Shortly after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and a national emergency, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would offer “flexibility” to assist customers responding to certain requests and notices. This accommodation has been repeatedly extended over the past year, and now will continue through at least the next three months.
Specifically, when USCIS issues one of the documents below, it will have a stated due date for responding:
- Request for Evidence
- Continuation to Request Evidence (N-14)
- Notice of Intent to Deny
- Notice of Intent to Revoke
- Notice of Intent to Rescind
- Notice of Intent to Terminate Regional Center
- Motion to Reopen N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR §335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant
Under the announced COVID-19 policy of flexibility, USCIS will consider a response to the above requests and notices to be timely if it is received within 60 calendar days after the due date stated in the document.
In addition, parties who receive an adverse decision—and who are otherwise eligible—may file a Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, or Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings, up to 60 calendar days after the date of the adverse decision.
The flexibilities described above apply to documents (notices, requests, and decisions) that were issued by USCIS between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, inclusive.