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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it would extend flexible measures for responding to certain requests and notices from the agency through Oct. 23, 2022. Additionally, the agency announced starting today, it has permanently adopted the policy of allowing applicants to submit electronically reproduced signatures.
The agency first introduced the measures in March 2020 because of COVID-19 and has extended them numerous times, most recently in March 2022.
Additional Information: USCIS will consider a Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, or Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA), if:
More information on USCIS’ response to the pandemic is available here.
BAL Analysis: Petitioners and individuals will have more time to respond to the designated requests under the extended temporary measures. The decision to permanently allow electronically reproduced signatures is welcome news. Petitioners and individuals are reminded that the reproduced signature must be of an original handwritten signature and they must retain copies of original documents containing the wet signatures.
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