Effective on Nov. 1, 2018, applicants must submit Form I-693 that is signed by a civil surgeon no more than 60 days before filing the underlying application for an immigration benefit. The Form I-693 would remain valid for a two-year period following the date the civil surgeon signed it.
Also, starting October 1, 2018, the tuberculin skin test (TST) will no longer be accepted for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) I-693 Form Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.
All applicants ages 2 and up will now be required to obtain a TB blood test (interferon-gamma release assay or IGRA) as the initial TB screening method.
This new TB blood test will bear the following consequences:
- Children will be subjected to venipuncture (blood work)
- There will be an increase in the price of the medical exam
- The sealed envelope will be ready in 4-5 business days instead of 2 days as previously promised.
Questions regarding Form I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record:
Q1. Can a civil surgeon accept identification issued in an applicant’s maiden name if she also provides a marriage certificate? How does the civil surgeon notate this if the Form I-693 is completed in her married name but the identity document is in her maiden name?
A1. Yes. A civil surgeon can accept government-issued identification (more…)