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USCIS Announces another Extension of Flexibility for Responses to Agency Requests

On January 28, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), once again, extended the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors who are responding to certain agency requests. Specifically, USCIS is granting applicants, petitioners, and requestors an additional sixty days to submit their responses to the following:

  • 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.

For the flexibility to apply, the issuance date listed on these documents must be between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. USCIS also announced it 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, if the form was filed within 60 calendar days from the date the agency issued a decision, and the decision was made sometime between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

These flexibilities are granted by USCIS as a response to the coronavirus outbreak and aim to minimize the immigration consequences for those seeking immigration benefits during this chaotic time. 

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