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USCIS Extends COVID-19 Flexibilities

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has prolonged various COVID-19-related circumstances that will help immigrants, applicants, and those who are petitioning. There will be an extension of responding to all types of requests and notices in regard to immigration programs. To elaborate, there will be flexibilities for sixty days after the due date set forth (if issued between March 1st, 2020, and October 23rd, 2022) for multiple requests and notices including requests for evidence, notices of intent to deny, revoke, rescind, terminate regional centers, withdraw temporary protected status, etc. As the due date for a response regarding taking action on a case will be extended, the response time will be extended as well. The reason for USCIS making these extension decisions is to make it easier for immigration benefits and programs to be assigned despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to these flexibilities, it is important to note that a Form I-290B (Notice of Appeal or Motion) or Form N-336 (Decision in Naturalization Proceedings) will be considered if it was filed up to ninety days from the decision issuance made by the USCIC. Moreover, not only is the USCIS extended these pandemic-related flexibilities, but they are also permitting for the electronic signing of documents.

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