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USCIS will continue to grant more time to respond to its notices

MUMBAI: Owing to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is extending the flexibilities it initially announced on March 30 to assist visa applicants, by giving them more time to respond to notices issued by it.
Till date, there have been periodic extensions. Another such extension was announced by USCIS on December 18.
The immigration agency is extending its 60-day deadline policy for responses to various actions initiated by it (such as notices) to January 31, 2021. The enhanced deadline of 60 days covers requests for evidence, which are typically sought for from sponsoring employers of H-1B visa applications. It also includes other notices, such as notice of intent to deny or revoke. The extended time frame is also available as regards filing of an appeal to reopen an adverse USCIS decision, or request for a hearing on a decision passed relating to naturalisation (citizenship) proceedings.
According to immigration attorneys, the extended deadlines will continue to alleviate the pressure on employers and foreign nationals to respond to notices served by USCIS or file appeals with the USCIS. However, the relaxed period does not include applications for extension of stay or employment authorisation applications.

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