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Coronavirus Update: USCIS Announces Flexibility for Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny

By March 27, 2020December 2nd, 2020COVID-19
Immigration and Business Law

USCIS has announced today that it is adopting measures to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to requests for evidence (RFE) or notices of intent to deny (NOID) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020. Any applicants who have received an RFE or NOID between these days have an extra 60 calendar days after the deadline set forth in the notice to respond. USCIS will consider any response submitted within the extra 60 days. USCIS is taking this measure to protect the workforce and community and minimize immigration consequences to those seeks immigration benefits during this time.

RFE’s are issued by USCIS when they believe that the initial application did not include sufficient information to receive an approval. This is an opportunity for the applicant or petitioner to provide additional information and address USCIS’ concerns. RFE’s always have a set deadline for the response submission. Before this, any responses are provided after the deadline will not be reviewed and the application will receive a denial. NOID’s are usually issued as a secondary followup after RFE’s if USCIS has additional questions about the application or the RFE documents. NOID’s can also be issued directly without an RFE first if USCIS has decided the application is missing significant information or cannot be approved. NOID’s also have a set deadline for the response.

For information on how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact your visa, please click here. If you are currently in the U.S. on ESTA, please read our blog post on Satisfactory departure during Coronavirus when you click here. For more information on applying for unemployment benefits while you are in the United States on an E-2 visa, please click here.

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