USCIS Extends Flexibility Policies Due to Coronavirus

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On May 1, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is extending its policy of granting additional flexibility to applicants and petitioners responding to certain USCIS requests due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak [PDF version]. We covered the initial policy announcement on site [see blog].

The USCIS's flexibility policy applies to the following notices and forms:

Requests for Evidence;
Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
Notices of Intent to Deny;
Notices of Intent to Revoke;
Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers; and
Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.

The USCIS's flexibility policy applies only to the documents listed above and only if the relevant notice or decision is between March 1, 2020, and July 1, 2020.

Under the policy, the USCIS will consider responses to affected notices and forms so long as they are submitted within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice. Regarding the Form I-290B, the USCIS will consider any affected Form I-290B that it receives up to 60 calendar days from the date of the relevant decision.

We will continue to update the site with more information about immigration issues affected by the coronavirus outbreak as it becomes available.

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USCIS Extends Flexibility Policies Due to Coronavirus