The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced an extension of certain COVID-19-related flexibilities to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors. The flexibilities are extended through October 23, 2022.
As per these flexibilities, USCIS considers a response received within 60 calendar days after the due date outlined in the following requests or notices before taking any action, if the request or notice was issued between March 1, 2020, and Oct. 23, 2022, inclusive:
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;
Notices of Intent to Withdraw Temporary Protected Status; and
Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant.
Besides this, USCIS will consider a Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, or a 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 90 calendar days from the issuance of a decision the agency made; and that decision was made between Nov. 1, 2021, and Oct. 23, 2022, inclusive.
In connection with the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic posture, USCIS has been evaluating which flexibilities can and should be extended permanently. Based on this evaluation, the reproduced signature flexibility announced in March 2020 will become a permanent policy on July 25, 2022.
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