USCIS Extends Some COVID Deadlines
In good news for immigration applicants caught up in the immigration backlog caused by the pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is extending some flexibilities introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an October 24, 2022, Alert, USCIS announced if they issued a request or notice between March 1, 2020, and January 24, 2023, USCIS would consider “a response received within 60 calendar days after the due date” for the following forms and 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;
- Notices of Intent to Withdraw Temporary Protected Status; and
- Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant.
USCIS announced it would also consider a Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, or a Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA), if:
- The form was filed up to 90 calendar days from the issuance of a decision we made; and
- USCIS made that decision between November 1, 2021, and January 24, 2023, inclusive.
USCIS also reminded applicants that the reproduced signature flexibility announced in March 2020 became a permanent policy on July 25, 2022.
Also, USCIS is extending flexibilities for Covid-related deadlines to address the immigration backlog and help expedite processing delays due to Covid, and not penalize applicants for these delays.
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