This practice alert provides a brief summary of temporary changes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made in response to COVID-19. Changes include details on current COVID-19 health & safety precautions at USCIS facilities; automatic extensions for Requests for Evidence (RFEs), Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs), and other responses; and other case processing policies put in place in response to the pandemic. 

Latest updates in this version: 

As of May 27, 2021, USCIS will no longer require face coverings for fully vaccinated visitors to USCIS offices, regardless of local rules or regulations on face coverings, and has also relaxed other protocols for those who are fully vaccinated.

This document will be updated as further changes occur.