As reported in earlier months, since COVID-19 took hold of our country in March of 2020, the USCIS has implemented a policy that gives applicants an additional sixty (60) calendar days to respond to USCIS requests for evidence, denials and other notices.
The newest extension of the policy announced last week, allows applicants and petitioners who receive such requests from now until June 30, 2021, an additional sixty days to respond. The policy applies to:
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;
Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings and
Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.
It is important to note, that responses must be received on or before the deadline, not just postmarked by the deadline date.
Also, responses to requests for additional evidence should always be mailed in one package, not in multiple response filings, since once the USCIS receives the first response, the officer will usually make a decision based upon that response, not on anything received later.
Finally, always send responses, appeals, motions via fed-ex or another mail service, overnight.
** Contributions to this Column are made by Attorney Caroly Pedersen, Esq. of the American Immigration Law Center – Call 954-382-5378