USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

On May 1, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the flexibilities it initially set out on March 30, 2020 will be extended. This flexibility includes those who have filed US visa petitions or applications:

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of Intent to Deny;
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke;
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers; and
  • Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.


The flexibility applies to requests, notice, or decision issued between March 1 and July 1, 2020.

USCIS will consider a response to the above requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after the response due date in the request or notice before taking action. USCIS will consider a Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision before it takes any action.

USCIS is adopting several measures to protect its workforce and community and to minimize the immigration consequences for those seeking immigration benefits during this time.

USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow CDC guidance. Education and precautions are the strongest tools against COVID-19 infection. Please visit for the latest facts and other USCIS updates.

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