On May 30th, 2014, USCIS announced that starting June 1st, 2014, all medical examinations will be considered valid for one year after completion and signature by a Civil Surgeon, and will be considered valid for one year after submission to USCIS.
Some of the general requirements of the submission of the medical exam are as follows:
1) The medical exam must be performed by a USCIS-designated civil surgeon in accordance with Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations;
2) The medical examination report must be properly completed;
3) The medical examination report must be submitted to USCIS less than one year after completion of the examination [emphasis added];
4) The benefit application must be adjudicated no more than one year after the date the medical examination was submitted to USCIS [emphasis added]; and
5) The medical report must establish that the applicant does not have a Class A medical condition.
USCIS recommends submission the medical examination at the following times: 1) concurrently with the adjustment of status application (Form I-485); or 2) at any time after filing of the application but prior to its adjudication.
Note: If it is not filed concurrently, USCIS encourages applicants to wait until USCIS requests the medical examination report before submitting it. USCIS also notes that it is acceptable to bring a completed medical examination form to an interview.
If an individual does not file the Form I-693, Medical Examination along with the Form I-485, USCIS recommends the following before submitting the medical exam:
USCIS will issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) for a current Form I-693 when adjudicating an adjustment of status application. In order to facilitate the matching of the I-693 to the pending adjustment application, USCIS recommends that applicants wait for the Request for Evidence sending in the Form I-693. However, when the priority date in a retrogressed case may become available for a short period of time, practitioners may decide to submit the Form I-693 prior to receiving a Request for Evidence in an effort to increase the likelihood that the adjustment application will be adjudicated as soon as the priority date becomes available.
Humza Kazmi, Esq.