U.S. offering breaks on immigration deadlines due to pandemic — but higher fees await

Sep 14, 2020 | H-1B Visa, Immigration law, News

After immigrants apply for immigration benefits and submit their forms with the all the requirements, it is common for immigration authorities ask for more evidence to establish eligibility in support of their visa, green card, asylum and citizenship through naturalization petitions.

These Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requests and notifications give applicants the opportunity to intervene by providing more documentation or correcting mistakes before adjudicators close or denied their cases.

As the pandemic has slowed the agency’s work pace since it normalized operations on June 4, immigration authorities again extended more flexibility in the delivery deadlines to assist immigrants and foreigners responding to some requests. This relief measure was set to expire on Sept. 11.

The Department of Homeland Security’s agency decision aims to “minimize the immigration consequences for those seeking immigration benefits during this time,” USCIS said in a press release.

Given the conditions of the pandemic and new health protocols on the agency’s facilities, the immigration authority has had to make certain exceptions in its administrative management since March 30, among these granting greater flexibility in the delivery of immigration papers.

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