Covid-19 Vaccine is Required by the US Department of State to Qualify for US Visa – October 1, 2021
Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement for a US visa effective October 1, 2021
There are new COVID-19 vaccine requirements from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has provided Technical Instructions for panel physicians that will require all immigrant visa applicants, K fiancé(e) visa applicants, and nonimmigrant visa applicants who are referred to the panel physicians to receive a full COVID-19 vaccination series as part of their medical exam prior to being issued a visa. The CDC requires the COVID vaccine to be approved through either the World Health Organization (WHO) or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
You can read the full text of the US Department of State announcement here.
You can read the full text of the CDC requirements here.
Plan Ahead to Have your Covid-19 Vaccine Series Completed:
Things to Keep in Mind
Complete the full series of Covid-19 vaccine shots. Most of the vaccines require a 2 shot series. You will need to have already had the second shot before your Visa can be approved. As a result, it’s a good idea to have the first dose of the vaccine at least 4 weeks before you plan to apply for your US visa.
The vaccine must be approved by the US CDC or by the World Health Organization.
The requirement for a COVID-19 Vaccine will apply to ALL US Visa applicants starting soon. Some people will be required to show proof of vaccination starting October 1, 2021, but all new visa applicants will have this requirement in November, 2021.
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