USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Requests (RFEs, NOIDs, Denials and Appeals) as well as Updates Guidelines on Validity Periods for Certain EAD (Work) Cards

Recently, USCIS again granted extensions for responding to their requests. For any Request for Evidence (RFE), Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID), Appeal or other agency requests, USCIS will consider a response to the above requests and notices timely if received within 60 calendar days after the response due date. This applies to agency requests issued between March 1, 2020 and March 26, 2022. Additionally, the deadline for filing I-290B Appeals has been extended from 60 to 90 days for decisions issued between Nov. 1, 2021, and March 26, 2022. These extensions have been ongoing since the beginning of the pandemic.

Initial and renewal EADs (work cards) generally may be issued with a maximum validity period of up to two years for asylees and refugees, noncitizens with withholding of deportation or removal, and VAWA self-petitioners, or up to the end of the authorized deferred action or parole period for applicants in these filing categories. This policy update is effective immediately. EADs issued before February 7, 2022, are not affected. For more information about expedited processing for EADs and advance parole travel documents, see

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