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 July 28, 2021, USCIS is again requiring face coverings for all visitors to USCIS offices, regardless of vaccination status.

On August 12, 2021, USCIS announced a temporary extension of the I-693 medical exam validity from 2 years to 4 years for adjustment cases decided on or before September 30, 2021.

This document will be updated as further changes occur.