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USCIS to End COVID-Related Flexibilities in March 2023

USCIS has announced that certain flexibilities it initially implemented in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic will end on March 23, 2023. The announcement follows USCIS's previous notice on January 24, 2023, stating that the extension of these flexibilities would be the last, subject to changes presented by the pandemic.


After March 23, USCIS expects all notices and requests to be responded to by the deadlines listed in the notice or request, including Requests for Evidence, Continuations to Request Evidence, 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.


If you wish to file a Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, or Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings regarding a decision dated after March 23, 2023, you must comply with the deadlines in the form instructions.



However, 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, national emergencies, or severe illness, including COVID-19. For more information on remaining case-by-case flexibilities, refer to the Immigration Relief in Emergencies or Unforeseen Circumstances webpage.


It's essential to note that the flexibilities regarding reproduced signatures announced on March 20, 2020, became policy on July 25, 2022. Stay informed and ensure that you meet all the deadlines listed in your notice or request from USCIS after March 23, 2023.

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