USCIS Offers Filing Flexibilities Due to Lockbox Delays

Since late 2020, UCIS has been experiencing delays at USCIS lockboxes due the volume of filings and practical delays due to the pandemic.  On June 10, 2021, USCIS announced that they will be offering filing flexibilities to certain applicants who have been impacted by these delays.

These flexibilities will only be applicable to those who have submitted with petition or application to a USCIS lockbox and not to a field office. Furthermore, these flexibilities are only temporary as they are offered between June 10thto August 9th, 2021.

The first flexibility offered will be for people who applied for a benefit to a lockbox but was eventually denied because the filing fee that was submitted had expired. If this is so, you can resubmit the request with a new payment. If USCIS agrees that the denial was due to lockbox delay, USCIS will deem the second request to be received on the filing date of the first application, and will waive the $30 dishonored check fee.

The second flexibility offered will be for those who have aged out of eligibility for some benefit because of a delayed denial. USCIS states that “Because of the time that elapsed between when a benefit request was originally submitted to a USCIS lockbox and when USCIS rejected it, an applicant, co-applicant, beneficiary or derivative has reached an age that makes them no longer eligible to file for the benefit requested.” For these individuals, they will be allowed to send benefit requests and USCIS will postdate the receival of the application as the date or the initial benefit request. Please note that applicants will also need to submit documentation that shows the age out was caused by the delay. This flexibility is not applicable to Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 (Form N-600K).

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