The recent announcement by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding the elimination of the 60-day rule for medical examination reports. Effective March 31, 2021, USCIS will no longer require that the medical examination report be submitted within 60 days of completion.
This change applies to all applications and petitions that require a medical examination, including Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. However, USCIS still recommends that applicants wait to complete their medical examination until they are confident that they will file their application or petition within a reasonable amount of time.
Under the new rule, there is no specific expiration date for a medical examination report. USCIS has stated that it will generally accept a completed Form I-693 as long as the civil surgeon’s signature is dated no more than 2 years before the date of filing the underlying application or petition.
However, it’s important to note that USCIS retains the discretion to request a new medical examination report at any time if it determines that additional medical information is needed or if there are concerns about the validity of the original report. Additionally, certain circumstances, such as a change in the applicant’s health condition or a prolonged processing time, may also require a new medical examination report.