Whether you’re seeking an employment visa, a family-based visa or some other immigration status change in the U.S., you will likely have to receive certain vaccinations, as required by authorities at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
To clarify just what these requirements involve – and how noncompliance may impact a status change request, below, we have answered some of the most commonly asked questions about USCIS vaccination requirements.1
Although the information below is general, you can easily get more answers pertaining to you and your circumstances by contacting a trusted San Francisco immigration lawyer at the Law Office of Peter Duong.
Helpful Answers about USCIS Vaccination Requirements
Q – Why do those seeking an immigration status change have to get vaccinated?
A – This requirement was established in 1996 by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) in an effort to prevent the spread of diseases for which there are vaccines. Proof that these vaccinations have been received can be presented via Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record (which must be completed and sent back to USCIS by an approved civil surgeon). There is no associated filing fee for submitting this form to USCIS.
Q – What types of vaccinations are required?
A – Although the required vaccines will vary according to the age of an individual, in general, the vaccinations that are required by USCIS include those for:
- Mumps, measles and rubella
- Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids
- Haemophilus influenzae type B and Hepatitis B
- Any other vaccine-preventable diseases, as identified and recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Q – What if I’ve already received some of the required vaccinations?
A – If you have already been vaccinated for some of the covered diseases, you don’t have to be vaccinated again. In these situations, it’s recommended that you bring your vaccination records with you to the civil surgeon, who can then review them, administer the missing vaccinations, and confirm that you have satisfied the USCIS vaccination requirements (on Form I-693).
Q – Do I have to complete the entire series of vaccinations for those that require multiple visits/follow-up shots?
A – No. For vaccinations that are administered in a series (e.g., a set of two or more shots over the course of months), it’s only necessary that you provide proof of having received the first shot in the series (in order to fulfill this requirement).
It is, however, recommended you follow through will all series vaccinations (for your own health, as well as for public health purposes).
Q – Who covers the costs of these vaccinations?
A – The individual applying for the immigration status change request is responsible for covering any and all vaccination costs.
Q – What if I refuse to get some or any of the required vaccines?
A – Refusals to get the required vaccines can result in a denial of your petition for an immigration status change in the U.S.
If, however, you have some medical condition or strongly held religious/moral belief that prevents you from receiving the required vaccines, a waiver or exception may be granted.
Get More Answers Now: Contact a San Francisco Immigration Lawyer at the Law Office of Peter Duong
For experienced help resolving your important immigration issues, contact a San Francisco immigration lawyer at the Law Office of Peter Duong. For nearly 20 years, our trusted lawyer has been committed to providing exceptional legal services related to all aspects of U.S. immigration and naturalization law.
To discuss your options for resolving your immigration issues – and to learn more about how we can help you, call us today at (415) 231-5143 or email us via the contact form on this page. From our offices based in San Francisco, our attorneys provide superior representation and legal services to clients throughout the Bay Area, the state of California and the world.
1: Additional details about these requirements are available here.