USCIS Updates COVID-19 Visitor Policy for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

May 28, 2021 Anne Walsh

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its COVID-19 policy for in-person visitors.


In accordance with CDC recommendations, USCIS has relaxed COVID-19 protocols for fully vaccinated individuals who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. USCIS no longer requires facial coverings to be worn by fully vaccinated visitors. USCIS notes that the term “fully vaccinated” means that a person has received a full course of COVID-19 vaccine shots and it has been at least two weeks since the final shot was administered. Individuals two years old and older who are not fully vaccinated must still wear a face covering The latest USCIS regulations supersede all state, local, territorial and tribal rules regarding face coverings.

Additionally, fully vaccinated individuals may do the following:

  • Visit a USCIS facility if they have traveled by international air, domestic air, or a cruise ship in the past 10 days
  • Enter USCIS facilities if they have had contact with non-vaccinated people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Looking Ahead

Envoy Global and Global Immigration Associates (GIA) will provide additional updates on USCIS COVID-19 policies as they become available.

Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Anne Walsh, who is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (, Envoy’s affiliated law firm.

Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional

About the Author

Anne is a Partner with Global Immigration Associates. In this role, she provides counsel for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 corporations and their foreign national employees. Anne’s practice focuses on obtaining visas and employment-based green cards in all categories; immigration compliance arising from corporate changes, such as reorganizations and restructuring; and office relocations and company immigration policies and best practices. She also has extensive experience preparing and reviewing business immigration filings, requests for further evidence and appeals, and in researching and analyzing immigration statutes, policy and procedure. Anne works with clients in several industries, including software, cloud technology, manufacturing and electronics. In addition to her employment-based practice, Anne provides counsel for individuals pursuing visas and green cards through family relationships.

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