USCIS Letter to Civil Surgeons Provides Guidance on Changes to Immigration Medical Examination

USCIS recently sent letters to U.S. Civil Surgeons regarding the removal of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection from the list of communicable diseases of public health significance. In the letter, USCIS details the policy change made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of January 4, 2010, individuals should no longer be tested for HIV infection during their immigration medical examination. HIV-positive status is no longer a valid reason to bar a person from entry or otherwise limit their immigration capacity in the United States.

In addition, as of December 14, 2009, immunization against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and herpes zoster are no longer required for entry into the United States.

While Form I-693 has not yet been updated to reflect these changes, USCIS is guiding civil surgeons to disregard any reference to the above-stated immunizations as of December 14, and to disregard any reference to HIV testing as of January 4.

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