When applying for a visa, there are immigration law requirements and one of these is to obtain specific vaccinations, in order to enter the United States. The physician that conducts the immigrant visa applicant will be required to verify that they have met the vaccination requirements, before any visa will be issued. A record of vaccines, which have already been done, should be submitted to the designated physician. This way, it can be determined; if any other vaccines are necessary in order to have the visa application approved. Vaccines that have been done should be noted on Form I-693 by the designated physician.
The physician can determine which of the vaccinations are necessary, and appropriate for the visa applicant’s age and health. Having the proper vaccinations prior to the visa physician’s review will avoid slowing down the application process, for every type of visa. The visa panel physician will work with the applicant to ensure they know what the necessary vaccines will be required.
Applicants may be required to have one or more of the following vaccines:
- Influenza and/or Influenza Type B (Hib) (Influenza type B can be given annually to children from 6 months, through 59 months of age and for adults 50 years of age or older.)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B ( This vaccine can be administered from birth through 18 years of age.)
- Pertussis (Acellular pertussis-containing vaccines are available for individuals who are at least ten years of age or older.)
- Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids
When there is a medical reason for not receiving listed vaccines, there are certain waivers that the visa applicant may find available upon the recommendation of the USCIS panel physician. The family or employment petitioner can learn about this part of the visa application process from the immigration attorney Wyoming. It is impossible to obtain a waiver, if the individual objects to the vaccines in any form. If the objection is religious based or based on moral convictions, it must be proven sincere, to be considered by the USCIS. The waiver of vaccination for this instance must be submitted on Form I-601. If there is a humanitarian reason that a waiver of vaccines should be considered, it must be filed with Form I-602 and submitted with an adjustment of status application.
In the event that an individual is immune to vaccine-preventable diseases, and has been tested by their private health care provider, the applicant can take written documentation to the panel physician. Then they will determine what vaccines will be necessary for the applicant.
All the shots in a vaccine series may not be necessary to be completed, prior to a visa application being approved, depending on the applicant’s age and the appropriate ages for the shots.
It is also, important to note that the Hepatitis A vaccine is done in two parts and must be done six months apart.
The individual who is applying for a visa is financially responsible to ensure they have the proper vaccines, and no waiver will be possible to use for financial reasons.