USCIS Continues to Extend Deadlines for Responding to Agency Requests and Actions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has decided to extend the current policy of extending the deadline to respond to notices of intent to deny or revoke, notices of intent to terminate EB-5 regional investment centers, requests for evidence, and some other notices dated between March 1, 2020, and June 25, 2022, for 60 days as part of its continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, foreign nationals and employers will be given 60 days instead of 30 days in which to file a motion or appeal to reopen a decision issued by the USCIS between March 1, 2020, and June 25, 2022.

The USCIS is also extending the 60-day deadline extension policy for individuals to respond to a number of its agency actions to June 25, 2022. This accommodation will be an option for stakeholders who are filing for or responding to the following requests or notices:

  • Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID)
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14)
  • Notices of Intent to Terminate EBT-5 Regional Investment Centers (NOIT)
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind
  • Requests for Evidence (RFE)
  • Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant

These accommodations were originally put in place in an attempt to reduce the potential for adverse outcomes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More

The accommodations were originally intended to end in September of 2020, but they have been extended a number of times since then.

Any petitioners or applicant’s who were sent a NOID, RFE, or certain other requests dated between March 1, 2020, and June 25, 2022 (inclusive), will be given 60 additional calendar days past the original deadline to respond in which they can file their response with the USCIS.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will allow those who have received adverse decisions from the USCIS that are dated from March 1, 2020, through June 25, 2022, to have 60 days to file a motion or appeal using Form I-290B or request a hearing by filing Form N-336.

By extending these deadlines, the USCIS hopes to continue to make it easier for foreign nationals as well as employers to respond to any inquiries they receive or file any appeals with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services during this time in which many U.S. businesses are still suffering disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many employees are still working remotely. However, it is important to remember that the deadline for employment authorization and for extensions of stay has not been extended as a part of this accommodation. So, it is important that these applications be filed on time.

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