USCIS Ends Covid-19 Related Flexibilities

US Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that certain flexibilities it first announced in March 2020, to address the Covid-19 pandemic will end on March 23, 2023, which is today.

On January 24, 2023, USCIS said it is extending the Covid-19 related flexibilities and these would be ending now. Under these flexibilities, USCIS considered a response received within 60 calendar days after the due date set forth in the following requests or notices before taking any action.

One must respond to any notices or requests from USCIS dated after March 23 by the deadlines listed in the notice or request. They include,

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; and
Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant.

Above that, if one wishes 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, they must comply with the deadlines in the form instructions.

However, USCIS retains the discretion to provide certain flexibilities on a case-by-case basis upon request, for applicants affected by emergency circumstances.