Full COVID vaccination required for US immigrant visas effective October 1



All age-appropriate applicants for US immigrant visas (IV) worldwide will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for IV consideration effective October 1, 2021.

This is according to the latest update from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


The CDC said if a COVID-19 vaccine listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) or licensed or authorised for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is available to the applicant, the eligible applicant must complete the COVID-19 vaccine series in addition to all other necessary vaccines.


Only applicants younger than the lowest age limit for the vaccinations currently in use, applicants who have a contraindication or precaution to the COVID-19 vaccine formulation available and applicants who have limited access to vaccines can request a blanket waiver.


Applicants may also request a waiver based on religious or moral convictions but the CDC said the US Citizenship and Immigration Services will determine if this type of waiver is granted.


Also noteworthy is that this requirement does not apply to non-immigrant visas (NIV) classes such as tourist or student visas.


Just last week, the CDC announced that people who are applying for a US green card and are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines will be required to be fully vaccinated against the respiratory illness.

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  1. Guyana has reported that some of their US students were not allowed to return to the US because they had received two doses of different vaccines. The students had to be revaccinated to return to the US. Some countries do not recognize mixed vaccines as fully vaccinated, the US being one of them.

  2. @JP. Thank you. That information is good to know. Again reinforces that the traveler must research their destination carefully and be sure to check again a few days before travel. Things change quickly.

  3. The Antiguan medical authorities say that mixing of vaccines is approved in Antigua. This will cause problems for individuals wanting to travel to the US and some other countries as they will not be considered fully vaccinated.

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