USCIS relaxes policy for NOIDs & RFEs

In light of ongoing issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS has introduced an emergency measure relating to notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) and requests for evidence (RFEs).

The temporary policy gives individuals who receive a NOID or an RFE dated between March 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020 a further 60 days in addition to the deadline noted on the RFE or NOID, in which to respond before the agency takes action.

The extension is intended to allow petitioners and their advisers more time in which to compile and respond to notices.

Applicants, including employers, who receive an RFE or NOID during the affected dates are advised to continue to act quickly by building and submitting their response to avoid operational and workflow issues arising from workforce and personnel disruption.

The measure is, however, limited to RFEs and NOIDs issued between March 1 and May 1, 2020 and does not affect petitioners and employers required to respond to RFEs and NOIDs due between March 1 and May 1, 2020.

US immigration advice

NNU Immigration is actively monitoring the impact of the pandemic on US immigration policy and application processing.

As the situation continues to develop, please contact our US immigration specialists for the latest advice for your specific circumstances.

This article does not constitute direct legal advice and is for informational purposes only.

Last updated: 24 April 2020