Original Date AnnouncedOctober 16, 2018
USCIS issued a policy alert notifying the public that it is updating the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the period of time during which a Form I-693 submitted in support of a related immigration benefits application is considered valid. Specifically, USCIS is updating the way the current maximum 2-year validity period is calculated to enhance operational efficiencies and reduce the need to request updated Form I-693 from applicants. Form I-693 is now valid only when a civil surgeon signs it no more than 60 days before the date an applicant files the application for the underlying immigration benefit and when USCIS adjudicates the application within 2 years from the date of the civil surgeon’s signature. [ID #634]USCIS Policy Alert 2018-09
Effective DateNovember 1, 2018
Biden Administration Action: ModifiedAugust 12, 2021
2021.08.12 USCIS Temporarily Extending Validity Period of Form I-693.pdf
This Biden administration action modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On August 12, 2021, USCIS announced that due to COVID-19-related processing delays, they are extending the validity period of Form I-693 from two years to four years. This is a temporary extension. Specifically, USCIS may consider a completed Form I-693 as valid if:
- The civil surgeon’s signature is dated no more than 60 days before the applicant filed Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status;
- No more than four years have passed since the date of the civil surgeon’s signature; and
- A decision on the applicant’s Form I-485 is issued on or before Sept. 30, 2021.
Biden Administration Action: ModifiedDecember 9, 2021
2021.12.09 Temporary Waiver of “60-Day Rule” for Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record (Form I-693)
This Biden administration policy temporarily waives the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On December 9, 2021, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related processing delays, USCIS announced a temporary waiver until September 30, 2022, of the "60-day rule" which had required that the civil surgeon’s signature on an otherwise valid Form I-693 be dated no more than 60 days before the applicant files the application for the underlying immigration benefit.View Document
Current StatusPartially in effectAugust 12, 2021
Acted on by Biden AdministrationDecember 9, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration