Although U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it plans on furloughing approximately 13,000 employees which could have a significant impact on its ability to operate, the agency did issue a news briefing that may serve as some good news for individuals who are required to respond to a request stemming from an application or petition. In USCIS’s recent news briefing, the agency said that it would be extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist certain applicants and petitioners. The extension has been issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to USCIS, applicants and petitioners who are expected to respond to the following requests will now have more time to do so:
- 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
- Filing date requirements for Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings
- Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion
USCIS says that the extension to respond only applies to the following documents listed above “if the issuance date listed on the request, notice, or decision is between March 1 and September 11, 2020, inclusive.” USCIS says that it 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.” The agency also highlighted that it will consider “a Form N-336 or Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision” before any action is taken.
The agency says it will be providing updates if additional changes are made, however, that likely depends on the progress that is made regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Are you looking to submit an application for a green card/visa or need help with responding to a request you received from USCIS?
If you live in Atlanta, GA, and answered yes, now would be a good time to contact Kuck | Baxter Immigration. The Atlanta, GA immigration lawyers at Kuck | Baxter Immigration are ready and available to assist anyone who needs help with submitting an application/petition, needs their forms reviewed to ensure they are free from any errors, or responding to a request they received from USCIS. With USCIS potentially placing nearly half of its workforce on furlough, now is the time to submit your application or any documentation the agency needs from you so that it can continue on with processing your forms.
Kuck | Baxter Immigration can be reached at:
365 Northridge Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30350