USCIS gives 60 days grace to naturalization applicants

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Grace applicable to notices issued between March 1, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2021.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has further relaxed time for responding to various notices to those hoping to become naturalized US citizens due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Extending flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, USCIS said applicants may get a 60 day grace for responding to requests, notices, or decisions issued between March 1, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2021, inclusive

These are intended to help applicants, petitioners, and requestors who are responding to certain:

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14) or request for additional information after first naturalization interview;
  • Notices of Intent to Deny;
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke;
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers;
  • Motions to Reopen an N-400 (application for naturalization) Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant;
  • Filing date requirements for Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA); or
  • Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.

USCIS said it will consider a response to the above requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice before taking any action.

Additionally, it will consider a Form N-336 or Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision before it takes any action.

USCIS said it was adopting several measures to protect its workforce and community and to minimize the immigration consequences for those seeking immigration benefits during this time.

USCIS said it will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow CDC guidance.

Education and precautions are the strongest tools against COVID-19 infection, the agency said.

Visit uscis.gov/coronavirus for USCIS updates.

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