U.S. Vaccine Mandate for Incoming Immigrants Takes Effect October 1
U.S. will require COVID-19 vaccines for immigrants and refugees. As of October 1, immigrant applicants for permanent resident status in the U.S. must be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced.
“COVID-19 vaccination now meets the vaccination criteria for applicants for refugee or immigrant status,” the CDC says. “All applicants who receive their medical examination from a Civil Surgeon or Panel Physician on or after October 1, 2021 will be subject to this requirement and are encouraged to complete a COVID-19 vaccine series as soon as possible.”
“If the COVID-19 vaccine is a two-dose series, both doses must be documented,” the agency adds.
Exceptions to this rule are included for children for whom COVID-19 vaccines are not recommended because of their age, people with health reasons for not being able to get the vaccine, and green card applicants from countries where COVID-19 vaccines are “not routinely available.”
“If no COVID-19 vaccine is routinely available in the state where the Civil Surgeon practices, the ‘Not routinely available’ reason should be documented,” the CDC website explains. “If vaccine is available to the applicant but due to limited supply, it would cause significant delay for the applicant to receive their vaccination, then this situation would also be considered ‘Not routinely available.'”
Waivers will also be considered for people with religious or moral objections to receiving the vaccine. Decisions about such applicants will be made on an individual basis by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). But immigration applicants who simply refuse the vaccine without reason will be deemed inadmissible.
“In addition, all air passengers coming to the United States, including applicants for refugee or immigrant status, are required to show a negative result of viral test obtained within 3 days of departure, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months, before boarding a flight to the United States,” the CDC announced.
In other immigration news, the Biden administration must reinstate former President Donald Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy:
The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to block a ruling from a federal judge in Texas requiring the Biden administration to reinstate a Trump-era immigration program that forces asylum seekers arriving at the southwestern border to await approval in Mexico.
The court’s brief unsigned order said that the administration had appeared to act arbitrarily and capriciously in rescinding the program, citing a decision last year refusing to let the Trump administration rescind the Obama-era program protecting the youn
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