USCIS Extends Flexibility for Delays to Requests and Notices Due to COVID-19

The USCIS has announced that it will extend its flexibilities in request and notice response delays due to COVID-19 through October 23, 2022. This extension will help petitioners, requestors, and applicants who are required to respond to certain requests and are experiencing delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Under the extended flexibility, the USCIS will consider a response to their request received within 60 calendar days after the due date set forth before taking any action on the request for notices or requests issued between March 1, 2020 and October 23, 2022. 

Requests/notices that are eligible for this extension include:

  • 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
  • Notices of Intent to Withdraw Temporary Protected Status
  • Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant
  • Form I-290B, Notice of appeal or Motion, if the form was filed up to 90 calendar days from the issuance of a decision made by USCIS, and that decision was made between November 1, 2021 and October 23, 2022
  • Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA), if the form was filed up to 90 calendar days from the issuance of a decision made by USCIS, and that decision was made between November 1, 2021 and October 23, 2022

Due to the setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the USCIS will take into consideration which of these flexibilities can and should be extended permanently moving forward. To follow this decision more closely, visit uscis.gov/coronavirus for updates.