USCIS Extends Pandemic Deadline Flexibility

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With the continued pandemic impacting the ability of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to conduct many in-person activities, the agency is extending the availability of certain flexibilities through July 25, 2022.
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For example, USCIS will consider responses received within 60 calendar days after the due date posted on an applicable notice or request before it acts. However, this flexibility is only applicable assuming the notice or request was issued by USCIS between March 1, 2020 and July 25, 2022.

USCIS anticipates that this extension may be the last extension granted due to COVID-19, but it has not yet reached a final decision on future extensions. Updates will be provided as available.

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of Intent to Deny;
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke;
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind;
  • Notices of Intent to Terminate regional centers; and
  • Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant.

USCIS also announced that it will consider a Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, or Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA), if it was filed with USCIS up to 90 calendar days from the issuance of a decision we made between Nov. 1, 2021 and July 25, 2022, inclusive.

Previously announced flexibilities allowed USCIS to consider a Form I-290B or a Form N-336 if the form was filed up to 60 calendar days from the issuance of a decision by USCIS issued between March 1, 2020 and Oct. 31, 2021.

These flexibilities were issued in response to emergency measures taken because of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and provided relief for those who might not have been able to timely file their appeal or motion due to circumstances beyond their control related to COVID-19.