Question: Is it compulsory that the appointed civil surgeon has to sign Part no 6 of the Form I-693, or is it enough if the health department staff signs it?
The Part No 6 has to be signed by the physician of the health department, which may be in original or could be a stamped seal. It could happen that the health department staff, like the nurse or other professionals could co-sign the form but it is not mandatory by them. What is however required, is the signature of the concerned health department’s appointed civil surgeon.
Question: Is it necessitated by the Civil Surgeon to have the Vaccination Table and the Results section completed properly in order to ensure completion of the vaccination part of the Form I-693?
Yes. This is required. The Civil Surgeon has to fill in the details of the vaccination table and the Results part completely. In the vaccination table the entire vaccination history, dates of vaccinations accorded by the Civil Surgeon etc. have to be filled up. Any other waiver requests need to be inked in too.
Question: It is now required by the Form I-693 for applicants who require a chest X ray to include a copy of the X ray report along with the I-693 file. Can you tell me as to what kind of X ray report is now acceptable?
Only a qualified and recognized radiologist’s report that is signed and sealed on an official letterhead of the hospital or medical center is acceptable by USCIS. Also, no preliminary or unfinished evaluation will be accepted by USCIS. The full evaluations or findings will have to be done and the findings recorded. In many cases the civil surgeon will have to wait for some time till this report has been dispatched by the medical office that is reviewing the case and a sign-off cannot be done on the I-693 form till this report is received.
Question: The requirements by the CDC and USCIS have been revised for the point of medical referrals, as has been notated on Form I-693. Can you tell me the instances when the Part 5’s referral section should be completed?
Sub Part 5 of Part 5 has to be completed, if the referral is required. A scenario could occur when a Class A condition is suspected and a further evaluation is needed. The Part 5 is not to be completed if the CDC only recommends Part 5. What could be done instead is have the Referral box notated with a comment.