Received RFE, NOID, or NOIR From USCIS Between March 2020 and March 26, 2022? You Might Have Extra Time to Reply

December 30, 2021 You might have an additional 60 calendar days to get your request for evidence (RFE) or notice of intent to deny (NOID) to USCIS.


With the world slowed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it will give applicants and petitioners who are responding to various requests for more information more time, if the notices were dated between March 1, 2020 and (after a series of extensions) March 26, 2022.

This applies to requests for evidence (RFEs), notices of intent to revoke (NOIRs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs). (Notices of intent to revoke or NOIRs were added to the initial list in an announcement on March 30, 2021.)

This flexibility also applies to Form I-290B, used to appeal various decisions by U.S. immigration authorities. However, the form must have been filed within 60 calendar days from USCIS's decision, and that decision must have been issued between March 1, 2020 and March 26, 2022.

USCIS is also giving regional investment centers (by which people obtain EB-5 investor visas) more time in which to respond to a notice of intent to terminate (NOIT) or a notice of intent to rescind.

If you receive any of the above from USCIS within the designated time period, you have an additional 60 calendar days after the response deadline that USCIS stated in the RFE or NOID to get your answer in. The usual submission deadlines are between 15 and 33 days, depending on the type of decision and whether it was given to you in person or by mail.

For tips on preparing your response, see Received a NOID (Notice of Intent to Deny) After Marriage-Based Green Card Interview: What to Do? or How to Handle a Request for Evidence (RFE) From USCIS.

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Effective Date: December 30, 2021