On March 30, 2020, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the agency would allow flexibility in responding to certain agency notices, in an effort to minimize the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals seeking immigration benefits. The agency provided an additional 60 calendar days beyond the due date for responding to the following notices:
- Requests for Evidence;
- Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
- Notices of Intent to Deny;
- Notices of Intent to Revoke;
- Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers;
This flexibility in responding to cases was initially applied to notices issued between March 1, 2020, and May 1, 2020. The window was later extended to notices issued between March 1, 2020, and September 11, 2020, and now, by USCIS alert posted on September 11, 2020, individuals receiving one of the specified notices, issued between March 1, 2020, to January 1, 2021, will have an additional 60 calendar days within which to respond to USCIS.
In addition, USCIS will consider a Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings; or a Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, it receives up to 60 calendar days following the date of the agency decision to have been timely filed. The normal filing date for these petitions was only 30 days in the past.
We, at Emandi Law Firm, are closely monitoring any updates in this regard and will keep you posted.