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September 2021 Newsletter

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USCIS Extends Evidence of Status for Conditional Permanent Residents to 24 Months

Due to longer than usual processing times, USCIS has extended the time that receipt notices can be used to show evidence of continued status from 18 months to 24 months for petitioners filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status. That means the receipt notice that can now be used as evidence of continued status for up to 2 years past the expiration date of the petitioner’s green card.

COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Immigration Medical Examinations

As of Oct. 1, 2021, applicants undergoing an immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the civil surgeon can complete an immigration medical examination and sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. Waivers may be available due to young age, medical conditions, and/or vaccine availability.

Immigration Reform

As Congress attempts to pass a comprehensive spending bill, Democrats tried to include immigration reform in the bill. Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough effectively ruled that the reforms were beyond the scope of the spending bill and could not be included. However, a number of key Democrats have stated they plan to put together a different approach to get these reforms passed.

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