Quick Takeaways:

  • If RFE, NOID, NOIR, Denial, or other Agency request issued between March 1, 2020 and September 11, 2020, may submit up-to-60-days beyond stated deadline or decision date.
  • New notices will not be issued.

Following its prior announcement on this topic, and amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,USCIS has confirmed that it will allow an extra sixty (60) days for timely responses to the following agency requests issued between March 1, 2020 and September 11, 2020:

  • Requests for Evidence (“RFE”);
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of Intent to Deny (“NOID”);
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke (“NOIR”);
  • NOIRs and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers; and
  • Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.

As before, USCIS will not issue new notices to account for the extended response time, and instead will refrain from taking any action on the above-listed requests until more than 60 days beyond the deadline. As was also the case in its earlier announcement, with respect to Form I-290B filings, this 60-day deadline will be counted from the date of decision. Likewise, this guidance continues to apply equally to RFE/NOID responses that will be sent to USCIS Service Centers, or which must be submitted in-person/by mail at USCIS Field Offices (which have begun to reopen on a limited basis over the past month).

If you have any questions regarding if or how this announcement affects your case, please do not hesitate to call our office.

Author

  • Josh Rolf is a Senior Associate Attorney in the Firm’s Philadelphia office. Josh focuses his practice on various types of immigrant and nonimmigrant matters, including investor-based petitions.

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