USCIS extends grace periods due to COVID-19


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending certain COVID-19-related flexibilities through Oct. 23, 2022, including responses to requests for evidence, among other notices due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic..

Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (D-MP) disclosed in his e-kilili newsletter over the weekend that USCIS announced this week that it will consider any response received within 60 calendar days after the due date, if the request or notice was issued between March 1, 2020, and Oct. 23, 2022.

In addition to requests for evidence, Sablan said the following requests or notices qualify for the grace period:

• Continuations to request evidence (N-14);

• Notices of intent to deny;

• Notices of intent to revoke;

• Notices of intent to rescind;

• Notices of intent to terminate regional centers;

• Notices of intent of withdraw temporary protected status;

• Motions to reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of derogatory information after grant.

In addition, USCIS will consider a Form I-290B, notice of appeal or motion, or a Form N-336, request for a hearing on a decision in naturalization proceedings (Under Section 336 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), if:

• The form was filed up to 90 calendar days from the issuance of an agency decision; and

• The decision was made between Nov. 1, 2021, and Oct. 23, 2022, inclusive.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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