USCIS Asks Applicants for Employment-Based Adjustments to Promptly Send Medical Forms When Requested
To ensure that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is able to use as many available visas as possible for fiscal year 2022, the agency is urging anyone within the United States who may be eligible for an employment-based adjustment of status to note the following regarding Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record:
· If you are planning to file an adjustment of status application, be sure to include a valid Form I-693.
· If you have a pending Form I-485, Adjustment of Status Application, do not send an unsolicited Form I-693 to USCIS. USCIS said it is proactively identifying employment-based adjustment of status applications with available visas that lack a valid Form I-693 and is directly contacting applicants to request that form.
· If you know that your previously filed Form I-485 does not have a valid Form I-693, your underlying petition is approved, and a visa is available to you, it will help USCIS use the available visas and adjudicate your application if you visit a civil surgeon and have a valid Form I-693 on hand when USCIS sends the request to you.
· A Form I-693 is valid for two years from the date on which the civil surgeon signs the form.
USCIS issued the information above via an emailed public engagement notice and made a brief related announcement on Twitter.
SOURCE: ABIL Immigration Insider, July 3, 2022, and USCIS: https://bit.ly/3ujUxcn
Customs and Border Protection Ends Use of Expired U.S. Passports for Direct Return of U.S. Citizens to the United States
As of July 1, 2022, U.S. citizens can no longer use their expired U.S. passports to return to the United States. U.S. citizens overseas with expired passports should contact their nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to apply for a passport.