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U.S. green card applicants must be vaccinated against COVID-19: immigration officials

Federal immigration officials announced on Tuesday that starting next month, all green card applicants undergoing immigration medical examinations must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“In general,” the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated, “Individuals applying to become lawful permanent residents and other applicants deemed necessary must undergo an immigration medical examination to prove that they have no health-related The reason is that they are inadmissible.”

Now, from October 1st, applicants undergoing medical examination must be fully vaccinated against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus that causes COVID-19. According to the agency.

“This update requires applicants undergoing immigration medical examinations to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series (one or two doses, depending on the vaccine) and provide the civil surgeon with vaccination documents before completing the immigration medical examinations,” USCIS said, by Homeland Security Ministry supervision. It pointed out that the new policy applies to I-693 forms signed by private surgeons.

The agency said that if they are under the age, cannot get vaccinated due to their health condition, cannot get the vaccine where the civil surgeon practices, or the vaccine supply is limited, it may issue vaccine exemptions to individuals.

Since President Joe Biden took office in January, his government has been criticized by Republicans and some Democrats for the surge in illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border, some of whom may not have been vaccinated. The government retains the Title 42 policy of the Trump era, which allows the United States to expel illegal immigrants quickly, except for unaccompanied children and some families.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated in early August that the policy will remain unchanged until the spread of COVID-19 no longer poses a public threat to the United States, which has sparked criticism from immigration advocacy groups.

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

“Our goal is to get as many people as possible to be vaccinated,” she also said, after the Biden government announced that it would issue an order instructing companies with 100 or more employees to vaccinate their employees or undergo routine CCP virus testing. , Otherwise it will face a huge fine of about $14,000.

Jack Phillips

Senior reporter

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

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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