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US CIS Implements Filing Procedures in Response to the Coronavirus Health Crisis Intended to Minimize Potential Adverse Immigration Consequences

The Novel Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) pandemic has had a devastating impact resulting in potential adverse consequences for anyone seeking immigration benefits during this time. One significant action taken by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in response to this crisis involves considering applicant or petitioner responses to Requests for Evidence (“RFE”), Notices of Intent to Deny (“NOID”), Notices of Intent to Revoke (“NOIR”), Notices of Intent to Terminate regional service investment centers (“NOIT”), and certain filing date requirements for the Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion to the Administrative Appeals Office (“AAO”) that are received beyond response or filing deadlines.

This flexibility provided by USCIS applies to any RFE, NOID, NOIR, NOIT, or appealable decision within the jurisdiction of the AAO if the issuance date listed on the request, notice, or decision is between March 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020, inclusive.

Any applicant or petitioner response to an RFE, NOID, NOIR, or NOIT received within 60 calendar days after the response due date indicated in the request or notice will be considered by USCIS before any action is 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.