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USCIS Updates Policies to Accommodate Applicants & Petitioners During the COVID-19 Pandemic


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it would be taking new measures to serve applicants and petitioners who need to file responses to certain Requests for Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID). The new measures have been put in place by the agency as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Here is what you need to know about USCIS’s announcement:

  • The new alert clarifies that this flexibility will also apply to certain Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR) and Notices of Intent to Terminate (NOIT) regional investment centers. It also covers certain filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.
  • Regarding notice, request, and decision issuance dates, flexibility will apply to an RFE, NOID, NOIR, NOIT or appealable decision within AAO jurisdiction. The issuance date listed on the request, notice, or decision must be between March 1, 2020, and May 1, 2020.
  • When it comes to dues dates, any response to an RFE, NOID, NOIR, or NOIT received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice will be considered by USCIS prior to any action being taken. Any Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision will be considered by USCIS before it takes any action.

USCIS has adopted several new measures to help protect its workforce and the people they serve. These new measures will minimize the immigration consequences for people seeking immigration benefits during the coronavirus pandemic. If you have more questions about how the coronavirus pandemic might impact your response to USCIS, please visit for the latest updates.

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