USCIS Update

USCIS Extends Response Time: What You Need to Know

USCIS has extended its flexibility for applicants, petitioners, and requestors by providing an extension for responding to agency requests until Oct. 23, 2022. This extension is applicable to a broad range of request types, ensuring stakeholders have ample time to fulfill their obligations. Find out which request dates fall under this extension and the specific requests covered.

Request Dates Covered:

This extension encompasses responses with issuance dates on the request or notice falling between March 1, 2020, and Oct. 23, 2022. USCIS will consider responses received within 60 calendar days after the due date, mitigating the risk of adverse actions.

Covered Request Types:

Various request types benefit from this extension, including Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, and Motions to Reopen an N-400. Understand the scope of this extension and how it impacts different categories of requests.

USCIS Signature Flexibility Policy Becomes Permanent

In a significant policy shift, USCIS has made the Signature Flexibility Policy permanent, effective July 25, 2022. This policy alteration marks a departure from the traditional requirement for original handwritten signatures on benefit forms. USCIS will now accept reproduced original signatures, allowing for greater flexibility in document submissions.

Key Aspects of the Permanent Signature Flexibility Policy:

  • USCIS accepts all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures.
  • The policy covers submissions dated March 21, 2020, and beyond.
  • Reproduced signatures can be from scanned, faxed, photocopied, or similarly reproduced documents.


These USCIS updates signify a commitment to flexibility and efficiency in the immigration process. Stay informed about the extended response time and the permanent implementation of the Signature Flexibility Policy, ensuring a smoother experience for applicants and stakeholders.

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