USCIS update

On October 24, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an important extension, designed to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors in responding to various agency requests. This extension, expected to be the final in a series of such flexibilities, extends the response time for certain USCIS requests and notices until January 24, 2023.

Applicability of the USCIS Extension

This extension applies to specific requests and notices issued by USCIS:

  • The extension is valid for any USCIS request or notice with an issuance date between March 1, 2020, and January 24, 2023.
  • USCIS will consider a response received within 60 calendar days after the original due date before taking any action.

Types of Requests Covered Under the Extension

The extension encompasses a range of USCIS requests and notices, including:

  1. Requests for Evidence (RFEs).
  2. Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14).
  3. Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID).
  4. Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR).
  5. Notices of Intent to Rescind.
  6. Notices of Intent to Terminate regional centers.
  7. Motions to Reopen an N-400 pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, in case of receipt of derogatory information after grant.

Additionally, USCIS 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), under the following conditions:

  • The form was filed up to 90 calendar days from the issuance of a USCIS decision.
  • The USCIS decision was made between November 1, 2021, and January 24, 2023.

This extension is a significant development for individuals navigating the immigration process during these challenging times. It provides additional time to gather necessary information and adequately respond to USCIS requests, which is crucial for the successful processing of immigration applications and petitions.

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