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USCIS Extends Flexibility in Responding to Requests


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended flexibilities for people responding to specific agency requests that have been in place since March 30, 2020, due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. USCIS has periodically been extended this flexibility in response dates since that time. This flexibility applies to all relevant requests and decisions issued between March 1, 2020, and January 15, 2022.

These requests include:

  • Requests for Evidence
  • Continuations to Request Evidence
  • 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

USCIS will consider any responses that individuals submit within 60 calendar days of the due dates for responses listed in any of these agency requests.

Additionally, USCIS will consider Notices of Appeal or Motion (Form I-290B) and Requests for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Form N-336) if individuals file them within 60 days of decisions issued between March 1, 2020, and January 15, 2022.

These extensions show how USCIS has adopted rules and policies to minimize any adverse consequences for individuals seeking immigration benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. USCIS actions in this regard recognize the impact that the pandemic has had on response times for various reasons and is taking those consequences into account as it considers immigration petitions and applications for relief.

Contact Us Today for Legal Assistance with Your Immigration Case

The Bashyam Global Immigration Law Group limits its practice solely to immigration matters. This focus allows us to concentrate our efforts on keeping abreast of the ever-changing immigration law and policy world. We are here to represent your interests, no matter whether you need help with getting an employment-based visa, bringing a loved one to the U.S., or defending against deportation. So call us today at (919) 833-0840 and see what we can do for you.