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Due to COVID-19, USCIS Extends Notice Deadlines, Will Accept Previously Submitted Biometrics for Employment Authorization Extensions

On March 30, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the following policy updates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

60-Day Extension: USCIS is extending the deadline to submit the documents listed below by 60 days from their original due date. The extension applies only to the named documents with an issue date between March 1, 2020, and May 1, 2020. The included documents are as follows:

  • Request for Evidence (RFE);

  • Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID);

  • Notice of Intent to Revoke (NOIR); and

  • Notice of Intent to Terminate (NOIT).

Biometrics: USCIS will use previously submitted biometrics to process extensions of employment authorization documents for applicants who had an appointment scheduled on March 18, 2020, or later or for those who have filed Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) extensions. USCIS will employ this new policy until its Application Support Centers reopen to the public. Currently, this policy does not apply to initial I-765 applications, or to other applications that require biometrics appointments (such as Form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status)).

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About this Author

Melissa Manna, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Raleigh, Immigration Practice Group Writer
Immigration Practice Group Writer

Melissa Manna is an Immigration Practice Group Writer. Her primary focus is writing and editing legal articles relating to immigration for the firm’s online and print publications, websites, and newsletters.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Melissa spent 9 years as in-house counsel at TowerCo, one of the largest independent wireless tower companies in the U.S., representing the company in all aspects of commercial real estate. During that time she managed due diligence, advised and implemented risk management solutions, and closed transactions...