USCIS extends flexible deadlines for responding to certain requests

28 Jan 21

UNITED STATES

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it is extending flexible measures for petitioners and applicants to respond to certain requests and notices from the agency.

Key Points:

  • Petitioners and applicants have an additional 60 days beyond the due date to respond to certain requests and notices issued by USCIS.
  • The deadline extension applies to the following documents with an issuance date between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, inclusive.
    • 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 investment centers.
    • Motions to Reopen a Naturalization Application (N-400) pursuant to receipt of derogatory information after naturalization was granted.
    • Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, or Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings, if the form was filed within 60 days of the decision and the decision was made between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
  • USCIS will consider responses received within 60 calendar days after the due date in the notice before it takes action on the case.
  • The agency will consider a Form N-336 or Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision before taking action.

Additional Information: The agency first introduced the temporary measures on March 30 because of COVID-19, and extended them in May, July, September and December.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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