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Simplifying Immigration | USCIS extends deadline to respond to RFEs

3-minute summary of this week's US immigration highlights!


Update 1

Restrictions to non-essential travel between US land borders extended again.

We're starting to sound like a broken record. Restrictions to non-essential land travel across the US-Mexico and US-Canada border have been extended until January 21, 2021. You can still fly though.

Update 2

Expect a longer wait to receive a receipt notice.

A flood of filings over the past several weeks and capacity restrictions due to COVID-19 have overwhelmed USCIS lockbox facilities. Visa petitions are typically sent to a lockbox facility for sorting and processing payments. It typically takes 30 days or more to receive a receipt notice so don't worry if you don't receive a receipt notice right away. 

Update 3

Deadlines for responding to agency requests has been extended.

You now have 60 days to respond to agency requests such as Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny. Applicants who have received an RFE or Notice of Intent to Deny between March 1, 2020 and January 21, 2020 will have an additional 60 days beyond the standard response deadline to submit a response.

About the author:

Allison Davy

Vice President Marketing, Legalpad

Allison helps startup founders from around the world navigate the complex U.S. immigration system so they can pursue their goals and purpose.