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COVID-19: USCIS announces flexibility for applicants responding to Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, and other USCIS requests

  1. Date Announced

    March 30, 2020

    In response to COVID-19, USCIS adopts measures to assist applicants and petitioners responding to certain Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, Notices of Intent to Revoke and Notices of Intent to Terminate, as well as certain filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion. This flexibility applies where the issuance date listed on the relevant request, notice or decision is between March 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020, inclusive. Any such requests received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken. [ID #665]

    See Biden administration action below.

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    March 30, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    May 1, 2020

    On May 1, 2020, USCIS extends flexibility for responding to certain agency requests where the issuance date listed on the relevant request, notice or decision, or request is between March 1 and July 1, 2020, inclusive.

    USCIS further extends flexibility due to COVID-19
  4. Subsequent Action

    July 1, 2020

    USCIS further extends flexibility for responding to certain agency requests where the issuance date listed on the relevant request, notice or decision, or request is between March 1 and September 11, 2020 inclusive.

    2020.07.01 USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests
  5. Subsequent Action

    September 11, 2020

    USCIS further extends flexibility for responding to certain agency requests. The flexibility applies to documents with issuance dates listed as between March 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021, inclusive.

    2020.09.11 USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests
  6. Subsequent Action

    December 18, 2020

    USCIS further extends flexibility for responding to certain agency requests. The flexibility applies to documents with issuance dates listed as between March 1, 2020, and January 31, 2021, inclusive.

    USCIS extends flexibility due to COVID-19
  7. Biden Administration Action

    January 28, 2021

    This Biden administration policy extends the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On January 28, 2021, USCIS extended flexibility for responding to agency requests. The flexibility applies to documents with issuance dates listed as between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, inclusive.

    USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

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