USCIS Announces End to COVID 60-Day Extension Accommodations

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will no longer extend the additional 60-day grace period for response to its communications first put in place March of 2020 to accommodate pandemic-related delays.

In the first month of pandemic shutdowns back in 2020, USCIS had announced that it would make allowances for an additional 60-day grace period, on top of any original deadline, to respond to Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, Revoke, or Rescind, Appeals and Motions to Reopen or Reconsider, and a few other somewhat more rare situations requiring response.  These allowances were granted for limited periods, and USCIS would periodically renew the accommodation guidance (after an expressed intent to end the accommodations in the summer of 2022, USCIS reversed course and extended once again).

USCIS is now finally and formally ending this practice for all documents it issues after March 23, 2023.  Requests for Evidence and all other applicable documents will now have only the response deadline listed I the document without any additional grace period for response (though materials issued up through March 23, 2023 will still be accorded the additional 60-day response period following the originally-stated deadline).