The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new policy that will require Green Card applicants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and other diseases.
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) explains that foreign citizens admitted to the United States as permanent residents, that is, Green Card holders, must demonstrate that they are vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases. And now, as of October 1, they will have to prove that they have received immunization against COVID-19.
In this way, those who request permanent legal residence must be vaccinated against COVID-19, with one of the vaccines authorized in the United States: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
To validate that the applicant has received the vaccine, they will only accept documents such as the official vaccination record; medical record that includes vaccination against COVID-19; or a certification of medical personnel.
The only exceptions to not abiding by this policy apply when the applicant:
- You are too young to get the vaccine;
- You have a medical contraindication to receive the immunization;
- You do not have access to an approved vaccine;
- You have applied for an exemption from the Citizenship and Immigration Services for religious or moral reasons.
"A negative COVID-19 screening test at the time of medical evaluation does not guarantee that the applicant will not have COVID-19 by the time the applicant becomes a lawful permanent resident," the CDC explains about this new policy. that seeks to avoid contagion and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in the United States.
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