U.S. Immigrant Visa COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Update

Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration - RC2M1G9O1B56

All U.S. immigrant visa applicants are required to complete a medical examination as part of the normal application process. Effective October 1, a completed COVID-19 vaccine series is a new CDC requirement for U.S. immigrant visa medical examinations. The U.S. Department ​of State is currently working with the CDC ​to implement this requirement. This requirement does not apply to non-immigrant visa (NIV) classes such as tourist or student visas. More information can be found at: www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/panel-physicians/covid-19-technical-instructions.html