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USCIS Extends Existing COVID-19 Extensions for RFEs, NOIDs, Appeals and Other Responses Through September 30, 2021

In its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS is further extending its 60-day deadline extension policy for responses to various agency actions to September 30, 2021. The accommodation will continue to be available to individuals/companies responding to or filing the following: 

  • Requests for Evidence (RFE),
  • Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID),
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR),
  • Notices of Intent to Terminate EB-5 Regional Investment Centers (NOIT), as well as Notices of Intent to Rescind,
  • Form I-290B appeal/motion filing requirements to reopen an adverse USCIS decision, and
  • Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings filing date requirements.

The accommodations were initially announced in March 2020 as a means of minimizing negative consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The original expiration date of September 2020 has been extended several times.

Details about the extension

Applicants and petitioners who receive(d) an RFE, NOID, NOIR, NOIT, or Notice of Intent to Rescind dated between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 (inclusive), will receive an additional 60 calendar days beyond the original response deadline in order to file a response with USCIS.

For adverse USCIS decisions dated between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 (inclusive), USCIS will grant 60 days from the date of the decision to file a Form I-290B appeal or motion or a Form N-336 hearing request (as opposed to 30 days in most cases under current rules).

This extension to respond to agency requests does not affect applications for extensions of stay or employment authorization. These applications must continue to be timely filed.

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