By N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON DC:- The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding immigration medical examination requirements for certain Afghan nationals applying for adjustment of status after arriving in the United States under the Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) program.
According to a USCIS statement, the announcement is effective immediately, and that these applicants may not need to repeat an immigration medical examination if they already completed an immigration medical examination conducted by a panel physician before they arrived in the United States.
“The updated guidance allows Afghan nationals applying for adjustment of status after arriving under OAW to use a report of medical examination completed outside the United States by a panel physician to satisfy the requirement normally demonstrated by submitting Form I-693, Report of the Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, completed by a USCIS designated civil surgeon,” said the USCIS.
The policy guidance clarifies that these applicants do not have to repeat an immigration medical examination and submit the Form I-693 if:
-The results of the immigration medical examination completed outside the United States by a panel physician are in their A-File and do not report a Class A medical condition;
-The panel physician completed the immigration medical examination no more than 4 years before the date the applicant files to adjust their status; and
-No evidence suggests that the applicant has acquired a Class A medical condition after entry into the United States.
“This does not impact the vaccination requirements that are a condition of parole. Afghan nationals who are paroled into the United States must receive the MMR, polio, and COVID-19 vaccinations, among others, as conditions of their parole. Additionally, all OAW arrivals – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and Afghan nationals – are tested for COVID-19,” the USCIS further said.
More information in this regard are available in: Volume 8: Admissibility, Part B, Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility, Chapter 3, Applicability of Medical Examination and Vaccination Requirement. A comment page of the USCIS Policy Manual can also be visited to comment on this update.