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Travel, Immigration & VaccinationL I N K S :
* TRAVEL for US citizens.
* Advice for travel to a "tropical" country.
* Suggestions for healthy travel
IMMIGRATION to the USA:
* IMMIGRATION waiver to vaccination requirements. Requires Form I-601
* Forms 601, 602 and 690: Which should be used?
* Medical Exemption for travel to UK/Britain
* LETTERS which may be modified and used in conjunction with Immigration vaccination waiver.
* Summary of IMMIGRATION laws regarding waivers to vaccination requirements.
* REFUGEE information
HEALTHY Travel suggestions:
* Suggestions for healthy travel
* Advice for travel to a "tropical" country.
Travel for U.S. CitizensImmigration and traveling as a citizen of the U.S. are two different things.
International travel is easy. The following is from Walene James' book,
Immunization: The Reality Behind the Myth, p. 226:
"When you receive your passport, it might be wise to request a copy of Foreign Rules and Regulations, Part 71, Title 42, on immunizations. The World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva grants American visitors the right to refuse vaccinations when traveling internationally. Remember the basic rule:
Note: The above was written in 1988, prior to the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) that 198 countries signed onto. See http://www.who.int/ihr/en/index.html
These new regulations give much more power to the WHO regarding implementation of vaccines or prophylaxis in the event of a worldwide pandemic.
See the Yellow Fever section below for more information.
Since many people are allergic to eggs and other ingredients in the vaccines, and many doctors are now acknowledging vaccine dangers, it is best to travel to these countries with a medical exemption and bring proof of having received homeopathic nosodes in lieu of the required vaccines. To find a doctor in your area, go to http://vaclib.org/basic/health/homeotreatment.htm#find
According to the CDC, a medical waiver is acceptable for countries that require yf vax from all arriving travelers is here:
A graphic of the yf vax form:
Country list with malaria and yf requirements/recommendations:
* Advice for travel to a "tropical" country.
For WHO information, related to travel risks, see:
Excerpts for Yellow Fever.If you must travel to a Yellow Fever country, see our
Review WHO guidelines. See articles, 23, 30-32 and 43 in WHO's International Health Regulations (second edition) here.
ICVPs, CDC 731 (formerly PHS 731), certificate of vaccination, is valid for a period of 10 years, beginning 10 days after the date of vaccination.
The ICVP must be signed by a medical provider, who may be a licensed physician or a health care worker designated by the physician, supervising the administration of the vaccine. A signature stamp is not acceptable. Yellow fever vaccination must be given at a certified center in possession of an official “uniform stamp,” which can be used to validate the ICVP.
Location and hours of yellow fever vaccination centers (USA and Territories) may be obtained by visiting CDC’s website here.
Medical Waivers (Exemptions)
Some countries do not require an ICVP for infants younger than a certain age (<6 months, <9 months, or <1 year of age, depending on the country). Age requirements for vaccination for individual countries can be found in the Yellow Fever & Malaria Information, by Country section ... . For medical contraindications, a clinician who has decided to issue a waiver should fill out and sign the Medical Contraindications to Vaccination section of the ICVP.
The clinician should also do the following:
* Give the traveler a signed and dated exemption letter on letterhead stationery, clearly stating the contraindications to vaccination and bearing the stamp used by the yellow fever vaccination center to validate the ICVP.
* ... how to minimize this risk by avoiding mosquito bites.
* Reasons other than medical contraindications are not acceptable for exemption from vaccination. The traveler should be advised that issuance of a waiver does not guarantee its acceptance by the destination country. On arrival at the destination, the traveler may be faced with quarantine, refusal of entry, or vaccination on site. To improve the likelihood that the waiver will be accepted at the destination country, clinicians can suggest that the traveler take the following additional measures before beginning travel:
* Obtain specific and authoritative advice from the embassy or consulate of the destination country or countries.
* Request documentation of requirements for waivers from embassies or consulates and retain these, along with the completed Medical Contraindication to Vaccination section of the ICVP.
