Date AnnouncedOct. 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]
See Biden administration action below.View Policy Document
Effective Date of ChangeNov. 1, 2018
Biden Administration ActionAugust 12, 2021
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.
The I-693 medical exam was valid for one year from the date of submission to USCIS. Additionally, the I-485 applicant had to submit the I-693 medical exam within one year of the actual medical exam date.USCIS Policy Alert 2014-005
Biden Administration Action
- New Policy Document
- Prior Policy Document
Biden Administration Action Document