Friday, September 17, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for US green card applicants: Immigration officials

All green card applicants subject to an immigration medical exam are to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 starting next month, federal immigration officials announced Tuesday.

“In general,” the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said, “persons applying to become lawful permanent residents, and other applicants as deemed necessary, to show that they are exempt from any status , will have to undergo an immigration medical examination. They are inadmissible under health related grounds.”

And now, from October 1, applicants subject to medical tests have to be fully vaccinated against the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus that causes COVID-19, according to agency.

USCIS said, “Applicants to that update must be subject to immigration medical examination to have completed the COVID-19 vaccine series (one or two doses depending on the vaccine) and immunization to a civil surgeon prior to the completion of the immigration medical examination.” documents should be provided. , which is overseen by the Department of Homeland Security. It noted that the new policy applies to Form I-693, which is signed by civil surgeons.

The agency said it can issue vaccine exemptions to individuals if they are not of age, cannot get the shot due to a medical condition where the civil surgeon practices, or if there is a limited supply of vaccines that are not available.

Since President Joe Biden took office in January, his administration has received criticism from Republicans and some Democrats about the increase in illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border – some of whom may not have been vaccinated. The administration has put in place a Trump-era Title 42 policy that allows the United States to deport illegal immigrants early, although unaccompanied children and some families are exempt.

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in early August that the policy would remain in place until the spread of COVID-19 ceases to be a public threat to the United States, drawing criticism from immigration advocacy groups. inspires.

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Last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed to reporters that COVID-19 vaccines are not mandatory for illegal aliens at the border.

“Our aim is to get as many people vaccinated,” she also said, after the Biden administration announced that it would issue an order requiring companies with 100 or more workers to vaccinate their employees or undergo routine CCP virus testing. Submission instructions will be given. , or face a hefty fine of approximately $14,000.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times in New York City.

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