* advice for travel to a "tropical" country.
* See also our suggestions for healthy travel
Subject: Immigration & Vaccination
IntroductionImmigration – Becoming a U.S.A. citizen
We have had many requests for assistance in immigrating to the U.S. legally while remaining vaccine-free. There are new policies in place and the process is fairly complicated unless you read carefully what we have posted on our website. If you know someone in this situation, please have them review the material we have outlined here at www.vaclib.org/legal/immigration.htm#immigration and then contact us directly for further assistance.
Vaccination RequirementsDate: 11 January 2006
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F O R M SImmigration Forms and fees:
Information on Forms
Archive of page removed November 30 from internet
Immigrants who wish to be exempt from vaccination requirements must fill out this form and pay the Filing Fee.
Form: I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability
Information Page: http://www.uscis.gov/i-601
Form I-601: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-601.pdf
Please review the instructions for i-601 before downloading the i-601 form. There may be important changes to the instructions for completing and filing the form.
You will need Adobe Reader to fill, view or print these forms in Portable Document Format (PDF).
September 2011: The Filing Fee is $585. See above link to page of instructions amd note for those exempt to Filing Fee.
To download Form: I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability
Which Form: 601, 602, or 690 should I use?Use Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility
If you are in a country other than USA and applying for Immigration.
It is also for most immigrants in the USA who are applying for an adjustment of status. See Exceptions below
Q. There is no mention of Vaccination on this document, so how can it be used for the exemption from vaccination?
A. The top of I-601 has a spot where a government officer can check the section under which the waiver is being applied for:
[Vaccination exemption = sect: 212(a)(1)]
Form I-601 can be found at:
Use Form I-602, Application by Refugee for Waiver of Grounds of Excludability
if you are a refugee.
Use Form I-690, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility
1. What Is the Purpose of This Form?
This form is used to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility by an applicant for adjustment of status under section 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
What does 210 and 245A refer to?
210 special agricultural workers
245A adjustment of status of certain entrants before January 1, 1982, to that of person admitted for lawful residence
Find form I-690 at:
Adoptions:Exceptions for Orphans, Law 212(g)(L)
exceptions to the vaccination requirements for internationally adopted children 10 years of age or younger
Thirty (30) day tempory waiver for vaccination for International adopted children:
DS-1981 Affidavit Concerning Exemption from Immigration Requirements for a Foreign Adopted Child [ 88 Kb]
When the adoptive or prospective adoptive parent cannot sign the affidavit in good faith because of religious or moral objections to vaccinations, the child will require a waiver under section 212(g)(2)(C) of the Act.
The requirements for this waiver are described in Chapter 41.3(b) of this field manual.
Long page of good advice from a parent adopting a child from another country and keeping the child vaccine free and free of TB skin tests:
Immigrant: Vaccination Requirements and Exemptions
Summary and some Laws
[See below for excerpts of INA 212 and links to USCIS.gov website.]
