USCIS Temporarily Waives 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily waiving the requirement that the civil surgeon (a physician designated by USCIS) sign Form I-693 (“Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record’), within 60 days before submission of the application to register permanent residence or adjust status (Form I-485), until Sept. 30, 2022.

This temporary waiver will benefit many applicants who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related processing delays, which have sometimes caused delays in completing the immigration medical examination. This temporary waiver allows applicants to submit their underlying applications with a completed Form I-693, even if the civil surgeon signed more than 60 days in advance.  

(Immigration laws and policies change regularly.  If you have any questions regarding this article, please visit to schedule legal consultation.) 


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