United States citizenship and immigration services have extended the flexibility policy to a certain part of the USCIS requests because of the pandemic. The USCIS has done it so that certain petitioners can have more time to respond to requests for evidence and notices of intent to deny due to the current pandemic.
The extended flexibility policy will apply to certain forms which have notice of action date between March 1, 2020, and September 11, 2020
The flexibility policy will apply to the following notices and forms:
Requests for evidence
Continuations to request evidence(N-14)
Notice of Intent to Deny(NOID);
Notice of Intent to revoke;
Notice of Intent to Rescind and notices of intent to terminate regional investment centers;
Filing date requirements for form I-290B, Notice of appeal or motion
The flexibility policy extended by USCIS will be applicable only to the documents listed above and only if the notice or decision related to them is between March 1, 2020, and September 11, 2020.
USCIS, under this new policy, will consider responses to affected notices and forms if they are submitted within the time period of 60 calendar days from the response due date set in the request or notice. USCIS will also consider any affected form I-290B that it receives within the time period of 60 calendar days starting from the date of the relevant decision.
The extension of flexibility policy is especially helpful for those petitioners who have to file a response for RFE(Request for evidence) and NOID (Notice of Intent to Deny). These petitioners have been one of the hardest hits by the current pandemic. The new extension in flexibility policy will bring some respite for them as now they will have more time to file their responses.
The extended flexibility policy is also applicable to continuations to request evidence (N-14), Notices of intent to revoke, notices of intent to rescind and notices of intent to terminate regional investment centers and for form N-336.
This move by USCIS is very helpful in ensuring a true chance for many immigration applicants to prove their eligibility. The ongoing pandemic has disrupted all kinds of services and works. Therefore, this move by USCIS will help keep their dream and hope of getting a US citizenship alive.