Selected Section of INA Act 212
Click here for http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/
INA: ACT 212 - Classes of Aliens Ineligible to Receive Visas;
Waiver of Ineligibility
Sec. 212. [8 U.S.C. 1182]
(a) Classes of Aliens Ineligible for Visas or Admission.-Except as otherwise provided in this Act, aliens who are inadmissible under the following paragraphs are ineligible to receive visas and ineligible to be admitted to the United States:
(1) Health-related grounds.-
(A) In general.-Any alien-
(ii) except as provided in subparagraph (C) 1a/ who seeks admission as an immigrant, or who seeks adjustment of status to the status of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, and who has failed to present documentation of having received vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases, which shall include at least the following diseases: mumps, measles, rubella, polio, tetanus and diphtheria toxoids, pertussis, influenza type B and hepatitis B, and any other vaccinations against vaccine-preventable diseases recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices,
(B) Waiver authorized.-For provision authorizing waiver of certain clauses of subparagraph (A), see subsection (g). [below]
INA 212 (g)
(g) The Attorney General may waive the application of-
(2) subsection (a)(1)(A)(ii) in the case of any alien-
(A) who receives vaccination against the vaccine-preventable disease or diseases for which the alien has failed to present documentation of previous vaccination,
(B) for whom a civil surgeon, medical officer, or panel physician (as those terms are defined by section 34.2 of title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations) certifies according to such regulations as the Secretary of Health and Human Services may prescribe, that such vaccination would not be medically appropriate, or
(C) under such circumstances as the Attorney General provides by regulation, with respect to whom the requirement of such a vaccination would be contrary to the alien's religious beliefs or moral convictions; or
M O R E
This information was posted on January 11, 2006
Using a Google.com search, the following was found:at: http://www.visalaw.com/01aug1/12aug101.html
[The following is from an advertisement]
First, a physician can make the determination that the vaccine is medically contraindicated.Read rest of page at: http://www.visalaw.com/01aug1/12aug101.html
It might be a good idea to check for the full list of updates at the CDC:
Update: Medical Examination Required for new 'V' Nonimmigrants,
The following is a edited and revised version of a letter which resulted in receiving a green card without vaccination. Brackets [ ] indicate areas where you will fill in the item as applies to yourself. Or in the case of the statement about 'religious conversion', 'out of state religious advisor', etc - eliminate if it does not apply.
October 2003[Note: Latest filing fee is $585 ! (September 2011)]
To Whom It May Concern,
This is a personal statement to explain my position regarding vaccinations. As a registered holistic nutritionist and a student of natural health, I understand the position of the United States Government to protect its citizens from potential dangers. I have submitted to a comprehensive medical exam and have been found to be healthy. I have strong spiritual/religious convictions about the natural care of the temple that is my body and every day of my life is spent in devotion to keeping my spiritual physical being healthy and naturally immune to disease. I have received some vaccines as a child and as a young adult. Since that time my religious and spiritual convictions have become stronger and I am strongly devoted to God and to keeping my body free from anything that is not from God. From my previous inoculations and from the years and years of healthy devotion to the basic natural laws of health I do not need any further vaccinations.
I have recently married a wonderful man who is a United States citizen by birth. The United States of America is a wonderful country, and I consider it a privilege to be going through the process to be able to live here with my husband. One of the things I admire most about the policies of The United States is the respect of personal liberties. I decline to receive vaccinations based on my spiritual and religious beliefs. I am a vegan who does not consume animal products and eats mostly raw natural foods. I not only decline inoculations into my body but also refuse the intake of all medications and synthetic additives and preservatives. I rely on God and God’s natural whole foods to protect and keep me strong.
According to the Department of Homeland Security and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website, all persons who object to receiving vaccinations based on moral and religious convictions need to submit an I-601 waiver form and pay the $545 filing fee. They indicate that the applicant must meet three requirements:
(1) You oppose vaccination in any form;
(2) The opposition is based on religious beliefs or moral convictions (whether or not as a member of a recognized religion);
(3) the religious or moral conviction is sincere.
