USCIS No Longer Extending Deadlines Due to COVID-19

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USCIS No Longer Extending Deadlines Due to COVID-19

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS announced a series of measures intended to provide some flexibility to applicants for immigration benefits. Among those measures, it provided that certain deadlines would be extended. The due date set forth on the following notices was effectively extended by 60 calendar days for notices issued by USCIS from March 1, 2020, through March 23, 2023:

  • 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 centers;
  • Notice of Intent to Withdraw Temporary Protected Status; and
  • Motion to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant.

On March 23, 2023, USCIS confirmed that the temporary policy would be extended no further. While USCIS noted that it retains discretion to provide flexibilities on a case-by-case basis upon request where applicants have been affected by an emergency or unforeseen circumstance, in general for notices issued by USCIS after March 23, 2023, applicants must respond by the date on the notice.

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