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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) will require COVID-19 vaccinations for applicants applying for Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) or Refugee Status starting Friday, October 1,2021. COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for applicants applying for LPR or Refugee Status! All LPR and Refugee Status applicants who receive their medical examination from a Civil Surgeon or Panel Physician on or after October 1, 2021, must complete the COVID-19 vaccine series and provide documentation of vaccination being completed.

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AILA (, 8/25/21, AILA Doc. No. 21082507:

USCIS has released a Fact Sheet on the Refugee Security Screening process. USCIS would like to show their commitment to protecting the American public and meeting our national security needs. This fact sheet provides an overview of refugee security screening and background checks.

The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is an interagency effort involving a number of governmental and non-governmental partners both overseas and in the United States. USCIS follows the standards developed by the USRAP and federal law. Refugee applicants are subject to the highest degree of security screening and background checks for any category of traveler to the United States. All refugee applicants and their family members included in the application must complete and clear biographic (events in a person’s life) and biometric (pictures and fingerprints) security checks, obtain a medical examination, as well as undergo an in-depth interview with an Officer of the USCIS.

For more detailed information about this subject please review the USCIS Web Page, “Fact Sheet: Refugee Security Screening“. There is also a White House Blog post, “Watch: Here’s What the Refugee Screening Process Looks Like“, which includes a video!

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