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USCIS Once Again Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

On September 24, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will once again be extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, USCIS announced it would give certain applicants, petitioners, and requestors more time to respond to certain agency requests and notices. Specifically, USCIS granted applicants, petitioners, and requestors an additional sixty calendar days to submit their responses to the following agency 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; and
  • Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant.

USCIS will also 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 up to 60 calendar days from the issuance of USCIS’s decision. For the flexibility to apply, the issuance date listed on the request, notice or decision of the above documents must be between March 1, 2020, and January 15, 2022. 

This extension of flexibility highlights how USCIS continues to adopt measures to protect our workforce and community and minimize the immigration consequences for those seeking immigration benefits during this unprecedented time.

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