USCIS Announces End of COVID-Related Flexibilities

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USCIS Announces End of COVID-Related Flexibilities

Certain Flexibilities Ending March 23, 2023

Thursday, March 23, 2023 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that certain flexibilities (from their first announcement in March 2020), to address the COVID-19 pandemic will end today, on March 23, 2023. USCIS previously notified the public in its January 24, 2023, announcement that barring any changes presented by the pandemic, the extension of these flexibilities announced on January 24 would be the last.
You must respond to any notices or requests from USCIS dated after March 23 by the deadlines listed in the notice or request.
This includes:
Requests for Evidence
Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14)
Notices of Intent to Deny
Notices of Intent to Revoke
Notices of Intent to Rescind
Notices of Intent to Terminate regional centers
Notices of Intent to Withdraw Temporary Protected Status
Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant.
Additionally, if you wish to file Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, or Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA), regarding a decision dated after March 23, 2023, you must comply with the deadlines in the form instructions. USCIS retains discretion to provide certain flexibilities on a case-by-case basis upon request, for applicants or petitioners affected by an emergency or unforeseen circumstance, such as natural catastrophes (hurricanes, wildfires, severe weather, etc.), national emergencies (public health emergencies), or severe illness (including COVID).
Please see the Immigration Relief in Emergencies or Unforeseen Circumstances webpage for more information about remaining case-by-case flexibilities. As a reminder, the flexibilities regarding reproduced signatures first announced on March 20, 2020, became policy as announced on July 25, 2022.
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