The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) announced August 19, 2021 that applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence in the U.S. must obtain the COVID-19 vaccine series starting October 1, 2021. The CDC is providing waivers for individuals who are too young to receive the vaccine (currently, children under the age of 12), contraindications, or if the vaccine is not routinely available. Applicants may also request a waiver due to religious or moral convictions. Applicants who otherwise refuse the COVID-19 vaccine series in part or entirety will be inadmissible to the United States.
USCIS will be updating the Form I-693 and its instructions, but applicants for permanent residence are encouraged to immediately complete the COVID-19 vaccine series as applicants must complete the COVID-19 vaccine series and provide documentation of vaccination to the civil surgeon in person before completion of the medical examination. This requirement is for anyone who received their medical exam on or after October 1, 2021.
If you have questions about how this may impact your immigration case, please contact SPS Immigration.