COVID Vaccine Mandated for I-485 Applicants

The USCIS through the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control have announced that effective October 1, 2021 all medical examinations to be used to support an I-485 filing will require a COVID vaccine. The key date is the date of the examination, not the date of the I-485 filing. There will be waivers available for religious and/or medical reasons. This rule change will not affect persons with existing 485 petitions as long as a new medical exam is not later requested due to expiration or it being incomplete.

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