CDC to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines for Immigrant Visa and Green Card Applicants

September 1, 2021 Ian Love

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will soon require full COVID-19 vaccination for immigrant visa and green card applicants.  


All applicants for permanent residency in the U.S. are required to submit a medical examination form as part of their application process. For those who complete the medical exam Oct. 1, 2021 or later, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required in order for permanent residency to be approved.  

Exceptions apply for individuals who are under age 12 or who cannot receive the vaccine. Eligible applicants will need to show either an official vaccination record or provide a copy of their medical chart with written documentation from a physician or qualified medical professional demonstrating proof of vaccination. Applicants must show that they have received a full dose of vaccination.  

Individuals may request an exemption for the mandate from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in certain cases, including religious and moral grounds. Waivers are also available for individuals who meet exemption standards due to age, as well as individuals for whom vaccination is medically contraindicated or who live in areas where vaccines are not readily available. Individuals will not be allowed to bypass the vaccine requirement by presenting documentation that shows immunity to COVID-19.   

Looking Ahead  

USCIS and the CDC have not yet issued specific guidance or instructions for the requirements. Envoy Global and Global Immigration Associates (GIA) will continue to provide information on this matter as it becomes available. 


Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ian Love, who is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (, one of the two U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the "U.S. Law Firms")

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. Envoy is not a law firm, and does not provide legal advice. If you would like guidance on how this information may impact your particular situation and you are a client of one of the U.S. Law Firms, consult your attorney. If you are not a client of a U.S. Law Firm working with Envoy, consult another qualified professional. This website does not create an attorney-client relationship with either U.S. Law Firm. 

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