Revised Medical Form Needed as of January 1, 2012

Many people are currently planning to file adjustment of status (I-485) applications. We at the Murthy Law Firm take this opportunity to remind all adjustment applicants that the I-693 medical form was changed as of January 1, 2012. If a medical examination occurred on or after January 1, 2012, the civil surgeon must use Form I-693 with a revision date of October 11, 2011. The revision date is printed in the lower right margin of each page of the form. Applicants may wish to verify that the correct version of the form is used, to avoid any delay in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processing of the I-485 “green card” case.

Medical Exams Completed Prior to 01.Jan.2012 May Use Prior Version

If the medical exam was completed prior to January 1, 2012, the new form need not be used, so this should not present a problem for those who were examined before January. The proper form is determined by the date of the medical exam, not the date of the I-485 filing. Many January 2012 applicants may have obtained their medical exams in December 2011, or even earlier.

Depending on Medical Exam Date Choice of Prior Versions

The revised Form I-693, which must be used for exams occurring on or after January 1, 2012, was introduced in November 2011. Thus, adjustment applicants who were examined before November 1, 2011 should have I-693s with the revision date of July 20, 2010.

Individuals who were examined between November 1st and December 31, 2011 should have either the newer (October 11, 2011) version or the earlier (July 20, 2010) version of the I-693. Both are acceptable for such applicants.

Warning: Do NOT Open the Sealed Envelope

Immigration medical examination results must be transmitted to the USCIS in an envelope sealed by the civil surgeon’s office. Applicants must not break this seal in an effort to check the form revision dates. The USCIS will not accept medical forms if the envelope seal has been opened. It is best to request a copy of the medical forms from the physician’s office to check the revision date and to note any other problem areas that may exist.

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