As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, an increase in filings, current postal service volume, and other external factors, some applicants and petitioners experienced a delay in receiving receipt or rejection notices after filing a benefit request with a USCIS lockbox.
The following temporary flexibilities are effective for 60 days from June 10 until Aug. 9, 2021:
Applicants and petitioners can contact USCIS if they think their benefit request was rejected in error. If USCIS agrees, we may allow them to resubmit an erroneously rejected benefit request and deem the benefit request to have been received on the date the initial benefit request was first received at a USCIS lockbox.
Additional information on these filing flexibilities, including how to request them, can be found online at USCIS Response to COVID-19
USCIS is extending the flexibilities that it announced on March 30, 2020 to assist those responding to certain:
USCIS will consider a Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, or Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in INA Section 336 Naturalization Proceeding if:
This flexibility applies to the above documents if the issuance date listed on the request, notice or decision is between March 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021, inclusive.
USCIS 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, we will consider a Form N-336 or Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision before we take any action.
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