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Form I-693

Hey there! If you're on the path to getting your green card, you’ve probably come across Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. This form is crucial for your green card application because it ensures you meet the health-related standards set by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Essentially, Form I-693 is all about proving that you’re healthy and won’t pose a public health risk when you get your permanent resident status. You’ll need to visit a USCIS-designated civil surgeon who will conduct a medical exam, check your vaccination records, and complete the form. This is an essential step to show that you’re fit and ready to live in the U.S. permanently.

What is the I-693 form?

Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, is used to document the results of a medical examination required for green card applicants. A USCIS-designated civil surgeon will perform the medical exam and complete the form to ensure you meet health-related requirements.


How much does I-693 cost?

The cost for the I-693 medical exam can vary depending on the doctor and your location. Typically, it ranges from $200 to $500. This fee includes the medical examination, any required vaccinations, and completing the form.


How long after I-693 to get a green card?

The timing can vary, but generally, after submitting your I-693 form, it can take several months to a year to get your green card, depending on other factors in your application process.


Can I file I-485 without I-693?

Yes, you can file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, without the I-693 initially. However, you’ll need to submit the I-693 form later, either at the time of your interview or when requested by USCIS.


What is the new rule for I-693?

One of the recent updates for Form I-693 is that the form must be signed by the civil surgeon no more than 60 days before you submit your I-485 application. This helps ensure that the medical exam results are current and valid throughout the application process.


Who is exempt from I-693?

Certain individuals may be exempt from the medical examination requirement, such as refugees adjusting their status within a year of entering the U.S. and those who already had a medical exam abroad within the past year, as long as their health has not significantly changed.


Is I-693 covered by insurance?

In many cases, health insurance may not cover the cost of the I-693 medical exam because it is considered an immigration-related service. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to see if any part of the exam might be covered.


What blood test is done for I-693?

The I-693 medical exam typically includes blood tests for communicable diseases like syphilis and sometimes tuberculosis (TB). The specific tests may vary depending on your medical history and the civil surgeon’s assessment.


Does everyone need a medical exam for a green card?

Yes, all green card applicants need to undergo a medical examination as part of the I-693 form requirement. This is to ensure that all applicants meet the health standards set by USCIS and do not pose a public health risk.


Filing Form I-693 is an important part of your green card application process, and getting it right can make a big difference. If you have any questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out. Good luck on your journey to becoming a permanent resident!

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