USCIS Policy Change: Filing Periods and Response Timeframes ending on weekends or federal holidays.

March 29, 2023
The USCIS is revising its guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to deal with scenarios in which the final day for submitting a benefit request or responding to a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny, Revoke, Rescind, or Terminate occurs on a Saturday, Sunday, or a federal holiday. These guidelines will provide applicants with clear instructions on how to determine deadlines in situations where they may encounter difficulties in meeting the deadline. The updated USCIS Policy Manual now provides further clarification that, where the final day for submitting a paper-based benefit request (the last day of a qualifying time period) falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or federal holiday, the USCIS will consider a filing to be timely if it is received by the end of the next business day.  For example, if the H-1B status expiry falls on a weekend, and if the extension petition is received on Monday, USCIS will consider such extension petition as timely filed. Additionally, when the last day of a period to respond by mail to a mailed Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny, Revoke, Rescind, or Terminate falls on a weekend or federal holiday, USCIS will consider the response to be timely if it is received by the end of the next business day.  

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