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USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Requests Until March 31, 2021

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is again extending the flexibility, initially announced on 30th March 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This adaptability applies to candidates and petitioners responding to any of the following, gave from 1st March 2020, through 31st March 2021:

  • Notices of Intent to Deny
  • Continuations to request evidence (N-14)
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke
  • Requests for evidence
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind
  • Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant
  • Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers

In addition, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) 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 (Under Section 336 of the INA), if: 

  • The form was filed up to 60 calendar days from the issuance of a decision we made; and 
  • The USCIS made that decision whenever from March 1, 2020, through 31st March 2021.

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The USCIS will consider a response to the above requests and notification received within 60 calendar days. After the response due date set in the request or notice before taking action. USCIS will consider a form I-290B got up to 60 schedule days from the date of the decision before it makes any action.

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