USCIS Further Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

09.14.20 | Government Affairs

USCIS has announced that the agency is extending the flexibility surrounding certain required responses in particular requests for evidence as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The agency had initially extended flexibility through September 11, 2020, and the latest extension will run through January 1, 2021.

From USCIS 

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are extending the flexibilities we announced on March 30, 2020, to help applicants, petitioners, and requestors who are responding to certain:

  • 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;
  • Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant;
  • Filing date requirements for Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA); and
  • Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.

Notice/Request/Decision Issuance Date

This flexibility applies to the documents listed above if the issuance date listed on the request, notice, or decision is anytime from March 1, 2020, through Jan. 1, 2021.
Response Due Date

We will consider a response to a request or notice listed above received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice before taking any action. Additionally, we will consider a Form I-290B or a Form N-336 received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision before taking any action.
For More Information

We will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please visit uscis.gov/coronavirus for the latest facts and other USCIS updates.