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Key Points
  • USCIS is again extending the response period for certain requests, notices and decisions due to COVID-19
  • USCIS first announced COVID-19 flexible measures on March 20, 2020
  • The measures apply to the response period permitted for certain requests, notices and decisions issued between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021
  • USCIS will consider a response to the qualifying requests, notices and decisions when received within 60 calendar days after the response due date before taking any action
Overview
Due to COVID-19, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is extending the response period for certain agency requests, notices and decisions. USCIS first introduced the measures on March 20, 2020.
What are the Changes?
Extended response periods apply to certain requests, decisions and notices with an issuance date between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. USCIS will consider a response to the qualifying requests, notices and decisions when received within 60 calendar days after the response due date before taking any action.
Who is Affected?
The flexible measures apply to the following documents:
  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of Intent to Deny;
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke;
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind;
  • Notices of Intent to Terminate regional centers; and
  • Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant
Additionally, USCIS will consider a Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings or a Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, provided a decision was made between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, and the form was filed within 60 days from when the agency issued its decision.
What Should Employers and Applicants Know?
USCIS will consider a response to the above requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice before taking any action.
Looking Ahead
Updates regarding USCIS COVID-19 policies will be provided as available.
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