I have submitted this I-601 form, meet the requirements and paid the $545 filing fee. I have also attached 3 letters from persons who can attest that receiving vaccinations is against my spiritual and religious beliefs.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
_________________ (signature and contact info) ***get this letter notarized
And here is one of the letters submitted by a close friend;[Note: Latest filing fee is $585 ! (September 2011)]
Hometown, CA 92050
January 2, 2013
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
PO Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680-4120
Re: Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (I-601)
Applicant: Sarah Doe (infant)
To Whom It May Concern:
I am the mother of the xx-month old applicant, Sarah Doe and I am seeking an exemption from the vaccination requirement because it is against my religious beliefs. As a practising Muslim I have chosen not to give my child any vaccines because it is against my religion to introduce forbidden (haram) substances into the body that may be considered unclean (najis) according to our Holy Scriptures (Qur’an). I have also chosen to raise my daughter as a vegan, and do not wish to introduce vaccines into her body as they contain ingredients derived from animals. Examples of haram ingredients in many vaccines include gelatin from pork, alcohol, and human and animal parts. These ingredients are forbidden to Muslims unless taken in a state of emergency to save life:
“He has only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and any (food) over which the name of other than Allah has been invoked. But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits - then Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an 16:115)
“They ask you (O Prophet) concerning alcoholic drink and gambling. Say: In them is a great sin, and (some) benefit for men, but their sin is greater than their benefit.” (Qur’an 2:219)
I am a US-born Citizen that has recently moved back to the US to be close to my family. I have sole custody of my daughter and would be facing extreme hardship if she is denied permanent residence before her I-94 expires on _______ __, ____ as I would be forced to move back to _______ with her, and we would lose all of the emotional, cultural and family support that we have here in the United States. I have attached three support letters, a copy of her birth certificate to establish our family relationship, a copy of her passport with I-94A departure record verifying how long she can stay in the US, a copy of my US passport to verify that I am a US Citizen and a copy of the court order verifying that I am the sole custodial parent.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
What about refugees who object to the vaccination requirements because of religious or moral reasons?The full page (refugeevacc.pdf) is pasted below.
[This document has been copied/pasted on January 11, 2006 from uscis.gov/graphics/refugeevacc.pdf]
VacLib’s travel and immigration pages were recently updated since there are a few changes and clarifications that needed to be made. It is important to know that there are no vaccines that are mandatory for travel unless you are traveling from one “yellow fever” country to another “yellow fever” country. For instance, if you are traveling to one country in South America from the U.S. and leaving that same country and returning to the U.S.A. or some non-yellow fever country, you can legally remain vaccine-free. However, we recently dealt with a vegan vegetarian man who was traveling to Peru and then to Brazil. In this situation, it would be very difficult to remain vaccine-free. Following is the advice we gave to “Michael” who most definitely was determined to remain vaccine-free.
Go to this link -- Chapter 6, p.90 of International Travel and Health 2005 -- WHO publication http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2005/9241580364_chap6.pdf
Page 90 states: Mandatory vaccination, as authorized by International Health Regulations, nowadays concerns only yellow fever.
Link to the entire booklet in pdf is http://www.who.int/ith/en/ The following is the description of the document.
"International travel and health" is a WHO publication that offers guidance on the full range of health risks likely to be encountered at specific destinations and associated with different types of travel – from business, humanitarian and leisure travel to backpacking and adventure tours. The guidance is intended to help the medical profession to be fully aware of potential risks and to provide appropriate advice, whether this concerns recommended vaccinations, protection against insects and other disease vectors, or safety in different environmental settings.
Michael, since the booklet refers to vaccination and not immunization, we suggest you:
1) travel with the vaccine package insert to yellow fever, noting that you are a vegan vegetarian, raw foodist and putting a product cultured in animal tissue is a violation of your religious beliefs since it contaminates the body temple with animal products, specifically chick embryos. http://www.whale.to/a/p/yfvax.pdf
2) tell the bureaucrat that the homeopathic nosode has been shown to be protective against yellow fever. Make sure you have a signed letter from your homeopath confirming that you have taken this particular nosode.
3) go to the following link for the Acceptance of Medical Responsibility form. This is a last ditch resort. When you show them the contraindications and adverse reactions in the package insert, along with your emphatic insistence that you are a vegan vegetarian and had "allergic reactions to eggs as a child" (-- also a last ditch effort), and they still are insistent, then use this form, modified for your purposes. http://www.vaclib.org/legal/accept1.htm
Michael, please keep in touch with us. Your success may be helpful for others in a similar predicament. Unless more of us assert our most fundamental of human rights -- the right to decide what will or will not be injected into our bodies -- then we will have essentially participated in allowing medical martial law to "infect" the masses.
Thanks so much for your diligence in protecting your health on your South American venture. Your assertive stance is very much appreciated by all of us!In the Spirit of Truth,