Travelers who have not been vaccinated against the Coronavirus will not be permitted to apply for lawful permanent residence, starting from October 1, 2021, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed.
Such a decision has been taken in order to halt the further spread of the Coronavirus outbreak, which has profoundly affected the US, especially the Delta and Mu variants, VisaGuide.World reports.
“Effective October 1, 2021, and in compliance with new instructions from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for applicants for lawful permanent residence (known as green card status),” the statement published by the CDC has clarified.
The US CDC in August stressed that such new requirements would be implemented to persons who plan to adjust their immigration status within the US as well as persons applying for an immigrant visa at the US consulates abroad.
The center is responsible for protecting citizens’ health, while persons who have health conditions that could pose a threat to public health will not be permitted to enter the country; therefore, the CDC requires a medical examination such as evaluating the health of persons who wish to apply for adjustment status as a permanent resident in the United States.
“COVID-19 meets the definition of a quarantinable communicable disease, and specifically … meets the definition of severe acute respiratory syndromes …, thus making it a Class A Inadmissible Condition. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy manual defines Class A conditions as medical conditions that render a person inadmissible and ineligible for a visa or adjustment of status,” the statement clarifies.
Green card applicants must present valid proof of their vaccination at the time of the medical examination, as CDC has clarified.
However, not all vaccinated travelers will be permitted to apply for the green card, as the CDC has stressed that it only recognizes as valid proof of immunity the vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
Up to this point, a total of 40,675,578 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus in the United States, while 653,099 people have died; according to the figures published by the World Health Organization, therefore authorities in the US have decided to tighten some of their preventive measures to halt the further spread of the virus.
The Permanent Resident Card, known as the green card, is issued to all immigrants that have been granted permanent resident status in the US.
Recently, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has announced that employment-based immigrant applicants will be eligible to adjust permanent residence by paying a fee of $5,000 if they have a priority date of over two years. However, for the EB-5 category or immigrant investors, the price is $50,000, as reported by Forbes magazine.
As for a family-based immigrant, sponsored by a US citizen and “with a priority date that is more than two years before, the fee for getting a Green Card would be USD 2,500.”
However, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has clarified that the bill does not include changes such as eliminating the caps for green cards or raising the annual quotas of H-1B visas.