberculosis Component of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons. Form I-683, a medical form, shares with USCIS results of applicants’ medical examinations when they are filing for adjustments of status to become permanent residents. The form provides information essential for USCIS to ensure the applicants are not inadmissible to the U.S. due to public health reasons.

The new form lists seven tuberculosis classifications at the bottom of its first page. Civil surgeons should record the results of all medical examinations held on or after May 1, 2008 on the new form. Please note that the current vaccination supplement will not be accepted for any vaccination assessment conducted on or after May 1, 2008. More information about this new tuberculosis component is available online at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dq/civil.htm.

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