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COVID-19: USCIS announces flexibility for nonimmigrants who cannot depart U.S. before their authorized stay expires

  1. Date Announced

    April 13, 2020

    COVID-19: USCIS will exercise discretion to excuse nonimmigrants' delays caused by COVID-19 in filing for extensions of stay, change in status. [ID #784]

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    April 13, 2020
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Non-Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

  • Natural catastrophes and other extreme situations can sometimes affect the processing of one's USCIS application, petition, or immigration request. At various times in the past USCIS has exercised discretion regarding special situations to grant extensions and changes of status on a case-by-case basis upon request, for those who have been affected by a natural catastrophe or other extreme situation.

    USCIS Special Situations info page

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