USCIS Updates Policy Manual Regarding Weekend and Holiday Deadlines

USCIS updated the Policy Manual to clarify how the agency will handle situations when the last day to file a benefit request or respond to a USCIS action falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or federal holiday. In these situations, USCIS will consider a filing or response submitted on paper timely if they receive it by the end of the next business day. While the receipt date for these cases will continue to reflect the date USCIS physically received the request, USCIS will consider the benefit request timely filed.

This update is effective March 29, 2023, and will apply to all benefit requests or responses to a USCIS action received on paper on or after March 29, 2023. This update does not affect electronic filings or responses submitted electronically, which USCIS considers received immediately upon submission. USCIS will not apply this policy retroactively.

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Stakeholders can submit comments regarding this update on the Policy Manual comment page for consideration in future updates.

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