EMPLOYMENT-BASED ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS APPLICANTS: DO’S AND DON’TS FOR YOUR MEDICALS TO ENABLE MORE EFFICIENT PROCESSING.

USCIS plays a significant role in the processing of employment-based visas, and USCIS want to ensure USCIS use as many available visas as possible in fiscal year (FY) 2022, which ends on Sept. 30, 2022.

USCIS is still doing our part with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) in processing employment-based immigrant visas for those applicants living outside the U.S. USCIS urge anyone within the United States who may be eligible for an employment-based adjustment of status to note these important reminders regarding Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record:

  • If you have a pending Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, please do not send an unsolicited Form I-693 to USCIS. We are proactively identifying employment-based adjustment of status applications with available visas that lack a valid Form I-693 and are directly contacting applicants to request that form.
  • If you know that your previously filed Form I-485 does not have a valid Form I-693, your underlying petition is approved, and a visa is available to you, it will help USCIS use the available visas and adjudicate your application if you visit a civil surgeon and have a valid Form I-693 on hand when we send the request to you.
  • If you are planning to file an adjustment of status application in the future, be sure to include a valid Form I-693. 
  • A Form I-693 is valid for two years from the date that the civil surgeon signs the form.

More Information
USCIS is well-positioned to use all the available employment-based immigrant visas in FY 2022 despite the higher annual limit. For more information, visit their Fiscal Year 2022 Employment-Based Adjustment of Status FAQs, which USCIS updated with new data and responses on July 8, 2022.

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