If you are currently working on applying for an immigrant visa for the United States, or an adjustment of status to a permanent resident, you will be required to receive vaccinations for polio, measles, mumps, tetanus, along with quite a few other vaccines.
If you are working on Form I-693 and you are missing any vaccinations due to health related, allergy, religious, or moral situations, you may actually have the option to refuse to receive one or all of the required vaccines using a waiver. The waiver is done using form I-601 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.
An example of an option for waiving the vaccine requirements falls into the belief-based category. This waiver is only available if:
1. You are opposed to vaccinations in all forms. You can’t get a waiver based on an objection to just one of the vaccines.
2. Your objection must be based on religious beliefs or moral convictions.
3. Those beliefs must be sincere.
If you have a medical condition that would prevent you from receiving one of the required vaccines, you will need proof from a doctor explaining why this vaccine is contraindicated.
A vaccine falls into the category of “not medically appropriate,” in the following situations:
1. The vaccine is not recommended for your age group.
2. There is a medical reason, such as allergies to eggs or yeast, pregnancy, hypersensitivity to prior vaccines, or other documented medical reasons.
If you find that you fall into any of these categories and are looking to seek a waiver for the vaccine requirements, get in touch with us, and we can prepare your case and assist you with collecting the best evidence to support your arguments.