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October 28, 2014POLICY ALERTEffect of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) on Immigration and Acquisition of Citizenship Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
October 21, 2014Technical Update – Religious Missionaries Abroad and Residence and Physical Presence
October 21, 2014Technical Update – Treating Certain Peace Corps Contractors as U.S. Government Employees
September 09, 2014POLICY ALERTNonimmigrant Trainees (H-3)
August 26, 2014POLICY ALERTCustomer Service
July 01, 2014Technical Update – Validity of Same-Sex Marriages
June 17, 2014POLICY ALERTChanges to Dates of Birth and Names on Certificates of Citizenship

Volume 8 – Admissibility

Part B – Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility


Chapter 1 – Purpose and Background

Chapter 2 – Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

Chapter 3 – Applicability of Medical Examination and Vaccination Requirement

Chapter 4 – Review of Medical Examination Documentation

Chapter 5 – Review of Overall Findings

Chapter 6 – Communicable Diseases of Public Health Significance

Chapter 7 – Physical or Mental Disorder with Associated Harmful Behavior

Chapter 8 – Drug Abuse or Drug Addiction

Chapter 9 – Vaccination Requirement

Chapter 10 – Other Medical Conditions

Chapter 11 – Inadmissibility Determination

Chapter 12 – Waiver Authority


POLICY ALERTValidity Period of the Medical Certification on the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record (Form I-693)

May 30, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing an update to policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual addressing the validity period of civil surgeon endorsements on the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, Form I-693.


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Technical UpdateVaccination Requirements for Pregnant or Immuno-Compromised Applicants

March 11, 2014

​This technical update replaces the list of vaccines contraindicated for pregnant or immuno-compromised applicants with a reference to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Vaccination Technical Instructions. This ensures the Policy Manual guidance includes the most up-to-date information.


POLICY ALERTHealth-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility and Waivers

January 28, 2014

​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on the health-related grounds of inadmissibility under INA 212(a)(1) and corresponding waivers under INA 212(g).


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Current as of October 28, 2014