October 7, 2021

Vaccination status and changes to immigration laws

Entering the United States to live and work in Michigan can be a complicated process for potential immigrants, and recent changes have added an additional requirement for applicants. Immigration laws now mandate that those applying for lawful permanent resident status also be vaccinated for COVID-19. This is in addition to existing eligibility requirements, including mandatory vaccinations for other illnesses, such as measles, mumps, polio and more. 

Required vaccinations for immigration applicants 

Required vaccinations have long been a part of the immigration process. The requirement applies to individuals seeking a specific type of status, such as permanent resident or refugee status. Along with other documentation that must be completed, applicants must include proof of vaccination and a medical examination. The COVID-19 vaccine was added as a requirement based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

If an individual refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccine, his or her application may be denied. The COVID-19 vaccine requirement does not apply for immigrants ages 12 and under. Specific immigration applicants, such as those who are pregnant or have certain medical conditions, may apply for an exemption to the vaccine requirement.  

Legal counsel for immigrants 

Individuals who are applying for permanent resident status may benefit from the assistance of an experienced Michigan attorney. Immigration laws are complex, and knowledgeable guidance can prove invaluable when navigating the application process. Those hoping to enter the United State may benefit from starting with an explanation of different entry options, visa types and other details that will affect their cases.