U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has declared that the special flexibilities granted due to COVID-19 will cease as of March 23, 2023. This announcement marks a significant shift back to pre-pandemic operations and affects how individuals and entities must respond to USCIS notices and requests.
Implications of the End of COVID-19 Flexibilities
The termination of these flexibilities means that all USCIS notices or requests issued after March 23, 2023, must be responded to by the deadlines specified in those communications. This change affects various types of USCIS correspondences, including, but not limited to:
- Requests for Evidence (RFEs).
- Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14).
- Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs).
- Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIRs).
- Notices of Intent to Rescind.
- Notices of Intent to Terminate regional centers.
- Notices of Intent to Withdraw Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
- Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant.
What This Means for Applicants and Petitioners
With the end of these flexibilities, it’s crucial for applicants, petitioners, and their representatives to adhere strictly to the response deadlines stated in USCIS communications. Failure to respond timely may result in adverse decisions, including denials or revocations of petitions and applications.
The cessation of USCIS’s COVID-19-related flexibilities signals a return to standard procedural norms. It is imperative for those engaged in immigration processes to be vigilant about deadlines and ensure timely responses to USCIS notices and requests to avoid potential complications in their immigration journey.
Read the full USCIS Alert Here
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