USCIS has extended the validity of civil surgeon endorsements on Form I-693, Medical Examination of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status. An endorsed Form I-683 is a required part of an application to “adjust status” (become a Lawful Permanent Resident) in the United States. Civil surgeon endorsements are generally only valid for one year, but adjustment of status applications commonly take longer than one year to be adjudicated by USCIS. Without an extension of the endorsement validity, adjustment of status applicants could be required to complete multiple medical examinations.

A December 10, 2008 memorandum from Donald Neufeld, USCIS Acting Associate Director for Domestic Operations, continues USCIS’s policy of extending civil surgeon endorsements until adjudication of the related adjustment of status applications. The policy was set in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was limited to those applications where no Class A or B medical condition (such as tuberculosis, syphilis, HIV, or leprosy) was certified. The policy was set to expire on January 1, 2009.

The new memo states that, due to the continuing backlog of some adjustment applications, the validity of the civil surgeon’s endorsement on the I-693, when submitted in support of an adjustment application, is extended until the time of adjudication if no Class A or B medical condition is certified by the civil surgeon. This policy will remain in effect until January 1, 2010.

The memo is available here.