Anyone who wants to fix their immigration status in the United States should fill out an I-693 form at some point. Most of the USCIS forms are complex – but the I-693 is not filled out by you. Instead, it’s filled by a doctor.
What is the I-693 form for?
Generally, all individuals applying for an adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence (LPR) must submit a filled Form I-693 to a designated licensed physician or civil surgeon.
Form I-693 is used to report the results of a medical examination to USCIS. This examination is required to establish that an applicant is not inadmissible to the US on public health grounds.
Where can I get a Form I-693?
You can download the form from the USCIS website in pdf format for printing and having your designated doctor stamp it after you have been examined.
Only after your completed the medical examination should your civil surgeon give you your form in a sealed envelope. You must ensure that you receive the form sealed to avoid problems with your paperwork when you file the form. Thus, take your time to review the envelope.
Where do I file the form?
After your assigned doctor gives you the sealed form in an envelope, you must submit it to USCIS yourself. You can do this in three ways if you are applying for adjustment of status:
- Mailing it along with your Form I-485 to the address specified on the Form I-485. Note: even after submission, the I-693 has an expiration date. If your case takes a long time, you may have to retake it. We suggest preparing and filing the I-693 at the time of your interview (see below.) That way, you are assured it will be fresh.
- Mailing it after you submit your Form I-485 to the address listed in your most recent communication with USCIS. (We do not recommend this option.)
- You may also submit your I-693 at a face-to-face interview at your local USCIS office, but only if a face-to-face interview is required. (This is best for interviewed cases.)
- For applicants who can do two or all of the above, the best is to follow our office’s instructions.
- Remember: do not open the envelope!
Does the form have an expiration date after I take the medical examinations?
The form, after being stamped, must be submitted to USCIS within 60 days. Applicants should schedule their examinations as close as possible to the time they will be filing their application for a change of status. Simultaneously, be sure to provide enough time for work on their lab results or any additional tests required under the CDC Technical Instructions.
Do I have to pay for the medical examination or to submit the form?
Filing the I-693 form is free. However, the doctors who perform the exam will charge a fee, so it is best to do some research before visiting the first civil surgeon to avoid any inconvenience. (Unfortunately, such exams are rarely, if ever, covered by private insurance. Check with your carrier to see if there is coverage for an “immigration medical.”)
What parts of the form I-693 do I need to complete, and what parts does the assigned doctor need to complete?
Form I-693 instructions say that the applicant only must fill in the first part of the form. The rest corresponds to the assigned doctor.
The applicant must sign the form properly only when indicated by the assigned doctor to avoid losing its validity.
This form may seem simple to fill in, but great care must be taken to ensure that your application is successful. That is why it is always best to have the proper advice to ensure your immigration adjustment success.
If you need help filling out your I-693 form or finding a suitable doctor for your case, please fill out our contact form, and let’s discuss your case.