State Department Issues One-Month Extension for Immigrant Visa Medical Exams

July 27, 2020 | United States of America

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has authorized a one-month extension for immigrant visa medical exams performed between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

Generally, immigrant visas are limited to the validity of a medical exam, which is a maximum of six months. However, a one-month validity extension has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for medical examinations conducted within a certain timeframe in 2020. Individuals who had a medical examination between January 1st and June 30th but who did not receive a visa, and individuals who could not travel on a valid visa between those dates, should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that issued or is adjudicating the visa application to determine their eligibility for a one-month extension.

Although a one-month extension may be granted, the DOS recommends that anyone who would be unable to travel within the one-month extension should consider waiting to obtain a full validity visa and medical examination until they can travel.