US announces relaxations to employers petitioning for H-1B visas

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in the notice that it will consider a response to the above requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice before taking action.

The USCIS will consider a Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision before it takes any action. (Image for representation: Reuters)

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a notice on Saturday saying that the agency has extended the flexibilities it announced on March 30 to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to:

1. Requests for Evidence
2. Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14)
3. Notices of Intent to Deny
4. Notices of Intent to Revoke
5. Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers
6. Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.
7. Notice/Request/Decision Issuance date

Most of these apply for petitions for H-1B visas.

A 60-day breather

This flexibility applies to the above documents if the issuance date listed on the request, notice or decision is between March 1 and July 1, 2020, inclusive.

The USCIS said in the notice that it will consider a response to the above requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice before taking action.

The USCIS will also consider a Form I-290B received up to 60 calendar days from the date of the decision before it takes any action.

The notice further read: “The USCIS is adopting several measures to protect our workforce and community and to minimize the immigration consequences for those seeking immigration benefits during this time.”

The agency said it will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

(Inputs from Geeta Mohan)

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