US Citizenship and Immigration Services

USCIS extends deadline flexibility for requests and notices


USCIS has again extended the deadline flexibility for numerous types of requests. These requests are issued routinely to those applying for benefits or those when the government informs someone that they are going to be taking an action against them. The new language states that all requests issued between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. The extension for each included request is an additional 60 days.

The full text of the notice, sent on January 28, 2021, is printed below:

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors who are responding to certain:

Requests for Evidence;

Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);

Notices of Intent to Deny;

Notices of Intent to Revoke;

Notices of Intent to Rescind;

Notices of Intent to Terminate regional centers; and

Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant.

In addition, 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), if:

The form was filed up to 60 calendar days from the issuance of a decision we made; and

We made that decision anytime from March 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021.  

Notice/Request/Decision Issuance Date:

This flexibility applies to the above documents if the issuance date listed on the request, notice, or decision is between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, inclusive.

Response Due Date:

USCIS will consider a response to the above requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice before taking any action. Additionally, we will consider a Form N-336 or Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision before we take any action.