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COVID Vaccine Will Be Required for Green Card Holders

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COVID Vaccine Will Be Required for Green Card Holders

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order in August requiring that green card applicants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The order applies to anyone seeking immigrant visas abroad or applying for adjustment of status within the U.S. and took effect Oct. 1.

According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, foreign nationals must demonstrate proof of vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases, including, “any… vaccinations against vaccine-preventable diseases recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices.” The CDC order puts the COVID-19 vaccine on that list.

Applicants must have received a vaccine authorized by the U.S. Those who received a COVID-19 vaccine not currently authorized in the U.S. may be offered an FDA-authorized vaccine.

Those with religious or moral obligations may request individual waivers. Such requests must be submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which will ultimately determine whether the waiver is granted.

Contact Ibrahim Law Office with any questions about this or any step in your immigration journey.

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