Completed COVID-19 vaccine series required for U.S. immigrant visa applicants from October

Effective October 1st 2021, a completed COVID-19 vaccine series will be required for all immigrants to travel to the United states (U.S).

This is a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirement for U.S. immigrant visa medical examinations.

All U.S. immigrant visa applicants are required to complete a medical examination as part of the normal application process as the U.S.  Department of State is currently working with the CDC to implement this requirement.

These Technical Instructions will remain in effect until the CDC determines these orders are no longer needed to prevent the importation and spread of COVID-19.

Applicants applying for immigrant or refugee status, as well as non-immigrants who are required to have an overseas medical examination, are medically screened days or weeks prior to travel to the U.S. Thus, a negative screening for COVID-19 at the time of the medical evaluation, does not guarantee that the applicant will not have COVID-19 at the time of immigration to the United States.

According to an article on cdc.gov, a combination of vaccination, strategic testing, and routine infection control practices will provide the best protection from COVID-19 for applicants and US communities.

 The COVID-19 vaccination requirement will differ from previous requirements in that the entire vaccine series (1 or 2 doses depending on formulation) must be completed in addition to the other routinely required vaccines.

“Although the vaccine schedules cannot be shortened, other components of the medical examination can be scheduled at the discretion of the applicant and panel physician,” the CDC states in the article. “The panel physician must confirm in person documentation that the applicants received all doses of COVID-19 vaccine and, if applicants want to complete the remaining components of the exam after they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, panel physicians should accommodate them.”

Waivers will be applied to COVID-19 vaccination if persons are not age appropriate and if an applicant has a contraindication to the approved COVID-19 vaccine formulation available such as a severe reaction to the first dose or if the vaccine is not routinely available in the country.

An applicant may also request a waiver based on religious or moral convictions.

“If an applicant objects to vaccination based on religious or moral convictions, it must be documented that the applicant is requesting an individual waiver based on religious or moral convictions. This is not a blanket waiver. The applicant will have to submit a waiver request to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS will determine if this type of waiver is granted, not the panel physician or CDC,” the CDC explains in the article.

The new regulations also require that applicants are informed that all international air travelers to the United States aged 2 years or older must be tested within 3 days of the flight and show documentation of a negative COVID-19 result to the airline before boarding their flight. Applicants who have recovered from COVID-19 will not need to be retested for travel if they travel within 3 months of their positive test and can provide appropriate documentation.

Lack of COVID-19 vaccination, exposure to COVID-19, or current COVID-19 infection would put an make an applicant Class A, and therefore,  inadmissible to the United States.

Close contacts of persons with laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 are Class A for COVID-19 exposure until they complete 14 days of quarantine.

“Applicants who are close contacts should be rescheduled and not complete their exam until 14 days of quarantine. The 14 days should begin after the person’s last exposure to the person with COVID-19 or, if exposure continues, when that person has recovered. If possible, the contact should be tested immediately and then tested again on day 12 of the quarantine period. The same tests described above (NAAT such as RT-PCR tests) should be used. If the applicant develops symptoms of COVID-19 during this time or tests positive, they must meet criteria to end isolation before completing the medical examination. All close contacts should be reported to the consular section and local health authorities according to national guidance.”

Applicants who have COVID-19 and COVID-19 contacts can apply for a Class A waiver. Waivers will not be needed after an applicant completes the required isolation or quarantine period.

This COVID-19 vaccine series requirement does not apply to non-immigrant visa (NIV) classes such as tourist or student visas.

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6 Comments

  1. Bwa-Banday
    September 6, 2021

    I Love the USA! All those “I doh taking no vaccine” kunumunus sitting there waiting for their “call” to go to the US embassy so they can migrate will now have no choice. Let me see what tune they will sing now they have a barrier infant them. Even if there are exceptions I doubt anyone will be approved.

    America can’t mandate the covid vaccine on its citizens but it sure has the right to dictate conditions on those wishing to enter its borders. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . I know a few friends in Grand Bay who refused to be vaccinated but should get their call anytime. Let me see if they will turn down the offer now :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  2. Tt
    September 6, 2021

    You want to go to the big apple you have to get the vaccine. No vaccine no visa lol. Let’s hear wha the anti vaxers gonna do now.

    • derp
      September 6, 2021

      This COVID-19 vaccine series requirement does not apply to non-immigrant visa (NIV) classes such as tourist or student visas.

      READ

  3. Mr. Nicholas
    September 4, 2021

    I guess they didn’t need a wall afterall… but on the other hand that is one thing most people will sell their soul for… A pass to the good ol US of A….tag em and bag em..

    • September 4, 2021

      Mr. Nicholas, your first line made me laugh. But then again, the wall is still harder, because with that condition all people have to do is follow the rules, where they live, if they want to get to the USA, so badly.

      The government of their Nations is calling them to take the vaccine–they are the ones who are making things hard for themselves.

      Imagine that the Government of Alberta, in Canada is now offering the unvaccinated a $100 prepaid card to take the vaccine shots–1 or 2–from September 3 to October 14. That is how stubborn the people are about taking the vaccine–a choice that is for their own health–but they should be ashamed of themselves.

      Now, who will have a choice not to take the vaccine, if they want to go to the USA?

      No wonder why so many people will go to their grave with a lost soul; in that, they cannot see or imagine the Love that God wants to fill them with, so they are refusing Him as well, but how very unfortunate!

    • Joseph charles
      September 4, 2021

      It may be better to be tagged and bagged in the U.S of A than in the CommonHell of Dominica..

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