On August 6, 2021 USCIS informed American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that it is sending notifications regarding Request for Evidence (RFE) to adjustment applicants and/or their representatives. These RFEs are typically notifying clients to send in medical examinations and vaccine records regarding the Form I-693. USCIS is implementing this new notification system to allow applicants to respond as quickly as possible upon receiving the RFE. The goal of this change is to adjudicate as many adjustment of status applications before the end of the fiscal year. Representatives and their clients who receive these notifications are advised to wait until they receive the physical RFE before responding to USCIS.
Typical language of text messages are as follows:
"Green Card applicants who receive a request for Form I-693 should return it as soon as possible by overnight, priority or courier delivery."
Typical language of emails are as follows:
"USCIS has identified a number of applicants for employment-based adjustment of status without a valid medical clearance (Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record) who will receive a Request for Evidence (RFE) soon. If you have applied for adjustment of status based on employment and have not yet submitted Form I-693, we urge you to respond to the RFE as soon as possible so that we may adjudicate your case and, if approvable, allocate an immigrant visa before October 1, 2021. Here’s how: return the RFE response with valid medical clearance to the address on the notice. USCIS accepts responses sent by mail (including overnight and other priority options), commercial services, and courier."
USCIS should be providing further guidance to the public to confirm that this is not a phishing scam.
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This information comes from a news release from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA Doc. No.21080334).